The Finale Of The New Urban Arts Conversation Series, Featuring: Jerry Beck, Wednesday April 30 from 5-7pm
Please join us Wednesday April 30 from 5-7pm for a Conversation with Jerry Beck, the Founding Director of the Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA. This is the last gathering of Conversations, a series that invites unique individuals to share how they integrate creativity into their personal and professional lives. Conversations are located at and are free and open to the public.
743 Westminster Street
and are free and open to the public.
Jerry Beck, Founder and Artistic Director of the Revolving Museum, is a nationally recognized artist educator and cultural leader dedicated to the use of creative vision, personal empowerment, and community celebration for social change.
Beck launched the Revolving Museum in 1984 with “The Little Train That Could…Show,” an installation in 12 abandoned railroad cars. This public art project marked the beginning of the museums’ role as a nomadic institution dedicated to transforming abandoned and or under-utilized public spaces into innovative community arts projects. These projects fostered a civic dialogue about art, the urban and natural environment, site history, and social concerns as well as creating a sense of community between artists and the public.
Some of his projects include: a boat ride cabaret, an exhibition and performance in a 200 year-old rum factory, a building made entirely of newspaper at a landfill site in Queens, NY, and a large-scale public art series responding to neglected spaces surrounded Boston City Hall.
Jerry has been an artist-in-residence, teacher, lecturer and community arts advisor with many cultural and educational institutions, including RISD, Very Special Arts International, Brown University, and National Organization of Artist’s Space. He has exhibited at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, Artist Space in NYC, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Mass MOCA, and The RISD Museum. He has been recognized with grants and fellowships from the NEA, Lila Wallace Readers Digest Arts International Grant Initiative, Pew Charitable Trust, and the Mass Cultural Council PLUS and he has been published and reviewed in The New York times, Art in America, Art Forum, and The Boston Globe.
*New Urban Arts Series: Conversations on Creative Practice is made possible through generous support of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. This event is organized by New Urban Arts Fellows, Andrew Oesch and Peter Hocking. For more information, visit www.newurbanarts.org.
About New Urban Arts
New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence, Rhode Island. Our mission is to build a vital learning community that empowers young people, developing creative practices they can sustain throughout their lives. We serve 150 high school students and 18 emerging artists through after-school and summer programs each year.