POD Invited to Exhibit at Brown University's Youth Arts Day

POD was delighted to have been invited to exhibit at Youth Arts Day a collaboration between Brown University's Department of Theater Arts and Performance Studies and the Providence Youth Arts Collaborative. The event took place at Brown's Granoff Center for the Arts and POD's exhibit showcased teens' work from its POD@RISD Portfolio class.

Posted on November 25, 2014 .

POD's Summer Portrait Studio a Great Success

As the result of the generosity of the Angell Foundation, Project Open Door was able to offer its teens the opportunity to work for a week this Summer with artist Munir Mohammed. In this week long portrait painting class, Munir guided the students through the stages and techniques involved in creating either a self-portrait or a portrait of someone they admired. The results were just remarkable, especially considering the fact that the paintings were completed in just 5 days.

Posted on July 28, 2014 .

Project Open Door Creates Mural at Davies Career & Technical High School

Project Open Door instructor Munir Mohammed guided a loyal band of Davies teens this Spring semester through the entire process of the creation a mural at the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School based on the school's motto of Respect, Responsibility, and Ready to Succeed. The result was quite extraordinary and Project Open Door and Munir have been invited back in the Fall to create a second mural in collaboration with Davies students.

Posted on June 26, 2014 .

New Project Open Door Publication Now Available

"Life at My House 2," which documents the Fall 2013 Project Open Door artist-residency at the Charles E. Shea Senior High School in Pawtucket, Rhode Island is now available for purchase online from Blurb. The residency was a photographic collaboration between students from Shea together with photographer Jo Sittenfeld and writer Sara Leibel. Shea students met weekly after school to discuss and critique their work. In addition to the producing photographs, students developed written narratives that explored ideas of cultural identity. The residency was made possible as a result of the generous support of the Surdna Foundation and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA).

Posted on April 3, 2014 .

Atrium Gallery Exhibit was a Great Success

Project Open Door's exhibition, in collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, at the Rhode Island Statehouse's Atrium Gallery  was a great success! Congratulations to all of the talented young artists who shared their work. The quality of the teens' work was acknowledged with receipt of personal citations signed by Rhode Island's Governor, Lincoln Chafee.

Posted on March 5, 2014 .

Project Open Door at the RISCA Atrium Gallery

Join RISD Project Open Door and RISCA - Rhode Island State Council on the Arts at the Atrium Gallery for an exhibition celebrating the outstanding work created by POD students from high schools across Rhode Island. The show will be on view from February 4th - February 27th. Come with family and friends to a reception for the artists on (NOTE DATE CHANGE) Tuesday, February 25th from 5:30 - 7:30PM. 

Posted on January 28, 2014 .

POD Teens Awarded Scholastic Art Awards Keys


Congratulations to two Project Open Door and Shea High School teens who were awarded Scholastic Art Award Keys in the judging that took place at Salve Regina University a week ago. Amy Laguna was awarded a Silver Key in the Drawing category and Angelina Fang was awarded a Gold Key for her Photography Portfolio. Congratulations also need to be extended to Shea art teacher, Otelinda Charpentier and Project Open Door photographer-in-residence Jo Sittenfeld. Amy and Angelina's work will be on exhibition at the Hamilton Gallery, Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island from January 21st to February 2nd.

Posted on January 19, 2014 .

Shea Students Exhibit Their Work at RISD's RED EYE Gallery

Students from the Charles E. Shea Jr. Senior High School in Pawtucket who have been working throughout this semester with Project Open Door artists-in-residence Jo Sittenfeld and Sarah Leibel in a project entitled "Personal Narratives Through Photographs and Writing" have their photographs exhibited at RISD's RED EYE Gallery along with photographs by RISD and Brown University students.

Posted on December 2, 2013 .

POD Teaching Artist Karina Yanez Introduces Her Students to RISD's Collection of Artists' Books

Project Open Door Teaching Artist Karina Yanez, who this semester is establishing a new POD-in-Schools after-school program at Mount Pleasant High School, arranged for her students to visit RISD's Fleet Library this week. Prior to the visit, Special Collections Librarian Laurie Whitehill Chong working in consultation with Karina had selected a range of artists' books selected to provide the Mount Pleasant students with a sense of what's possible when an artist puts her/his imagination to conveying a particular narrative in book form.

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Posted on November 30, 2013 .

