Twenty five years ago, AS220 began transforming downtown Providence by converting a blighted building on Empire Street into a mixed-use home for the arts. With the addition of two other properties—the Dreyfus building and the Mercantile Block—the community arts organization expanded its downtown footprint onto Washington Street.
As the organization’s flagship, the 22,000 square foot Empire Street complex offers varied programming including gallery space, performance space, a dark room, space for youth programs, affordable housing, a bar/restaurant, and other commercial tenants. AS220 is now launching an All Access campaign to make comprehensive improvements to the complex, and the public is invited to join!
At 6 PM on Wednesday, May 16th at URI’s Paff Auditorium, AS220 will share its vision for the future of the complex and the creative community that supports it. Plans will focus on improving physical accessibility, creating more programming space, and creating an Access Fund, which will provide affordable access to programming. Following the presentation, continue the celebration and conversation with light refreshments at AS220’s Main Stage. Use this link to RSVP and support the All Access campaign with an online donation.