Holly Ewald is the Founder and Lead Coordinator of the Urban Pond Procession (UPP). She co-taught the Oral History and Community Memory class with Anne Valk. Holly was first introduced to Mashapaug Pond through a commission from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts to work with the community around Mashapaug Pond to design new more universally understood signs warning people not to swim in, or eat the fish from the Pond. As she learned about the Pond’s environmental challenges and its rich history she began to see this as a place to do more of her work as a community and studio artist. Anne Valk met Holly after seeing her installation “Languages of the Land, A Dialogue with The Downs” and invited her to co-teach the Oral History class focusing on Mashapaug Pond. The oral histories and research generated by the class have been a great resource for UPP artists and the Environmental Justice League educators working with students in surrounding schools. The involvement of Brown focusing on Mashapaug has likely helped raise the importance of the pond in the eyes of individuals with the ability to leverage funds for its cleanup.
We encourage you to check out their website: www.urbanpondprocession.org/