Providence’s Steel Yard to Receive Prestigious Bruner Award
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
The award presentation, including panel discussion and celebration is this Thursday, October 3, at the Steel Yard on 27 Sims Avenue. The event is open to the public, but registration is required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org
The Steel Yard is one of four Silver Medalists and is being recognized for its game changing site design of a 3.5 acre historic steel fabrication site and its positive impact on the city of Providence.
Moderating the talk will be Susan Szenasy of the architecture/design METROPOLIS magazine. Attendees slated to come include Governor Chafee, Congressman Cicilline, Providence Council President Michael Solomon and Councilwoman Sabina Matos, among others.
Steel Yard's Lang Weighs In
"The Bruner Award is an incredible validation for the good work of the Steel Yard thus far, transforming an abandoned manufacturing facility into a vibrant community of artists, makers and doers," said Lang. "The selection process was highly selective and rigorous, reflecting favorably on the work of my predecessor, Drake Patten, but also on the innovative and forward looking work of the Board and the staff.
Lang spoke to what brought her to the Steel Yard -- and what to expect in the coming months and years.
"I was drawn to the Steel Yard because it is an organization that believes deeply and fundamentally in the power of connecting people to how things are made," said Lang. "I plan to expand our reach in the breadth and depth of courses we offer, in our job training programs, and through constructing more public works both in Rhode Island and adjoining states. I am very interested in increasing the role of the Steel Yard in the Made In Rhode Island initiative and through incubation of small businesses. "
And what to expect coming up?
"Not to be missed is the Iron Pour, of course, that happens October 26th, followed by an exhibition at the Cohen Gallery at Brown University Industrial Evolution which explores the art of the Steel Yard’s Public Projects in early November," said Lang. "The staff is busy cooking up some winter events so stay tuned."
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