WOONSOCKET, RI., (August 17, 2020) – This summer the youth artists of Riverzedge Arts present Everything Equal, a large-scale, outdoor drive-through installation artwork articulating what social justice and equity mean to them in their community of Woonsocket. The exhibition will run from August 21 to September 7, 2020 and will be available for viewing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at the Riverzedge Arts’ historic Second Avenue location. Through this viewing format, Riverzedge Arts is finding a way that art can still bring us together–even when we have to stay six feet apart.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic made this summer at Riverzedge atypical, this exhibition came together through a safe and innovative hybrid program of in-person and virtual learning. Riverzedge Art’s three studio cohorts came into the space masked up and ready to work once a week on a rotating schedule, and the pieces featured in Everything Equal are entirely designed and fabricated by the students within these studio labs.
Everything Equal features topical and provocative work including a painted wooden cube that references the plywood used to to board up main streets and downtown areas during the latest wave of the Black Lives Matter protests; a large scale paper mache face mask signaling the omnipresence of COVID-19; and twinkling lights calling attention to quotes and tweets featured in news coverage.