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June Creative Conversations

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June 25th | 6 – 8 PM
Dancing Cats Bar | 41 Central St, Providence, RI 02907

Join us at Dancing Cats Bar for a conversation on experience design, music, nightlife, and community co-curated with RIMiAD! Hear from architect and Dancing Cats’ co-owner Bryan Mitchie and interdisciplinary artist Julio Berroa.

THE VENUE

Dancing Cats Bar
41 Central St, Providence, RI 02907 

Welcome to the heart of the party scene in Providence! At Dancing Cats Bar, located within the vibrant Michie Hostel, we offer more than just a nightclub – we’re an experience waiting to unfold.

Situated in a culturally diverse neighbourhood, Dancing Cats Bar embraces the unpretentious, the eclectic, and the downright fun-loving. Known for its high-energy atmosphere and warm hospitality, this bar offers a complete nightlife experience with exciting parties, great music, and a wide variety of drinks.

Dancing Cats Bar is more than just a place to party; it’s a welcoming home for everyone. We actively support the community by curating events that cater to all. Discover the magic of this Dream Hospitality concept at Dancing Cats Bar, where unforgettable nights and community spirit come together. We are committed to giving back, with our nightlife events curated to support the community in a significant way, making every dance step count.

MEET OUR SPEAKERS

Photograph of Billy Wirasnik

Bryan Michie
Michie Design and Build

Bryan Michie is an architect and founder of Michie Design and Build. As a City Commissioner in Providence, Rhode Island, he is committed to creating inclusive spaces, demonstrated by projects like Michie House and Dancing Cats Bar, which provide affordable and welcoming environments. His journey exemplifies the impact of hard work, vision, and resilience, focusing on creating mindful architecture that enhances the city and supports the community.  Michie Design and Build is more than just a business; it is a symbol of hope and opportunity, promoting diversity, celebrating inclusivity, and aiming to make a positive impact on the community.

Photograph of Billy Wirasnik

Julio E. Berroa
Haus of Codec

Known for his multi-faceted approach to the field of art and design which weaves both the analog and digital, artist Julio E. Berroa is often creating hyperreal and immersive scenes of intense experiences using vivid colors and organic shapes and textures depicting very intimate moments. Centered around the intersection and blend between the artificial and the natural, Berroa’s world is hyperreal – delicate and intricately detailed, as well as bold and dynamic. Berroa’s practice is informed by the thought that everything that’s unique and constantly changing is alive in different forms of expression and art-making.

Berroa has participated in multiple group exhibitions with his advanced photography class, was awarded a scholarship, and participated in a group exhibition at the Providence Art Club. Berroa participated in the Andrew Mellon Summer Internship as a Creative Production intern at the RISD Museum in the summer of 2020 and 2021 Rhode Island College Senior Art Award Recipient. In 2021 Berroa along with a group of friends opened Rhode Island’s first-ever youth shelter for Queer and BIPOC young adults ages 18 to 24 called Haus of Codec.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS is a speaker series designed to bring together designers, creatives, and design enthusiasts to exchange ideas and get inspired. The series provides a platform for industry experts and up and coming creatives in their field to share their insights, experiences, and best practices with the broader creative community. This bi-monthly gathering is for designers, creatives, innovators and enthusiasts in Rhode Island.

Formerly known as “Clambake”, DESIGNxRI has been facilitating conversations with Rhode Island creatives since 2018.

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Past Creative Conversations

Check out some of our past Creative Conversations at locations like Moniker Brewery, Avenue Concept, and more!

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