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Our spring 2015 program season is made possible in part by the generous support of Campus Fine Wines, The Felicia Fund, RI State Council on the Arts, The Susan Jaffe Tane Foundation, and Taco/The White Family Foundation. 

Programs are made possible in part by a grant from the RI State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the RI General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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The Providence Athenaeum is committed to cultural programming and events for adults and children that accentuate and expand the strengths of the collections and mission of the institution. Exhibits are open to the public. Programs are free unless otherwise noted.

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Calendar of Events

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March 2015 Salons and Programs

Our spring program season is made possible in part by the generous support of Campus Fine Wines, The Felicia Fund, The Susan Jaffe Tane Foundation, and Taco/The White Family Foundation.



Fri 3/6, 5-7pm: SALON: Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive, part 1 - Cable Car Cinema owners Emily Steffian and Daniel Kamil on their research-in-progress into how racial bias in America is reflected in the media, from 19th century children's literature to our modern media landscape.

Tues 3/10, 5:30-7:15pm (5:30pm reception, 6pm program), co-presented with RI Public Radio: Policy & Pinot, a timely conversation series on vital issues facing our state: RIPR Political Roundtable members political reporter Ian Donnis, political analyst Scott MacKay, and URI Professor of Political Science Maureen Moakley gather for "Revenue and Renewal: Raimondo's first two months in office and the challenge of balancing the state budget." Is she living up to her promises? Where will sacrifices have to be made to balance the budget? How can the state generate more economic development? Free and open to the public, reservations required: reservations can be made starting on Tues 3/3 to Jed Thorp, or 401-351-2800. More:

Fri 3/13, 5-7pm: SALON: Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive, part 2 – AS220 Program Director/artist Shey Rivera and artists Jason Curzake and Erick Armbrust on their research-in-progress into the evolution of Narragansett Bay resulting from human use of its shore and waters for industry, tourism, and entertainment. This research will inform a TBA collaborative project for performance and presentation by the artists.

Wed 3/18, 6pm: Athenaeum Annual Meeting. Business to be conducted includes the President's report, the Treasurer's report including financials, other committee reports, and elections. All are welcome.

Fri 3/20, 5-7pm: SALON: Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive, part 3 – AS220 Gallery Assistant and AIR (Artist In Residence) Coordinator Carolyn Gennari and Artistic Director Bert Crenca on their research-in-progress into the history of defining and creating "alternative spaces" in Providence.

Wed 3/25, 6-8pm: Tour of RISD's Fleet Library. If you're a household, individual, or individual under 35 Athenaeum member, have you ever wondered how to take advantage of your borrowing privileges at RISD's Fleet Library? Or are you simply curious to see the stunning interior architecture of the building formerly occupied by the Rhode Island Hospital Trust, and named by Travel + Leisure magazine as one of "America's Most Beautiful College Libraries?" Then join us for a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Fleet. Attendees will meet inside the Fleet Library (entrance at 15 Westminster Street, at the corner with Memorial Boulevard.) More on the Fleet Library: . Please RSVP to Kirsty Dain at or 421-6970 x14.

Fri 3/27, 5-7pm: SALON: Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive, part 4 – Community MusicWorks musicians Laura Cetilia, Jesse Holstein, Sebastian Ruth, and Clara Yang, and Tuvan throat singer/composer Ken Ueno on their research-in-progress into contemplation and its relationship to music. The Salon is presented as part of "Four Contemplations with Ken Ueno," a multi-performance, collaborative project that coincides with the rededication of the RISD Museum's Dainichi Buddha.

Note: The Cultivating Collaboration: Live from the Archive project invites cultural practitioners to engage in research on self-selected topics within the Athenaeum's collections, meet collaboratively with one another throughout the course of their research, and then share their experiences and findings at a series of works-in-progress presentations as part of the Athenaeum Salon. The series will continue in April.