Brown Arts

PVD+ Projects

Interdisciplinary and collaborative programs created by community members in Providence and beyond

IGNITE Series PVD+ Projects

These exciting projects, catalyzed by Providence and Rhode Island-based artists, are currently in development with support from Brown Arts IGNITE. Please check back soon for more information about opportunities to engage with these artists and their evolving works at Brown and beyond.

Scandalous Conduct: A Fairy Extravaganza
Conceived and created by Jason Tranchida and Matthew Lawrence

An experimental musical documentary addressing homophobia and military surveillance by reconstructing the 1919 Newport Navy vaudeville staging of Jack and the Beanstalk and juxtaposing with archival narratives of the 1919 entrapment scandal. Conceived and curated by Jason Tranchida and Matthew Lawrence (Providence-based artist duo, co-curators of Headmaster).

Courtyards: Pansori Cycle
Conceived and created by Mary-Kim Arnold and Bonnie Jones

A series of four collaborative and theatrical “playlet” pieces that reimagine pansori (a traditional Korean court opera form combining song, story, and gesture). Curated by Mary-Kim Arnold (author, artist, and educator) and Bonnie Jones (Providence-based composer and writer).

An Activation by the Haus of Glitter
Conceived and created by The Haus of Glitter Dance Company + Performance Lab + Preservation Society

A multidisciplinary research, performance, and community curriculum disrupts and transform the commemoration of Esek Hopkins, who was hired by the Brown brothers to command the horrific voyage of the slavery ship “Sally.” Proposed and created by the five co-founders and co-directors of The Haus of Glitter: Assitan Coulibaly, Anthony "AM." Andrade, Steven Choummalaithong, Trent Lee, & Matthew Garza ’11.

Panther Art: The Work of Pleasant View Elementary School
Conceived and created by Robert Boerner and Anne Boerner

An exhibition of art by Pre-K through fifth-grade Pleasant View Elementary students, aiming to connect local students with the arts and resources in their community. Curated by Robert Boerner (art teacher, Pleasant View Elementary School) and Anne Boerner.

the dead teach me how to die by letting me wildly live
Conceived and created by Laura Brown-Lavoie and Kei Soares Cobb

A multidisciplinary project involving the inaugural tree-planting of The Emergent Forest — a Providence nonprofit dedicated to planting urban food forests — and an Emergent Forest podcast series, hosting guest speakers and community dialogue. Curated by Laura Brown-Lavoie (poet and farmer) and Kei Soares Cobb (composer, choreographer, and Afrofuturist artist-healer).

(Machine) Learning to Be
Conceived and created by Ioana Jucan and Company

A hybrid (online and in-person) performance blending theater, dance, hip hop, and artistic experiments with machine learning to explore alternative modes of engaging with our data-filled world and possibilities of more equitable futures alongside AI. Curated by Ioana Jucan with Enongo Lumumba-Kasongo (Assistant Professor, Music; performs as SΔMMUS), and others.