November 16, 2016
Call for Volunteers
We will start meeting to plan the 10th Urban Pond Procession in January. The procession will be shorter this year, focusing on Mashapaug Pond, and end with a festival at the new park behind Alvarez High School. Come help us plan this spectacular event.
Email email@example.com to receive information about our first meeting of 2017.
Full Circle Film Series
On Friday, September 23 at 7:00 pm, the UPP Arts 2016 Full Circle Film Series hosted its final event Silvered: Tracing Gorham at Mashapaug Pond at J.T. Owens Park, 350 Niantic Avenue, Providence. This multimedia experience, projected on a floating film screen, by artists Erik Carlson and Erik Gould explored the impact and significance of the Gorham Silver Manufacturing Co from its beginnings in 1890 on the shores of Mashapaug Pond through its height in the early 20th century to its closing and toxic clean-up by Textron in recent years.
Link to blog posting for Silvered: Tracing Gorham at Mashapaug Pond:
10th Annual Urban Pond Procession
"Stories of Mashapaug Pond"
Saturday, May 13 (rain date May 14)
Park at Alvarez High School, then walk down Crescent Ave and Reservoir Ave to the start of the Procession. Bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on during the Finale!
5:30 PM Mashapaug Pond Boathouse (behind Ocean State Plaza, 361 Reservoir Ave, Providence)
Gather to the sounds of the Eastern Medicine Singers. Find a costume, sign, banner, percussion instrument or prop to celebrate our 1 mile walk with Extraordinary Rendition Band, Big Nazo Puppets and What Cheer Brigade.
6:15 PM Reservoir Avenue School (156 Reservoir Ave)
We’ll stop to hear the Extraordinary Youth Ensemble and Medicine Wheel stories by Reservoir Avenue Elementary School students then proceed up Crescent St, Alvin St and Adelaide Ave to the newly remediated Gorham fields behind Dr. Jorge Alvarez High School.
7:00 PM Mashapaug Cove (behind Alvarez High School, 375 Adelaide Ave)
Participate in a water ceremony led by the Tomaquag Museum and Gladstone Street School’s Kidventure. Interpretive signs about Mashapaug Pond that students at Alvarez and Central High Schools created with artist Anna Snyder will be displayed along with a large comic book by students from Bain+2 under the guidance of artist Walker Mettling. Your feedback on the signs appreciated.
7:15-8:45 PM New park (behind Alvarez High School, 375 Adelaide Ave)
Finale starts with music by Mike Capeles and Phil Edmonds, and includes presentations by Alvarez and Central High Schools, Bain+2, speakers, performances by Sokeo Ros/Case Closed, TAPA and Erik Carlson and Erik Gould performing Silvered: Tracing Gorham at Mashapaug Pond.
Artists, Environmentalists, Activists:
10 Years of UPP Arts
Dates: November 28, 2016 - February 12, 2017
Opening Reception: December 2, 2016 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
City Hall, 25 Dorrance St, Providence
Since 2007, Urban Pond Procession (UPP) Arts has worked to engage artists and communities in public art-making that celebrates and builds stewardship of our shared environment. Sparked by artist and Executive Director Holly Ewald’s efforts to produce colorful, more universally understood signs about the health and safety hazards around Mashapaug Pond in South Providence, UPP Arts has grown to include volunteer artists, scientists, educators and concerned citizens. Each year, UPP Arts organizes school and public workshops that have educated over 800 students on the site’s current health and history and has engaged diverse community members. These workshops integrate science and multidisciplinary art and culminate in the annual Urban Pond Procession, a neighborhood-wide event. “Artists, Environmentalists, Activists” considers the history and future of this organization.
In conjunction with the City’s tree lighting ceremony, “Artists, Environmentalists, Activists” will open on December 2 from 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM. To bring the energy of UPP Arts to City Hall, the reception will begin outside the main entrance with a mini-procession to the main exhibition space.