PVDFest Happenings | Citywide | June – August

For the seventh year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture+ Tourism and founding partner FirstWorks will host PVDFest, Providence’s signature art festival this summer and fall.
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Your Story Discovered

September 14 - October 12

Join the Rhode Island State Archives for 5-week storytelling adventure using the records in the Rhode Island State Archives. Beginning September 14th, Fifteen (15) Rhode Islanders will have the opportunity to work with renowned storyteller Valerie Tutson, RI Black Storytellers, for five, 90-minute Sessions, where they will explore resources and records in the archives and learn how to use them to craft and share stories. Stories will be shared at a public event at a date TBD. To be a…

Summer Camp on Sims: A PVDFest Block Party

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join PVDFest and the businesses on Sims Ave for a summer camp style block party. There will be a stage at the Wilbury Theatre and pop-up events along the street at different times throughout the day. Summer Camp on Sims will feature a petting zoo, hot wing eating contest, adult tricycle races, big kid beer pong, a mini golf tournament, street art pop-ups, gigantic yard games, art vendors, live music and much more!

Print To Disarm

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 3:00pm

One event on September 25, 2021 at 4:30pm

Join local printmakers Jacques Bidon (Counterform), Lois Harada (DWRI Letterpress), and Ally Thatcher (Fallen Cargo) for a hands on printing demonstration. The artists will also present their work in a Zoom panel in conversation about their approach to text-based posters and printing as a form of activism. Participants will see physical samples of each artist's work at the demonstration as well as print their own preset poster designed by the artists. No printing experience is necessary. This project is a…

Motif Film Screening Series

September 21 @ 7:00 pm

Motif Magazine is presenting a monthly screening series showcasing the latest and greatest underdogs in local films. The September edition will be at the WaterFire Arts Center, in collaboration with PVDFest. The event will feature the music of amazing Venezuelan artist, Julio Amaro Guitar, drinks and food provided by Troop and amazing short films from Venezuela and USA: Everyone calls me Ori (Venezuela 5min) directed by Vadim Lasca Orsini The Torte (USA 2min) directed by Tyna Harber Caldarone Femme (USA…

EXPAND – IGNITE – INVITE Podcast

September 22

Expanding the Biennial legacy by cultivating capacity for its sustainability, Providence Curates informs and strengthens curatorial practice. Three exhorting verbs rally partners and audience growth, summon change by igniting collaboration, and invite an emerging generation to realize its social justice commitments through dynamic art encounters. Rather than being lost due to generational change, how can the spirit of earlier urban initiatives become building opportunities for what’s to come? What is the art of curating and how may it cultivate and…

PVDFest in the Park: Summer’ZENd!

September 22 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"Summer'ZENd! A Zen Live end of summer party featuring J-Dash and KNellz with the Zen Live band, as well as Santana and Cam! These artists perform original music, covers, improv live music. Performers: James Krakue (J-Dash) & (Kevin Lannelli (Knellz) & Zen Live (Band) J-Dash (@J_dash401) is a local multi-Instrumentalist from Rhode Island that mixes genres like R&B, Bossa Nova, Funk, Rock, and Rap. Knellz (@knellzri) is a local lyrical rapper that has lines for every occasion. Zen Live (@zenliveri)…

Councilwoman Kerwin’s Smith Hill Community Meeting & Summer Celebration

September 23 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Please join Councilwoman Kat Kerwin for a Smith Hill Community Meeting and Summer Celebration this Thursday at Father Lennon Park! They will have family friendly entertainment and reps from City departments to help you with your neighborhood concerns. Activities will be provided by, the Empowerment Factory, a non-profit dedicated to giving youth the skills needed to lead happier, healthier more empowered lives. For more information, check out the Facebook page here. To best protect others, the Rhode Island Department of Health…

PVDFest in the Park: Tell Your Truth – Speak Up

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

"Tell your Truth" returns to India Point Park to provide space where folks can speak candidly on the mic about trauma, injustice, connection, love and other topics. Anyone who has something important to say and wants their voice to be heard, be sure to join us for this special event. Orange Live will be the host of the evening. Performer: Orange Live Damont Combs is a poet from Southside Jamaica Queens and a graduate with a degree in Computer Technology…

FirstWorks Live—Music at Roger Williams Park: MUSIC FOR THE SOLE

September 24 @ 5:00 pm
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One event on September 24, 2021 at 8:00pm

Fusing Brazilian music and rhythms with body percussion and tap traditions, Music from the Sole is led by tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval (recently named one of “25 to Watch” in 2021 by Dance Magazine) and bassist-composer Gregory Richardson. The ensemble celebrates tap’s roots in the African diaspora, reflecting choreographic and musical influences from Sandoval’s native Brazil, and Richardson’s talent combining funk, house, jazz, and Afro-Cuban music. Audiences of all ages will be mesmerized—Sandoval “managed to convey the idea that he…

FirstWorks Live—Music at Roger Williams Park: MUSIC FOR THE SOLE

September 24 @ 8:00 pm
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One event on September 24, 2021 at 8:00pm

Fusing Brazilian music and rhythms with body percussion and tap traditions, Music from the Sole is led by tap dancer Leonardo Sandoval (recently named one of “25 to Watch” in 2021 by Dance Magazine) and bassist-composer Gregory Richardson. The ensemble celebrates tap’s roots in the African diaspora, reflecting choreographic and musical influences from Sandoval’s native Brazil, and Richardson’s talent combining funk, house, jazz, and Afro-Cuban music. Audiences of all ages will be mesmerized—Sandoval “managed to convey the idea that he…

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Your Story Discovered

September 14 - October 12
Sun 19

Summer Camp on Sims: A PVDFest Block Party

September 19 @ 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Print To Disarm

September 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Motif Film Screening Series

September 21 @ 7:00 pm
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