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Imprinted celebrates the incredible poster making culture in Providence. The show served as an opportunity for the Young Artists who participate in our free, nationally recognized arts programming to take inspiration from and show their own work alongside local professional artists! Sharing a gallery space together emphasizes the imprint that teaching artists leave on the developing minds and creative practices of our youth. This show was part of the 2015 Providence International Arts Festival, produced by the City of Providence and FirstWorks.  June 8th-July 10th, 2015.

The Arts, Integrated


 The Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, Inc. AmeriCorps EDTAP (Expanded Day Teaching Artist Program) is a program in urban public schools to expand and enrich student learning in and through the arts. Teaching Artists serve as after-school resident artists in 4 priority Providence Public Middle Schools, using time beyond the school day to explore project based arts learning to develop habits of inquiry and incite creativity. Our Creative Scholars providence extended time for students to actively engage in creative work that sparks deep connection to core curriculum concepts and ideas. The show featured student work from the Fall and Winter Session. 


Outside the Box


 We invited artists to create works that transform cardboard to display in our gallery. This show featured models, masks, sculpture, furniture and really illustrated just how much cardboard can do! March 4-31, 2015.

CityArts Retrospective

This show celebrates our National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award and the work of our students for the last 22 years. The works in this exhibit are pieces based on the creativity and imagination of our young artists. All of the work in the gallery fall under the three categories: I AM, I CREATE, and WE CONNECT. Each piece of art is meant to reflect the students personal identity, skill and engagement. Up Through December 1, 2014.


2014 Staff Show

This exhibit features work by ¡CityArts! teaching artists and staff centered around the theme of storytelling.  February 28-March 31, 2014.

staff show poster


The Narrative Image

Our upcoming exhibit, The Narrative Image, will open on January 16th in the ¡CityArts!/Highlander gallery (891 Broad St.). Exploring cultural history, identity and storytelling, the exhibit features artists working in a variety of mediums and styles. The overarching narratives illustrated in this exhibition ask or answer the questions: “Where do we come from? Where are we now? Where are we going?”  Both the gallery show and opening reception are free and open to the public. January 16-February 17, 2014.

Narrative Image Photos












Portrait Possibilities

¡CityArts! is proud to present Portrait Possibilities. Featuring paintings, photographs, and mixed media pieces from five New England artists. The exhibition explores the many ways an image represents the Self, and presents nontraditional portraiture as an avenue for expressing identity. This theme corresponds with an afterschool class offered to ¡CityArts! students this session. The class, taught by Teaching Artists Vanessa DeNino, will teach students the fundamentals of drawing faces and bodies, while introducing them to the styles and techniques of a variety of artists. At the end of the session, the students will have learned how to create a likeness, and have a portfolio of portrait techniques to draw from for their future work. The exhibition will act as a resource ̶ providing our students with the opportunity to sketch, discuss, and learn from professional artwork. Our hope is that the Portrait Possibilities exhibition inspires these young artists, and challenges the general public to look at portraiture in a new light. Artists include: Amanda Albanese, Susan Dansereau, Ashley Gillespie, Elise Powell, and K. Lenore Siner. October 23-November 25 2013.

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Southside Speaks

Southside Speaks is a celebration of work by students at Roger Williams Middle School created through their partnership via the ¡CityArts! AmeriCorps Expanded Day Teaching Artist Project. Southside Speaks features visual art and live performances from The Beloved Revolution project and The Identity Project – collaborations that celebrate the unique culture and voice of youth living in Providence’s South Side, a vibrant, neighborhood with a diverse array of languages, cultures, and traditions. Roger Williams Middle School has been a vital school partner of CityArts since 2010, when ¡CityArts!’s AmeriCorps Expanded Day Teaching Artist Project (EDTAP) began embedding AmeriCorps teaching artists at the school to integrate arts learning into core curriculum. June 18-July 3, 2013.

southside speaks 


Learning Community Student Showcase

This very special gallery exhibition featured work from students in art classes at the Learning Community Charter School. Through our partnership with LCCS, ¡CityArts! provides daytime arts classes for The Learning Community, a K-8 charter school in Central Falls. This show celebrates the close of another fabulous year of artmaking, and features write sculptures, paintings, an enormous Mt. Rushmore mural, and much more! June 4-17, 2013.

LCCS Flyer(1)


Feeding the Fire: A contemporary Ceramics Showcase

With this exhibit we look to expose the ¡CityArts! youth, along with the Providence community, to the talent, imagination and innovation of local ceramic artists, in order to feed the fire, and inspire them to think in new ways about clay. Exhibiting artists: Joan Wyand, Kayla Quiggly, Naomi Stern, Deb DeMarco, Judd Schiffman, Meredith Younger, Ahrong Kim, Maryam Rouhi, Kate Oggel, Hosseinali Ekhtiari, and Micah Thanhauser. February 28-March 15, 2013.


