Visit Making Art Together: CityArts Celebrates Collaboration, an exhibition of works by Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, at Providence Gallery at City Hall. Artists’ Reception December 19, 2012 from 5pm – 7pm.

Each year, Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth chooses an annual theme to guide their programming. In 2012, CityArts programs explored the theme of ‘Collaboration’ by working with a number of community partners in Providence and beyond. Making Art Together: CityArts Celebrates Collaboration highlights some of these projects and celebrates the opportunities these partnerships have given CityArts students to learn from and engage meaningfully with many unique organizations and talented individuals around the city of Providence, at the same time, the collaborations gave CityArts the chance to share the young artists’ work with new and unexpected audiences.

The projects on display in the Gallery at City Hall include work from the following CityArts collaborations:

Youth Voices Frame Providence: A collaboration between CityArts students and local Providence artists, Holly Ewald, Mary Beth Meehan, and Tina Cane. Over the course of two weeks, these talented artists worked with students to map out their special places in Providence through the use of photography and poetry. The poems, photos and an interactive map that highlighted the student’s chosen places were on display in Kennedy Plaza during the Fall.

The Identity Project: A collaboration between CityArts and Roger Williams Middle School. Throughout the past school year CityArts educator and AmeriCorps Expanded Day Teaching Artist Project member, Alessandra Zsiba helped her students at Roger Williams to explore their identities using poetry, performance and photography. The photographs displayed here are a small piece of the final product of this beautiful project.

Monster’s Playground: A collaboration between the young artists in CityArt’s Painting and Drawing class, led by Lisa Melmed, and artists with developmental disabilities at Resources for Human Development, led by Anna Meyer. Artists at each location created images of heads, bodies and legs which were then placed together to create imaginative and playful monsters and creatures.

The Providence Community Health Centers Mural: A collaboration between CityArts and Providence Community Health Centers (PCHC). During this past summer PCHC opened a beautiful, state-of-the-art new facility in South Providence, around the corner from CityArts. With great pride, CityArts has been chosen to fill the walls of this new health center with art created by the young artists in our program. The murals shown here will be the latest installation.

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth is a community arts organization with a mission to provide free professional arts education to Providence youth between ages 8-14. ¡CityArts! now serves over 1200 youth in afterschool and summer arts programs citywide, offering meaningful learning experiences in visual art and design, performing arts, and creative writing. CityArts work is inspired by the creative process of art-making and the exploration of ideas and concepts that shape our communities and everyday lives. More information available at

Making Art Together: CityArts Celebrates Collaboration

Ongoing Exhibition: December 4, 2012 – January 14, 2013
Artists’ Reception: December 19, 2012 from 5pm – 7pm
Location: 25 Dorrance Street, 2nd Floor, Providence, RI 02903
Hours: Open to the public during City Hall business hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm; on the first and third Wednesday of every month, hours are extended until 7:00 p.m.

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Parking: Locate downtown parking at: Free parking will be available for the December 19 artists’ reception in the Greene Street parking lot behind the Joseph Doorley Municipal Building (444 Westminster Street).