Mapping Arts – Providence was Featured in the Providence Journal!

Mapping Arts – Providence was Featured in the Providence Journal!

Photo: Bob Thayer/The Providence Journal
The Providence Art Club, at 11 Thomas Street in Providence, far right. Founding member Edward M. Bannister, a black painter, moved to Providence in 1869 and taught at RISD. He won a medal at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876.
Since September, students at Brown University have been working with Lara Stein Pardo to develop the Mapping Arts Project in Providence. The students mapped 100 years of African diasporic arts history in the city, from the 1860s – 1960s. Today, the project was on the front page of the Providence Journal! Read the article here*. And, of course, visit the site to learn more about the city and its artistic legacy.

*Disclaimer and correction – in the article ‘African diaspora’ is not well-defined. We define it in the project as the global movement of African descended people. As such, the project includes not only African-American artists, but also Caribbean, Latin American, and Canadian artists.

Stay tuned for more about a public event for Mapping Arts – Providence in April 2014.

Photo: Frieda Squires/The Providence Journal
Brown grad students Felicia Bevel, left, Lydia Kelow-Bennett and Keila Davis with Prof. Lara Stein Pardo. The students created an online cultural site map of black artists and performers from 1860 to 1960 in Providence.