The FABRIC 2021 Spring edition will take place on May 14 and May 15 and the Fall edition on October 1 and 2.

Organized by Casa dos Açores de Nova Inglaterra (CANI) under the leadership of Michael Benevides in Fall River with Portugal-based curatorship by Jesse James, Sofia Carolina Botelho, and António Pedro Lopes and a production team on both continents, the 2021 festival celebrates the triumph of the human spirit, through engaging and culturally rewarding multidisciplinary artistic interventions.

“Fall River’s arts and cultural ecosystem is growing, even amid the pandemic. In 2020, the FABRIC team tenaciously persisted in its resolve to continue to build community, strengthen our partnerships and present vibrant and imaginative arts and culture offerings,” shared Michael Benevides, founder of FABRIC. “We intend to continue to play our part in this forward-moving momentum and now is not the time to pause. We reaffirm our collective commitment to proactively collaborate in or initiate community-rooted creative projects that positively impact our neighborhoods and engage with diverse stakeholders.”

3 Performance Walks

Back by popular demand from FABRIC 2020, the “Come Walk With Me” performance walks will return for the Spring edition, inviting participants to rediscover Fall River including Historic Downtown and the Quequechan River Rail Trail. Designed and mentored by choreographer and contextual artist Gustavo Ciríaco remotely via zoom workshops from Lisbon, Portugal, each walk invites local guides to collaboratively map out the urban adventure beforehand. The themes of “Come Walk With Me” will be:

●      Greetings from Fall River: A walk through old postcards of downtown Fall River led by local resident Patti Rego

●      See Through My Voices, Smell Through My Eyes: A sensorial audio deambulation through nature along the Quequechan River Rail Trail led by local artist Rhonda Fazio

●      As Water Falls: Re-imagining, re-staging, re-enacting the waterfalls of Fall River – a poetic contest for the population of its city led by local resident Corey Nuffer

The three guides will meet with registered participants at the designated time slot and location to discover the sites according to their unique interpretations. The “Come Walk With Me” sessions will take place on May 15 at 10am and 3pm. To register, visit www.fabricfallriver.com

Group Exhibition #2 at FR MoCA

At the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art (FR MoCA), co-founders Harry Gould Harvey IV and Brittni Ann Harvey will present Group Exhibition #2 beginning May 14. The show will be a multi-disciplinary group exhibition including works from globally and locally exhibiting artists. The show will include photography, drawings, paintings, sculptures, wearable art, site specific installations, workshops, consumable goods, performances, and more. Group Exhibition #2 hopes to focus on representation, consumption, and the intersection of art and labor with emphasis on the struggle to sustain under inequitable forces.

FR MoCA was founded in 2020, initiated from support by the FABRIC Arts Festival. FR MoCA is located on the ground floor of one of Fall River’s remaining historic granite mills and active textile manufacturing facility, Merrow Manufacturing. The collaborative support of FABRIC Arts festival and Merrow Manufacturing has allowed artists Harry Gould Harvey IV and Brittni Ann Harvey to establish FR MoCA as a non-profit and non-collecting art museum with the SouthCoast Community Foundation as its fiscal sponsor. FR MoCA’s Group Exhibition #2 will be open on May 14 from 4pm-7pm and on May 15 from 4pm-8pm. Due to pandemic restrictions, capacity is limited. Please register in advance at  www.fabricfallriver.com

2 Art Installations

A large-scale sculptural bench, conceptualized by contemporary design studio and collective WSDIA (WeShouldDoItAll) from Brooklyn, NY and built by a Fall River-based skilled team led by local artist Tyler Inman at Smokestack Studios, will be installed at the Britland Park entrance to the Quequechan RiverRail Trail in Fall River (accessible via Wordell Street). 

At the vintage Kay Building, owned by Anthony F. Cordeiro and family, a short walk from the Quequechan RiverRail Trail, the FABRIC team will unveil a new 40’ by 60’ mural to be named “Viva Fall River”. Created by Portuguese-based lettering designers Mariana Branco and Emanuel Barreira of Halfstudio, the mural will be executed by local artist Gregory Pennisten. Halfstudio’s visual language is characterized by the use of three-dimensional letters and dynamic layouts with striking messages and vibrant colors. The mural will celebrate the heritage of Fall River inhabitants of Portuguese descent. One of Fall River’s “anthems” is a song by Portuguese singer Jorge Ferreira called “Viva Fall River” and these words are now re-appropriated to imagine a new graphic language for the city, celebrating and emphasizing the multicultural community. The Kay Building is located at 4 Hartwell Street, Fall River. Visit www.fabricfallriver.com for more information. 

All FABRIC 2021 programming is free and open to the public, though some activities will require pre-registration due to limited capacity. All pandemic precautions will be observed and encouraged by all participants. For information on the FABRIC 2021 schedule and artist bios, please visit www.fabricfallriver.com.

The projects are made possible with financial support from Senator Michael J. Rodrigues, SouthCoast Community Foundation, BayCoast Bank, Ministério Negócios Estrangeiros, Matouk, BankFive, Bristol County Savings Bank, and Merrow Manufacturing, with additional in-kind support from Portugalia Marketplace, Beatriz & Company, 38 Excavation, Inc., Sherwin-Williams, Cordeiro Insurance, UMass Dartmouth College of Visual and Performing Arts, and others. 

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