2014 Environmental Achievement Award
Holly Ewald was hired by The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in 2007 to create better signage around Mashapaug Pond warning the public about pollution and health and safety hazards at the former Gorham Silver Manufacturing Company site. From her studies of the pond, Holly organized an annual celebration of the pond called the Mashapaug Pond Procession. Since 2008, it has grown to become the Urban Pond Procession, expanding the scope of the original event to include other urban ponds in the Pawtuxet River watershed. The UPP is a collaboration of artists, citizen volunteers, and educators working to promote stewardship of urban ponds in the Greater Providence area, and Holly works tirelessly to ensure its continued success.