May 28, 2021 -- Cultural Content
Dear Friends,

Today, Friday, May 28, is the last day to register for The Dreamscape Archives, a mixed-media virtual ritual and invitation to commune with both your ancestors and descendants as you explore one possible trajectory seven generations into the future! Presented in collaboration with PPL’s current series SLEEP MODE, this virtual ritual, co-curated by artists Gina Rodríguez-Drix and Dara Bayer, centers BIPOC community members, but all are invited; the project will be capped at 100 participants. Learn more about The Dreamscape Archives and the project’s co-curators, and access the registration link for participation here – but don’t delay!
In other SLEEP MODE news, please join us Tuesday, June 1 at noon when series curator Angela DiVeglia will be joined by RISD Museum Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles Laurie Brewer for a Curator’s Conversation focused on the themes of “Hibernation and Introspection” (possibly including cicadas). Learn more and register here!
For our final Curator’s Conversation, which will take place Monday, June 14 at noon, join Angela plus Dreamscape Archives co-curators Gina Rodríguez-Drix and Dara Bayer in a discussion of “Visions, Warnings, and Instructions,” register here.

Also on Monday, June 14: at 7pm Dara and Gina will give a virtual Artists Talk about The Dreamscape Archives project – the final event that wakens us from our long, dreamy state of SLEEP MODE.

Register for remaining events in the series, and view and listen to previous events, including Audio Essays and Curator’s Conversations, here!
PPL is excited to be part of the team producing
PVDFest Ideas, a forum for big thinking in public, this year focused on projects that engage the themes of commemoration and legacy. PVDFest Ideas programs will take place between mid-June 2021, and late September 2021; learn more about the festival and how to submit a proposal here. And we invite you to read essays on these themes by PPL’s Janaya Kizzie, along with those presented by our Ideas partners: FirstWorks, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the RI Council for the Humanities, and the RI Historical Society.
And finally, after a year of distance and isolation, PPL’s incredible Development staff has put together a week-long celebration of all things PPL, combining virtual events with a sprinkling of in-person activities, social media hijinks, community fundraising, and JOY! During PPL Spirit Week, June 7 to 11, we have a little something for everyone, including palette-matching, pizza, pets, time-travel, trivia, wig-wearing, literary cosPPLay, shopping for a cause, building community support, and more. Visit our Facebook Event and RSVP “Attending” to get spirited updates here!

We hope to see you soon!
In gratitude,

Christina Bevilacqua
Programs & Exhibitions Director

Janaya Kizzie
Events Coordinator

PPL's 2020 Creative Fellow Kelly Eriksen Perez recently presented Sound Collecting:
a Workshop, you can watch a video of the workshop and collect sounds along with the prompts here. It’s a great prequel experience to Kelly’s Creative Fellowship project, “Yesterdays,” a sound installation that will be live at PPL later this summer. Here’s Kelly’s description of the project, which we offer to pique your curiosity and get you thinking about tuning into the sounds in your life:
"’Yesterdays’ is an installation made of a microphone, an amp, a Bela board, and a radio transmitter. It prompts library-goers to record their voices responding to the words “Yesterday I…” or “Yesterday I heard…”. The voice-recordings will be collected and broadcast on a continuous loop throughout the library and surrounding area. When making this installation, I’ve been thinking about levels of listening—what you can hear without trying too hard, what you can hear but requires focus, and what you feel or know to be happening, but is happening just outside your range of hearing. I am interested in the idea of voices and happenings moving through, around, and between us, and being able to hear those voices once we tune in.”