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Mary-Kim Arnold is the author of Litany for the Long Moment (Essay Press, 2017). Her work has appeared in a number of literary and art journals, including Tin House, The Georgia Review, Day One, and Hyperallergic. She serves on the Advisory Committee for The Rumpus. http://www.mkimarnold.com/
deb dormody

Deb Dormody is the Deputy Director for the Alliance of Artists Communities where she manages the organization’s grant making programs, conferences, and research advocating on behalf of artist residencies. Prior to joining the Alliance, she was the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Providence. For 8 years, Deb was a co-owner at Craftland, Providence’s multi-functional shop that housed a craft school and artists’ gallery showcasing fine art and craft from local and national independent artists. Additionally, she founded If’n Books + Marks in 2000 and continues to make and exhibit her handmade books. She is featured in the documentary, ‘Handmade Nation’ by Faythe Levine. Deb is originally from Bristol, CT, where annually there is a festival dedicated to the Chrysanthemum.

Why do you serve on this board?

Deb is thrilled to be to be on the Dirt Palace Public Projects Board. She’s passionate about supporting Dirt Palace’s work fostering an incredible environment for independent female-identified artists to thrive and challenge and be challenged – while being totally committed to and active in the community that surrounds them. And in general she’s psyched to help bolster feminist badassery, because holymoly this world needs it. Yes!


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. 

xander Xander Marro (American b. 1975) 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 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 Treasurer of ONE Neighborhood Builders, a providence community development corporation. 
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. 
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."


Pippi 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 Rock.