A few days ago a friend and I wandered around Swan Point Cemetery checking out old gravestones — some with family names recognizable for their contributions to the city, some for the streets named after them. I hadn’t been there in ages but with Halloween just around the corner, it’s a great time of year to explore the city’s spookier side.
Last weekend we celebrated a different kind of spirit — the spirit of our communit y— around the third annual community table. The weather moved us indoors but that didn’t stop us from enjoying a delicious meal, immersive artist installations, and great conversation. With the help of our friends at PRONK!, we also came together to welcome Providence’s most anticipated new public space, the pedestrian bridge, with a joyous march over the river. A WaterFire torch procession was followed by music that filled the air as darkness fell. The bridge was twenty years in the making but many people remarked at how perfectly Providence the artist-led occasion felt. We have some lovely commemorative postcards printed by DWRI leftover from the event. Come by the office if you’d like one.
Speaking of ACT, I am pleased to announce Lael Tucker will be joining the Department as the Turnaround Arts: Providence Program Director. Most recently Lael worked in the City’s operations division, but some local artists may recognize her name from the two years she worked on PVDFest. She will use her experience in event planning and management as well as her Masters in teaching to co-lead Turnaround Arts: Providence, a partnership between ACT, Providence Schools and the Kennedy Center now in its third year.to say hello. She just started this week but I know she is eager to connect with community arts partners.
There are a host of new opportunities to connect available right now. Read on to learn more!
Stephanie Fortunato, Director
ACT in the Community
A draft Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Cranston Street Armory has been posted on cranstonstreetarmory.org for public comment ahead of its release. You can submit comments online, or attend one of the upcoming public meetings:
Wednesday, October 30th, 6-8pm Southside Cultural Center, 393 Broad Street
Thursday, November 14th, 6-8pm John Hope Settlement House, 7 Thomas P. Whitten Way
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
Congratulations to Walker Mettling and Tracy Silva Barbosa, awardees of the Public Art Ideas Competition whose projects will be installed in the spring!
Thank you to all who applied to the Providence Park-ist in Residence program. We will announce the winners this winter.
The call for public art @ PVDFest 2020 is NOW LIVE. To apply…CLICK HERE.
From the Deputy
Happy Holidays Everyone!
This year’s Winter Lights Market will be packed full of fun, merriment, good cheer and world class figure skating…and maybe that lovely old tree from your yard.
We need three (3) spruce trees: a 35-foot to 45-foot spruce or fir tree for the City Hall steps, and two (2) 15-foot to 20-foot spruce or fir for the Botanical Center and The Providence Rink. We’ll cut ‘em down and take them away! Please contact meto nominate your most dazzling trees to be used at these ceremonies.
City Service Corner
Hello Everyone and Happy Fall!
The outdoor events season is coming to a close but organizers are hard at work planning fun events throughout the City starting in spring 2020. Here at the City Service Team we’re making improvements to the Special Events permitting process to ensure your event is a safe and well communicated one. 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 pretty big races coming up).
Want to film or do a photo shoot in PVD? –CLICK HERE