About My HomeCourt
About My HomeCourt
Collaborators: My HomeCourt Nonprofit, Providence Parks
My HomeCourt is an annual initiative that fosters community engagement through the revitalization of basketball courts and city parks facilitated by cutting-edge contemporary art. Every year, a Providence park with an outdoor, public basketball court is selected for renovation. Providence College Galleries then commissions an internationally renowned artist to design a ground mural for that court. The annual project culminates with the opening of a refreshed basketball court and large-scale colorful artwork for the community.
All My HomeCourt projects are curated by PCG staff and co-produced with Providence Parks and the My HomeCourt nonprofit, which is founded and supported by Providence College alumni and friends. Crucial support and help are provided by a rotating group of various community organizations, public and private funders, sponsors, partners, individual volunteers, and Providence College students, faculty, staff, and other alumni.
Murals on Campus and Beyond
PCG is committed to murals in more ways than one. In 2014, PCG began an annual exhibition series called On the Wall, which commissions large-scale artworks applied directly to the walls of the Reilly gallery. The series is presented as part of an interdisciplinary initiative at the College to explore rich cultural traditions surrounding murals and to develop new scholarship around the mural as a conceptual art form. When in 2018, PCG staff helped launch My HomeCourt, the curation of public art murals for outdoor basketball courts perfectly fit into long-term research and overarching goals to cultivate and study the mural in a contemporary art context.
My HomeCourt Limited Edition Art & Swag
Once the My HomeCourt mural is complete, PCG and the My HomeCourt nonprofit don’t quit the artist. The two organizations keep the conversation going by making a long-term commitment to the artist’s work and vision. After artist Jim Drain designed the mural artwork for the inaugural My HomeCourt project, PCG and MHC jointly commissioned him once again. To commemorate the project, Drain then worked for several months to create a limited-edition, fine-art lithograph. Titled Triple Dribble, the lithograph remixes and riffs off Drain’s court mural design to feature spectral hues, tessellating forms, and iridescent overlays. PCG and MHC is similarly working with My HomeCourt 2019 artists Joiri Minaya and Jordan Seaberry on limited-edition artworks inspired by the murals they created for Harriet & Sayles Park. The artists keep several prints for their own archives, while PCG and MHC create a marketplace for the others to raise funds for future My HomeCourt projects.
To shop My HomeCourt Limited Edition Art & Swag, visit myhomecourt.org/shop.
About Our Collaborators
City of Providence Parks Department
Providence Parks empowers the people of Providence to engage with their public spaces and improve collective well-being. In addition to maintaining and programming dozens of local sites, Providence Parks works with city departments, organizations and residents to help activate and revitalize public spaces including parks, recreation centers, and streetscapes.
Providence Parks Leadership
Jorge O. Elorza, Mayor of the City of Providence
Wendy Nilsson, Superintendent of Parks & Recreation for the City of Providence
Brian Byrnes, Deputy Superintendent of Parks & Recreation for the City of Providence
My HomeCourt non-profit
In 2018, a group of Providence College alumni set out to renovate an outdoor basketball court as a community service project. Working with Providence Parks, they selected the courts at Fargnoli Park in Providence’s Elmhurst neighborhood. They invited Providence College Galleries to conceive of and curate the courts as a large-scale artwork. That first year, the alumni, Providence Parks, and Providence College Galleries raised nearly $100,000 for My HomeCourt’s inaugural creative revitalization.
They then resurfaced the courts, repaired and replaced all necessary equipment, and commissioned Providence artist Jim Drain to create giant, abstractly patterned mural designs to be painted on the court surface. That October, the first My HomeCourt project opened to the public.
Following its success, this group of collaborators formed the My HomeCourt [MHC] nonprofit, an organization that works with Providence College Galleries to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars and implement each My HomeCourt project with help from Providence Parks and various public and private partners. My HomeCourt projects now consist of renovating (or building anew) an outdoor basketball court and surrounding area so that internationally-recognized contemporary artists can transform the site into a colorful, living work of art.
MHC is born out of the idea that we all have our own homecourt; it is the place to play ball, be inspired, and find safety and refuge from the chaos beyond park fences. We believe that revitalizing basketball courts and parks empower the very people who utilize them. The renewed spaces become public artworks and inspire the community, neighborhood, and city alike.
Leadership for My HomeCourt non-profit
Jamilee Lacy, Founding Board Member, is Director and Chief Curator of Providence College Galleries and oversees My HomeCourt’s curatorial program and partnership with the College.
Kate McNamara, Ex-Officio Board Member, is Curator-at-Large at Providence College Galleries and Executive Director of the My HomeCourt nonprofit.
Eric ‘Pete’ Peterson, Founding Board Member and President, is an executive and 1986 graduate of Providence College.
Theresa Peterson, Founding Board Member and Vice President, is a freelance technical writer and 1989 graduate of Providence College.
Harold Starks, Founding Board Member and Treasurer, is Coordinator of Student-Athlete Mentoring and Athletic Alumni Events at Providence College Athletics and a 1986 graduate of Providence College.