PVDFest Ideas

PVDFest Ideas 2023 x Imagining America

Radical Reckoning: Invoking the Elements for Collective Change

PVDFest Ideas is a forum for big thinking in public.

We need big ideas more than ever.

This year we are producing Ideas in collaboration with the Imagining America National Gathering.

PVDFest Ideas x Imagining America invites artists, scholars, designers, humanists, organizers, and community practitioners to present their projects through a frame of radical reckoning. Invoking the cleansing work of fire, the changing form of water, the steadiness of the earth, and the ethereal nature of air, PVDFest Ideas conjures the elements to guide the radical work of reckoning with the past to create a future of collective liberation. 

PVDFest Ideas’ producing partners hail from the Imagining America National Gathering, AS220, College Unbound, and the City of Providence’s Department for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging. Partners will review applications in early summer for Phase II (October 20-22.) 

We invite you to learn more about the call for proposals for PVDFest Ideas 2023 x  Imagining America in the call for participation portal. 

While the bulk of resources and energy put towards PVDFest Ideas will be directed to ensuring the success of the National Gathering, ACT may select a small number of projects to feature during Phase I (September 8-10). If you have a project that cannot take place as part of the IA National Gathering, you may submit it through the portal linked here. 

Programs selected for promotion under the PVDFest Ideas umbrella will be incorporated into the PVDFest Ideas online schedule on a rolling basis until the conclusion of programming in October 2023. A small amount of funding for selected programs may be made available through ACT’s micro-grants. Grants will be no larger than $500. For more information on funding see the submission form linked here. 

About Imagining America’s National Gathering: 

The IA National Gathering is an annual convening of more than 500 public scholars, artists, designers, teachers, students, and cultural organizers who are addressing the most pressing issues of our time. Gatherings offer participants a three-day immersive experience in which to connect, dialogue, learn, and strategize on the ways in which the arts, humanities, and design are and may be leveraged locally, regionally, and nationally towards transformative action. 

Previous Events



Bloodtide: Participatory Horseshoe Crab Holiday Activation with Artist Eli Nixon!

Various Dates & Times
Providence Public Library


Diasporic Threads in Providence: Redefining Filipino Identity and Community Through Arts and Celebration

Saturday, June 11
Multiple Locations in Kennedy Plaza

Ad space

AD SPACE solo exhibition by artist Andrew “Moon” Bain

Presented across thirteen billboards in Providence for the month of June

RI Lego Artist

RI Lego Artist

June 10, 11, & 12

Photo of Jake Blount

Jake Blount & the Vox Hunters

Thursday, August 11

amber art

How We Built This: A Conversation with Amber Art

Sunday, September 18th

horror animation

Kids Horror Animation Workshop with the Providence Comics Consortium!

Wednesday, September 21
Thursday, September 22

after spirit

After Spirit: Channara Tom “Philly” Pheap; Community Conversation and Memorial

Artist Talk
September 19, 2022
Dirt Palace

Gallery Night Providence

Gallery Night Walking Tours of Public Art

August 14 and September 11
August 28 and September 25

hunters moon

Deborah Spears Moorehead and ACT Present: Hunter’s Moon Indigenous Peoples Event

October 15th, 12-4pm
Biltmore Park in Downtown Providence

Gallery Night Providence

Providence Curates


Portales: Reimagining The Future

September 1 – October 1, 2022
WaterFire Arts Center


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