Sproll recognized for Creativity and Social Justice

Providence ¡CityArts! for Youth announces two award recipients of the 5th Annual Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice, including Paul Sproll (Professor, TLAD) and Victoria Matthews (CityArts Alumna). Award recipients will be honored at the upcoming annual gala fundraiser: the ¡CityArts! MOD Party, a Celebration of Art, Culture and Style of the Modernists on Friday, June 5, 2015 from 7-10pm at Rhode Island School of Design’s historic Woods Gerry House in Providence, RI.

¡CityArts! is proud to recognize two individuals who exemplify a vision for equity, access and youth empowerment through the arts. The Sr. Ann Keefe Award for Creativity and Social Justice was established in 2011 to commemorate Sr. Ann’s legacy for the City of Providence and her vision of the arts as a catalyst for social change and transformation. This award is to put a spotlight on individuals who embody this spirit through their ideas and practices—to champion the arts and use creativity to lift our communities to a better place, and to build equity and justice for all children to live free from the barriers of race and class.

Dr. Paul Sproll is Head of RISD’s Department of Teaching + Learning in Art + Design (TLAD). Dr. Sproll is dedicated to the development of progressive practices in art and design teaching and learning in K-12 schools and community-based settings. He is an ardent advocate for educational reform especially in urban public high schools and has been closely associated with reform and reorganization efforts particularly within Providence Public Schools. Under Dr. Sproll’s leadership, RISD undergraduate and graduate students have opportunity to gain life-long teaching skills and to directly serve poor urban schools and communities, where arts learning is significantly under-resourced. As example, Dr. Sproll is responsible for forming and endorsing a 12-yr RISD/TLAD and ¡CityArts! partnership since 2003, impacting the lives of over 400 elementary and middle school aged youth through an annual semester-long RISD class called Community Art Project. Dr. Sproll also founded and directs Project Open Door (POD), a free college access program that provides studio education and support services for creative urban high school teens. POD’s Saturday Portfolio classes provide opportunities for individualized mentoring and guidance throughout the college application process.

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