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A visit to New Urban Arts

is it raining?New Urban Arts is an interdisciplinary arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode Island. Their mission is fantastic: Build a vital community that empowers young people to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives. They provide studio, exhibition space, and mentoring for young artists who explore the visual, performing, and literary arts through yearlong free out-of-school programs.

Thanks to the invitation from a friend on Friday I took my children to the opening of Mid Year Makings: An Exhibition of Works in Progress. An interactive art exhibition that celebrates imagination, curiosity and collaboration. Artworks featured are created by Providence public high school students and included film, sculpture, drawing, photography and more.

The children had a great time with their friends interacting with the art and eating ice cream. If you missed the opening there is still time to see the exhibit and see the studio in use. Below are just a few of the things we saw and did at New Urban Arts. Stop by White Electric Coffee (a few doors down) before or after for a snack.

ice cream choiceseating at the opening

The opening was family-friendly and fun. Make your own sundae or ice cream float.

Ink spot artHarold - shadow art

I loved the wall with the ink spot monster art. Supplies were available so we could try making our own ink spot art. The computer played a short animated shadow puppet film. The orange Harold box is full of the parts used in the film.

Moving sculpturewaitng for sculpture to drop

Window art with two moving mobiles. The kids had fun figuring out what made the mobiles move up and down.

One of the exhibits had an idea box. Paper is provided for you to write down your own ideas to place in the box. If you are out of ideas or need a new one, take one from the box. Our kids were full of ideas having to do with recycling, toys, and being nice to people. This is a fun and easy project to try at home or school. I know some days I am full of ideas and other days I need a little inspiration.

The Details:
Mid Year Makings: An Exhibition of Works in Progress
January 30 – February 13, 2009. Open Weekdays from 10am-7pm
New Urban Arts – 743 Westminster Street, Providence, RI 02903
phone: 401-751-4556
Cost: Free

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