Year of the City
The Providence Project

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Year of the City: The Providence Project is an unprecedented year-long exploration of the history, life and culture of Providence’s twenty-five neighborhoods through exhibitions, performances, walks, lectures, and conferences produced by more than 50 different curators.

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Repair and Design Futures
Jan
1
to Jun 30

Repair and Design Futures

A humble act first born of necessity, repair is an expression of resistance to the unmaking of our world and the environment. Repair and Design Futures is a multidisciplinary exhibition and programming series that investigates mending as material intervention, metaphor, and as a call to action.

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Providence Waterways, Past & Present
Mar
7
to May 31

Providence Waterways, Past & Present

  • Rhode Island State Archives, (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The confluence of the Woonasquatucket and Moshassuck Rivers provided a gathering place for Rhode Island’s earliest inhabitants. Since then, these and other waterways have been central to the development of our capital city. This exhibition will explore the waterways’ evolution from colonial thoroughfares, to critical lines of transport for Rhode Island’s early industries, to the civic gathering spaces they are today.

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Sites and Stories Explored Through Community Engagement, Art and Scholarship
Apr
25
to May 23

Sites and Stories Explored Through Community Engagement, Art and Scholarship

  • Providence Preservation Society @ Multiple Locations Throughout the City (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Providence Preservation Society program in which artists reflect on artwork they have created at several sites throughout the city that were featured on PPS’ 2018 Most Endangered Properties List.  Reserve tickets at ppsri.org.

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Fort Thunder & Lightning Bolt: Old Mill / New Music
Apr
29
to Nov 3

Fort Thunder & Lightning Bolt: Old Mill / New Music

From humble beginnings as a studio space rented by four RISD guys in the fall of 1995, rose the now mythic Fort Thunder collaborative, located in a dilapidated mill building on the west side of Providence. While there were other decrepit mills nearby, with funky names like Munch House, Box of Knives, & Pink Rabbit, also filled with RISD & Brown students who hosted concerts, Fort Thunder is the one that lives on in popular memory. And although its young residents put Providence on the map with their unique underground art & music scene, they also inadvertently inspired lasting changes in the city’s preservation community, when they fought the redevelopment of the historic property in Eagle Square that they had called home for almost 7 years.

The display features reproductions of Fort Thunder concert posters & handouts from the collection of Shawn Greenlee, RISD ’96, Brown MA ’03, PhD ’08, as well as recordings by some of the Fort's bands, like Lightning Bolt & Forcefield.  There are also images, maps, ephemera & photos related to the mill building (formerly the Valley Worsted Mills/American Woolen Co.) & the "Save Eagle Square" movement. An iPad offers multi-media options.

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Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970
May
3
to Dec 1

Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970

Gorham Silver: Designing Brilliance 1850-1970 casts new light on the legacy of this distinctive company, established in 1831 in Providence, Rhode Island. Home to the largest collection of Gorham, the RISD Museum presents exceptional silver and mixed-metal wares, reflecting the industry, artistry, innovation, and technology of the manufactory for 120 years.

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The Providence Album, Vol I: Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan
May
4
to Jul 18

The Providence Album, Vol I: Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan

  • John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage, Brown University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The Providence Album, Vol 1 revisits Providence in the 1960s through the photographs of Carmel Vitullo and Harry Callahan, whose powerful images capture the city during this time of tremendous change, presenting contrasting narratives about modern urban life, the role of advertising in the public space of the street, and postwar female identity.  Exhibition opening: Saturday, May 4, 5-7pm with Gallery Talks on May 16, May 24 and May 25. 

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Memory Dishes
May
24
to Oct 31

Memory Dishes

  • Center for the Study of Slavery & Justice (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Memory Dishes explores food, migration, and memory across the African Diaspora--and the stories of the people who cook them. This exhibit takes a hyper-local approach to examining culinary practices of Black Americans by focusing on six families who identify as members of Providences’ diverse Black diasporic community. Exhibition opening: May 24, 4:30 - 7pm.

