PPL 2017 Exhibition & Program Series Kicks Off March 1 with an Exhibition Launch Party

Four-month ON THE TABLE Exhibition & Programs to Focus on Food & Dining Culture

Providence Public Library’s (PPL) third annual Exhibition & Program series called On the Table is focused on food and dining culture and we have everything from soup to nuts in store!  We invite Rhode Islanders to head to PPL (150 Empire Street, Providence) March 1 - June 30 to nourish mind and body: take in our eye-opening exhibition examining changes in American foodways and dining culture through the lens of table settings, and participate in a multitude of free educational opportunities on our four-month program schedule!  There is something for everyone on the menu, including provocative author talks, gardening classes and art projects -- where learning has never been so fun -- to more serious ‘food for thought’ pursuits including culinary training opportunities for all ages.

It’s an exciting time in Little Rhody as we highlight our vibrant and entrepreneurial food environment and celebrate the release of the state’s first Food Plan in 2017.  PPL is pleased to present our On the Table programs in collaboration with a variety of partners and sponsors, including Academy of Career Exploration, Bank of America, Genesis Center, Hope and Main, Lippitt House Museum, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Regency Plaza, Rhode Island Community Food Bank, Rhode Island Family Literacy Initiative, Rhode Island Historical Society, Roger Williams University, and URI Master Gardening Program.

In conjunction this year, PPL is also excited to be a lead partner presenting the statewide A La Rhody campaign (alarody.org) – a year-long celebration of food culture – with the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence Department of Art, Culture & Tourism, Discover Newport, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation.  The A La Rhody promotional effort features a website serving as a clearing house for food-related programs and events happening in Rhode Island throughout 2017. The campaign aims to use the universal language of food to educate and provoke dialogue on a diverse array of topics.

On The Table Exhibition

A meal at a table anchors us to our daily lives. Rustic or grand, with family or with strangers -- the routine, the traditions, the etiquette roots us to the food and people who share a meal with us. This exhibition examines changes in American foodways and dining culture over nearly 200 years through the lens of table settings. Visitors to PPL will be immersed in this year’s exhibition upon entering the Library on Empire Street, including an art installation by PPL’s 2017 Creative Fellow Keri King, who will also present an artist’s talk and collage workshop on April 30.  The main exhibition is located in the Providence Journal Rhode Island Room on level 1, and related displays can be found in the Reference area on level 1.

Related displays include:

World War I and II propaganda posters addressing food shortages and rationing

Recipes from Home: Rhode Island immigrant-created food stories related through art

Children’s art projects from participating Rhode Island Food Bank Kids Cafe sites

Money Smart Week: Bank of America Financial Literacy Information

On The Table Launch Party: Wednesday, March 1

Join us from 5:30 – 8 pm, Rhode Island Room, Ground Level Exhibit Space, and Grand Hall Court for Launch Party celebrating the Grand Opening of the On the Table Exhibition, featuring a food art installation by Marina and Tony Balko, with music by Mark and Sam Taber. Open to all!

For complete details on programs and events at PPL or to register for events, visit PPL's calendar at provlib.org. For a statewide calendar of food-related happenings throughout the year, visit alarhody.org.

PPL’s program calendar, features free programs for all ages. Some programs and programs series require registration and attendance at all sessions, as space is limited.