New Urban Arts: Celebrating 20 Years of Creative Youth Development
Saturday, April 22, 2017
11:00am - 3:00pm
Founded in 1997, New Urban Arts is a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence. Three of New Urban Arts’ founders are Brown Alumni, and it received extensive support from the Swearer Center during its early years, including a Royce Fellowship for founding Executive Director Tyler Denmead ‘98.
In honor of New Urban Arts’ 20th anniversary year, The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Brown Arts Initiative, and the Brown Alumni Association are sponsoring a panel discussion and lunchtime reception. The panel includes former New Urban Arts staff members, volunteers, and students; they will be discussing creative youth development, a recently coined term for work that New Urban Arts has been doing since its founding. This term seeks to organize a longstanding community of practice that intentionally integrates the arts and humanities with youth development principles, sparking young people’s creativity, building their critical learning and life skills, and offering them safer spaces during adolescence.
After the panel, Brown will provide a bag lunch for the first 75 people to RSVP to take to New Urban Arts for a reception, during which students in New Urban Arts’ youth program will host an interactive screenprinting demonstration.
More information, schedule and RSVP (required) here.