Join us to celebrate the public presentation of the UPP Arts Archive to the Rhode Island Collection at PPL.
Formerly known as Urban Pond Procession, UPP Arts uses public art, history, and science to give community members a voice in the environmental issues that impact their well being. Focused on Mashapaug Pond and its surrounding South Providence community for the past 10 years, UPP’s place-based arts programming has borne witness to the histories of Mashapaug, including the respectful relationship between Indigenous People and the land and water; a diverse neighborhood displaced in the name of urban renewal; industries providing economic opportunities but also polluting the land, air, and water; and the resulting environmental impact and cleanup. The archival record of UPP Arts will now have a home at PPL.
Come engage with selections from the collection and learn more about UPP Arts’ signature approach to local history, education, environmental stewardship, and creating change from a panel of artists, educators, and community members who have been instrumental in the work of UPP.
Supported by a Major Grant from the Humanities Council.