September 2018 Update: ACT In The Community

AARI Sowing Place Pop-Up Market in Roger Williams Park; Photo by Atomic Clock.

african alliance of RI (AARI) sowing place pop-up market


AARI Sowing Place Pop Up Market at Roger Williams Park; photo by Atomic Clock.

Monday September 17, 2018
6:00PM – 7:30PM
West Broadway Middle School
29 Bainbridge Ave, Providence, RI 02909

Join fresh produce and prepared food vendors along with artists and other cultural practitioners for a fun-filled afternoon of activities, art, and healthy eats.

ACT works in partnership with the City’s Healthy Communities office, the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI), Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island (SCCRI), and the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation Sankofa Market (Sankofa) on Sowing Place, a creative placemaking initiative designed to connect food, health, art, and economic development.

Armory Public Meeting with Utile Design


Steven Velasquez at PVDFest 2017’s Armory Animated by Art finale at Dexter St. Training Ground (Photo by Kathleen McAreavey).

Monday September 17, 2018
6:00PM – 7:30PM
West Broadway Middle School
29 Bainbridge Ave, Providence, RI 02909

All ages, free, and open to the public

From the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (our partner on “Animated by Art”) : “On Monday, September 17, WBNA and the RI Department of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) led by Director Carole Cornelison will host a public meeting on the Cranston Street Armory that features a presentation by Utile, the consultants hired last year to determine viable re-use options for the Armory.

This meeting is focused on updating the public on exciting progress that is being made as well as next steps, and to communicate how and when the public will be involved in the re-use planning process. We thank Director Cornelison for her continued commitment to this important building, and look forward to hearing from Utile about its findings. Please share far and wide!

For more information go to the WBNA homepage or RSVP here on Facebook.

For more on ACT’s Our Town 2017 project, “Cranston Street Armory Animated by Art,” check out our blog page here.

Good Design, Local Design: How Designers and Cities Can Support Each Other

Thursday September 20, 2018
9:00AM – 11:00AM
Southside Cultural Center of RI Pavilion
393 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

$10, Food and Drink Provided

Design is vital to the life and growth of any city. This panel will discuss different ways in which municipalities can make use of a strong local design community to support projects at a variety of scales, including the institution of Design Excellence programs and other changes to the public procurement process at multiple levels. The discussion will explore the potential impacts of design-forward policies on the public realm, local design culture, and the economy. The panel will include representatives of municipal agencies, policy makers, and the local design community.

To register, go to the DESIGNxRI event subsite here.

For more information about DESIGNWEEKRI, check out the full schedule here:

Peace Flag Project and Marc Levitt Present: “Triple Decker”

Sunday September 23, 2018
3:00PM – 5:00PM
Waterplace Park

All ages, free, and open to the public

Triple Decker, by Marc Levitt, is the story of the American immigrant experience, touching on the joy, sadness, fear and utopian possibilities inherent in our nation’s unique multi-cultural experiment. Narrated by Levitt and storyteller Valerie Tutson, the piece is accompanied by seven musicians, representing the different nationalities whose stories are contained in this uniquely Southern New England tenement. Featuring Marc Levitt, Valerie Tutson, Chris Turner, David Ariyan, Carlos DeLeon, Zerui Depina, Phil Edmonds, Thawn Harris, Song Heng & Sidy Maiga.

Followed by the Living Peace Award honoring Dr. Jodi Glass and Providence’s Annual Peace Walk. All are invited to join in the Annual Peace Walk following the performance. Led by interfaith clergy, we invite everyone to walk slowly and in silence around the Waterplace Basin.

For more information check out the Peace Flag Project’s Facebook event.

first saturdays Sankofa at Southlight


First Saturdays Sankofa at Soughtlight featuring Lydia Perez and Yoruba 2; photo by Atomic Clock.

Saturday, October 6, 2018
11:00AM – 2:30PM
Southside Cultural Center of RI Pavilion
393 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

All ages, free, and open to the public

Join fresh produce and prepared food, and artisan vendors along with artists and other cultural practitioners for a fun-filled afternoon of activities, art, and healthy eats.

ACT works in partnership with the City’s Healthy Communities office, the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI), Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island (SCCRI), and the West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation Sankofa Market (Sankofa) on Sowing Place, a creative placemaking initiative designed to connect food, health, art, and economic development.