PVD Local Happenings
The Neurodiversity New Play Festival
Neurodiverse theater company, Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, presents the 4th annual Neurodiversity New Play Festival, Sept 7 -9! This year’s festival will showcase original works written, produced, and performed by Neurodivergent artists from around the United States. Performances will be held in four venues all within a 10-minute walk of PVDFest over the course of the festival weekend. (Venues: Alchemy, Mirabar, Askew, and District Hall)
Stages of Freedom
Stages of Freedom is conducting Historic Walking Tours of “Christiana and Edward Bannister’s Providence” on Saturday, September 9th at 11am and Sunday, September 10th at 11am, starting from 10 Westminster Street, Providence. Limited to 40 people each. To register, email your preferred date, name & phone number to: StagesofFreedom@aol.com
Get FREE Admission to Stages of Freedom’s African American Museum and special Bannister exhibit on Friday, September 8th from 3 to 6pm, Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th from 12 to 5pm. Visitors will be given a tour of the exhibits by docents and receive a free map of Early Black Providence.
Bannister Community Art Project
The Bannister Community Art Project commemorates the life and legacy of the Black artist, Edward Mitchell Bannister. Check out the events happening during PVDFest Weekend! On Friday, join Artist/ Printmaker, Joseph Norman and Renowned Bannister Sculptor, Gage Prentiss, for a cocktail party (tickets available here.) On Saturday, visit the Providence Art Club Block Party open to the public featuring open artists’ studios, live music, guided tours, and food and drink. On Sunday, catch the artists at the PVDFest parade at 12:30pm culminating in the Edward Mitchell Bannister sculpture unveiling. Following that, check out legendary lithographer Joseph Norman’s lecture at 4pm at the First Baptist Church, with free tickets available here.
Gallery Night Providence
Gallery Night Providence aims to provide equal arts access by opening the doors to Providence’s many art galleries every third Thursday of the Month. During PVDFest, Gallery Night Providence will be conducting two free, guided, family friendly, art-focused walking tours on Saturday. The tour will include URI Providence Campus Gallery, AS220 Galleries, 134 Collaborative/Mathewson St. Church Gallery, and RI Center for Photographic Arts and will visit public art en route. Learn more at https://www.gallerynight.org/
The Avenue Concept
Explore our new River Walk tour! The walk takes about 15-20 minutes, and with taking time to read about each work, the experience is about one hour. Download flyer for more information.
Saturday, September 9 at 4:00PM
Explore public art on each side of the Pedestrian Bridge. Learn stories and hidden details of six murals and five utility boxes. The walk takes about 15-20 minutes, and with our guides, the experience will be approximately one hour.
The tour will be led by Jan Carlos Terrero, Community Participation Manager and Yarrow Thorne, Founder and Executive Director of The Avenue Concept. Download flyer for more information.
POP-UP for PVD Fest
Saturday, September 9, 12-5pm
Join us throughout the day at at 195 District Park for mark-making activities, art space, live mural painting with Paintbar Specialist and Muralist Kendel Joseph.