ACT Public Art – Open Calls

Mural at RFK Elementary School

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), Providence Art in City Life Commission, Councilman Salvatore, and RFK Elementary School invite muralists to design and install an original mural on the exterior of the building. The mural is intended for an exhibition of five years, contingent on funding available. The awarded artist or artist team will be engaged in Summer 2022 to install the mural in early September, 2022. This call is open to individual artists and artist teams with a Rhode Island home or studio address. Applicants must be 21 years or older and able to submit a clean BCI if awarded. Providence residents, artists with previous lived experience in Providence, and PPSD graduates will be preferred. The total project budget is $18,000 of which the awarded artist will receive $12,000 for artist fees and materials.

The application deadline is July 15, 2022. This call is now closed.

Ground Mural at Bailey/Baxter Green School Yard

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), Providence Parks, Providence Healthy Communities Office, Robert L. Bailey, IV Elementary School, and the Providence Art in City Life Commission invite muralists to design and install an original ground mural to connect the school with a newly developed Baxter Park. The awarded artist or artist team will be engaged in Spring 2022 and will collaboratively install the mural in early September alongside Bailey students, staff, and neighbors. This call is open to individual artists and artist teams with a home or studio address within the Providence Metro Area (all of Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts).

This call is now closed. To read about our finalists, click here.


Broad Street Cultural Corridor Plaza Ground Mural at Daboll and Public streets

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), Rhode Island Latino Arts (RILA), The Partnership for Providence Parks, Rec Centers, and Streetscapes (P3), and the Providence Streets Coalition (PSC) invite RI-based muralists to install an original ground mural at the intersections of Daboll and Public Streets, and Public and Broad Streets. This ACT Public Art Civic Infrastructure project is funded in part by a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies through its Asphalt Art initiative. The awarded artist or artist team will be engaged in Spring 2022 and will work during Summer 2022 to install the mural.

This call is now closed. To read about our finalists, click here.


Mural at Davey Lopes Rec Center + Parachute Cloth Workshop

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), Department of Public Property, and Department of Recreation invite RI-based muralists to participate in a week-long workshop on mural design and execution using parachute cloth at the Davey Lopes Recreation Center.

Up to six awarded muralists will w to create a collectively devised mural of approximately 48’ long and 8’ high during April 2022.

This call is now closed. To read about our awarded artists, click here.


Public Art Residency at Lillian Feinstein Senior Center

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), Mayor’s Office for Senior Services, and the Lillian Feinstein Senior Center invite RI-based muralists to install an original permanent mural.

The awarded artist or artist team will begin a residency in late September 2021 and will work with the Lillian Feinstein Senior Center for up to six weeks or until the mural is installed.

This call is now closed.

Public Art Residency at Hartford Park

The City of Providence invites professional muralists to work with the Providence Housing Authority and Hartford Park residents to co-design and install a new original mural at Hartford Park. Awarded artists will receive a six- month residency at the Providence Housing Authority Hartford Park housing complex where they will co-design and install a permanent mural on pre-selected building(s). The residency will begin on April 1, 2020 and last for 6 months. The artist will be provided a $20,000 all-inclusive budget to pay for their artist fee, public engagement, any co-design work, installation costs, and material expenses.
This call is now closed. 

Public Art Residency at Providence Office of Sustainability

The City of Providence invites RI-based professional artists to utilize arts and culture strategies to catalyze transformation and just transition from fossil fuels. The awarded artist will receive a one-year residency in the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability where they will create new original work to engage Providence residents in the strategies outlined in the Providence Climate Justice Plan. The plan was created in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability and members of the Racial and Environmental Justice Committee and aims to create an equitable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient Providence through a comprehensive set of proposed policies and initiatives. The resident artist will be asked to focus on the port of providence and to support the development of a Green Justice Zone in the adjacent neighborhood of South Providence and Washington Park. The residency will run from approximately April 2020 to March 2021. The selected artist will have an all-inclusive budget of $25,000 and will be engaged for an initial immersion period, followed by proposing a project and time to implement the project.
This call is now closed. 

