Virtual Lunch Talk: “Adaptive Practices: Two Curators Redefine Gathering During a Pandemic.”

John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage

Having been closed for 18 months of renovation, Providence Public Library was scheduled to begin its grand reopening on March 30th, with events and activities designed to bring crowds into the Library’s beautiful new public spaces throughout the weeks and months ahead. Instead, the Library didn’t open, and all public gathering for the foreseeable future has ceased. PPL’s Programs & Exhibitions Director Christina Bevilacqua and Events Coordinator Janaya Kizzie will discuss how they rethought loss, opportunity, resources, and expectations as they developed Adaptive Practices: Six Artists Redefine Isolation and Distraction as a response to the pandemic, and how a humanities lens helped them see their way forward.


Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Exhibition and Janaya Kizzie, Events Coordinator, both at Providence Public Library.