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A Better World by Design Conference – September 19-21, 2014

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Students from Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design host seventh annual A Better World by Design Conference

Each fall, A Better World by Design (ABWxD) brings a global community of students, academics, and professionals to Providence, Rhode Island in order to reach across disciplines and unite under a common goal: building a better world. Organized by students from Brown and RISD, ABWxD brings together cutting edge alternative content and introduces the next generation of design pioneers. ABWxD rethinks what a conference can actually do.

What: A Better World by Design Conference
Who: Ellen Jorgensen, Co-founder and Executive Director of Genspace • Sarah Williams, Director of Civic Data Design Lab • Melissa Mongiat, Founder of Daily Tous Les Jours • Brian House, media artist • Michael Ben-Eli, Founder of the Sustainability Laboratory • and many more
When: Friday September 19 to Sunday September 21
Where: Campuses of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
Why: 2014 attendees can expect the largest lineup yet, drawing from fields such as mapping, interactive art, design policy, and DIY biology. The theme this year is wayfinding, describing a collective design process used to solve social challenges.

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PopUp Providence accepting applications for Year 2 projects

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‘Before I Die’ wall in Kennedy Plaza. Image from Before I die…

The 1st year of PopUp Providence is underway, and we are now accepting applications for year 2!!

In 2013, the Providence Redevelopment Agency dedicated $150,000 for the City’s first tactical urbanism program, PopUp Providence, to be allocated in $50,000 increments over a period of three years. For its inaugural year, the PRA coordinated with the City’s Planning Department and several community organizations to implement a variety of “demonstration” projects.

Visit the Planning Department’s website for more information.

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New Year’s Eve events in Providence

From the City’s Department of Art, Culture, + Tourism:


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Photo (cc) Anders Adermark

Celebrate New Year’s Eve in Rhode Island’s Capital City

City of Providence, Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau Launch Special Website for New Year’s Eve Activities

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau have launched a website to showcase the many great events happening on New Year’s Eve in Providence.

Residents and visitors can go online at GoProvidence.com/NYE to find celebratory activities fit for every age group. The new site features a host of resources for ringing in the New Year, from daytime family fun to the hottest nightlife. Choose from categories including: Hotel Getaway Packages, Events, and Dining Specials.

Visitors to the website can also enter to win a number of passes to New Year’s Eve events. These prizes include entrance to the Providence Children’s Museum and RISD Museum, skating passes to the Providence Rink, tickets to that evening’s Providence College basketball game and more. Deadline for entry is December 27, 2013.

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Christmas WaterFires this weekend

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Sadly, tonight’s WaterFire lighting had to be cancelled due to the weather:


WaterFire will have special Christmas editions of their fires running tonight and Saturday evening (weather permitting):

Enjoy the spirit of Christmas for two days at the 3rd Annual Very Special Christmas WaterFire Weekend benefiting and showcasing the incredible work of the Providence Rescue Mission and as a wonderful gift to the City of Providence! Thanks to an anonymous donor the 41 braziers running from Waterplace Park Basin to Steeple Street will burn brightly with Christmas spirit for two days this year! Festivities will commence in Waterplace Park at 5:00pm on Friday, December 13th and then again on Saturday, December 14th! The fires will be lit from 5:00pm-9:30pm both evenings.

Watch updates on WaterFire’s Facebook Page and Twitter for updates on how this weekend’s storm may impact Saturday’s lighting.

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“PopUp Providence”

Mayor Angel Taveras joined city planners, the Providence Redevelopment Agency and community groups today to announce a three-year, citywide demonstration program called PopUp Providence. The purpose of the program is to enliven city spaces and engage residents, workers and visitors in their community with five projects and three mini-projects that include art installations, music instruction and performance, way-finding signage, and a ‘parklet.’

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Riverzedge Industrial Ball – September 27, 2013

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9/27/13 Industrial Ball/Carnival @ The Plant to Raise Funds for At-Risk Teens

Providence, RI: On Friday, September 27th, 2013 from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, Riverzedge Arts and The Plant are teaming up to provide DIY fun for a cause. The 2013 Industrial Ball will feature traditional carnival activities with a modern twist as well as music, dancing and food from nearby Cuban Revolution. For the newly low price of $35.00, Ball goers can win prizes through feats of accuracy and luck, get their fortune told, print their own T’s and invest in a more successful future for an under resourced teen.

As David Hasslinger, a Representative of Armory Revival Company, who donated the space at The Plant, explains, “Riverzedge is one of those unsung heroes in Rhode Island, quietly doing amazing work with teens. I am supporting them with space, and I hope others do too by coming to the event. It’s really going to be a special night.”

To join Hasslinger in supporting Riverzedge Arts, buy a ticket on-line and come to the event!

