Motif Film Screening Series
Motif and Maravilla celebrate art created outside the mainstream by independent artists with something to say. This screening series was created to help bring locally made and ground breaking to the eyeballs and brains of more viewers, and to provide a forum for discussion of both the work and the themes it raises. The official […]
Axe Bar Art Wall Submission
Please submit 1 – 3 pieces which you are able to have physically delivered to Lincoln, Rhode Island. See full instructions here.
If you caught the gardening bug but don’t have the space to grow, community gardens are for you! These large-ish pieces of land invite neighbors to claim a small piece and get their hands dirty. Call or visit to inquire about parcel availability. PROVIDENCE FOX POINT (PVD) Gano St and Power St; 831-224-7352 EAST SIDE […]
A Chorus of Voices: Motif recognizes Black history month
April Brown served as guest editor for Motif’s February 2021 issue celebrating Black history month, and brought with her a cadre of incredible women with powerful stories. Read their contributions here: Only the Black Woman, by April Brown with S. Kai Cameron Dignified and Indignant, by Justice Ameer Dare to Imagine, by Valerie Tutson At […]
Shop Small, Shop Local!
Rhode Island is full of artists and small gift shops that have weathered a challenging year, and they need our help this holiday season to enter the next one strong. Francie Eannarino and Shirley Prisco, Motif’s graphic designer and astrologer, respectively, ventured across the state to find some cool, unique gifts from small businesses and […]
Getting Their Comic On: Cosplay contest winners announced
To help all those cosplayers bummed to not be able to show off their skill at Comic Con this year, Motif teamed up with RI Comic Con to hold a virtual cosplay contest. Judges faced a difficult decision, but declared the winners, listed below. Winners of passes to RI Comic Con 2021 Professional Casual Youth […]
Time to Leave the Plantation?
Traditionally, Motif takes what are often confoundingly worded ballot questions and plainly explains them for voters before they enter the ballot box. This year, there’s one ballot question from the state, and it’s a pretty simple one: Is it time to drop “Providence Plantations” from our state name through an amendment to the state constitution? […]
Justice for Jhamal
On October 20, following a peaceful rally for Jhamal Gonsalves, currently in a coma after, according to witness statements, a police cruiser hit his moped, rally attendees and police clashed. Nineteen people were arrested. Photographer Josh Bronto (@sorryaboutyoureyebrows) was on the scene and caught some of the salient moments from the night.
In Their Own Words: Megan Cotter (D), House District 39
We talked to many of the local candidates running for public office in the upcoming 2020 election. We asked each of them the same set of questions, with the promise to print their answers only lightly edited for clarity. The following answers are from Megan Cotter (D), running against incumbent Justin Price (R), for RI Senate District 39. Motif: […]
In Their Own Words: Maria Bucci (D), Mayor of Cranston
We talked to many of the local candidates running for public office in the upcoming 2020 election. We asked each of them the same set of questions, with the promise to print their answers only lightly edited for clarity. The following answers are from Maria Bucci (D), running against Kenneth Hopkins (R), for Cranston mayor. Motif: What are, in […]