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Premiere: "Providence Lost"
Jun
3
6:30 PM18:30

Premiere: "Providence Lost"

A screening of a short film, followed by a panel and public conversation about evictions and policy solutions.

"Providence Lost," a short nonfiction film, follows a family undergoing an eviction and their subsequent search for a new home. In 2018, the Trottiers were one of more than 13,000 households to be evicted in Rhode Island. Their struggle against soaring rents and a dysfunctional safety net is shared by a majority of renters across the state. This portrait of a city divided, caught between the promise of glamorous development and the reality of our current housing crisis, forces us to reckon with the human cost of change, and asks us to imagine the possibility of a city for all.

Entrance is free! Register here:
https://bit.ly/2vJcfHy

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 Rosé & Croquet
Jun
23
2:00 PM14:00

Rosé & Croquet

Sip the afternoon away by the fountain in Lippitt House’s secret garden. The flowers will have just begun to bloom, and the early grass will be the freshest green. At this vintage-inspired garden party, guests will enjoy a rosé tasting and small bites, live music, and croquet! What a perfect way to usher in the summer season!

$50 in advance, $60 at the door

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Untitled (Walking)
May
4
to May 5

Untitled (Walking)

  • Across Providence's 25 Neighborhoods (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

An arduous 2-day, 20-mile walk through all of Providence.  Level: Moderate / Strenuous / Very Strenuous. Join us on a two-day collaborative walk through Providence. We are ditching the guide books and traditional walking tour format to create a make-as-we-go experience that will take us through every single one of Providence’s twenty-five neighborhoods over two intense days -- it's like Exquisite Corpse, but walking. Find out more and register here, and yes, sign up for one day only is possible! This walk participates in the Jane's Walk Providence festival.

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Jane's Walk Providence
May
3
to May 4

Jane's Walk Providence

Explore city neighborhoods on foot during Jane’s Walk, a global weekend festival on May 3-5, inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs.These interactive walks are led by local residents and community activists who share stories that get people thinking, talking, and connecting with each other. Jane’s Walks are free, and anyone can participate! Wear comfortable shoes, meet your tour leader in the designated meeting spot, and get ready for a lively discussion.

Offerings will focus on Broad Street, Cranston Street, Roger Williams Park, North Burial Ground, the Jewelry District, Downtown Providence, historic LGBTQ sites, Wanskuck Park, Providence's historic Chinatown, specific architectural features, and more.

Walks are planned throughout the weekend, starting from different locations at staggered times. For the schedule and meeting locations, visit :http://www.doorsopenri.org/janeswalk2019/

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Little/Big Providence
May
1
to May 14

Little/Big Providence

  • John Nicholas Brown Center for the Public Humanities (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Inspired by the Tiny Exhibit display case at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, curators asked themselves–does tiny have to mean less? A crack in the bricks, the curve of decorative wrought iron, peeling gold lettering–these are the parts of Providence we overlook every day. For many Providence is home, even if it’s just temporary. Little/Big Providence is an exploration of the tiny details on big buildings here in Providence. It’s an exploration of the parts, big and small, that help make up home.

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Smith Hill: Past, Present, Future
Apr
26
3:00 PM15:00

Smith Hill: Past, Present, Future

Join Smith Hill residents and community members for an afternoon celebrating the people who make Smith Hill great.

The event kicks off with a ceremony renaming Candace Street in honor of beloved community member and activist Mary C. Jones, who passed away in 2018. The event will also honor community members who are committed to preserving this historic neighborhood’s memories of people and place, strengthening Smith Hill’s distinctive identity and community fabric, and advancing shared visions of a more vibrant and equitable neighborhood.

Following the ceremony, join for an informal reception inside the Smith Hill Library featuring food, photos of neighborhood history contributed by local residents, and more.