  • Who: Everyone who loves art and cares about urban teens
  • What: 2013 Industrial Ball/Carnival (There might be a beard contest, just saying…)
  • Where: The Plant, Unit 108 – 60 Valley Street, Providence, RI 02909
  • When: Friday, September 27th 2013, 7:00 to 10:00 pm
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Last Burnside Park Beer Garden of the season – Today at 4:30pm

Don’t miss the last show of the SUMMER SEASON!

beer-gardenDon’t let the morning showers fool you – great forecast for tonight as Mark Cutler and the Men of Great Courage & Sara Azriel take the Burnside Stage. Plus the Trinity Brewhouse & Revival Brewing Company beer garden, and delicious dinner from Fancheezical Providence, Lotus Pepper and Like No Udder! It’s the last show of the summer season – Beer Garden at 4:30, music at 5:15!

See the event page on Facebook.

See you there!

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Burnside Park Beer Garden Music Series is a go for this evening

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Careful, if you ask me to hold your beer, I might drink it.

Slight change of plans. The band will be playing and the beer will be flowing, but it will be taking place inside at Trinity Brewhouse, see you there!

There is a chance of a passing shower this afternoon, but the surprising fall-like chill in the air makes it a perfect evening to drink beers in the park and listen to great music.

Come on out and hear the Criss Cross Orchestra perform in Burnside Park, 4:30pm-7pm. See you there!

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NEA grant to support effort to build “cultural corridor” along Washington Street

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Washington Street. Photo (cc) Sean_Marshall.

Mayor Angel Taveras, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, the Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and FirstWorks announced yesterday that the City of Providence will receive a prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant. The $75,000 grant will support a community design effort to create a cultural corridor in downtown Providence along Washington Street, and to establish the FirstWorks Festival on the Plaza as a biennial signature event in Providence.

The city’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and cultural partner FirstWorks will use the award to continue the transformation of Kennedy Plaza, a key component of Mayor Taveras’ economic development action plan, Putting Providence Back to Work.

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Providence 4th of July 2013 festival and fireworks at India Point Park

Find details about 4th of July 2014 events here.

The City has announced plans for this year’s Fourth of July celebration at India Point Park. See the bottom of the post for information about traffic restrictions and heightened security measures.


Mayor Taveras Invites Providence Residents To Celebrate Fourth of July

Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra performance and fireworks display highlight BankRI Independence Day Celebration in India Point Park

FireworksPROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism will host the BankRI Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4 at India Point Park.

The Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra will provide entertainment during the celebration, which will be followed by a spectacular Fourth of July fireworks display. The free concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and the fireworks display is scheduled for 9:15 p.m. A rain date of July 5 has been set.

“I look forward to the Fourth of July every summer and I am excited to join BankRI to host this important celebration of our liberty and freedom. I invite residents from across Providence and all of Rhode Island to join me at India Point Park as we celebrate with fireworks and a free concert from the Rhode Island Philharmonic Pops Orchestra,” said Mayor Taveras.

Additional sponsors of the celebration include Lite Rock 105, the Providence Tourism Council, the Providence Federation of Musicians, the Providence Warwick Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Providence Department of Parks and Recreation.

“The Fourth of July is a holiday rich in tradition that so many in our community look forward to. We’re proud to continue our support of the BankRI Independence Day Celebration,” said Mark J. Meiklejohn, President and CEO of BankRI. “In addition to the event’s signature fireworks display, there are activities and entertainment for people of all ages.”

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RFP for art bus shelters

art-in-transitThe City and RIPTA are requesting proposals for bus shelter art installations along the North Main and Broad Street R-Line rapid bus route.

Details on the RFP:

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and the Department of Planning and Development in partnership with the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA), invite artists and artist/fabricator teams to submit their qualifications and concepts for art panels and seating to be included in bus shelters along our city’s Broad and North Main Street transit corridors. This is a first of its kind project for the City of Providence and we enthusiastically await artist response.

A total of seventeen sites along these two bus routes will receive art installations as a result of this program and call for art. Stipends awarded to selected artists will range from $8,000 to $23,000 for concept, fabrication, and installation of the bus shelter and seating elements. Past experience in fabrication and public art design is a requirement for this RFP. Artists without such a background are encouraged to team up with the appropriate 3D artists and fabricators.

All proposals must be received by July 8, 2013, 4pm

Visit the City’s website for links to the required documents.

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Summer Solstice Celebration on the Plaza! – June 22, 2013

k-plaza-solstice-posterSummer is here and so is the 2nd Annual Summer Solstice Celebration on the Plaza!

Help us kick off the season with an all day celebration in Greater Kennedy Plaza – with special musical guests Family of the Year, Gentlemen Hall and The Silks, an outdoor beer garden, food trucks and fun family programming and more!

