Futureworlds Fashion Shoot

Youth-designed fashions are central to the Futureworlds production every year, which often includes a runway show. The fashion show centers womxn and femmes of color and features their custom up-cycled looks. Photos by Allam Mella. Models are Ronnie Strew, Dasani Baker, Asialiah Delgado. Designers are Jose Bryant, Paloma Lombardi-Ortiz, Ruby Lopez, Kego, Ronnie Strew. [All…

“The System” Spring Showcase Performance

Video by Allam Mella. Referencing the prison industrial complex and its impact on BIPOC, “The System” is a song written by youth for Futureworlds. The song was written, recorded and performed by our youth Apprentices (Jay Lew, Alex the Blue, Lex Phoenix, Marley Man). Dance was performed and choreographed by our youth Apprentices (Bernie Harte,…

A Day at Work on the Murals

Follow our new Visual Design Instructor Al on a journey through the evolution of this mural piece for Futureworlds! Lily and Kego created amazing flowers  and patterns for the sides!!  Ronnie created the galaxy clouds and stars  We talked about influential artists such as  Yayoi Kusama and Jean Michel Basquait We added a Sun and…

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…