RSVP at bit.ly/SmithHillHistories

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Rosé & Croquet
Apr
19
11:30 AM11:30

Rosé & Croquet

Sip the afternoon away by the fountain in Lippitt House’s secret garden. The flowers will have just begun to bloom, and the early grass will be the freshest green. At this vintage-inspired garden party, guests will enjoy a rosé tasting and small bites, live music, and croquet! What a perfect way to usher in the summer season!

$50 dollars in advance, $60 dollars at the door

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Southlight in Context
Apr
9
12:00 PM12:00

Southlight in Context

Aaron Forrest and Richardson Ogidan speak about the design and construction of the Southlight project, a performance pavilion and garden built as a partnership between Rhode Island School of Design, the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island, and the City of Providence at Southside Cultural Center.

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Este es Mi Barrio - Community Walking Tours
Apr
3
to May 5

Este es Mi Barrio - Community Walking Tours

  • Rhode Island Latino Arts | Nuestras Raíces (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bilingual community walking tours celebrating people, places and community life in neighborhoods that are significant to Rhode Island’s Latino community on the South Side and the West Side. Each tour is free and open to the public, but space is limited so pre-registration is required here.

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REPAIR AND REPARATION
Feb
18
to Mar 1

REPAIR AND REPARATION

  • Center for Reconciliation - Cathedral of St. John (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us for an exhibit reception on Monday, February 18th at 6pm.

Living in a world of constant change requires ever-recurring adjustments in forms of repair as things break, decay, or fall into pieces. The Adaptive Reuse and Exhibition design studio by the Department of Interior Architecture, RISD, under guidance of Prof. Markus Berger investigated creative and generative topics of repair by engaging the 200-year-old Cathedral of St. John and the Center of Reconciliation RI. The proposed projects by the students, through potential rewriting of content, program, and meaning, envisioned new futures that reinvigorate the cathedral and its undercroft and create connections to the community of Providence.

Open hours:

Thursday, Feb. 21, from 5.00-7.00pm 

Saturday, Feb. 23. from 2.00-5.00pm

Thursday, Feb. 28, from 5.00-7.00pm

Saturday, March 02, from 2.00-5.00pm

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Slavery and the Making of 'Mr. Nightingale's House at Providence’
Feb
7
12:00 PM12:00

Slavery and the Making of 'Mr. Nightingale's House at Providence’

Joanne Pope Melish will explore the role of enslaved and free people of color in the rise of Joseph Nightingale, the Providence merchant whose elegant Benefit Street mansion is now the home of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage. She will place the Nightingales within the network of commercial elites that governed colonial Providence, and she will show how a corresponding network of enslaved and free laborers of color sustained the lives of Joseph Nightingale and his merchant friends, made his mansion-building possible, and shaped his and his children’s ideas about liberty, race, entitlement, and power.   

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Providence's Heritage: Above and Below Ground
Feb
1
4:00 PM16:00

Providence's Heritage: Above and Below Ground

  • Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World, Brown University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Providence is a city of hidden histories, some lying beneath the ground waiting to be unearthed and others tucked away in overlooked buildings and backstreets. Join Brown and RISD students as they share a diverse range of stories from Providence's past that they have uncovered through archaeological excavations, archival research, and collecting local memories and oral histories. Short presentations and posters will also feature the students' original proposals for how we might interpret and preserve these pieces of Providence's heritage in creative, accessible, and sensitive ways.

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FUNDA FEST 21: A Celebration of Black Storytelling
Jan
26
to Feb 3

FUNDA FEST 21: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

  • Southside Cultural Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This much anticipated and highly visible event is the flagship of Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) program and reaches a statewide audiences of thousands. Each January for the week of the Martin Luther King Holiday, RIBS tellers, local artists and invited national and international guests bring the best of Black Storytelling to Rhode Island and Southern New England. For an entire week, Rhode Island will experience some of the best cultural arts programming across the state for the 20th year in a row.

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