PVDFest artists in all stages of their careers, and working in every discipline, generate some of the most loving, clever, whimsical, and moving experiences you can imagine. The arts programming we present over our city’s free, four-day festival is the result of hours spent working with performers as they adapt their ideas to fit the time, funds and spaces we have available. Some of my favorite PVDFest moments take place in the developmental period of the festival, months before we hit the streets. That’s why I’m so excited that your beautiful dreams are starting to roll in for PVDFest 2020, which will take place from June 11-14. If we haven’t yet heard from you, now is the time.Apply for PVDFest 2020 by December 15.
Through the festival open call we have gained insights about the advantages and challenges of being a working musician in our city. To support us as we think about how to improve Providence’s live music culture, we have invited Dr. Shain Shapiro of Sound Diplomacy to deliver the2019 Senator Claiborne Pell Lecture on Arts and Humanitieson November 14. Dr. Shapiro works with communities around the globe to strengthen their music ecosystems and night time economies so that they can articulate and reach their social, cultural, and economic goals. Following his keynote, we’ve invited a panel representing Providence-based artists, advocates, presenters, and venue-owners to respond. Please join us for this free program!
Festivals and special events are an important measure of cultural vitality. Some of our most vital celebrations, the City’s annual tree lightings, will take place December 6-7. We are working with partners to present a really special program this year. Note that we are stilllooking for treesto star in the show – please contact us about an audition by November 15.
Stephanie Fortunato, Director
ACT in the Community – 2019 Pell Lecture
Providence has a flourishing night life and many musicians call the city home, but there are many ways the live music economy can be improved. On November 14, Dr. Shain Shapiro of Sound Diplomacy will discuss his work with local governments across the globe with Providence’s night life entrepreneurs, advocates, and artists.
Offering space to artists and organizations that might not have a permanent gallery, the Main Gallery at City Hall exhibits an eclectic array of work that highlights the artistic and cultural diversity found in the Providence community…CLICK HERE
Produced in PVD
World-renowned creative professionals, artists, arts organizations and venues all call Providence home. Explore some of their most recent works and productions with this rotating spotlight of stuff you may have seen (and hopefully not missed) around town…CLICK HERE
ACT Public Art
The call for art at PVDFest 2020 is out and live! Qualifications are due November 18, 2019. For more informationCLICK HERE.
Applications must be submitted via callforentry.org…CLICK HERE
In other Public Art news, shout out to Providence-based Artist Jazzmen-Lee Johnson, current artist-in-residence at the RI Department of Health. Grantmakers in the Arts had a great write-up on Jazz this week…CLICK HERE TO READ.
From the Deputy
The 2019 Winter Lights Market will be held on Friday, December 6th and Saturday, December 7th and it promises to be the best one yet.
All weekend long The Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy is cooking up sweet interactive illuminations in Burnside Park and The Providence Tourism Council will be lighting up other parts of the city. For the first time we are partnering with RI PRIDE to co-host their annual toy drive on both days. Bring a toy and skate for free!
Scrooge from Trinity Rep’s production of “A Christmas Carol” will be making an appearance Friday at 5:30PM and artists from the theater will lead the public in singing holiday favorites.
Then on Saturday the artisan market opens at 12:00PM with Boscov’s coupon and free fudge giveaways as well as an artisan market curated by the emerging artists of RISCA’s Creative Workforce Development program. At 6:00PM on Saturday we will light the tree at the rink before our crackerjack figure skating production duo, Brad Vigorito and Sarah DiNardo, presents a world-class program that is certain to delight us all.
Join us for an hour or join us for the day, but please join us. We can’t wait to celebrate the holidays with you.
City Service Corner
Hello Everyone and Happy Holidays!
Here at the City Service Team, we’re making improvements to the Special Events permitting process to ensure your event is a safe and properly publicized one.
If you plan on hosting an event that impacts public property in the City of Providence, you can start the process byclicking here. Any questions can be directed to me via.
Stay tuned for updates and don’t forget to utilizePVD311to stay in the loop on event street closures (there’s still some races coming up and Winter Lights Market).
Want to film or do a photo shoot in PVD? –CLICK HERE