meet our spring 2016 immersion program practitioners


“The AS220 Practice//Practice residency reminded me why I do this impossible work and who I am in relation to the work.  Hearing the stories of my cohort and the incredible staff at AS220 reignited my passion and reaffirmed that we’re not in this alone. Practically, the program taught me a ton about the stuff you always want to know but never ask.  Plus I got to sneak a look behind the scenes at the inner workings of a great arts organization.  Now, stop reading these testimonies and just apply!”

— Paul Margrave, Marketing & Box Office Coordinator, Brown University

PART_1461710100729“The takeaway…mind blowing, transformational. Practice//Practice’s Immersive Residency program exceeded all my expectations. Living in Providence the last seven years, I went into the program with some knowledge of AS220’s organization, but I had no true understanding of their true commitment to the greater community. The experience is informing and articulating so much of what I hope to do in my own community. I learned so much from the staff, artists and my fellow residents who opened up and shared their experiences, dreams, and struggles. We can make change, big or small. Programs like this exists to give us not only the tools but also the strength and hope to carry on as cultural agents.” 

Erin Timms, Calvin Center for the Arts

qa_mena (1)“This residency was equal parts life-changing and inspiring. I can’t say how necessary this was for my life: to help me center my life and professional work around the values that drive me, to connect meaningfully with such a wonderful and varied community of artists and leaders working toward the same goals in our own different ways, and most of all to help me remember why I do the work that I do. The practical components, budgeting, development, building management, staff and board management, were indispensable and extremely detailed. But more than anything I now feel embedded in a community of arts and managers that are truly colleagues and peers in the world. When we are so often working alone against a great many difficulties in the arts world, that sense of collaboration, of friendship, of support is perhaps the most valuable asset to have. I can’t recommend this experience highly enough.”

– Erica Mena, Executive Director & Editor
American Literary Translators Association; Drunken Boat Media

Richard Benge
Executive Director, Arts Access Aotearoa, Wellington, New Zealand

Michele Bosak
Curator of Exhibitions, Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI

Oreen Cohen
Public Artist & Curator, Pittsburgh, PA

Jan De Wilde
UX Designer / UI Lead, MIT IS&T, Providence, RI

Tina Dillman
Director, Project Grant, Buffalo, NY

Lauren Gardner
Organizer & Co-Owner School for Poetic Computation & Babycastles, Brooklyn, NY

Carey Good
Co-Founder, Hot Noon Printmaking Collective, Providence, RI

Alexis Grabowski
Boston University, M.S. in Arts Admin Degree Program, Harpswell, ME

Lizzie Araujo Haller
Cultural Affairs Manager, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence, Providence, RI

Kristen Holler
Executive Director, Albany Barn, Inc., Albany, NY

Paul Margrave
Marketing & Box Office Coordinator, Brown University, Providence, RI

Erica Mena
Executive Director & Editor, American Literary Translators Association; Drunken Boat Media, Boston, MA

Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy
President, Laotian Community Center of RI, Providence, RI

Casey Polomaine
Operations Manager, Albany Barn, Inc., Albany, NY

Lucia Rollow
Founder/Director, Bushwick Community Darkroom, Brooklyn, NY

Beth Anne Royer
craftass // Project Manager, threedogparty // City of Bridgeport, CT, Milford, CT

Erin Timms
Calvin Center for the Arts, Providence, RI / Youngstown, OH

Melanie Yugo
Co-Director/Co-Owner, Spins & Needles/Possible Worlds, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada