For release: June 7, 2019
A new work of public art, featuring a howling coyote on a vintage Rhode Island postcard, has been created by students, alumni and the Visual Arts Department faculty of The Wheeler School as part of a new Thayer Street Public Art Project in Providence. A ribbon cutting for the work with artists, representatives from the City of Providence, and members of the Thayer Street District Management Authority, is set for 1 pm, Thursday, June 13 at 294 Thayer Street. The public is invited.
In search of a theme for the new Thayer Street mural proposal, the Wheeler Visual Arts department made use of earlier projects by the Wheeler Environmental Science department in an ongoing study of the growing coyote population in Rhode Island. Robert Martin, Chair of Visual Arts at Wheeler, said of the new artwork’s theme, “Our goal is to create a public display that will highlight the animal’s growing presence in our state through a juxtaposition of traditional views of the coyote from the Southwest (how most viewers might associate where coyotes live) with images from Rhode Island (where most viewers might not readily think of as a place where coyotes live). We chose the souvenir picture postcard as our vehicle and collage as our medium. We teach collage in many different guises throughout our curriculum and the project is well-suited for this medium of expression as it calls for a careful selection and repositioning of elements from different pictures to create a new composition” Photography students in the Wheeler Upper School Advanced Art Seminar combined several versions of Southwest and Rhode Island-based postcards using Adobe Photoshop. A website address for the Rhode Island-based CoyoteSmarts public information initiative is included in the mural to lead visitors to learn more.
“It is our goal for viewers of the proposed billboard to stop, take notice — and photographs — and wonder why a coyote in its “familiar” environment of the Southwest should be accompanied with a text that announces, ‘Greetings from Rhode Island,’ said Martin. “In the new mural, landmark views of the state are also contained within the block lettering, adding to the collaged-intention of colliding two previously unrelated frameworks: the southwestern landscape and the Ocean State: now united by the mutual habitation of the coyote and rendered large by the artful design of our students.”
Wheeler School Head Allison Gaines Pell said, “this type of creative undertaking engages our students as members of the neighborhood to create something that the nearby college and university communities, visitors and the whole City of Providence can enjoy. The hours of work to research, design and then create this new community landmark on Thayer Street is part of our academic mission to have students ‘learn their powers and be answerable for their use.’ We are delighted that Wheeler is able to add to the vibrant landscape of Thayer Street in a way that is both educational and joyful.”
Paul Griesinger, President of Capstone Properties said of the project, “We are thrilled to be working with The Wheeler School and the TSDMA to initiate the first art installation on Thayer Street. We hope to continue with other similar projects to bring art to the street in thought-provoking presentations.”
Donna Personeus, Executive Director of the Thayer Street District Management Authority, added, “TSDMA has been developing our Thayer Street Public Art Program for the past several years. It was always our goal to engage the community around Thayer Street in the process. In the Wheeler School, we have found the perfect partner for our public art program.”
TO THE MEDIA:
Students and teachers will join a number of local business and government leaders at the ribbon-cutting Thursday, June 13 from 1-2 pm at 294 Thayer St. (alley near Blue State Coffee). Among those expected to attend are Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony, Representative Edie Ajello, Senator Gayle Goldin, Providence City Council President Sabina Matos, members of the College Hill Neighborhood Association and members of the Thayer Street District Management Authority Board of Directors.
For more information contact:
Laurie Flynn, Director of Strategic Communication, The Wheeler School, 401.578-7285
or Donna Personeus, Executive Director, Thayer Street District Management Authority, 401.497.5102.
Photos courtesy of The Wheeler School of the work in progress.
Thayer Street Merchants Welcome Brown Accepted Students with special offers during student campus tours next two weekends.
Thayer Street, Providence, RI: Brown Accepted Students will be touring the Brown University campus this weekend and next weekend. We will be seeing over 1000 new people (students and parents) over the next two weeks.
Participating Thayer Street Merchants welcome Brown Accepted Students with special offers. Brown Accepted Students visiting the campus over the next two weekends
(4/7/19-4/15/19) only need to will show you their Brown Accepted Student Program to receive their special Thayer Merchant discounts.
Participating Thayer Street Merchants and their special offers:
Restaurants & Quick Eats
Ben and Jerry's (224 Thayer Street)
Buy One Small or Large Cup or Cone and Get the Same Size Free
by CHLOE. (vegan) (223 Thayer)
Combo Meals Starting at $13.95.
Includes your choice of our burgers, fries and certain beverages.
Add a cookie for $1.50 and/or Soup for $2.50.
Kabob and Curry (261 Thayer Street)
15% off food bill
La Creperie (82 Fones Alley)
10% off the total purchase
Starbucks (218 Thayer Street)
Happy Hour Sale Thursday 4/4 from 3pm on. Grande espresso beverages for $3.
Subway (114 Waterman)
10% off, non sale items
Berk's Shoes and Clothing (272 Thayer Street)
Buy One Item get the Second Item 50% off, vendor restrictions apply.
Denali Outdoor (271 Thayer Street)
10% off your entire purchase
Pie in the Sky (225 Thayer Street)
15% off entire purchase and a free button
Spectrum-India (252 Thayer Street)
We will offer a FREE Gift to all parents.
Urban Outfitters (285 Thayer Street)
Sign up for UO Rewards and get 10% off your entire purchase.
Select Denim $39
Select Spring Dresses $59
New Sale Items Fresh this week!
Base State Vitural Reality (286 Thayer Street)
10% discount to those parents and students (although reservations are suggested). They can use promotion code FH8AYJ3A for online reservations.
Providence, RI; In support of the Providence Children's Film Festival coming to the Avon Cinema and Wheeler, the Thayer Street Merchants, both retail and restaurants are offering extra perks to film festival volunteers and attendees. A volunteer only need to flash their volunteer badge and attendees can use their ticket stubs to received discounts up and down Thayer (see list below). Free Parking has been secured by the Thayer Street District
Management Authority (TSDMA) working with Brown University will also be offering free parking in Lot# 11 on Saturday & Sundays during the festival for both volunteers and attendees. Check with PCFF for parking details.
TICKET HOLDER PERKS
Present a Festival ticket or stub between Feb. 13-21 to receive:
Providence, RI; BigBelly Solar Trash Containers were installed on Thayer Street replacing traditional barrel style trash cans. Funded by the TSDMA, the BigBelly compactors are the latest in public trash technology.
Make sure to stop by our Thayer Street District booth.
We will have free face painting for 2 hours (approx 11-1) and discount coupons &
upcoming event information for the following Thayer Businesses: