The City of Providence invites families, friends, and elves (Will Ferrell-sized and otherwise) to its Downtown neighborhood for the annual holiday tree lighting ceremonies, presented by Mayor Jorge O. Elorza and the City’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, and hosted by WPRI’s Brendan Kirby and WJAR’s Patrice Wood. The weekend of celebration will kick off on Friday night with the lighting of the City Hall holiday tree. Due to forecasted rain, the City has moved its events scheduled for Saturday to Sunday. Sunday’s events will feature two-time US Olympic figure-skating medalist Nancy Kerrigan as she once again headlines an all-star ice-skating show at BankNewport City Center following the lighting of the Providence Rink’s tree.
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) Department, curator Marybeth Meehan, and awarded local artists today announced the installation of five large-scale portraits within Providence’s Downtown neighborhood. The project, titled “Who We Are Now,” will reflect the City’s vibrant, multicultural community, as well as highlight the power of photography to inspire change in perspective.
Mayor Jorge Elorza today announced the launch of the City’s eighth annual #ThinkPVD campaign. Ahead of Small Business Saturday on November 26, the #ThinkPVD campaign will be encouraging holiday shoppers to give back by supporting the entrepreneurs, restaurants and small businesses that make up Providence’s creative economy.
Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, City Councilman Michael Correia (Ward 6), and the Providence Recreation and Public Property Departments today announced the completion of interior renovations at Joslin Recreation Center, located at 17 Hyat Street in Providence.
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City of Providence Formally Apologizes
On August 25, 2022, Mayor Elorza signed an Executive Order constituting a formal municipal apology for African enslavement, urban renewal policies and practices and acknowledgment of harms to African Heritage and Indigenous communities caused by racial discrimination.
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PVD Rescue Plan
Providence has received $166 million dollars from the U.S. Treasury to make a catalytic investments in our City’s future. Rescue Plan funds can be used to respond to the COVID-19 public health emergency or its negative economic impacts. Learn how you can apply for funding opportunities or engage in the City's Rescue Plan here.
Read The Providence Reparations Commission Report
On August 22, 2022, the City received a detailed report from the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission outlining the Commission’s findings, including a series of recommendations to advance reparations, defined by the Commission as “closing the present-day racial wealth and equity gap.” The report follows two years of engagement driven by Mayor Elorza’s community-driven Executive Order committing the City to a process of Truth, Reconciliation, and municipal Reparations for Black, Indigenous People, and other People of Color. Read the report here.