PVDFest Ideas 2021: Commemoration and Legacy

 

PVDFest Ideas is a forum for big thinking in public. 

In the wake of a devastating global pandemic with economic and social impacts creating shock waves we cannot yet sense in totality; and seismic uprisings for Black life that have shaken the twin myths of white supremacy and color blindness;

We need big ideas more than ever.

What will Providence residents remember from this “unprecedented” year? 

How might descendants of Providence commemorate the legacies of 2020-2021? 

PVDFest Ideas invites submissions for public programming from community curators that foreground the concepts of commemoration and legacy. All PVDFest Ideas programs will take place between mid-June 2021, and late September 2021.

Programs do not have to have a “scholarly” angle, per se, but they should consider humanities methods such as connection, bridge building, empathy, and understanding across differences.

While panel discussions are welcome, we encourage you to imagine how programs might take advantage of virtual, hybrid, socially distanced, and other adaptive platforms that blur lines between learning, practicing, performing, making and thinking collectively in public. We’re thinking audio walking tours, pop-up exhibitions, outdoor screenings and scavenger hunts, but the sky is the limit, as long as you are following the State of Rhode Island’s current guidelines.

 

 

PVDFest Ideas’ producing partners hail from the Rhode Island Council on the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Historical Society (RIHS) and the Providence Public Library (PPL). ACT and this group will review submissions in early June for inclusion in Phase I (June 21 – July 30). Partners will again review applications in late July for Phase II (August 1 – September 30).

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 September 2021. A small amount of funding for selected programs will 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 below.

Not sure if your program is appropriate for PVDFest Ideas? Contact ACT Special Projects Manager Micah Salkind: msalkind@providenceri.gov – he will be happy to talk through it with you. For additional prompts, see the producing partners curatorial essays below.

 

PVDFest Ideas Producing Partners Curatorial Essays

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 performed...

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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FringePVD Humanities Discussion: Fringe in the time of COVID

July 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

During the past sixteen months, artists and presenters have adapted the ways that they create and share work. Experimental programs designed for small audiences moved from the margins to the center of performance culture in Providence and beyond. Join us for a conversation about the roles played by “Fringe Artists” through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. In this discussion moderated by moderated by Dr. Micah Salkind (City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism), cultural programming curators/producers Christina Bevilacqua and Janaya Kizzie…

Aqui Me Quedo en La Broa’

August 1 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on August 9, 2021 at 4:45pm

Enjoy a Barrio Tour and conversation between Marta V. Martínez and Doña Fefa Rosario, who together will talk about the transformation of La Broa' since the 1960s. Doña Fefa and her husband Tony, opened the first Dominican-owned bodega on Broad Street in Providence in the early-1960s. The Rosarios helped the growing number of families from the Dominican Republic who moved to Rhode Island and made it one of the largest Dominican communities in the United States.

Aqui Me Quedo en La Broa’

August 9 @ 4:45 pm - 6:30 pm
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One event on August 9, 2021 at 4:45pm

Enjoy a Barrio Tour and conversation between Marta V. Martínez and Doña Fefa Rosario, who together will talk about the transformation of La Broa' since the 1960s. Doña Fefa and her husband Tony, opened the first Dominican-owned bodega on Broad Street in Providence in the early-1960s. The Rosarios helped the growing number of families from the Dominican Republic who moved to Rhode Island and made it one of the largest Dominican communities in the United States.

The Legacy of J’ouvert in Carnival (Panel discussion)

August 15 @ 1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

J'ouvert, pronounced "jou-vay" from the French patois, is a traditional festival originating in Trinidad and Tobago but is celebrated throughout the Caribbean. Meaning "dawn" or "daybreak," J'ourvert celebrations begin in the early morning and commemorate emancipation from slavery. Historically, the festival occurs in August, but it has become associated with pre-carnival celebration over time. As part of PVDFest Ideas, Etienne Charles (Trinidad), Gabriel "David" Alexis (Trinidad), and Becky Bass (St. Croix) will discuss the legacy of J'ouvert from its Caribbean…

Providence Waterways

August 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Launching in July 2021, Providence Waterways, produced by Doors Open RI, is a multimedia, collaborative, storytelling project. Through a combination of online and onsite experiences, Providence Waterways invites you to immerse yourself in place-based stories, sounds, and events that explore Providence's water. Three primary portals will guide our journey through Providence's waterways:  StoryMap: History, short stories, images and fun facts - this interactive StoryMap is limited only by your own curiosity. Available in both English and Spanish. SoundJourneys: Experience a digital,…

Illuminating the Legacy of Slavery in Rhode Island

August 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

August 23rd is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. On this date, TWPEF will project imagery and stage dramatic readings about the history and legacy of slavery in Rhode Island at sites where slavery and the struggle for abolition took place. With support from RICH, scholars and artists are working together to craft texts and create original imagery for projections. In Providence, we will illuminate Brown's University Hall, built in 1770 by four known slave…

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
|Recurring Event (See all)

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…

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