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BIG NAZO is an international performance group of visual artists, puppet performers, and masked musicians who unite to create bizarre and hilarious larger-than-life sized characters, environments, and spectacles.
City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism
The Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (AC+T) ensures the continued development of a vibrant and creative city by integrating arts and culture into community life while showcasing Providence as an international cultural destination.
City of Providence Department of Parks + Recreation
DownCity Design was founded in 2009 with the mission of improving Providence by getting young people involved in designing and building solutions for their communities.
Environment Council of Rhode Island Education Fund
The Environment Council of Rhode Island's mission is to serve as an effective voice for developing and advocating policies and laws that protect and enhance the environment.
Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island
The EJ League is a non-profit organization led by Rhode Island residents who care deeply about our neighborhoods, the health of our children and ourselves, and who have come together to improve the environments where we live, work, and play.
Extraordinary Rendition Band
ERB is a street band of brass, reeds and percussion from Providence, Rhode Island, that welcomes musicians from all backgrounds and all levels of ability to join. The band plays in support of select causes and events in an attempt to draw community attention to them.
Green Infrastructure Coalition
The Green Infrastructure Coalition engages not-for-profit organizations with city planners and other officials to promote and construct pathways for rainwater, melting snow, and other run-off to avoid pavement and infiltrate earth.
Groundwork Providence is a steward of our shared urban environment and seeks to serve the common goal of creating sustainable, healthy, and beautiful communities for Rhode Island’s urban residents, especially those in economically-distressed areas, in partnership with community residents, businesses, and other partners.
John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage
The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage’s innovative MA program, engaged research, and professional development workshops help students, practitioners and communities make the humanities meaningful and accessible.
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program
Narragansett Bay Estuary Program's mission is to protect and preserve Narragansett Bay and its watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, enhance water quality and promote community involvement.
Pawtuxet Village Association
The Pawtuxet Village Association is a community organization preserving the National Historic District of Pawtuxet.
Providence CityArts for Youth
Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth Inc. provides free professional art-based education and training to Providence youth in a fully developed community-based arts center that reflects, encourages, and promotes the rich ethnic diversity of Providence, celebrating the arts as a means to youth empowerment, community building, and social change.
Save the Bay
Save the Bay protects, restores and encourages stewardship of Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.
Superfund Research Program
The Superfund Research Program (SRP) at Brown University, titled REUSE IN RI: A State-Based Approach To Complex Exposures, works to expand the understanding of the human health consequences and management of contaminated sites in Rhode Island and other post-industrial states.
Tomaquag Indian Memorial Museum
The Tomaquag Museum's mission is to educate the public regarding native history and culture of the past and connect to Native issues of today through exhibits, programs, classes, and ceremonies that bring understanding and collaboration between the Indigenous people of our area and the public at large. It encourages thoughtful dialogue regarding Native history, current issues in Native America as well as regarding the Arts and Mother Earth. It also educates youth through its K-8 school, Nuweetooun.
What Cheer? Brigade
The What Cheer? Brigade is a 19-piece brass band from Providence, RI, USA, that proves that great parties need no electricity.
Brown Digital Repository
The Mashapaug Pond and Reservoir Triangle Collection contains oral history interviews, images, and research materials gathered by Brown University students. The project seeks to uncover personal stories related to the natural, social, and cultural history of Mashapaug Pond (Providence, RI) and the neighborhoods that surround it.
Mashapaug’s Neighbors is an oral history-based audio tour around Mashapaug Pond in Providence, Rhode Island, that invites listeners to learn about the pond and the surrounding communities by hearing stories about Mashapaug Pond as told by the people who care about it.
Metals in Mashapaug Pond: An interdisciplinary approach to understanding the industrial history of Providence, RI
(Student thesis by Sofia Rudin) click here to download
Due to its history of industrial pollution and its importance to the communities who have lived nearby, Mashapaug Pond has been the focal point of environmental activism, artwork, and sociological research, and provides a case study for understanding how industrialization affected urban ecologies. By combining GIS land use mapping, sediment core analysis, and herbarium specimen sampling, this thesis paper explores this history from three previously unexamined perspectives.
Reservoir of Memories
Reservoir of Memories was the product of an oral history project conducted by Brown University students in Anne Valk and Holly Ewald's fall 2011 course Oral History and Community Memory. The website above serves as a digital archive of oral history interviews, images, and research that have connections to the Mashapaug Pond/Reservoir Triangle area in Providence, Rhode Island.
UPP Arts collaborated with students at Brown University's John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities to create a digital tour of Mashapaug Pond. Combining photography, audio, video and written narratives, the tour takes us on a dynamic and deep journey through the history, science, politics, identities and spirits of community surrounding Mashapaug. You can download the free app for your Android or iPhone.
Voices from the Pond: A Teaching Resource
This website is designed to help you use stories (oral history excerpts) from Mashapaug Pond to explore larger issues in Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science with your students.