Upcycled art gardens come to Cranston Public Library

Cranston Public Library and Artists' Exchange Bring Upcycled Art Gardens to Libraries

A recent collaboration between Cranston Public Library and Artists' Exchange is about to produce some remarkable results: upcycled gardens for library lawns. 

During the months of April and May, instructors and volunteers from Artists' Exchange will hold free, drop-in craft sessions for children and teens at various Cranston Public Library locations. During the programs, Cranston youth will transform ordinary recyclables into blooms and blossoms fit for the season. The outcome? Unique pick-a-flower art installations to tie the community together in support of local arts and Earth Day. 

Drop-in events will take place on various Saturdays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Any interested crafter, ages 10+, is invited to drop in and participate. No sign-up or registration is required: 

Auburn Branch | Saturday, April 16
396 Pontiac Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island 02910

Oak Lawn Branch | Saturday, April 30
230 Wilbur Ave
Cranston, Rhode Island 02921

Central Library | Saturday, May 7
140 Sockanosset Cross Rd
Cranston, Rhode Island 02920

William Hall Library | Saturday, May 14
1825 Broad St
Cranston, Rhode Island 02905

Each participating location is currently accepting donations of clean recyclables for use in this project. Needed materials include:

•    Wire coat hangers
•    Soda cans and bottles
•    2-liter soda bottles
•    Water bottles
•    Colored plastic caps

Artists' Exchange is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. Artists' Exchange is home to multiple art studios, a gallery, art boutique and café, and a secondary venue, Theatre 82 & Character's Cafe, a multi-use performance, meeting, instructional space and restaurant serving full breakfast and lunch. Join us for enriching programs, classes and a variety of events, in art, theater and music.

Cranston Public Library is a six-branch library system, bringing people, information and ideas together with a mission to enrich lives and strengthen the community.

The CW