As AS220’s Foo Fest, Kari Percival and I created “Foo-topia.” The Providence art center kindly invited us to be artists-in-residence for this year’s street festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017, and we led a Utopia parade, organized talks, designed a photobooth, and led a workshop to help visitors make bird masks. It was all about utopia (Foo-topia) and making the world a better place. And we’re so, so thankful to everyone who helped us and took part.
Thanks to the Black Out Drum Squad, who led our Foo-topia parade, and all the folks who danced along with us wearing masks and carrying bird puppets and signs and our giant rainbow.
Thanks to the folks who presented the Foo University talks on the lawn about art, global warming, and resistance: Amanda Babson of Citizens Climate Lobby Rhode Island; Shey Rivera, artistic director of AS220; Allison Cole of Solidarity Sundays; and Shawna Rihani of Indivisible Rhode Island.
Thanks to Neal Walsh, David Dvorchak, Jacob Nathan, Shawn Wallace, Chris Anderson and all the other amazing AS220 folks who invited us into their dazzling world and helped make this happen. Thanks to Todd Linkner who helped so much with the set up. Thanks to Sharon Gold of Citizens Climate Lobby Rhode Island and Andy Acciaioli, Alma Gotlieb, Philip Graham, Kathy Acciaioli, Liz Tedder and Rob Tedder of Invisible Rhode Island who spoke to visitors about their efforts.
Thank you all for helping us make a little bit of utopia in downtown Providence!