2006-02-16 / Upcoming Events

Lecture features Umberto Crenca talking about art

Umberto Crenca, the founder and artistic director of AS220, a nonprofit, unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts in Providence, will discuss “Democratizing the Arts: The Big Plot” at the Newport Art Museum’s Saturday, Feb. 18, Winter Lecture at 2 p.m.

A visual and performing artist whose work is in the collection of the Newport Art Museum and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Crenca has an extensive history of exhibition and performance. As a leader of AS220, he has been committed to the revitalization of downtown Providence, particularly in regard to urban youth and the arts. He serves on Mayor Cicilline’s Arts Culture and Tourism Advisory Board, and has been a member of the Providence School Board since January 2005. He is also an advisor to the LINC initiative, a national effort to create better support systems for the individual artist.

Crenca has been a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts, the Urban Institute, and the Ford Foundation. In 2003, he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management Course of the Harvard Business School.

This is the seventh in this year’s series of eight Winter Lectures, which is supported by the Newport Collaborative Architects and Spring Bull Studio. Admission is $5 for museum members, $10 for non-members, and includes admission to the museum’s exhibits.

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