PPL kicks off Exhibition & Program Series

Series of Cut-Paper Animation Workshops by RIMOSA Offered as Part of PORTALS: The History of the Future, PPL’s 2016 Exhibition & Program Series, Begins Feb. 10
– Providence Public Library has kicked off its 2016 Exhibition & Program Series -- this year titled PORTALS: The History of the Future -- this month and invites kids 9 and up to sign up for a series of Cut-Paper Animation Workshops being offered in conjunction with RI Museum of Science and Art and Providence Community Library. Kids can register for the workshops at: www.provlib.org.

Transform still pictures from PPL’s image collections and make your own animated short film! A series of Cut-Paper Animation Workshops, a creative learning opportunity for the youth of Providence, will take place at five libraries in the city from February through April.  Participants will learn how to transform still pictures, actual reproductions of images from PPL’s collections of patents, textiles, periodicals, and more into animated shorts. The shorts will be screened at a special premiere event at PPL. 

February 10 – Providence Public Library | 4 – 6 pm
March 9 – Wanskuck Library | 3:30 – 5:30 pm
April 15 – Olneyville Library | 10 am – 12 pm
April 20 – Washington Park Library | 2:30 – 4:30 pm
April 21 – Rochambeau Library | 2 – 4 pm

The PORTALS: The History of the Future exhibition will officially open March and will highlight the material trails left by the people of the past as they looked to the future. It will include imaginative visions of futures that never came to pass, illustrations of fantastical contraptions, reflections on the nature of time, and other artifacts testifying to a human desire to visit eras besides our own.
PORTALS: The History of the Future is PPL’s second annual Exhibition & Program Series. “As we began with DON’T STOP THE MUSIC in 2015, we seek to engage the community in a multi-faceted conversation inspired by history and our collections. In addition to an exhibition featuring PPL’s unique collections, along with contributions and program offerings by many partner organizations, our goal with this library/community-wide experience is to provide a broad range of interactive and creative learning opportunities for all ages,” said Library Director Jack Martin.
Through the PORTALS exhibition, interactive program experiences and more, we’ll be studying the imagined futures of generations past while offering opportunities for all ages to explore current visions for the future. From technology to fashion, we’ll present how people of the past looked into the future (and what they saw). And, we’ll invite today’s visionaries to think ahead and even do their own experimentation.
Portals: The History of the Future is sponsored by Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and Nordstrom. Exhibition and programming partners include: RIMOSA, RISD Continuing Education, Cable Car Cinema & Café, Community MusicWorks, Design Agency, Ladd Observatory, The Providence Athenaeum, The John Hay Library at Brown University, University of Rhode Island 4-H Spin Club, The Met School, Nordstrom Visual Merchandising Team, Providence Community Libraries, and this year’s Creative Fellow Walker Mettling.
(release from Providence Public Library)