Providence, RI – Community Health Innovations
of Rhode Island are pleased to announce the unveiling of a community mural
under the walking bridge of Billy Taylor Park as part of
their ongoing oral history project of the Mount Hope Neighborhood: East
Side. At the event attendees can enjoy an oral history of the
neighborhood and storytelling performances from local artists. The event
takes place on Saturday, September 16th at 4pm in Billy Taylor Park on Cypress
Street and is free and open to the public.
Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island’s (CHI-RI), Mt.
Hope Empowerment Dialogue for Community Action (EDCA), the Mt. Hope Young
Women’s Group, and local artists have come together to create a public
art project in Billy Taylor Park located in the Mt. Hope Neighborhood of
Providence, RI. The mural is part of a larger oral history project led by
CHI-RI, highlighting the stories and recollections of
life-long Mt. Hope residents and intended to reflect the
neighborhood’s history in order to inform the present and inspire the future.
The original concept of the mural came from spoken word
artist and muralist Hannah Resseger, who for the Mount Hope Learning Center for
14 years with the last 3 as Site Director Hannah is joined by Cathren Housley,
a community artist, and Elijah Faris, a graduate of Hope High and now a student
at RISD. The mural design was informed by a survey and interviews of community
members. The final design selection was chosen by many who contributed to the
concept design and others in the community.
The event will feature performances from Sylvia Ann Soares,
B-Mor7, Mt. Hope Young Women's Group and mural artists B-Mor7, Cathren Housley,
and Elijah Faris will be present to describe their creative process.
For more information please visit: Stories of Mt
Hope: East Side
Funding for this project came in part from the City of
Providence Department of Art, Culture and Tourism’s pilot Neighborhood
Artist-In-Residence Program, a new initiative designed to support
community-based organizations to pair with an artist to address community
driven projects. Additional support provided by the Partnership for