Umberto Crenca is a visual artist, performance artist, and musician with a long exhibition and performance history; he is also the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of AS220, a nonprofit center for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 was established in 1985 to provide a local, unjuried, and uncensored home for the arts. AS220′s permanent establishment in the City’s downtown is widely recognized as one of the first significant steps in the creation of the Providence Arts and Entertainment District. Bert Crenca remains committed to the revitalization of Providence’s historic downtown, and plays an important role in community efforts across the region.
An accomplished educator, Crenca has spearheaded efforts to bring more meaningful arts experiences to incarcerated youth. Crenca was a visual art instructor at the Rhode Island Training School (RITS), the state’s juvenile detention facility from 1998-2004. In 1999, Crenca established AS220′s youth program, Broad Street Studio, on Providence’s south side. Today, the organization continues to serve and support youth in and transitioning out of state care at AS220′s Empire Street complex and the RITS under the banner AS220 Youth.
In 2010, Umberto Crenca received a Rhode Island Pell Award For Excellence in the Arts. The same year, he was honored with a Charles B Willard Professional Achievement Award from Rhode Island College. Rhode Island Monthly magazine included Crenca as one of the region’s most influential individuals in their feature “Who Really Runs This State: The 28 Most Influential Rhode Islanders in 2010“.
Monkee Head, an experimental art jam band from Providence, will perform with Bert. Here’s the band performing with AS220 Visiting Artist in Residence, Reynier Ferrer, in Fall 2011.
See also http://Monkeehead.Tumblr.com