PVDFest Ideas: Hope in the Ever-living Now

PVDFest Ideas: Hope in the Ever-living Now

On July 5, PVDFest presented “Hope in the Ever-living Now,” a live virtual event featuring new works of poetry, prose, and creative writing for performance in response to Frederick Douglass’ ‘What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?’. The work has been...

Taking Our Commemorative Landscape Seriously

When ACT published the City of Providence Art in City Life Plan in April 2018, our team was excited and challenged by the call from Via Partners to refrain from lumping consideration of memorials and monuments together with public art works. The Plan, nearly 35 years...

Commemoration and Legacy

The traditional uses of commemoration in America are various—but often include a nostalgic reaching for a perceived “better time.” In recent years the RIHS has viewed commemoration as a chance to complicate our understanding of the past, to explore (and to fill) the...

Tell Me Your Story

Hypothesis: The experience of Providence is deeper and richer when it is connected to stories of the city’s history. The theme of commemoration and legacy for PVDFest Ideas 2021 made me remember a friend’s greeting on his answering machine: “Human beings crave...

A Library is a Monument

A library is a monument. For Providence Public Library this identity is both literal and figurative. Our building’s architecture itself is a combination of the Romanesque Revival architecture of Gilded Age progressivism and the Brutalist promises of strength and...
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