Microfutures: writing and terrarium making workshop

SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2 – 4:30 P.M.
FabNewport, 1 York St., Newport, RI
RSVP: SueEllen Kroll at sue@rihumanities.org

Rhode Island poet Kate Schapira and artist Adeline Mitchell will lead a workshop in terrarium-making and reflective writing to construct a futurist vision of what Newport, Rhode Island– and the world– will look like in the year 2061. The intentional construction of constrained ecologies will serve as a chance for our community to collectively study and practice how we construct, nurture, shape or incubate the future in the present. “Artifacts” created in the workshop will be on display in a public pop-up installation in Newport, RI, June 16-23 and returned to participants after the exhibition closes. In the exhibition space, the terrariums will act as a biological library of forms chosen to preserve in this possible future, and the writing will serve as description, context, future relic and user’s guide.

The workshop is all ages and is free and open to the community. Most materials will be provided but we do have a list of things you should bring below. Space is limited so interested parties should RSVP by emailing sue@rihumanities.org.

Please bring:
– Writing materials (paper, pen/pencil)
– A sacred or significant object that you are willing to part with for your own terrarium
– A challenging object that you are willing to part with for another participant’s terrarium
– Any sort of plants, seeds, greenery, craft supplies, trash, discarded items, etc.

All other materials will be provided or gathered.

*The pop-up installation is taking place at the former Coffey’s Citgo gas station, 48 Touro St., Newport, RI, and will have a public launch on Saturday, June 18th from 6-8p.m. The installation is part of Catalyzing Newport’s catalyst-in-residence program funded by the van Beuren Charitable Foundation and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.