Newport, RI – On April 12th, 2018, The Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center was pleased to partner with The Newport Art Museum to present “The Powder Room,” a "6x6" event inspired by the Newport Art Museum's "Domestic Affairs: Domesticity, Identity, and the Home" exhibition. This fast-paced educational event, loosely modeled on the worldwide PechaKucha phenomenon, features six teaching artists, presenting for six minutes each, on provocative topics related to the arts, education, and teaching artistry.
"Domestic Affairs" (on view until May 6th, 2018) explores the concept of home as a private and public space, one that is personal and intimate, as well as social and political. It reflects the identity, ownership, and even the individual and social expectations of family life.
In this charged space, a POWERful group of women shared their experiences as artists, educators, and activists working to inspire and embolden young women today. Presenters included Kara Dunne, multi-media performance artist and educator, Priscilla Carrion, textile artist and community art maker, Abby Donaldson, Adolescent Medicine specialist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Rachel Blumberg, filmmaker and musician from Girls Rock! RI, Jocelyn Foye and Mara Trachtenberg, educators, artists and activists with The Woman Project, and Gail Ahlers, a skilled artist and metal worker, who shared her work on and vision for the multi-faceted Empowerment Factory in Pawtucket. Thank you to our guest speakers, Cristin Searles, The Newport Art Museum's Director of Visitor Services and Community Engagement for all of her help in organizing this event, and to The Newport Art Museum for being a wonderful partnering-host site!