Umberto Crenca, photo courtesy of Pam Murray

Umberto Crenca: The Art of Community 

Thursday 12 April ,  9am – 12pm
Te Tuhi
13 Reeves Road,
Manukau City  , Auckland 
Free to attend (please book as places are limited)

In conjunction with Museums Aotearoa, National Services Te Paerangi is pleased to support workshop opportunities for arts and cultural organisations around the country to engage with Umberto Crenca. 

Meet Umberto Crenca

Umberto Crenca is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of AS220, a non-profit centre for the arts in Providence, Rhode Island. AS220 was established in 1985 to provide a local, unjuried, and uncensored home for the arts. The organisation maintains three buildings, providing fifty eight artist live and/or work spaces, four exhibition spaces, a print shop, two darkrooms, a technology lab, a stage, a recording studio, a black box theatre, a dance studio, and a popular bar and restaurant. AS220's permanent establishment in the City's downtown is widely recognised as one of the first significant steps in the creation of the Providence Arts and Entertainment District.

In 2011, Crenca was mentioned in Fast Company's Fast Cities feature ‘United States of Innovation’, which listed bold ideas and brilliant urbanites who are helping to build the cities of America's future. The article applauds his role in economic and cultural development, ‘Crenca has shown how an arts not-for-profit can be a keystone of urban renewal. AS220's studio space, artist housing, and café/bar have helped boost a once-seedy area and lift property values’ (

Crenca is a visual artist, performance artist, and musician with a long exhibition and performance history. His work is in the permanent collection of both the RISD Museum of Art and the Newport Art Museum.

About the workshop:

The Art of Community discusses how AS220 and other projects that Bert has been involved in – have engaged with diverse audiences, finding ways to work with multiple communities in an uncensored manner. The workshop will explore the mechanics of creating vibrant communities by providing space and tools for self realisation through self expression.

The talk will be of special interest to arts organisations, youth organisations, educational institutions, artists, community development organisations, portfolio holders, council staff and representatives from funding bodies.

How do I sign up?

This workshop is free, however places are limited. Please contact or phone (09) 577 0138 to express your interest in this workshop.