Greater City Providence

Fine Art of Recycling

Old Refrigerator
Photo (cc) merfam


City of Providence, National Grid team up on public art project to encourage energy efficiency and recycling

PROVIDENCE, RI – The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism and National Grid are proud to announce a Call to Artists, inviting diverse Providence and Rhode Island artists and art associations from to submit their concepts for the “Fine Art of Recycling” campaign.

This campaign will unite a passion for energy efficiency with the city’s longstanding support of creativity and artistic excellence.

In June, the top 10 artists/art associations will begin to put their creative imprints on ten refrigerators that will be placed throughout Downtown Providence for the summer months of 2011. National Grid has developed this “cool idea” to raise awareness of energy efficiency and recycling and to support local culture and the arts.

National Grid has partnered with the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its Responsible Appliance Disposal Program (RAD) to reduce emissions of ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases through the collection and proper disposal of refrigerated appliances.

Mayor Angel Taveras has pledged to reduce the city’s carbon footprint by signing the Climate Protection Agreement first endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2005, which urges federal and state governments to enact policies that will meet or beat the target of reducing global warming pollution levels to 7 below 1990 levels by 2012.

“This project is a great way to call attention to energy inefficiency and highlight the work of our incredible creative community,” said Mayor Taveras. “We are very pleased to be working with National Grid on this important and timely issue.”

Artists of all ages are encouraged to submit their designs to this competition. Selected artists will be paid a $750 stipend. National Grid and the City will be responsible for installing the works. The request for proposals can be accessed at The deadline for proposals is June 3, 2011.

Greater City Providence

Promoting the smart urban growth of the Greater Providence region.

Add comment

Providence, RI
6:02 am7:28 pm EDT
Feels like: 64°F
Wind: 9mph WNW
Humidity: 29%
Pressure: 30.1"Hg
UV index: 0
63°F / 45°F
52°F / 41°F
59°F / 48°F