Call For Artists: Creative Community Health Worker Fellowship

The City of Providence invites artists with a social practice to participate in a new pilot training in Artist Facilitation and Community Health Work followed by a three-month residency in a community-based organization. Co-led by Providence’s Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) and Healthy Communities Office, the Creative Community Health Worker Fellowship will provide a cohort of five Providence-based artists 70 hours of training under Dr. Dannie Ritchie, Director of Community Health Innovations of Rhode Island and three Artist-Facilitators, Laura Brown-Lavoie, Vatic Kuumba and Valerie Tutson. This pilot program is designed to support artists to become RI certified Community Health Workers, expanding the impact of the arts on addressing social determinants of health. This fellowship is an extension of the City’s Sowing Place Initiative, generously funded by the Kresge Foundation.

Awarded fellows will begin weekly classes in core competencies on February 12, 2020, through the first week of July. ACT will then place each fellow as an artist-in-residence in community-based organizations in Providence’s West End and Upper Southside from July through October 2020.

Awardees will be provided a $1000 stipend for their participation in the training and up to $5000 for their summer 2020 residency (this all-inclusive budget shall include an artist fee and materials, pending budget approval).

This call is now closed. 


Public Art @PVDFest

Selected artists will design, fabricate, and install temporary work at PVDFest 2020 to enhance pedestrian-level interactions and make the streetscape more vibrant, interactive, playful, surprising, or beautiful.

This call is now closed.


Providence Parkist in Residence

ACT, and the Providence Parks Department are proud to announce that k. funmilayo aileru and Mathew Garza have been named the City of Providence’s first Parkists in Residence! Beginning in January 2020, Funmi and Matt will live in residence in two historic homes owned by the Parks Department while they make new art, facilitate public programs and act as caretakers for the properties.

Public Art Ideas Competition

ACT invites emerging and established artists in the Providence metropolitan area to submit an idea or concept for “Animating Public Space” that they would like to explore though a temporary work of art on City-owned public property or land. Up to four selected artists will each receive up to $10,000 to realize his/her/their idea during the time-frame of fall 2019 to spring/summer 2020. As this competition aims to create new opportunities for artists and to help artists gain skills necessary to work in public space, no public art experience is required of applicants.

This call is now closed.


Public Art Residency at Rogers Recreation Center

ACT and Rogers Recreation Center are proud to announce Providence artist Ysanel Torres has been awarded the City’s The artist-in-residence at Madeline Rogers -Selim Recreation Center will work with constituents to co-design, fabricate and install a mural on the center’s exterior wall.

Torres began her arts career as a painter/muralist in her hometown of Providence. One of her most known local public art projects is a series of utility box murals created to inspire women for a female empowerment project. Torres has studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts where she spent most of her time creating installations conceptually driven by the materials used. Her most recent work has been in response to what she calls the “crucial status of American politics and systemic oppression.” She aspires to continue to carry her activism through her work individually and as an instructor as well.

Torres will begin her residency at Rogers Recreation Center this April, where she will design and install a mural on the exterior wall in collaboration with children and youth.

Visit the residency website on our blog for updates.


Public Art Residency at City Archives

ACT and City Archives are proud to announce artists Lynsea Montanari and Anna Snyder have been awarded the residency at City Archives. This artist team will embed themselves in archival research for six months to develop new, original works in response to the prompt Colonial Providence.

Montanari and Snyder have proposed to illuminate their research into place and create new works that will act as a visual exploration of Providence’s colonial history, examined from both the Indigenous and colonial viewpoints. New artworks will be the combine Ms. Snyder’s extensive experience as a multimedia public artist and Ms. Montanari’s work in the visual arts and on language revitalization (the study and teaching of the Narragansett language with the goal of bringing fluency to the Indigenous community). The pair will utilize archival material from Providence City Archives as well as support from the Tomaquag Museum.

Montanari and Snyder will exhibit these new works on the second floor of City Hall from January 2020 – March 2020. The work will appear with the permanent display of the 1637 Town Charter between Roger Williams and the Narragansett Tribe.


Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts: Animal Habitats

Selected artists designed, fabricated and installed sculptural animal habitat(s) that enhanced the design of civic infrastructure (the greenway) by improving people’s experiences of using this place and interacting with its natural ecology and cultural amenities. This project is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts and as such, the art/artist selection process will be implemented with project partners.

Visit our project page for more information.


Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts: Temporary Art

The WRGA selection panel and ACT are pleased to announce that Keri King’s “What’s In The River?” has been selected for the site at 99 San Souci Drive and Brendan Rose’s “Dandelion” has been selected for Riverside Park.

Visit our project page for more information.

City Walk Call for Design

A selected artist will provide a street mural design aimed to signify key intersections and provide wayfinding to bike riders and pedestrians at key locations along City Walk.

Coming soon.


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