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March 7, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Outside the Box

Friday March 4th! What a great day at City Arts. Today as an activity we asked the artists to pick a few mini animals out of a collection we had and told them to practice their focus and their zoom skills. Hey, what a fun activity, I even had a chance to practice mine too! What an amazing experience. I loved molding, changing and shaping my little figurines into beautiful pieces of art work. My artist was able to bring out his awesome talents by rearranging all of his animals into cool positions where his personality had a chance to shine. After this activity we took a walk around the neighborhood and we were able to see where the kids live and hang out. It was a great bonding experience because as a PC student I never really get to escape this community that I’m engulfed in. Stepping out of this “PC box” was great, seeing things that reminded me of home was even better. I enjoy PC, I love the community but I also enjoy being able to see the outside world once and a while. The artists at City Arts are so creative and uplifting, I only hope that one day they can come see and take pictures of our PC home.–Laurie 🙂

March 6, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Another Video from Last Friday :)


March 5, 2011 / pcatcityartsri


Not all of the artists in our photo class are from the City Arts! neighborhood, but I was lucky enough to walk around with some artists who are. On our walk, one artist showed me where his grandma lives, while another artist pointed out the street that she lives on. The roles reversed and I became the student, learning about the neighborhood from my artist-teachers. It was great to see how confident they were walking around their neighborhoods, in their element and showing us the ropes.

I realized then that they have been our teachers all along, just as we have been theirs. We are all learning from each other. It’s not that long ago that I was in third grade, but I’m far enough removed that I forget what it feels like to be 8 sometimes. Each session at City Arts, however, I am reminded of what it is like to be a that age, and more importantly, I learn what it is like to be a kid from Providence. I look forward to having more opportunities to follow the artists through the neighborhood, hear what they have to say about it, and learn what it is like to be them. In the end, learning each others’ stories is what it’s all about. It teaches us how to build relationships, to empathize with one another, and to live compassionately. In fact, that is exactly what we are doing in this class–giving our artists the opportunity to tell their stories through photography.–Nicole

Check out this cool organization in New York City dedicated to recording people’s oral histories. They’re called StoryCorps:

March 5, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Exploring the Community.

Today we finally got to explore the community around CityArts! It was a huge success 🙂

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March 2, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

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February 23, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Bridget’s Bio

1. Name: Bridget Haug
2. Year: 2011
3. Major/Minor: Global Studies/ German and Public and Community Service
4. Hometown: Shokan, New York
5. Photography experience:
I’ve always been interested in photography. I took two years of traditional black and white photography in high school. I don’t have much orthodox experience with a digital camera, but I took some great photos while I was abroad.
6. What are your reasons for taking this class?
I think this class is an awesome idea. It’s an outstanding way to teach young kids about community. Many kids learn visually and art is a great way to assist their learning process.
7. Explain your idea of community:
My idea of community is quite complex. In simplistic terms, my idea of community involves a lot of people, and a lot of love with a little bit of conflict mixed in. Lots of people don’t realize how important conflict is to building a community, but it’s integral. Without disagreement, original thoughts don’t develop as well and communities have to be creative in order to bring so much diversity together.
8. Who is your City Art Artist buddy?
Mari ♥
9. What is your service experience (scope of service experience):
My service experience is pretty extensive:
Beginning with soup kitchens in high school, singing to the elderly during holidays, hosting pancake breakfasts, among other things, and moving into college where I participated in MANY service-learning courses, as well as one while abroad, and currently serve as the Community Liaison for the EXPLORE! Program at Mt. Pleasant High School, the Peer Mentor for PC’s Scholarships for Service corps, the trip leader for the Orphanage Outreach Teach Corps trip going to Jaibon, Dominican Republic, as well as performing weekly service at CityArts teaching a digital photography course.
10. Do you have any previous connection to South Providence community?
Yes! Over the summer, as well as last semester, I interned at AIDS Care Ocean State, located on Parkis Avenue. Although I was working in an office, I had a great time experiencing the community- from riding the RIPTA back and forth to eating lunch in the neighborhood.
11. What is your favorite part of the Providence (Providence College) Community?
Right off campus- in the Smith Hill Community
I love St. Patrick’s cemetery. It’s definitely overlooked due to its location and it’s a great place to learn about the past history of the area.
12. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were your buddy’s age?
I wanted to be a Veterinarian. It’s still a secret pipedream of mine.
13. Did you ever take any art classes when you were younger?
Yes! I loved making art and crafts when I was little. I took as many art classes as possible and even drew on my own. My favorite type of art when I was young was jewelry making.
14. Was there art in your school?
Yes and it was my favorite class, hands down!
15. What is the place of art in a community?
I think that art should be at the forefront of a community. It’s a medium that brings people together and anyone can do it.
16. What is the place of art, specifically in your own community?
Art is definitely overlooked in my own community. At my home in New York, there are many statues and sculptures that have been there for years. Every so often people will host a community art project- such as a mural or mass art creation day- but these are few and far between, as well as limited in participation. It’s pretty ironic that I’m from just outside of Woodstock…

February 23, 2011 / pcatcityartsri

Chiara’s Bio

1. Name: Chiara

2. Year: 2012

3. Major/Minor: Public & Community Service Studies

4. Hometown: Rowayton, CT

5. Photography experience: Minimal, This is my first Photo Course

6. What are your reasons for taking this class?
I was very interested in learning more about photography as well as working with youth. This is a great course for fulfilling my “Fine Arts” requirement while keeping in line with my Public Service Major.

7. Explain your idea of community:
Community to me is most visible through the coming together of people. I like to think of community in terms of Big events that affect everyone. Births, Deaths, Celebrations and the food and events that accompany them.

8. Who is your City Art Artist buddy? Aileen, She’s Great!

9. What is your service experience (scope of service experience): I have paticipated in many different service experiences. My main work has been with high school aged students and has been related to education and service-learning. In addition I have been on many “service-trips” to work on physical building of homes, churches and schools. Each trip whether Secular or Religious has worked to form my opinion on the necessity of Service.

10. Do you have any previous connection to South Providence community?
I do not have any prior connection to the South Providence community directly. I have however worked with several high school students in the past who have come from the area.

11. What is your favorite part of the Providence (Providence College) Community?
The “Family-like” atmosphere. I came in as a transfer student and was quickly welcomed and felt at home. I especially feel this through the Feinstein department of Public Service.

12. What did you want to be when you grew up when you were your buddy’s age?
When I was young I did not dream about the future. Instead, I concerned my self with living life to the fullest at the current time. I wish I was still so care-free!

13. Did you ever take any art classes when you were younger?
I was lucky enough to have Art classes from pre-school to eighth grade. My Art teacher was a great mentor to me ( even though I have never been very artistic)

14. Was there art in your school?
It was mandatory in elementary school but I was unable to take it in High School.

15. What is the place of art in a community?
The art of a community reflects its freedom and the respect that each community puts on its subgroups and individuals.

16. What is the place of art, specifically in your own community?
My town is known for hosting “shakespeare on the sound” a local production of a play held on the water in my town every summer.