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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…

Symposium Records PVDFest Happening

September 17 @ 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The Providence metro scene has been exploding lately with so much talent. Get ready to experience this showcase of local artists! Performers: Scott MX, Kai, Caloric-Live, Brianna Paon, Chuckwho, and Jacob Herschel

CMW Delivers! MusicWorks Collective Series in 25 Neighborhoods of PVD

September 17 @ 4:00 pm

CMW Delivers! MusicWorks Collective musicians are back to kick-start the season with a first round of free pop-up events as we celebrate Season 25 with performances in all 25 neighborhoods of Providence.

PVD World Music African Film Festival

September 17 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The African Film Festival features shorts films and featured films produced by African filmmakers from Africa and African Diaspora. The festival will include traditional African music and dance performances. PVD World Music African Film Festival is a celebration of the rich culture and creative heritage of people of African descent that call Rhode Island home. Additionally, the festival will be screened on a forty-foot wide projector screen and audio transmitter system, which will enable the audience to screen the films…

The Historical Fantasy of Esek Hopkins

September 17 @ 7:00 pm
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One event on September 10, 2021 at 7:00pm

One event on September 11, 2021 at 7:00pm

One event on September 15, 2021 at 7:00pm

One event on September 16, 2021 at 7:00pm

One event on September 17, 2021 at 7:00pm

From the creators: The Historical Fantasy of Esek Hopkins is an activist dance opera, that reimagines the narrative of Esek Hopkins; the future of our community; the future of public space; the future we will leave behind to our children's children. As we cleanse, heal, and practice liberation with our community, this project is a protest-demonstration against the system that tells us that Esek Hopkins’ former home is worth preserving. We are choreographing for justice. The cast for this community…

Haus of Codec Art Marketplace and Concert

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Performers: Terrero MC, Delynate, Kennedy Plaza, Ladda Nurv, Gabe Cano-Daly, Dusknight, Randy Andy, Bobby Fre$h, Mx. Chevious, Ken Baby, Russel Sprouts Haus of Codec partners with PVDFest to host their LGBTQQIA+ Art Marketplace and Concert! The event will feature 30 local queer artists and community focused organizations. The event will also support Haus of Codec’s mission to build and sustain a network of youth shelters, geared to support homeless or displaced LGBTQQIA+ identifying members of the community. To learn more…

PVD World Music African Film Festival

September 18 @ 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

The African Film Festival features shorts films and featured films produced by African filmmakers from Africa and African Diaspora. The festival will include traditional African music and dance performances. PVD World Music African Film Festival is a celebration of the rich culture and creative heritage of people of African descent that call Rhode Island home. Additionally, the festival will be screened on a forty-foot wide projector screen and audio transmitter system, which will enable the audience to screen the films…

CMW Delivers! MusicWorks Collective Series in 25 Neighborhoods of PVD

September 18 @ 6:00 pm

CMW Delivers! MusicWorks Collective musicians are back to kick-start the season with a first round of free pop-up events as we celebrate Season 25 with performances in all 25 neighborhoods of Providence.

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!

FirstWorks Live—Music at Roger Williams Park: THEA HOPKINS | RED ROOTS AMERICANA

September 19 @ 5:00 pm

Performing-songwriter Thea Hopkins’ voice sounds like no one else’s. Love is at the essence. Whether telling a story or conjuring a mood, Thea’s songs dig deep. She describes her music as “Red Roots Americana.” A member of the Aquinnah Wampanoag tribe of Martha’s Vineyard, her ancestry also includes Iroquois, African-American, Irish, and Portuguese. Thea creates a new kind of Americana, with influences ranging from classic country to contemporary folk. Her song “The Ghost of Emmett Till” won the Grand Prize…

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…

Family Friendly Gallery Night Walking Tours of Downcity Public Art

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 1:00pm

One event on September 25, 2021 at 3:00pm

Gallery Night Providence will host Family Friendly Walking tour of Public Art in the Providence Downcity leaving from URI Providence Campus 80 Washington Street at 11am , 1pm and 3pm. The tours will feature public art and highlight significant architecture in the down city and lower Eastside of Providence. PVDFest Ideas walking tours will focus especially on the architecture and public art in the downcity area with special note of BIPOC artworks and the tremendous contributions made by those who…

Family Friendly Gallery Night Walking Tours of Downcity Public Art

September 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 1:00pm

One event on September 25, 2021 at 3:00pm

Gallery Night Providence will host Family Friendly Walking tour of Public Art in the Providence Downcity leaving from URI Providence Campus 80 Washington Street at 11am , 1pm and 3pm. The tours will feature public art and highlight significant architecture in the down city and lower Eastside of Providence. PVDFest Ideas walking tours will focus especially on the architecture and public art in the downcity area with special note of BIPOC artworks and the tremendous contributions made by those who…

Family Friendly Gallery Night Walking Tours of Downcity Public Art

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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One event on September 25, 2021 at 1:00pm

One event on September 25, 2021 at 3:00pm

Gallery Night Providence will host Family Friendly Walking tour of Public Art in the Providence Downcity leaving from URI Providence Campus 80 Washington Street at 11am , 1pm and 3pm. The tours will feature public art and highlight significant architecture in the down city and lower Eastside of Providence. PVDFest Ideas walking tours will focus especially on the architecture and public art in the downcity area with special note of BIPOC artworks and the tremendous contributions made by those who…

Print To Disarm

September 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 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…

Print To Disarm

September 25 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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…

Dear Rhode Island: Letter Writing as Commemoration, Connection & Contemplation

September 30

Dear Rhode Island is a project produced by What Cheer Writers Club and community member Jessica David to build connection across Rhode Island using the power of letters. Throughout the pandemic, the penpal exchange kept thousands of Rhode Islanders connected while providing an opportunity for personal reflection. Dear Rhode Island: Letter Writing as Commemoration, Connection and Contemplation draws together letters from community leaders addressed to “Dear Rhode Island,” reflecting on the pandemic and the power of letters to forge community…

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