Join us for the launch of Mapping Arts – Providence, December 12, 2013!

Mapping Arts Project-Providence

Public Launch, December 12, 7PM

Digital Scholarship Lab, Brown University, 10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI

Woolworth Providence Postcard

The Mapping Arts Project invites you to join us for the Public Launch of Mapping Arts Project-Providence. This project a collaborative effort by Brown University graduate students and faculty to digitally map the lives, influence, and work of black artists in Providence from the 1860s through the 1960s. The project will be showcased in a public launch on Thursday, December 12, in Brown University’s Digital Scholarship Lab on the first floor of Rockefeller Library (10 Prospect Street, Providence, RI). This undertaking is part of the larger Mapping Arts Project run by Blackbird Arts and Research, which has so far mapped the lives and work of artists in Miami during the 1920s through the 1950s ( This current project engages the university and larger Providence community via a publicly accessible, digital map with historical information and images about black artistic influence on Providence. Furthermore, it situates Providence as an important site of black Atlantic cultural production. Artists including painter Edward Bannister, singer Sarah Vaughan, and jazz musician James Berry spent time in the city and shaped its cultural landscape. Join us to learn more, and to help us develop the project with your input. We look forward to seeing you at the launch!


The Mapping Arts Project-Providence team,

Keila Davis

Felicia Bevel

Lydia Kelow-Bennett

Lara Stein Pardo


Mapping Arts Project-Providence is a project of Blackbird Arts and Research, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and made possible in Providence with support from the Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University.