Andrew is an Artist Educator living in Providence, RI. He sees learning as a space for expansive collaborative making. Past projects with students have ranged from exploring oral histories of families and communities transforming the classroom environment through costumes and temporary installations. He is interested in moments when many meanings pile up, particularly through social and art/design media. The Processes and work surrounding these moments are messy, ephemeral, ambiguous, and a great deal of fun. Currently, he is working at The Learning Community in Central Falls as a 7th and 8th grade teaching artist in addition to being an artist educator at the RISD Museum. From 2006-08, Andrew was an Artist Mentor, and is now a member of the board of directors.
This mural labels water management systems within the park. City roads are impermeable pathways that water runs along, accumulating sediment, debris, pesticides, fertilizers, car oils and any other materials present. The permeable pavers assist in sifting out sediment & debris from the stormwater runoff. The Bioswales are areas with dense plantings which retain rainwater and runoff then slowly soak into the soil naturally removing contaminants. From a human perspective these systems manage unseen elements of nitrogen and phosphorous which contribute to algae growth. The work of this landscape is easy to overlook. When considered from the perspective of water and the various elements that travel with it, these stormwater systems, direct paths of water movement and provide repositories for their cycle between the sky, the ground, and living matter.