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Lizzie ArAujo HALLer

In her role as Deputy Director for the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Lizzie facilitates, convenes, and connects - with an emphasis on cultural equity, social justice and policy. She previously held roles at AS220, Black rep, Firehouse 13 and Fete Music Hall.
Born and raised in the Bronx, Lizzie’s family moved to the ocean State when she was 13. Her interests lie in transforming space through hyper local community celebration, providing access to resources, and supporting equitable cultural expression. She moves throughout her roles with respect, kindness, and humility.
engagement is a work in progress.
All power to the people!


Becci Davis was born on a military installation in Georgia named after General Henry L. Benning of the Confederate States Army. Her birth initiated her family’s rst generation after the Civil rights Act and its fth generation post-emancipation. Becci is a rhode island-based interdisciplinary artist who nds inspiration in exploring natural and cultural landscapes, in addition to her experiences as a daughter, mother, American, and Southern born and raised, Black woman.
After earning a MFA from Lesley university College of Art and Design in 2017, Becci was the recipient of the St. Botolph Club Foundation Emerging Artist Award in Visual Art, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship in New Genres, the Providence Public Library Creative Fellowship, and the RISD Museum Artist Fellowship. She was also featured as one of Art New england magazine’s 10 Emerging Artists of 2019. Becci lives with her family in Wake eld, rhode island and is currently an adjunct lecturer in the Department of visual Art at Brown university.

Angela DiVeglia is an artist, archivist, and urban gardener; new england’s post- industrial landscape is her natural habitat. She works as the Curatorial Assistant in Providence Public library’s Special Collections. She is a graduate of Amherst College (B.A., english) and the University of north Carolina - Chapel Hill (M.S., library Science).        

Shauna M. Duffy, CPA, MBA (Board Treasurer) After spending nearly 20 years involved in the Providence music and art communities, Shauna became the Managing Director of AS220 in downtown Providence in 2015. Prior to working at AS220, she spent many years in public accounting working with Rhode Island not-for-profits including museums, social service agencies, schools and arts and culture organizations. Shauna has previously served as Treasurer of AS220’s Board of Directors; as a director and later Chair of the Prometheus Radio Project’s Board of Directors; as Treasurer and later Chair of the Everett: Company, Stage & School Board of Directors; and as an adjunct accounting faculty member in the MBA program at JWU.

Why do you serve on this board?

I am honored to be a founding Board member of the Dirt Palace Public Projects. As a young woman (teenager, really) finding my place in the Providence music and art community, I was inspired by the women who had founded the Dirt Palace. My first time in the space itself was overwhelming and opened up a whole new world to explore. I believe strongly that artists must own affordable physical space to live and work, so that they can safely create and engage with the community for the long-term. The Dirt Palace has managed, through hard work and tireless commitment, to be a legal space that retains much of the character of the many illegal artist spaces around Providence and around the country. Through the DPPP, I can help try to make it more sustainable. For nearly two decades, female-identified people at the Dirt Palace have lived, worked, created and inspired those around them. Through the DPPP, we can expand the opportunities for women to live, work and create, and help ensure that the Dirt Palace continues to nurture and inspire for decades to come. 

Janaya Kizzie is an author, archivist, and historian living in the Providence area. She is also a lifelong, avid horror fan; her earliest experiences with horror included the great horror musicals Rocky Horror Picture Show, little Shop of Horrors and Sweeney Todd. She writes short horror fiction, and co-taught a horror writing workshop, The Devil you Know, in October 2018. She performs and binds books as Hidden Here Press; her work has most recently been feature at Tender Table, an reading series where BiPOC women and non-binary people tell their stories and share food, and at Creature Conserve’s 2018 exhibit, Urban Wildlife, at the RiSD iSB gallery. She processed the AS220 Collection, documenting the history of arts and place-making, at the Providence Public library in 2016, and was named the Rhode island Arts and Culture Research Fellow for the Rhode island Council for the Humanities in February.    
Taylor M. Polites is a Rhode island-based writer, educator, and researcher. His first novel, The Rebel Wife, was published by Simon & Schuster and his work has appeared in anthologies as well as arts and news publications. He is a partner with Ann Hood and Hester Kaplan in goat Hill, a collaboration dedicated to bringing writers and writing professionals to Southern new england, and works with local organizations to cultivate storytelling and community. He was a Community Practitioner in Residence at the Swearer Center at Brown University and is the recipient of the 2018 award for Public Humanities Scholarship from the Rhode island Council for the Humanities. He teaches at the Rhode island School of Design and the Maslow Family Creative Writing MFA program at Wilkes University.    
Anabel Vazquez
Anabel Vázquez Rodríguez is an independent curator, artist and organizer based in Providence, Boston and San Juan. She is currently Curator at Leica Gallery Boston and Assistant Programmer at MassArt Film Society. 

Why do you serve on this board?

"As a curator, manager and arts advocate deeply involved in the arts community of New England and beyond for nearly two decades, I am thrilled to be part of the Dirt Palace Public Projects and to be working collaboratively, implement projects, and to continue building community."


Cody ross is an indebted bene ciary of alternative cultural institutions, subcultural space-making, and radical political interventions at every scale. He has contributed to a range of projects and organizations, including collective housing experiments, worker- owned cooperative businesses, art collectives, artist-run community and studio spaces, academic research projects, and youth movement organizing against incarceration.
in collaboration with a collective of artists, he helped found New Fruit, an artist-run studio, printmaking, and exhibition space in Portland, Maine dedicated to supporting feminist, queer, and radical cultural production. Cody was awarded a Kindling Fund grant for his project Cathedral, an iPhone application and digital curatorial platform imagined as “a public bathroom on your cell phone.” His art practice is informed by a general ontological confusion provoked by queer, feminist, and a ect theory as well as a faith in the space of encounter. Cody has worked for libraries, archives and museums throughout the northeast, including the Maine College of Art, Bowdoin College Library, the LGBTQ National History Archives, and the Leslie Lohman Museum. He currently tends to the preservation of digital archival material at the Brown university Library. He is grateful to have been a resident of Dirt Palace from 2018 to 2020.



JR Uretsky J.R. Uretsky weaves performance, video, puppetry, and sculpture into emotionally charged, affective artworks that shift seamlessly between autobiography and fiction. Uretsky’s work confronts viewers with expressive confessions that test the bounds of comfort, personal space, and acceptable presence. The characters that emerge through her performances are relatable yet also alien and non-specific, forging an ambiguous space where emotion is the remaining constant. Uretsky is also an independent curator as well as the Exhibitions Manager at New Bedford Art Museum/ArtWorks!. She currently lives in Providence, RI and is the drummer of the queer punk duo Bed Death.     



Pippi Zornoza is an interdisciplinary artist working in sound, performance, installation, video, and printmaking and is a co-founder of the Dirt Palace feminist art collective in Providence Rhode Island. Zornoza's work has been featured internationally and is housed in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art and the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. Her work has been published in the Bell Gallery's Building Expectation: Past and Present Visions of the Architectural Future, Anthony Alvarado's DIY Magic, Mathew Barney and Brandon Stousy's Tubal Cain, and in the art-poster anthology, the Art of Modern Roc




Xander Marro has been living the good life in the feminist sub-underground for too many years to count on her long bony fingers. A jack-of-all trades type, she works in probably too many media ranging from printmaking to paper mache to 16mm film. In 2016 she was the RISD Museum artist fellow. She cut her teeth in arts management on the jagged edges of spreadsheets at AS220. She's been involved with issues around affordable housing and the changing landscape of urban america for nearly two decades. She currently serves as the Vice Chair of ONE Neighborhood Builders, a providence community development corporation.