Staff Show 2013

Staff Show 2013 is a celebration of the artistic talents of the CityArts Staff! Featuring work by our AmeriCorps EDTAP teaching artists Vanessa DeNino, Hashim Lafond, Scott McColl, and Victoria Rey; AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteers Jenn Bratovich and Nika Gorini; former EDTAP member and current Learning Community Charter School art teacher Whitney Bates; program staff Taleen Batalian and Adrienne Gagnon, and teaching artists Juliette Casselman, Deb DeMarco, Maren Jensen, Sarah Jane Lapp, Jamie Medeiros, Lisa Melmed, and Stuart Wilson. January 14-February 15, 2013.


Expresion de Barrio

An amazing traveling exhibition by Puerto Rican artist Reynaldo Rodriguez, this show explores the West African, the Caribbean and the Puerto Rican history of the BOMBA tradition in Chicago, Puerto Rico, and others part of the United States. Our opening reception will feature live Bomba music and dance from Lydia Perez and the nationally-known and award winning group Yoruba2, alongside students from Highlander Charter School. Expresion de Barrio is presented in part by RISCA and the Puerto Rico Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Inc. Rhode Island. January 7-14, 2013.


¡CityArts! Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

In partnership with Rhode Island’s Hispanic Heritage Month, ¡CityArts! is proud to display artwork by 11 local Latino artists at all stages in their professional and creative practice. This show strives to recognize and celebrate the profound creative and cultural impact Providence’s Latino population has had on our community. With this show we also highlight the special place of Providence’s strong and diverse youth-focused arts organizations – many of the exhibiting artists are former students of and/or are currently involved in teaching and mentoring at organizations like AS220 Youth, ¡CityArts!, and New Urban Arts. The show features painting, photography, jewelry, printmaking, drawings and more! For images of the family potluck style reception, click here. September 17-October 17, 2012.


Visualizing Peace and Justice

Visualizing Peace and Justice is presented by Providence College’s Global Community Lens project. The project involves two interdisciplinary courses, taught by Dr. Nicholas Longo (Public / Community Service & Global Studies), Dr. Eric Sung (Photography), and Dr. Jeff Pugh (Political Science). The project focuses on the questions: what are peace and justice? and how can we use photography to share ideas, experiences and stories with the local Providence community? Two major service-learning projects made up the heart of the project. The first took place at ¡CityArts! in February 2012 and the second in Quito, Ecuador as an alternative spring break trip to The Center for Mediation, Peace and the Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC). The project culminated in a final photography exhibition exploring the diversity of meanings of peace and justice with ¡CityArts! youth and the Ecuadorian communities of Quito, Pijal and Otavalo. April 9-20, 2012.


Kitchen Stories

Led by community artist Julie Lin, Kitchen Stories offers immigrants, refugees, and asylum-seekers time away from daily challenges to share conversations and memories in a unique way. During a three hour workshop at Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth, participants worked with Lin to share stories about cooking, eating, and family; uncover precious lost memories; and illustrate their experiences through drawing and collage. Each participant brought a recipe from their home country and the dish to share. To start, the group enjoyed the various meals and discusses stories and memories that the food evokes. After this conversation, Lin led the participants in a food related art project, in which they create an image of their recipe and their kitchen story. To learn more about Kitchen Stories, visit February 22-March 23, 2012.


2012 Staff Show

¡CityArts! is proud to present the works of a dozen of our own teaching artists and staff. Come flip through comic books from Andrew Oesch, inspect miniature watercolors painted in the hollows of seashells by Lisa Melmed, enjoy work done in encaustic and oil by Taleen Batalian, and much, much more. January 23-February 14, 2012.


Building Bridges: Journeys into Central America















¡CityArts! celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with an exhibit showcasing three visions of community, both local and international. Exploring community through travel to Central America, the exhibit features social documentary  photography and dream-like painted sketchbooks. The two sets of travelogues are paired with work from ¡CityArts! youth artists who traveled through their own Southside community to create multimedia portrait responses to the travelogues. Artwork by Briana Gallo (above); Silvia Acosta, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) professor; and RISD graduates Laura BlosserShadi KhadiviAdrienne Benz, and Anastasia Laurenzi. October 10-28, 2011.


2011 Staff Show

¡CityArts! programming has exploded this past year! Our teaching and administrative staff is much, much bigger and as talented as ever. Now is the time when they can let their personal artwork shine and be shared with the community, highlighting the original artistic passions that formed the foundation for each artist’s path to youth arts education. July 11-28,2011.

Birds by Anna Myers