A big part of the Department’s mission is “integrating arts and culture into community life”. We believe art and culture should be relevant to the people of Providence, fostering relationships and conversations among the City’s diverse residents.
Be sure to visit City Hall this month to see the excellent exhibition by Anna Snyder and Lynsea Montanari now on view in the Gallery. The work created through their residency at City Archives responds to historical documents about the relationship between the colonists who settled here and local indigenous communities. Montanari,a Narragansett visual artist, used her art-making as a way into asking questions about the ideological clash of Narragansett spirituality and colonial religion: “What does it mean to ‘purchase land with love’ from a community that does not have a concept of land ownership? Where do values lie? What happens when these two different communities intersect?” These questions are expansive interrogations that extend beyond the bounds of time and place, pointing to contemporary challenges to be addressed and opportunities yet to be realized. Which is why ACT believes we must work together to support work informed by significant engagements with specific cultural and/or neighborhood-based communities.
ACT believes that art and culture should be part of everyone’s lives regardless of where they live or what language they speak. In addition to implementing events, public art and placemaking projects with partners, ACT also supports artists, art works, and organizations through ourProject Fund for the Arts. While this has always been one of ACT’s core functions, we have not always communicated about the opportunity. We are making a few changes to our grantmaking process that we hope will serve the arts community more equitably, effectively, and efficiently. The most significant change is that we will be moving from a rolling deadline toward two fixed application deadlines per year, March 15 and September 15.
Please read below for exciting updates on our programs and let us know what you are working on! If you have an idea that can enhance cultural equity, amplify access to arts and culture, that can stimulate change and transformation, responds to emerging cultural needs in Providence, or could impact artists, culture brokers, and audiences in Providence, we’d love to hear from you!
Stephanie Fortunato, Director
PRODUCED IN PVD
The Providence Children’s Film Festival (PCFF) presents the best of independent and international children’s cinema to inspire, delight, educate and connect a diverse community of children and families from Rhode Island and throughout New England. More Info…CLICK HERE
Providence’s signature arts festival returns June 11-14, 2020! Keep checking the website for announcements and opportunities. More Info…CLICK HERE
ACT in the Community
This month there’s a hilarious new show for Spanish and English speakers to enjoy at Teatro ECCAS in Elmwood, innovative performances on College Hill exploring the connections between Black history and women’s suffrage as well as the condition of the human writ large, and fantastic celebrations in the West End ringing in the leap year. In addition to supporting these works, ACT will be visiting the South Providence branch of the Providence Community Library (2/26) and Olneyville community library (2/18) to answer questions about the upcoming Project Fund deadline (3/15). Hope to see you in the community!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. More Info…CLICK HERE
ACT Public Art
Congratulations are in order for our five awarded Creative Community Health Worker Fellows, who begin class this week. The cohort will undergo a four month training and then work in residence for three months at a West End or Southside community based organization. To learn more about this exciting program click here:https://artculturetourism.com/creative-community-health-worker-fellowship/
City Archives artists-in-residenceAnna SnyderandLynsea Montanari’sexhibition,All That You See Is(n’t) Yoursis on view at the City Hall Gallery. Be sure to stop by and check out their provocative response to colonial Providence on view through March 16, 2020.
Rogers Recreation Center artist-in-residenceYsanel Torreshas completed her mural on the center’s facade. Be on the lookout for a formal unveiling this sprig, in the meantime be sure to stop by and check it out at 60 Camden Ave!
Matt Garza, our Parkist-in-Residence at Esek Hopkins House has been in the news lately! Check out this month’s issue of Motif Magazine for a spread on his residency and the Glitter Goddess Collective and listen to his interview on Artscape, available here:https://thepublicsradio.org/show/artscape
PVD Young Makers is bursting at the seams this month. The program’s dedicated teen interns are advancing their technical skills, building out new dedicated library maker spaces, and speaking with peers and parents at their schools about what it takes to be a part of the maker movement.
Two of our teen workers, Rosalinda and Deborah are promoted to levels 2 and 3. The criteria for promotion are systematically laid out and clear; thanks to Joise and Francesca.
We are conducting our first official performance review and goal setting for our Teen Makers Workforce of 20 teens! The conversations for Do-Good-Designs are happening all around us as we type. The energy is vibrant, the skills are developing and our community of Makers is growing.
We now have a waiting list of Teen Intern applications! The word is spreading quickly and teens are eager to engage in our Maker Workforce! More Info…CLICK HERE.
City Service Corner
Here at the City Service Team, we’re making improvements to the special events permitting process to ensure your event is 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.
Our first meeting of the year is Tuesday, February 18, 2020. We will be servicing 5K races that are running through the City this spring. The agendas for all meetings are posted on theCity of Providence’s Event Calendarunder the meeting date.
Stay tuned for updates and don’t forget to utilizePVD311to stay in the loop on event street closures (special event season is almost upon us).
From the Deputy
I love February. It’s a month filled with optimism because we get closer to PVDFest and all of ACT’s summer programming. Project proposals start rolling in and I begin to confirm fireworks, bands and barges for the 4th of July. As I sit at my desk, I enjoy the pleasure of listening to my neighbors and friends plan to get together outside … in just three months! I can almost feel the sun on my face. This feeling of optimism is a breath of fresh air. It inspires me, filling me with enthusiasm and hope for a truly great season.
Can’t wait to see what you’ve got to share this year!
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