'Freedom Through Art', Resources for Human Development, RI (RHD-RI), provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to explore and expand their creative talents in a way that empowers them. Their artists create paintings and drawings as well as craft items such as handmade soap, pillows, bags and hand-painted repurposed furniture.
Artist B. Lucy Stevens told us what inspires them: "The belief that creativity has no disability. That these talented artists deserve support as well as opportunities to get their art out into the world and perhaps even support themselves through their art."
We're pretty sure that we're as excited as they are to come to the Flea. "We want to show off our fantastic artists to a larger Rhode Island audience," Lucy said. "We believe that their unique art will appeal to the kind of people who attend the Providence Flea -- people who are looking for things they can't find anywhere else. Also, we want our artists to experience the sense of accomplishment and empowerment that comes from actually selling their work."
Don't miss the fabulous creations of these artists at Opening Day on June 7, 10 am - 4 pm!
Did you know that each week The Providence Flea introduces crowds to a local non-profit doing great work? We are very pleased to host The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women on The First Flea of the year on June 1.
The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women has worked tirelessly for more than a decade to provide Afghan women with four-year college scholarships at over 20 universities in the United States. In the process they are helping to bring change to Afghanistan.
Under the rule of the Taliban women were not allowed to be educated. With the liberation of their country, young Afghan women are slowly returning to the education system and their voices are being heard.
The Initiative to Educate Afghan Women has accelerated change by offering a college education at some of the nation’s best schools. These young women return to Afghanistan after graduation to help their country move forward.
Come learn more about this groundbreaking work happening right here in Rhode Island on June 1.
Rhode Island is a unique place, and Back Roads Clothing celebrates what makes it that way. Their pro-Rhody t-shirts will help anyone promote their pride in the Ocean State. Designed and printed locally, partial proceeds benefit the Providence Rescue Mission. Anne, the creative spark of Back Roads says, "What inspires me to make these shirts? A love of my native state, and a desire to celebrate the quirkiness, independent spirit and resiliency of Rhode Islanders." Get the perfect tee for summer at The Providence Flea on June 30 and July 21!