Tool Zone, 2007. Photo: Xander Marro
The Dirt Palace is a feminist art collective in Providence, Rhode Island. Founded in an abandoned Victorian library at Olneyville Square, it has become a cornerstone of the Providence arts community. Born from the desperate need for a radically new context—in which women can live and work, rigorously immersed in their creative lives—it has served as an incubator for an array of prolific artists.
There are currently seven members of the collective working in a variety of media, including printmaking, audio and performance art, film, video, lace making, writing, photography, and puppetry. Each member has her own studio, as well as access to shared printmaking facilities, a film and animation studio, textile studio, band-rehearsal space, and grand ballroom.
As a cooperative, we support each other’s creative work, our community and the environment, through collective, affordable, and low-impact living. We provide a space that promotes our personal growth as individuals, and an environment conducive to challenging thoughts and radical actions. We are continuously building and improving our facilities and structure in order to actualize our ideas. Our collective fosters the growth of strong, thoughtful, independent women, who use their creative awareness of the world to change it.