Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Cathren Housley

I worked from 2009 to 2014 illustrating and writing children's books. The focus of my goals changed in 2015, moving from self-expression to social expression – my primary art involved community collaboration – bringing the voices and visions of many together to create unified works on a larger than life scale. Since COVID has shut down in-person events, I have been writing for Motif Magazine, and recently began freelancing for NriNOW.news, writing features on artists and musicians in Northern RI.

Pre-COVID, thanks to the generosity and continued support of the RI State Council on the Arts, I developed and taught children's workshops from 2015 until March of 2020, and produced two animated films bringing to life the art of the kids that I taught. My animated short film, The Land of the SkyFighter, made its world debut in July, 2017 at the RI International Film Festival. Previous community works: The American Peace Flag Trilogy, 3 collaborative installations created with The Peace Flags Project, a non-profit organization in RI. Each 20 ft X 10 ft banner combined the Peace Flags made by over 300 people, in a giant reconstruction of the American Flag.

Since the pandemic, my focus on art has again shifted in order to adapt to our new normal. I returned to my illustration and writing roots. The experience that my children's workshops have brought to me have given me a fresh outlook on illustration and narrative and I am excited to jump back into the world of publishing again. 

From many years of teaching workshops, I understand that what holds us back from our own potentials is that we don't know how to start or where to go from there! In both my workshops and my own books and art, my aim is for people to walk away believing that if they will only try, it all builds from there.

I Have Worked With

  • June 2014

    I am a board member and the creative director for collaborative community projects.

  • I worked with Dan from 2000 to 2004 as a fulltime employee and still do freelance work when needed. My jobs included workshop teacher, marionatte artist, hand carver, script writer, scenic painter, and stage builder.

  • Artist

Contact Information

First Name: 
Job Title/Position: 
multi-disciplinary artist and writer
Physical Address: 
1400 S Broadway
East Providence, RI 02914
Last Name: 


Profile Type: 
Primary Discipline: 
Additional Disciplines: 
Literary Arts- Fiction
Literary Arts - Publishing
Media - Animation
Media - Audio / Sound
Music - Composition
Music - Pop / Rock
Theater - Puppet
Theater - Storytelling
Visual/Crafts - Carving
Visual/Crafts - Decorative Arts
Visual/Crafts - Illustration / Drawing
Visual/Crafts - Mixed Media
Visual/Crafts - Painting
Visual/Crafts - Sculpture
Year Founded: 
Populations Served: 
General Public
Immigrant Populations
School Groups
Institution/Business Type: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Art Sales
Arts Criticism / Journalism
Arts for Social Change / Creative Activism
Arts in Healthcare
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Community Arts
Consulting - Organizational Capacity
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - In School
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
The Peace Flag Project
RISD graduate, children's book illustration
4th degree black belt, Aikido Fudoshin K'ai
Mom's Choice Award, gold and silver
over 10 RISCA grant awards for personal projects and 2 RISCA grants for organizational projects
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
Rhode Island Education Roster

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision
Much of my work is with clients in libraries and nursing homes, where accommodations are provided. One reason I work well with sight challenged people is that I am sight challenged myself and deeply understand their difficulties.

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - Health
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
Fee Range Minimum: 
Fee Range Maximum: