Rhode Island
Profile Type: Artist
Cathren Housley

The focus of my goals has changed in recent years, moving from self-expression to social expression. My primary art now involves community- bringing the voices and visions of many together to create unified works on a larger than life scale. Most recent work: The Great American Peace Flag, a collaborative installation created with The Peace Flags Project, a non-profit organization in RI. This 20 ft X 10 ft banner combines the Peace Flags made by over 300 people, in a giant reconstruction of the American Flag. Since its completion the Flag has been requested by recording artist Caroline Cotter, the URI Center for the Study of Non-Violence, and the East Providence Choir as a backdrop and motif for their own efforts for social change. I carry on the collaborative theme in my children's workshops and have produced two animated films using the art and stories of kids from the RI Public Libraries and Hasbro Children's Hospital. The Land of the SkyFighter was completed in July, 2017 and made a world debut at the RI International Film Festival, Flickers. Achieving great work takes more than inspiration; it requires an understanding of human nature. Often, what holds us back is that we don't know how to start or where to go from there! I show both children and adults how any project can be achieved, from inception to finished form. When people understand the creative process and work together, they can build far greater things than any one person could on their own. My aim is for those I work with to walk away believing that they CAN.

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: 
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
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: