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Join the fun! 2014 AS220 FooFest happens this Saturday, August 9 from 1pm – 1am!

The festival features over a dozen artist installations and participatory creative activities, including family-friendly offerings throughout the afternoon.

We are super excited to sponsor 2014 AS220 FooFest again this hear. AS220 has been hosting an annual celebration since 1995. The Fools Ball, initially an in-door carnivalesque event,  expanded in 2005, with “20 Fest”, to become the AS220 Foo Fest, a one-day street festival. Foo Fest transforms downtown Providence’s Empire Street with a spirited block party attended by over 5,000 individuals from across the region. Between 1pm and 1am, a genre-spanning bill of nearly two-dozen musical acts and a nationally known headliner act grace the indoor and outdoor stages of Foo Fest. The festival also features over a dozen artist installations and participatory creative activities, including family-friendly offerings throughout the afternoon.

Lots of fun planned. Here’s the scoop:

AS220 FooFest
Empire Street (Closed between Westminster and Washington Street)
1am – 1pm
Cost: $7 / person in advance. $10 day of.
website: foofest.as220.org/
AS220 FooFest2014
The Providence Comics Consortium (PCC), the artist-in-resdience  has a day full of fun planned.

  • Check out the Advice Comics. Come get advice from a PCC character! Type your question and pneumatically rocket it up to our professional staff. They are waiting to dole out advice to you now!
  • FOO Fest Parade.Then as the sun goes down, check out their giant fake school bus – they are gonna drag race it down Empire Street with all of your favorite PCC characters. Join the fun!

KIDOINFO: make your own paper mask or crowd, all materials provided.

MAKE MAGAZINE: The staff of the Make: Providence office will be showing off 3d printing and some projects from our upcoming books. We’ll also have info about October’s RI Mini Maker Faire.

ALICE MIZRACHI: The dream reliquary will be an  outdoor installation that will incorporate the audience members dreams. In this partipatory based installation I will create a chamber for each person to cast their dream and take a small token with them to remind them of their dream. In this dream building exercise people will walk away with a personal experience as well as a reminder of  their dreams. I will also be selling prints, zines and henna designs.

JAY ZEHNGEBOT: Drawing Game. Large Collabo-Duck Pond. Groups of 3 or 4 Race to make drawn ducks and add them to a big group of ducks in a pond. Three Phases. Transparency. Timed. Should be a little wacky. http://itp.nyu.edu/~jrz237/sinatra/duckpond <— this should give some idea?

CITY ARTS: Kids will learn to create their own necklace or bracelet out of paper beads!

Sok Song: Origami

Randy Bush: RPG game character compatability testing

Phillippe Lejeune: Interactive Installation/ mirror boxes

RIMOSA: Hand drawn animations and projections

Steel Yard: Ceramic Demos with Kickwheel & Handbuilding

Kurt Snell: Sculpture (with light and audio component)

Arielle Arts: Circus Arts (aerialists performing above the crowd / street)

Avenue Concept: Art car (painting and drawing on a car)

Trinity Rep: It will be selected scenes from Shakespeare’s As You Like It performed by YASI Shakes (which is a group of high school students who put this together in a week). We can seat about 90 people in there. It will be fun, light, informal. It’s at 2PM in the Pell Chafee Performance Center (87 Empire Street).


  • Poco Loco LLC – Tacos
  • Del’s Lemonade – Lemonade
  • Darwell Reed – Dough boys, French fries, clam cakes, chowder
  • Ooh Mommi Foods – Vegan food (burgers, sandwiches, salads, pizza + pasta specials)
  • Fugo – Asian-Latin fusion cuisine
  • Black Beach Partners Inc. – Hot dogs and frozen lemonade
  • Tricycle Ice Cream – Ice cream
  • Like No Udder, LLC – All vegan- soft serve, shakes, floats, frozen lemonade, hot dogs and meatball subs
  • Tina’s Jamaican Rest – Patties, jerk chicken, curry chicken, veggie
  • Julians Omnibus + Smoker – Falafel Sandwiches, ice cream, smoker BBQ
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