AS220 is pleased to announce major improvements and investments to our Main Stage and other performance spaces on Empire Street.
“In January alone, we’ve replaced audio and visual equipment, with a collective age range between 10 – 15 years, with new main speakers, new monitors, a new audio processor and effects, a new projector, new microphones, and more. More improvements, including new lighting, will be made in the upcoming months. Performances are going to look and sound better than ever before, and it’s great to able to be to provide an open community venue where artists are better able to realize their vision without technical limitations.” said Jacob Nathan, AS220’s Live Arts Director.
“Keeping the Main Stage at Empire Street preserves the unique relationship between the stage, AS220 Foo(d), The Bar at AS220, and the AS220 Black Box Theatre, along with the second and third floor occupants of the building – AS220 Youth and our artist residences. We’ve determined that we will be able to achieve our programmatic goals by establishing a new state-of-the-art venue at our current location, as opposed to cutting out and moving the more than 400 yearly events that happen here.” said AS220 Artistic Director, Shey Rivera.
As AS220’s Main Stage serves a dual purpose as our Main Gallery, exhibiting artists will see a benefit when the space undergoes an aesthetic facelift including, among other things, new gallery lighting, in the next few months.
Additionally, keeping our commitment to theatre and performative arts, which began with the opening of the AS220 Black Box in 2012, our theatre has been improved with a new lighting dimmer system, the first lighting upgrade in decades. In the coming months, the Black Box and Dance Studio will see further upgrades, including new mirrors and curtains.
For those waiting for news about 31 Aborn Street, AS220 will not be moving the Main Stage to this location, purchased in June of 2015 and once known as The Satin Doll. AS220 still owns this property and is currently exploring a number of possibilities to enliven it with our many programs and initiatives.
ALSO, starting on February 27th, the Main Stage and The Bar at AS220 will begin opening on Monday nights for “Free Mondays”, presented by AS220 Community Curator Jacob Wolf of Wolfstuff Presents. “Free Mondays” is a weekly event that features a wide variety of exciting touring acts and local artists. With no entry fee for the show, it’s a wonderful opportunity for everyone in the community to come together and enjoy great live music, regardless of budget. The Free Mondays schedule, as it is so far, can be found here.
Since 1993, when AS220 purchased the property at 95 – 121 Empire Street, the Main Stage has provided thousands of local artists, from most any discipline or genre that you can think of, the opportunity to perform and present their work. Any Rhode Island artist creating their own original work is given the opportunity to perform at AS220, just fill out our booking request form online!
In 2016, approximately 16,622 people attended an event at the AS220 Main Stage, our busiest year ever. To see what’s happening NOW, check out our online calendar!