Funding supports Urban Bush Women in Rhode Island:
FirstWorks was honored to receive a 2015 Major Grant by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for $13,000 to fund Urban Bush Women in Rhode Island: Art Activating Community. The grant came in response to a question we often ask ourselves; What is the role that art, artists and activists play in transforming community, and what can art say to us about race, gender, and class at this point in time?
In response to this question, FirstWorks is curating a multidisciplinary project that culminates with the February 2016 residency by Urban Bush Women, an all-female African-American dance troupe whose socially conscious dance has inspired neighborhood change and challenged stereotypes for over 30 years.
The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities that seeds, supports and strengths public history, cultural heritage, civic education and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.
Watch this space for more updates on our program. This is only a small part of our exciting 2015/2016 season!