Kathleen Pletcher is the Executive Artistic Director of FirstWorks, a Providence-based arts performance and educational non-profit, which she founded in 2004 on the heels of her work overseeing the highly successful First Night Providence..
FirstWorks has produced dozens of events in Rhode Island across a wide spectrum of multimedia art, and are partner in the ever-expanding PVDFest, now entering its fifth year.
The Bartholomewtown Podcast was awarded a producer’s grant for this year’s PVDFest, and I’m excited to explore some of the artists and producers involved in the festival over the coming months here on the pod.
Our conversation touched on Kathleen’s journey as an artist, including her time in New York as an experimental puppeteer, the immeasurable aspects of the impact that live art brings to community and how the intersection of art, media and design can be the rising tide that lifts Rhode Island’s future.
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