Cultural Exchanges with Global Partners Laotian Community Center Brings Sri Lankan Emissaries to Providence

Laotian Welcome/Blessing Dance. Photograph by Alfonso Acevedo

During the last week of March 2017, artist, curator, and Community Innovation Lab seed grantee Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy welcomed emissaries from Sri Lanka to Providence for a cultural exchange visit. Sri Weerasinghe, Coordinating Secretary to the Deputy Minister of Mahaweli Development & Environment and Amarajeewa Thelikada Pllya Guruge, artist & CEO of NeoGraphic Printing Company, attended the opening exhibition of Nhongvongsouthy’s pop-up exhibition on Thursday, March 30th and joined Stephanie Fortunato and Micah Salkind from Art, Culture + Tourism for an afternoon tour on Friday, March 19th. The group braved rainy weather to visit Cumberland’s Blackstone River Theatre for a cultural conversation with Rhode Island Congressman, David Cicilline, and reconvened in downtown Providence to visit cultural attractions like Big Nazo, Trinity Repertory Company, and Seen/Unseen.

RISCA Director of Community Arts, Elena Calderon Patino, commends Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy for her curatorial work. Photograph by Alfonso Acevedo.

 

Congressman David Cicilline meets Sri Weerasinghe. Photograph by Lew Place of the Rhode Island Film Office.