Throwback to Rhode Island, 2019

June 26, 2020

This week, I’m throwing it back to my trip to Providence, Rhode Island, in October 2019. Providence is where it all started for me. I graduated from RISD1877 in ’92, and ran a print studio there until ’96. I experienced many early career and personal milestones there, along with creating long-standing friendships and relationships. Last year, I returned to the community and worked with AS220 to collaborate on my 100th mural as part of the #FACINGTHEGIANT tour. The mural features Anjel Newmann, AS220’s Youth Director, and Director of Programs to help send a message about the power of public art and access to art.

AS220 is a non-profit community arts organization based in downtown Providence that I’ve worked with since the ’90s. They have cultivated a creative community that continues to have a profoundly transformative impact on the city. Anjel’s dedication to this organization inspires me. Since she was 13 years old, she’s been a member, learning from a diverse set of communities and facilitating access to opportunities for young people across the city of Providence. Thank you, Anjel, for being a leader within the community, and AS220 for all that you do for the people of Rhode Island!⁠