|2013 Annual Meeting Tours|
10/1/13 Tour registration has closed.
Sabor Latino: Wednesday, October 16, 4:15–6:15 PM
Providence and its adjacent communities have been a haven for immigrants for generations. Fleeing Massachusetts and religious intolerance, Roger Williams and his followers first settled on land secured from the Narragansetts in 1636; Williams named the settlement Providence. It was one of the original Thirteen Colonies.
Since then, immigrants have
steadily come to Providence: Irish, Franco-Americans, Italians, Southeast
Asians, Africans and Latinos have added their cultural flavor to the city and
its surrounding communities. Today, Providence has a
Latino population of more than 40%.
RI Latino Arts, a non-profit cultural organization, is offering conference participants a taste (sabor) of several Latino foods: Food will include Dominican (Foo[d] @AS220, Empire Street, by special arrangement), Mexican (¡Viva Mexico!, Washington Street) and a choice of two Latino foods truck (Mijos Tacos and Johnny's Chimi Truck) to be located on Kennedy Plaza (these food trucks are a mainstay in Providence and add to the culinary "scene” in the city. Each location (except for the food trucks) also features a bar – drinks will be on your own! Sabor Latino will offer a 2-hour tour, featuring three stops with opportunities to sample sweet and savory treats and a "seasoned" chef who can offer a unique perspective on what you are eating along the way.
Length of walk: 2 miles
AS220: Thursday, October 17, 4:15–6:15 PM
AS220, a non-profit arts center featuring over 40 affordable artist live-in and work studios in two different locations in downtown Providence, is an international model of cultural development and sustainability. Founded in 1985 "on the principle that freedom of expression is crucial for the development of strong communities and individual spirits” (performances/exhibitions are unjuried, uncensored and open to the public), AS220 features four rotating galleries, a performance space, a black box theatre, an award-winning youth program, a recording studio, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a high-tech fabrication and electronics lab, as well as an AS220 owned, and recommended, bar and restaurant. For more information, see http://www.as220.org/.
Immediately before the tour (Thursday, 2:00–4:00 PM), a forum on "Cultural Sustainability: Successful Organizational Models" will bring together founders and managers of non-profit folk arts-related organizations that have successfully maintained themselves over many years in spite of economic crises, municipal and state government shifts or other political changes, decreasing funding opportunities, and other impediments. Created as visions and dreams of the possible, developed through personal dedication and relentless effort, maintained through judicious choices and connections, all of the organizations represented have survived though strategic and creative decisions and are examples of sustainability. These visionaries will share some of their thoughts and strategies. What can we learn from them about shifting strategies, partnerships, and other tools for survival in an ever-changing global economic and political context? The forum, chaired by Rory Turner (Goucher College) will feature Jane Beck and Gregory L. Sharrow (Vermont Folklife Center), Laura Orleans (The Working Waterfront Festival), and Theresa Secord (Maine Indian Basketmakers), as well as Bert Crenca (AS220). Forum attendance is not required for the tour.
Length of walk: .3 mile (5
Spirits of Benefit Street: Thursday, October 17, 4:15–6:15 PM & Friday, October 18, 4:15–6:15 PM
Benefit Street is renowned because of its architecture. But behind (sometimes, beneath) the Georgian mansions and Federalist homes lie things more sinister. Back Street, the rude path dotted with small family burial plots behind the homes along the river on South Main Street, was improved and renamed Benefit Street in the 1750s. Some contend that moving the dead (or just building on top of them) started the spirit activity, known to Poe and Lovecraft, that is still evident.
Length of walk: 3 miles
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