First Look and Listen for Futureworlds Visual Album!

After nearly a year of lockdown, AS220 Youth has started to slowly reopen its doors! This session, youth in the Performing Arts Crew have been able to come in for recording and dance rehearsal sessions a few at a time. Staff have made sure covid guidelines are being followed and that the Delgado Studio and…

Investigating Nick Cave with guest artist Dana Helwick

Last week, Visual + Media Arts and Performing Arts joined to meet Dana Helwick from Art21 and The Glitter Goddess Collective. Dana is a visual and performance artist, educator, and coordinator for the Art21 Educators Program.  Our teaching artists have worked with Glitter Goddess and Art21 content over the last couple of years, using contemporary…

Visual + Media Arts Blog: Portraiture

These two weeks are critical in re-inspiring us to continue our self-identity and -exploration work. Coming off of our FutureWorlds conversations on the monetization of Black people, in the Fall session, we learned a lot about ourselves and how important self-love and care is. We used portraiture, which is a form of art that was not always…

Crew Blog: Apparel Design looking forward to Winter session

At the start and end of each workshop, we take breaths and center oureselves in the work we do together. We also open space to talk about whatever we’re feeling that day and discuss what’s happening in the program.  Week one felt like a successful session with the youth. We worked on patching pieces of…

A Game Design for Futureworlds

We’re excited to highlight a recent project by one of our Apprentices in Visuals + Media Arts, Joshua. Joshua is creating Futureworlds video game! He got his inspiration from his love of classic video games, so he decided to make an Asteroids type game in response to the fact that the FutureWorlds this year will…

What We’re Listening To

What we’re listening to in these dark times… These tracks were all created at AS220 Youth, by Rhode Island youth! Zukrewe is the artist name for music created by AS220 Youth members for Futureworlds. Music and especially youth voices are keeping us going this constant struggle. #blacklivesmatter THE GODDESS, THE CAT & THE TRAP HOUSE…

Visuals & Media Blog: Gallery Field Trip

Apprentices are off and creating on Futureworlds 6! Youth members have chosen to focus on mental health and healing as their topic for the sixth iteration of Futureworlds. Much is still up in the air about the content and form, but Apprentices are already hard at work researching. To do some off-site research, Media Arts…

Installation at Dirt Palace

Check out the installation of the set pieces from Futureworlds: Escape From Jollyworld at the Dirt Palace window. This artist collective generously offered us their window space in Olneyville Square. The youth artists that contributed to the pieces in the installation are: Branson Tucker-Smith, Desmond Andrews, Jahrell Walker-Smith, Javie Hamel, June Santos, Keely Roberts, Lily…

Member Portrait Gallery and Quotes

Intern Eliza Hicks spent the summer creating these compelling Youth member portraits and doing numerous interviews. The photos were shot in the Youth Media Arts room and we love how they turned out with the colorful lights! Check out these samples from her gallery show that premiered at Futureworlds: Escape from Jollyworld. Allam “AS220 Youth…