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WaterFire Providence Welcomes Grechel Rosado As Our New Program Coordinator

Grechel Rosado is our first program coordinator at WaterFire Providence. Administration is one of Grechel’s main responsibilities [email protected]a one-year paid internship and leadership development program for BIPOC male high school students; and WaterFire Accelerate, a one-year professional development program for artists under the age of 30.

“We are excited to have Grechel join our amazing team to lead several important new initiatives we have underway at the WaterFire Arts Center,” said Peter A. Mello, Managing Director and coCEO. “As an artist and educator, Grechel brings unique skills to our organization and the participants in our programs.”

Grechel Rosado is a Latina printmaker and illustrator from the Providence area. Born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico, Grechel has spent most of her life juxtaposing her Latino heritage with her American upbringing. She is deeply inspired by the roots of her culture and how her lived experiences inform and inform her artworks. Though her primary focus is on printmaking media, Grechel is constantly expanding her disciplines and exploring ways to blur the lines between them.

As a child, Grechel loved playing teacher for her cousins ​​and it has now blossomed into a passion for education. She strives to positively impact the communities she serves and empower them through art making. For the past year, Grechel has taught printmaking at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts and now looks forward to further expanding her expertise through workshops and programs at the WaterFire Arts Center.

In 2020, Grechel graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration with a minor in Printmaking. She is the first in her family to get one. Grechel persistently reflects on the world around her and how art can help drive societal change. Through her printing studio, GMR Prints, Grechel seeks to inform, empower and remind those who see and admire her work. Her interests lie in bold, dynamic colors, expressive imagery and the use of art as a form of resistance. She is also a proud member of Binch Press/Queer.Archive.Work, a collaborative print and design studio that focuses queer and bipoc artists in Providence. Through a meticulous approach to printmaking, Grechel strives to make a strong impression on the art community and the world at large

Peter joined the WaterFire Providence team in March 2011 to lead the organization alongside Barnaby Evans, Founder and Executive Artistic Director. Previously, Peter was executive director, CEO and board member of the American Sail Training Association (Tall Ships America). In 2006, he founded Sea-Fever Consulting LLC, a management consulting firm focused on strategy, communications and leadership development, and launched the Weekly Leader blog and podcast. Prior to that, he had a 20-year financial services career in New York, Boston, San Francisco and London. A lifelong sailor, photographer, hockey player and art fan, he resides in Fall River, MA with his dog Zane. Peter is a proud board member of the Fall River Museum of Contemporary Art.

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