Art After Dark


September 12, 2019 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Play reinvents the rules, stimulates innovation, and is a catalyst for creativity. Play empowers players, rewards misbehavior and negotiates conflict. Escape conformity, experiment, explore, and celebrate truly exceptional toy design for all ages at PLAYDATE!

DESIGNxRI and the Newport Art Museum are thrilled to welcome “tools for the imagination” designer Cas Holman for a hands-on community playdate and designer presentation kicking off DESIGN WEEK RI 2019. We’ll collaborate on a giant Rigamajig contraption on the Museum’s Bellevue Avenue lawn constructed out of Holman’s award winning Rigamajig toy/tool parts, and then learn about Cas Holman’s career, projects, and design philosophy.

Good toys make good people! Come PLAY!

Join us for a Guided Preview Tour of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit Forever Young: Representations of Childhood and Adolescence.

Playdate on the Lawn 5-8pm
Guided Museum Tour 6pm
Speaker Presentation 7pm 

Admission is free. Cash bar and light refreshments.

About Cas Holman

Cas Holman is a Providence and Brooklyn based designer and educator. Her award-winning designs explore the intersection of play, learning and creativity and are used in K-12 classrooms, playgrounds, children’s museums, public parks, and backyards around the world. Through her company Heroes Will Rise, Cas designs and manufactures tools for imagination that use manipulatable parts and pieces inspiring constructive play, imaginative forms, and cooperative interactions between people. An Associate Professor of Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she prototypes her playthings on five acres known as Camp Fun in Hope, RI.


DESIGNxRI (DxRI) is a nonprofit economic development organization with a mission to create an opportunity-driven environment for RI designers, design businesses, and the design sector to thrive. We believe design is a critical economic sector that drives change globally, socially, and locally. As the only statewide organization for design in RI, we build value in the sector by investing in RI design talent, increasing strategic assets in the field, and connecting this talent to key opportunities. Join us for DESIGN WEEK RI 2019, our 10-day, statewide celebration of design!

Thank you to our generous sponsors

This event is made possible by your support of the Annual Fund.