Come early and stay late- there is something for everyone during this day of fun. This event runs from 3PM-10PM and is FREE, all ages and open the public!

Details below!

3pm-6pm – Family Fun!

Grab the kids and head to Burnside Park early. You will find amazing balloon sculptures, interactive activities, and musical performances with Providence Children’s Museum, the Rhode Island Museum of Science & Art, and Girls Rock RI.

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Feeling active? Avenue Sandwhich takes over the rink at 4PM running street-style skating, graffiti art and live DJing. And don’t miss afternoon performances by Jump! Dance Company, Girls Rock RI, and Providence Monthly’s “Most Musical Act” the Extraordinary Rendition Band in Burnside Park.

6pm-10pm Concert + Beer Garden!

At 6pm grab a refreshing drink and relax in the Trinity Beer Garden while enjoying an evening concert in Bunside Park! Blend the high-handed anthemic choruses of the Killers with the retro synth melodies of MGMT and you’ve got our 7pm band, Boston’s Gentlemen Hall. At 8pm Southern California indie rockers Family of the Year take the stage before local heroes The Silks close the night out beginning at 9pm.

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Tweed Ride PVD – April 28, 2013

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Stylish and well-wheeled gents and ladies enjoy a leisurely bicycle parade through downtown Providence in the city’s first-ever Tweed Ride, complete with tea!

The excursion begins at Greater Kennedy Plaza and ends at the RISD Museum for an afternoon viewing of the Museum’s newest exhibition, “Artist/Rebel/Dandy: Men of Fashion.”

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195 Redevelopment District Commission Meeting – February 11, 2013

A meeting of the I-195 Redevelopment District Commission will be held at the office of Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, 315 Iron Horse Way, Suite 101, Providence, Rhode Island, on Monday, February 11, 2013, beginning at 5:00 p.m., for the following purposes:

I. Public Session

Call to Order: The Chairperson

  1. Welcome by Chairperson: Chairperson Colin Kane.
  2. To approve the public session minutes of the meeting held on January 29, 2013. (Tab 1.)
  3. Update on Executive Director Search Process.
  4. Public Art Status Update.
  5. Market Perspective and Planning Activities.
  6. Legal Activities Discussion (development of District regulations and internal procedures).
  7. II. Executive Session

    To consider and act upon such matters as may be considered at a meeting closed to the public pursuant to the Open Meetings Law, specifically matters permitted to be so considered under subsection (5) (disposition of public property) of Rhode Island General Laws, Section 42-46-5(a) (the Open Meetings Law).

  8. Informational Presentation by Carpionato Properties.
  9. III. Public Session

  10. Chairman’s Report/Agenda for March 4, 2013 Meeting.
  11. Vote to Adjourn.

The presentation by Carpionato Properties is scheduled during the Executive Session, which is generally not open to the public.
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Providence 2013 State of the City Address


Mayor Angel Taveras

2013 State of the City Address

Providence Is Recovering

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 • (as prepared for delivery)

Photo of the Mayor delivering the State of the City from the Mayor's Office.

Photo of the Mayor delivering the State of the City from the Mayor’s Office.

Governor, Mr. President, honorable members of the Providence City Council, distinguished guests, and my fellow residents of our great Capital City –

One year ago I stood before you in this Chamber with an urgent message for our City and the entire State of Rhode Island. Providence was in peril. Despite many difficult decisions and painful sacrifices made to pull Providence back from the brink, we were still $22 million short of closing a $110 million structural deficit.

Crucial steps necessary to navigate our City safely through our Category 5 fiscal hurricane had not yet come to pass. We still needed to reform our unsustainable pensions. And we needed Providence’s large, tax-exempt institutions to contribute more.

As I stood before you on February 13, 2012, Providence was running out of cash, and running out of time. In the months that followed, there were some who said Providence could not avoid filing for bankruptcy.

BACK FROM THE BRINK

Today it is my privilege to deliver a much more hopeful report on the State of our City: Providence is recovering.

Through collaborative efforts and shared sacrifice, we have all but eliminated our City’s $110 million structural deficit, and we expect to end this year with a balanced budget. Working together, we have accomplished what few believed possible.

We were determined to address the root causes of Providence’s fiscal emergency and prepared to act unilaterally if necessary. And we knew our City would never achieve a lasting recovery without addressing our unsustainable and spiraling pension costs.

In April, following months of actuarial analysis and public testimony, this City Council unanimously approved a pension reform ordinance that put Providence’s pension system on a sustainable path.

We recognized that passing the ordinance would likely lead to a high-stakes lawsuit with no real winners – because a decision in favor of the status quo would push our City over the brink. However, faced with the challenge of negotiating pension changes with more than 2,000 retirees who were not represented by a single entity, we saw no alternative.

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