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Programs & Exhibitions

Programming & exhibitions featuring PPL's special and historical collections, impactful educational programs, and engaging community experiences and events.

Music in Times of Conflict: Panel Discussion with Kinan Azmeh

Join us at Grant Recital Hall, Brown University Music Department, for this collaborative event, co-presented with Community MusicWorks!

Thursday, February 28  |  5 - 6:30 pm

Grant Recital Hall, Brown University Department of Music
105 Benevolent Street, Providence
Map and directions here

Community MusicWorks hosts Syrian composer and clarinetist Kinan Azmeh, hailed as a “virtuoso” by the New York Times and “spellbinding”  by The New Yorker, for a multi-day residency, featuring performances of works for strings and clarinet by Syrian composers, including Azmeh himself.

This community conversation, presented in conjunction with the performance, links the concert to the ongoing Syrian crisis; in addition to Azmeh, panelists include composer Kareem Roustom and Dorcas International Institute Director of Refugee Settlement and Case Management Baha Sadr. PPL's Programs & Exhibitions Director Christina Bevilacqua will moderate. Read more about Azmeh here, listen to him in conversation with Yo Yo Ma here, and see the full list of Kinan Asmeh residency events here.

Free and open to the public, please reserve seats here.

41.8219° N, 71.4171° W

We are pleased to announce our 2019 Exhibition & Program Series!

This exhibition will focus on the histories of vacant places and open space throughout the city. Our eyes often pass over vacant space, rendering it all-but-invisible in the dense urban landscape. What are the stories of these overgrown lots, city parks, parking spaces, crumbling foundations, and fields, and what urban processes have left them currently unoccupied?

As our building is currently undergoing an extensive renovation, this exhibition will take place primarily off-site, utilizing site-specific installations and a digital tour featuring maps, photographs, and information gleaned from PPL’s Special Collections.