Woonasquatucket River Greenway Arts

The City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) and WaterFire Providence will convene collaborators to generate a series of site-specific performances and temporary art works along the banks of Providence’s historic urban waterway in anticipation of the Woonasquatucket River Greenway extension project (2020/21 – see here for more on key initiatives of the Department of Planning and Development). Manton Avenue Project and Wilbury Theatre Group will work with the history and built environment of the Woonasquatucket to create performances; temporary public art works will be curated by ACT and WaterFire Providence in collaboration with the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council, The Steel Yard  and The Dirt Palace. A culminating celebration along the Greenway in summer 2019 will demonstrate the potential for a permanent linear art park connecting downtown to emergent arts institutions and diverse residential neighborhoods. Following the WRGA demonstration project, partners will convene to refine a vision for the permanent park’s arts infrastructure.

This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

     


Adult actors performing in Olneyville the Operetta by students from the Manton Avenue Project
Adult actors performing in Olneyville the Operetta (2018) by students from the Manton Avenue Project

Project Timeline:

October 2018

  • Public Art Selection Committee, led by Dirt Palace and Steel Yard artist facilitated, and incorporating neighborhood champions, meets to develop request for public art qualifications/proposals to be sited along San Souci Drive and in Riverside Park.
  • The Steel Yard and the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council determine sites for sculptural animal habitats to be fabricated by Steel Yard artists.
  • October 19 – Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery installation by Daniella Ben-Bessat goes on view.

November 2018

  • November 14 – Daniella Ben-Bessat Artist Talk at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
  • November 25 – Closing of Daniella Ben-Bessat installation at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
  • Public Art Selection Committee, led by Dirt Palace and Steel Yard artist facilitated, and incorporating neighborhood champions, meets to refine and finalize request for public art qualifications/proposals to be sited along San Souci Drive and in Riverside Park.

December 2018

  • December 5 – Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery installation by Shey Rivera goes on view.
  • December 19 – Shey Rivera Artist Talk at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
  • Public Art RFQ Deadline (exact date TBD).

January 2019

  • January 12 – Closing of Shey Rivera installation at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
  • January 19 – Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery installation by Sto Len goes on view.
  • Public Art RFP goes to shortlisted artists (exact date TBD).
  • Sto Len Artist Talk at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery (exact date TBD).
The Steel Yard hot weiner trash can
The Steel Yard hot weiner trash can

February 2019

  • February 24 – Closing of Sto Len installation at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
  • Sculptural animal habitat fabrication begins.
  • Deadline for Public Art RFP (exact date TBD).

March 2019

  • March 5 – Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery installation by Matt Tracy goes on view.
  • Public Artist selections and Art in City Life Commission approval (exact date TBD)

April 2019

  • April 12 – Closing of Matt Tracy installation at Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery.
  • Public Art fabrication.
  • Dirt Palace Storefront Window Gallery show 5 (artist TBD) goes on view (April 19).

May 2019

  • Public Art fabrication.
  • Sculptural animal habitat fabrication.

June 2019

  • Public Art installation.
  • Sculptural animal habitat installation.
Providence Fringe Festival 2018; photo by Erin X. Smithers
Providence Fringe Festival 2018; photo by Erin X. Smithers

July 2019

  • July 21 – 28: Fringe Festival 2019 including site-specific performances by Manton Avenue Project and the Wilbury Theatre Group.
  • Final public art installations by selected artists and WaterFire.
  • Processional and celebration (exact date TBD)

August 2019

  • Public listening meeting 1 of 2 (date TBD).

September 2019

  • Public listening meeting 2 of 2 (date TBD).
Woonasquatucket River Greenway branding and design by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
Woonasquatucket River Greenway branding and design by the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council