RISD Faculty Member Teaches Saturday Portfolio Class

Clara Lieu who teaches in RISD's Division of Foundations Studies is having an enormous impact on teens enrolled in Project Open Door's Saturday morning Portfolio class. On a recent visit, we saw Clara's  students working simultaneously on two portraits of two different models.

Clara advises a POD Portfolio teen.

Clara advises a POD Portfolio teen.

Posted on November 30, 2013 .

A Studio Filled with Light

The Sculptural Lighting Class has been hard at work all week in the POD studio. This unique 3D class has challenged students to build functional light sculptures. Check out the following link to see some of the work in progress. Stay tuned for photos of the final projects! 

RISD Adjunct Professor Michael Lamar, critiques the beginning models

RISD Adjunct Professor Michael Lamar, critiques the beginning models

Posted on August 9, 2013 .

Exhibition on the Move


The Project Open Door Window Exhibition is moving to a new location. The windows at the URI library on Washington Street received too much direct sunlight for our display. We have temporarily taken down the exhibition and will find a new home for the work by the end of the month. 

Posted on July 1, 2013 and filed under Announcements.

Sculptural Lighting Summer Class

Since today is the first day of summer- it is the perfect time to announce our new summer class! We are offering a free one-week intensive 3D workshop on sculptural lighting, taught by RISD Professor, Michael Lamar.  
The class will run from 9:30-4:00 August 5-10, 2013. Applications are due July 12. If you are interested in applying, please email pod@risd.edu.  

Posted on June 21, 2013 and filed under Announcements.

Providence Art Window Exhibition Opening!

A preview of one section of the window exhibit

A preview of one section of the window exhibit

Please join us on Thursday June 20th from 5-9 pm to celebrate the opening of the Project Open Door window exhibition! We have been given 15 windows at the URI Feinstein Providence Campus Gallery- 80 Washington Street. 

The works displayed are the cumulative efforts of POD teens from across Rhode Island responding to ideas about animals, monsters, and myth from around the world.  These young artists considered how creatures have influenced culture and served as a means of cultural communication.  Four teams of students explored different traditional motifs and developed innovative techniques to filter these narratives through their contemporary artistic viewpoints. 

Posted on June 17, 2013 and filed under Announcements.

The Annual RISD Apparel Show

POD teens from Central Falls High School, Davies Career and Technical High School and Woonsocket High School attended the apparel show. Congratulations to POD Alum, Carmela Wilkins, who was a model in the show!

Every spring RISDʼs Apparel Design students have an opportunity to drape, zipper and buckle their creations onto fabulous looking models, offering the perfect foil for showing the clothing to an admiring public. This yearʼs runway show will take place for an enthusiastic audience of RISD people and community members it is the first and best chance to get an up-close view of the fashion tastemakers and trendsetters of the future.

Work for each Collection is chosen by a panel of guest critics and represents specific assignments given to sophomores, juniors and seniors in Apparel Design. Seniors display their thesis projects — unified bodies of work that showcase professional-grade conceptual and technical skills; juniors focus on knitwear projects and coat collections; sophomore “innovatives" projects are created from nontraditional materials.

Posted on May 22, 2013 .

Featured Partnership


Rhode Island Partnerships for Success has a simple but bold mission: To leverage the educational assets of Rhode Island’s institutions of higher education to enhance PK-16 school-based partnerships that prepare students to realize their own goals in higher education, careers, and active citizenship. RISD Project Open Door has been chosen as a Featured Partnership. Read more at  http://ripartnerships.org/2013/04/26/increasing-access-to-art-design/

Posted on May 1, 2013 .

Design Connections Tours Hasbro Toy Company

Project Open Door designer-in-residence Bobbi Jarvis and her husband Brian Jarvis - a designer at Hasbro -  arranged for students from the William M. Davies Jr. Career & Technical High School participating in the RISD-based "Design Connections" class to tour the worldwide headquarters of the Hasbro toy company based in Pawtucket, Rhode Island this afternoon.

Design Connections at Hasbro

Design Connections at Hasbro

Posted on April 24, 2013 .

Exploring Indian Folk Art @ J. M. Walsh High School

Rohini Sen, RISD MA candidate in the Community Arts Education track is currently teaching a class at the Jaqueline M. Walsh School for Performing and VIsual Arts in Pawtucket based on Indian Folk Art as part of the POD-in-Schools program. The image below is of a piece of Madhubani work by Chamnan Ok

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Posted on April 9, 2013 .