AS220 is a non-profit community arts center located in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island.
AS220 was founded in 1985 on the principle that freedom of expression is crucial for the development of strong communities and individual spirits. AS220′s vision for a local unjuried and uncensored forum for the arts was launched in a one-room rental above the Providence Performing Arts Center with a budget of just $800. Today, the non-profit owns and enlivens three mixed-use buildings, each one earning a Historic Preservation Award, in the heart of Providence’sdowntown. AS220 is credited as a national model for urban revitalization and has been recognized for its catalytic role in the revival of community in downtown Providence.
AS220 has earned a national reputation synonymous with an egalitarian, accessible approach to creative community – offering an alternative to the obstacles of conventional presenting venues. We provide an inclusive forum for any and all Rhode Island artists to share their original artwork embracing the full spectrum of the arts: theatre, dance, poetry, photography, music, printmaking, creative “hacking”, painting, puppetry, and beyond. Though sizable, AS220 is bursting at the seams with: four rotating gallery spaces, a performance space, a youth program, a recording studio, a print shop, a darkroom and media arts lab, a high-tech fabrication and electronics lab, a black-box theatre, a dance studio, four dozen affordable live/work studios, an AS220 owned and operated bar and restaurant, plus a handful of locally-grown non-profit and commercial tenants. Each year, AS220 serves over 4,000 artists, reaching an audience 90,000 strong – and growing.
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AS220 on 10/30/2013 at 09:30PM
It's getting cold, things are dying, leaves are alluringly pretty, people shiver on the beach-- their sweaters thick and wooly. No one is getting tan. It's autumn in Rhode Island and it's profound and frightening. However, the scariest thing of all is the sickening amount of talent on the AS220 Fall Sampler. It's just stupidly grotesque. In the karmic schema of the world it is definitely not fair that the smallest state is endowed with the crushing force of artistry found in all these musical acts. So, grab a pumpkin spice latte, an apple dripping in caramel and your favorite pair of speakers and blast these tunes from a handful of bands in the ocean state. It arrives just in time for Halloween. Listen here!
AS220 on 08/31/2013 at 01:00AM
Dive in the Narragansett, drinking a Narragansett, listening to this comp on waterproof headphones.
The community arts center AS220 in downtown Providence has curated another great seasonal mix showcasing local musicians who have performed at their space. Settle into your favorite pair of yellow rubber pants and get chummy with this great seasonal sampler, reeling in great tracks from Rhode Island bands The Low Anthem, Harry and the Potters, Lolita Black, Trip Dicks, and Humanbeast.