As 2019 winds down, we have been looking back at what we accomplished over the past year. From our biggest PVDFest yet to the launch of the City’s first public art program, it’s been an amazing year. ACT programs brought together community partners, artists, makers, culture bearers, young people, neighbors, and creatives in parks, schools, libraries, recreation centers, and public spaces throughout the city. We established the first Arts Corps, a team of young people hired to freshen up theEly Neighborhood Performing Arts Celebrations. We spent time in our neighborhoods with our creative placemaking initiatives through theWoonasquatucket River Greenway Artsand ourSowing Placepartnership. We facilitated filming permits for television, movies, and commercials and we movedspecial events permittingonline, making way for nearly 275 special events to take place! We celebrated beloved annual traditions like Independence Day, the Community Table, the Pell Lecture, and the Winter Lights Market. Through theProject Fund for the Arts, ACT supported music, dance, performance, literary events, visual arts, playwriting, podcasts, helped organizations increase accessibility, and provided support for artists to be a part of community events.
The year is not done yet! While we hope you#ThinkPVDall year round, the winter holidays are a great time of year to support local artists atarts sales and neighborhood shops.Holiday showsare selling out fast so be sure to get your tickets today. Thanks to the #IlluminatePVD campaign, brought to us by the Providence Tourism Council, downtown is shining bright and there are new seasonal selfie spots. Join us toring in the new yearat Waterplace Park basin.
The ball drop will mark a new year, but ACT doesn’t slow down all that much in January. Be sure to read on to learn more – about newACT Public Artresidencies, Turnaround Arts: Providence, Providence Young Makers, community events, and more. We extended the deadline forPVDFest performersuntil January 10, 2020 – don’t miss your chance to be a part of the sixth edition of our city’s signature arts festival. If you follow us onInstagramplease take the Creative Providence survey.
Stephanie Fortunato, Director
ONE PVD NYE
For the third year in a row the City of Providence has teamed up with Skyline at Waterplace to celebrate the new year. Fireworks, a ball drop and tons of fun will close out 2019…CLICK HERE
Providence’s signature arts festival is back for another year! Artists, performers, food vendors, craft vendors and producers are all encouraged to apply to be a part of the celebration!
There’s still plenty of opportunities to shop for artisan-made crafts at holiday markets throughout the City, enjoy bilingual holiday theater, and apply for new creative opportunities. We’re also celebrating some successes of ACT grantees and stalwart cultural organizations. And don’t forget, during the season of giving our nonprofit cultural organizations rely on your support. Whether you donate your time, or provide monetary support, your engagement is the lifeblood of our creative communities.More Info…CLICK HERE
Galleries in Providence City Hall
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
ACT Public Art
ACT, and the Providence Parks Department are proud to announce that k. funmilayo aileru and Matthew Garza have been named the City of Providence’s first Park-ists in Residence! Beginning in January 2020, Funmi and Matt will live in residence in two historic homes owned by the Parks Department while they make new art, facilitate public programs and act as caretakers for the properties. To learn more about these artists and their creative practices, click here:https://artculturetourism.com/rfq-providence-park-ist-in-residence/
ACT is also proud to announce the release of two additional residencies. In alignment with the City’s Climate Justice Plan, the artist-in-residence at Providence’s Office of Sustainability utilize arts and culture strategies to catalyze transformation and just transition from fossil fuels. The muralist-in-residence at the Providence Housing Authority will co-design and install a new, original permanent mural across two buildings at Hartford Park.
The deadline for both open residencies isJanuary 15th 2020.
You may have heard about ACT’s work to get the Special Committee for Commemorative Works sponsored by Councilwoman Miller and others onto the floor. The ordinance is in committee, if and once approved, our department will steward a public process to determine social and cultural merit for proposed commemorative works as well as the relocation, decommission or alteration of existing work. For more information as to how the policy was developed, check out our 2018 fellow, Emma Boast’s blog post here:https://artculturetourism.com/special-committee-for-commemorative-works/
Creative Workforce and Arts Education
Turnaround Arts: Providence and PVD Young Makers have been making great strides this fall. With new teaching artists working in Roger Williams, Gilbert Stuart and Del Sesto Middle Schools, and new programs running in our 10 public libraries, ACT supports enrichment, training, and hands-on experiences for emerging creatives in countless ways…CLICK HERE
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.
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 at.
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).
From the Deputy
Here we are at the end of the year and I am thankful. 2019 was a battle for me, as some of you know, and maybe some of you felt. In my reflections I find that I am deeply grateful for my compassionate colleagues who held me up and helped me get through the tough days.
I am also grateful that we have another year to continue to experiment with serving our community better. I look forward to hearing your voice and seeing you out there.
Here’s to you!
Best wishes for a lovely and peaceful holiday season,
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