Meet Lucas Pralle


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Artist: Lucas Pralle and Carolyn Decker
Project: Lucas Pralle will hold a series of five Endless Beautiful Creativity Workshops in Rhode Island between July 2017 and June 2018. At workshops, participants use audio-based writing prompts to simultaneously listen and write.  Participants share their writing with the group for a discussion period. Workshops are recorded and posted as episodes of the Endless Beautiful podcast. For each Endless Beautiful Creativity Workshop, Lucas Pralle and Carolyn Decker guide participants through creative writing and public speaking exercises. We use a selection of audio clips as a 15-minute writing prompt during which participants simultaneously listen and write. The audio clips are sourced from our recordings of the natural environment and other settings. After the writing exercise, we ask participants to share their writing with the group for a discussion period. Participants read their work at the microphone and answer a few questions from the group about their experience and what inspired them in their creative work. We record the readings and post them with the audio sessions as episodes of our Endless Beautiful podcast. Details about our method and podcast episodes featuring our recent workshops are available on our website:
The range of topics and styles showcased in our workshop exhibits the vibrancy of the varied cultures in our community, revealing “the endless beautiful”–the individual and communal powers of creativity that exist within our communities. Our desired and expected outcome is to reveal the creative potential in our participants to the greater community.
Artist Bio: Lucas Pralle is the Employment Specialist for Community Care Alliance, a DSC03209large social services organization that has served Woonsocket and Northern Rhode Island for over a century. His business is to help people, and he is passionate about promoting the creative arts in our communities. Pralle has several years of experience building community through the arts. Here’s a link to a short documentary about one of the projects that he was a major part of in Madison, Wisconsin called Windows of Worlds:

Carolyn Decker is a poet and a wetland biologist with Natural Resource Services, a wetlands consulting company based in Burrillville and serving Southern New England. She was the recipient of a 2014 Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study the relationship between creative writing and nature conservation in cultures and ecosystems around the world. She has led creative writing workshops in the United States, Dominica, and Australia.

Meet our Fellowship and Merit Recipients in Poetry!

Each year, RISCA presents a fellowship and a merit award in 13 disciplines. These grants encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their creative work, and celebrate the amazing artists that make Rhode Island home. In the spring grant deadline, fellowship and merit award recipients are selected in 7 disciplines: crafts, film & video, fiction, poetry, play & screenwriting, photography, and three dimensional art. Over the next week or so, we are pleased to introduce you to the 14 award recipients.

Pickworth, 7-13-17Amy Pickworth
Fellowship Recipient in Poetry

Amy submitted 9 individual poems. The panelists particularly appreciated this work when read aloud, and described the language as elegant and assured.

Amy Pickworth’s poems have appeared in Dusie; Forklift, Ohio; New Ohio Review; Smartish Pace; Two Serious Ladies; and other journals. Her book Bigfoot for Women (Orange Monkey Publishing, intro by Matt Hart) was released in 2014. She lives in Providence with her husband and two children, and works as the editor of publications at the RISD Museum.

SatterleePhotoSarah Satterlee
Merit Recipient in Poetry

Sarah submitted 13 individual poems from a book currently in development. The panelists described these poems as carrying emphasis and significance, having an attunement to things in daily life that risk going unseen.

Sarah Satterlee was born in Westerly and grew up in Ashaway, Rhode Island. She is a graduate of Rhode Island College. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Rattle, The Pittsburgh Poetry Review, The Maine Review, Gamut, The Nasty Woman Project, and elsewhere. She has worked in the mental health field for several years, most recently as an acute care psychiatric nurse on the night shift. She lives in East Providence with her daughter.

Call For Chemical Poetry

04The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the University of Rhode Island are pleased to announce the opening of an interactive public artwork by internationally known artist Erwin Redl at the Beaupre Center For Chemical and Forensic Sciences, 140 Flagg Road, Kingston, Rhode Island on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm. The public is invited to attend.

Unable to attend the opening? Participate anytime by submitting poetry online as part of the artwork. Redl requests that you create poems exclusively using the symbols of the periodic table. If selected, your poem will stream across the installation at URI and online via webcams. Read more