The Special Committee for the Review of Commemorative Works is a public body staffed by the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT). Per the recommendation of the Art in City Life Master Plan and City Council, the Committee is composed of individuals who are scholars in the fields of history or commemoration or have a background in local history, culture, or community building. Two of these individuals, the Director of ACT and the City Archivist, will be non-voting Ex-Officio members. The Art and City Life Commission, the Providence City Council, the City Archivist, the Director of ACT, and the Mayor will appoint voting members that will serve for a three-year term.
To review FAQs about the Special Committee, to propose a new commemorative work for the City of Providence, or make a request for review of an existing commemorative work, go here.
- Art and City Life Commission – Touba Ghadessi (Provost, RISD)
- Providence City Council – April Brown (arts administrator, Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading)
- ACT Appointee – Dr. Quenby O. Hughes (labor historian, Rhode Island College)
- City Archives appointee – Ray Rickman (executive director, Stages of Freedom)
- Mayor Smiley – Tiffini Bowers (curator, Hay Library)
- ACT – Joe Wilson Jr. (Director, ACT) non-voting exofficio
- City Archives – Caleb Horton (City Archivist) non-voting exofficio
The Special Committee meets on an ad-hoc bases, typically in person once in the spring and once in the fall.
Meeting schedules and agendas will be posted one week prior to meeting dates per Secretary of State guidelines at both the Rhode Island’s Open Meetings portal and the City of Providence’s Open Meetings Portal.More Information