Experience Mashapaug Pond in New Ways at the Annual Artist-Led Procession
Place-Based Celebration of Art, Culture, and History
Focus the year: Indigenous Culture and Urban Waterways
Free & Open to the Public
Date: May 14, (Rain date May 15)
Time: 6-9 pm
Where: Start at Roosevelt Lake behind the Casino in Roger Williams Park.
The 1.5 mile route ends at J T Owens Park, 350 Niantic Avenue, Providence. For shuttle service, park at J T Owens Park, ride the shuttle, (5:30 to 6:15 pm), to procession start. *
UPP Arts will host the 9th Annual Urban Pond Procession on May 14 in partnership with local artists, scientists, historians, schools, community members, and representatives of the Tomaquag Museum. Choreographed by Lisa Abbatomarco, the 2016 Procession will depart at 6:00 PM from Roosevelt Lake behind the casino in Roger Williams Park and travel to J T Owens Park on Mashapaug Pond where a ceremonial blessing by Tomaquag Museum representatives will open the celebration of this year’s theme, the Pond’s Indigenous Culture and Urban Waterways. The evening’s programming will include a variety show featuring student projects created to explore Mashapaug Pond’s cultural and environmental history.
Artist and UPP Arts founder and Executive Director, Holly Ewald will debut a new floating sculpture that doubles as a film screen by showing student films. Ewald’s work, Full Circle: Art As Reflection, was fabricated by The Steel Yard with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism. The installation will be on view at Mashapaug Pond through October 2016 and will be used for a film series through out the summer.
The annual Urban Pond Procession draws over 250 youth, families and other community members each year. This year’s participants include: Extraordinary Rendition Band, the Extraordinary Youth Ensemble, Big Nazo Puppets, Tomaquag Museum performers, What Cheer Brigade and Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts. Teaching artists include Kate Lacouture at Reservoir Avenue Elementary, Denali Tiller at Alvarez High School, Wanda Hopkins and Dawn Spears with 21st Century Learning Community in Cranston at Gladstone Elementary School & Bain Middle School.
Every year the procession focuses on a different theme to celebrate and build stewardship of Mashpaug Pond and the Lower Pawtuxet River Watershed with local residents, schools and elected officials. Mashapaug Pond was a settlement site for Indigenous People for centuries and many still recognize it as an important ancestral site. Loren Spears, Director of the Tomaquag Museum, is an advisor for all our arts-based school and public workshops.
About UPP Arts
The mission of UPP Arts is to engage artists and communities in public art-making for the purpose of celebrating and building stewardship of our shared environment.
Photo Opportunity: Indigenous blessing and performance at Mashapaug Pond Boating Center behind Save A Lot on Reservoir (7:15 pm) and finale performances w/film showing on floating screen (8 pm) J T Owens Park
* Directions to J T Owens for shuttle service: From north take Rte. 95 South to Elmwood Ave. exit, straight onto Roger Williams Ave., left on Reservoir Ave., bear right towards Rte. 10 north and bear right onto Niantic Ave.. J T Owens Park is on your right.
Holly Ewald, Executive Director, UPP Arts