Providence, RI 02905
Join us for our weekly program! The Queer Umbrella is a supportive and informative class open to ages 12 and up. The first hour will be focused on queer education and the second hour will be with DIY crafts and maker space.
Special guest this week!! Artist/activist Becci Davis
Monument Shifts is a public workshop to spark conversation and collective action about monuments, commemoration practices and the politics of public space.
Recently in Providence, the Christopher Columbus monument of Reservoir Triangle was removed from public view after calls for its removal reached a boiling point. The future of the statue is still uncertain. Meanwhile, monuments to Revolutionary War heroes Esek Hopkins and Nathaniel Greene still stand. Hopkins served as the captain of a slave ship and Greene maintained three Southern plantations where hundreds of people were enslaved.
Residents of the city have the power to help shape the cultural and physical landscapes of their community. In attending this workshop, you will learn more about these three monuments and how to use your voice in service of creating the type of public space you want to utilize.
Becci Davis was born on a military installation in Georgia named after General Henry L. Benning of the Confederate States Army. Her birth initiated her family’s first generation after the Civil Rights Act and its fifth generation post-Emancipation. Becci is a Rhode Island-based interdisciplinary artist who finds inspiration in exploring natural and cultural landscapes, as well as, her experiences as a daughter, mother, American, and Southern born and raised, Black woman.
After earning her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2017, Becci was the recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Visual Art, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres, the Providence Public Library Creative Fellowship, and the RISD Museum Artist Fellowship. She was also featured as one of Art New England magazine’s 10 Emerging Artists of 2019.
Working across disciplines, Becci collects still and moving images, documents, sound and oral narratives. Using this collection of evidence combined with her own interpretation and response, she constructs what Pierre Nora would call realms of memory, devices for remembering people, places, and events. Using these devices along with physically occupying space with her body, Becci creates a new history and personal geography.
Note: All library programs will take place outside in our courtyard under our library tent.