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Spring Sprang Sprung–April School Vacation Camp and Spring Session 2017

The birds are busy and so is CityArts! April’s School Vacation Camp filled right away, and 50 youth will be here for the week.  Sodexo very kindly will be providing breakfast and snacks so these super-hero, earth-loving, eco-artists are fueled up to make it a fantastic week.  There’ll be an end-of-week celebration on Friday, April 21 (email for more information if you’d like to come!).  And Monday, April 24 means the start of the Spring session: Clay, Comics, Fabric, Painting, 3-D Printing, Anime, and MORE.  Look for updates on RISD Fridays, Digital Photography with Providence College students, and the traveling class that visits galleries & museums all over the city.


Join us for our winter session Teachback on Thursday, March 30 at 5:30pm

the empress

What does it mean to be a girl in today’s world? Which superhero has the power to make the world a truly better place? How do we rebuild the world after an apocalypse? For the answer to these and other questions, please join our young artists along with their families and siblings, for an evening of friendship, art, and learning. The Teachback begins at 5:30pm at our studios at 891 Broad Street. A potluck dinner will follow the “Beats and Rhythms” performance.



Winter Session 2017 Classes are in Full Swing

evans drumming

Teaching Artist, Evans Molina Fernandez, teaches “Beats and Rhythms”


Check out recent photos from our winter session offerings in the Broad Street studios. Students are drumming, making comics, creating animations, working with clay, and building a new world after the Apocalypse (using our 3D printer). We also moved the Media Lab, so middle schoolers have more room to move and create. Check out the recent work on Facebook!

RISD Fridays begins soon and Providence College’s Community Lens class is teaming up with CityArts students again, to create photos that explore Broad Street.


CityArts partners with Brown University for  Lin-Manuel Miranda musical

 Brown University’s Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies has selected Providence ¡CityArts! as its community partner for their production of  In the Heights taking place from March 2-12 at Brown’s Stuart Theatre. As part of this partnership, youth from ¡CityArts! will be able to attend performances for free. Students from Brown also visited young artists at ¡CityArts! Broad Street studios. In addition, performers from the production are giving a series of workshops at ¡CityArts!  school-based programs in Gilbert Stuart Middle School on Elmwood Avenue in Providence.

¡CityArts! was selected as a community partner because its location, and the population it serves, is similar to the neighborhood in Miranda’s musical. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical takes place in a largely Latino immigrant community in New York. “More than 57% of the population around our Broad Street studios identify as Hispanic, many of them recent immigrants,” says ¡CityArts! Executive Director Nancy Safian, “so our youth will recognize the characters, music, and setting very well.”

Identity Project 2

Selections from two ¡CityArts! programs will be on display in the Stuart Theatre lobby: The Identity Project, a collaboration in documentary storytelling between Roger Williams Middle School and ¡CityArts! educator Alessandra Zsiba, and Youth Voices Frame Providence,  a collaboration between ¡CityArts! students and local artists Holly Ewald, Mary Beth Meehan, and Rhode Island Poet Laureate Tina Cane.


CityArts Welcomes New Executive Director: Nancy Safian!


November 10, 2016

Nancy Safian, a longtime champion for arts education in Providence who has worked at Brown University, the Rhode Island School of Design and Trinity Repertory Company, will become the new executive director of Providence CityArts for Youth, a national award-winning non-profit youth arts organization.

“I am thrilled and honored to lead this wonderful and storied arts organization,’’ says Safian, “No child’s education is complete without exposure to the arts, and many middle school students in particular crave the arts as a way to fuel their imaginations, help articulate their emerging personal perspectives, and develop art and design skills. Few organizations do a better job of igniting those passions than CityArts.’’

Garry Bliss, Board President, said “We are delighted to have identified a talented and inspiring leader who can build on the legacy of CityArts.  CityArts has been blessed with talented and visionary leaders beginning with Sr. Ann Keefe, CityArts Founder who believed in the transformative power of the arts for young people and communities. We look forward to working with Nancy and CityArts staff to expand our creative impact on the lives of children, their families, and the community.”

Safian is married to a Boston Globe Spotlight team reporter, Jonathan Saltzman, and lives with her family in Providence, RI.