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Conversationalist-in-Residence

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CHRISTINA BEVILACQUA

Christina Bevilacqua is a cultural curator who uses the arts and humanities to cultivate conversation among diverse publics. From 2005 to 2016 she worked at the Providence Athenaeum, where in 2006 she created the Athenaeum Salon, a weekly event bringing Athenaeum members and the general public together for conversations on such topics as history, visual art, theater, politics, fashion, collecting, literature, food, music, architecture, science, education, and urban policy. In 2013 the RI Council for the Humanities awarded her the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities in recognition of the impact that the Salon has had on cultural life in the state. She was awarded a Community Fellowship for the year 2014-15 by Brown University’s John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, which she used for research on salon history and ways to deepen the Athenaeum’s engagement with the cultural community. Prior to working at the Athenaeum she directed educational programming at Leadership Rhode Island, a community leadership organization, for three years. She earned a BA in Writing and Literature from Bard College and an MA in Social Policy from the University of Chicago. In addition to her work in publishing, social services, retail, and criminal justice in New York, Boston, Chicago, and Providence, she spent the years from 1992 to 2000 as a custom milliner.