Author Archives: meganfischer

PlayCorps
The Partnership for Providence Parks is collaborating with the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum for a third exciting summer of Providence PlayCorps in neighborhood parks across the city. PlayCorps is seeking energetic summer Play Leaders and Interns to facilitate and support creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

PlayCorps InternPosition Description and Application (Applications are closed)

PlayCorps LeaderPosition Description and Application (Applications will close on Friday, May 20, 2016)

Visit www.PlayCorps.org to learn more about Providence PlayCorps.


Providence PlayCorps 2016 is supported by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island, the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, a Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health, the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, and the Rhode Island Foundation.

Providence PlayCorps Closing Celebration

August 17th, 2015 | Posted by meganfischer in Organization News | Upcoming Events - (0 Comments)

Providence PlayCorps – a summer initiative to activate the city’s parks with free play and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program – celebrates its final week of the season with imaginative activities daily from Monday, August 17 to Friday, August 21 from 11 AM to 2 PM.

PlayCorps is a nationally recognized collaboration of the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum and the City of Providence’s Department of Parks and Recreation and Healthy Communities Office, with funding from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and a Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health.  On weekdays since July 6, teams of play facilitators have coordinated playful activities at seven parks in neighborhoods across Providence: Billy Taylor Park (Mount Hope), Bucklin Park (West End), Father Lennon/Camden Street Park (Smith Hill), General Street Park (Wanskuck), Harriet and Sayles Park (South Side), Wallace Street Park (Silver Lake)and Zuccolo/Pastore Park (Federal Hill), and as well as at 10 other city parks visited by the PlayCorps PlayMobile.

To celebrate the successful second summer of PlayCorps, the public is invited to join playful activities at each of these parks this week:

At Harriet and Sayles Park, the children and PlayCorps team are working on a giant puzzle, a handprint mural, maracas and decorations all week in preparation for a culminating carnival complete with obstacle course relay races, face painting and a dance party and parade on Friday.

At Wallace Street Park, kids will celebrate with a circus parade and a “fashion show” on Monday, displaying fashions they created from cardboard, fabric and other materials.  Wednesday is “bug day”; on Thursday afternoon, it’s a “play blitz,” including a wild waterslide; and on Friday PlayCorps kids will run through an obstacle course with rainbow ribbon finish line to celebrate an amazing summer.

At Father Lennon/Camden Avenue Park, kids will construct a giant waterslide on Wednesday, and make banners and noisemakers for a big parade on Friday.  At Bucklin Park, it’s the PlayCorps Olympics on Thursday and Friday.

On Tuesday, August 18, the PlayCorps PlayMobile will coordinate mural making, a talent show and closing ceremony at Donigian Park.  The PlayMobile also travels to Fargnoli Park on Wednesday, Billy Taylor Park on Thursday and Father Lennon/Camden Avenue Park on Friday.

All PlayCorps closing activities are free and open to the public.  For more information about PlayCorps, visit www.PlayCorps.org and follow PlayCorps on Facebook.

Providence PlayCorps 2015

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted by meganfischer in Organization News - (0 Comments)

PlayCorps header

After a successful pilot in 2014, Providence PlayCorps expands this summer!  An innovative collaboration between the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Children’s Museum, and the City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office and Department of Parks + Recreation, PlayCorps activates low-income neighborhood parks across the city with free play, art and creative exploration in conjunction with the free federal summer meals program.

Teams of trained play facilitators are a consistent presence at neighborhood parks throughout Providence.  They provide activities and materials to engage neighborhood children in physically active play, improving the overall safety of the parks while encouraging more children to take advantage of free, nutritious summer meals.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are active, safe and healthy over the summer.

From July 6 to August 21, Monday – Friday from 11 AM to 2 PM, PlayCorps will coordinate play activities in these parks:10502233_10152284238892572_2224379106681123988_n

  •     Billy Taylor Park (Mt. Hope)
  •     Bucklin Park (West End)
  •     Father Lennon/Camden Street Park (Smith Hill)
  •     General Street Park (Wanskuck)
  •     Harriet & Sayles Park (South Side)
  •     Wallace Street Park (Silver Lake)
  •     Zuccolo/Pastore Park (Federal Hill)

In addition, play facilitators with the PlayCorps “Playmobile” will travel to other parks and events throughout the summer.

Join PlayCorps members for an exciting summer of play – build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more!

For more information, visit www.PlayCorps.org, and follow PlayCorps on Facebook for updates and activity announcements.

PlayCorps is funded by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island and the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation, Healthy Communities Office, and Health Equity Zone grant through the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Announcing Pop-Up Play Day 2015!

May 26th, 2015 | Posted by meganfischer in City News | Organization News | Upcoming Events - (0 Comments)

Join a FREE day of open-ended play to welcome summer and kick off Playful Providence 2015 – a citywide celebration of play!

Create with an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials. Build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more!

Blow bubbles, build fairy houses, create chalk art, and explore other playful activity stations.

Enjoy lively music: Miss Katie from playScience from 11 AM-12 PM, Joe’s Backyard Band from 12-2 PM and Dom LaColla from 2-3 PM.

And MUCH more!

Bring a picnic and play for awhile!

Other partners include Elmhurst Clean & Green/Friends of Fargnoli Park, and thank you to event supporters Capucine and Delsie Catering and Events.

Summer PlayCorps Opportunities

April 2nd, 2015 | Posted by meganfischer in Employment | Organization News - (0 Comments)

PlayCorpsThe Partnership for Providence Parks is teaming up with the City of Providence’s Department of Parks + Recreation and Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum for a second exciting summer of play in Providence parks. The Partnership is seeking energetic summer PlayCorps Leaders and Interns to facilitate and support creative and rewarding play experiences for Providence youth at parks across the city.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

PlayCorps LeadersApplications closed

PlayCorps Interns – Applications closed

Click here to learn more about Providence PlayCorps and its summer 2014 pilot program.

Introducing PlayCorps

June 27th, 2014 | Posted by meganfischer in Organization News - (0 Comments)

PlayCorpsPlayCorps is an innovative collaboration between the Partnership for Providence Parks, Providence Department of Parks and Recreation, The City of Providence’s Healthy Communities Office and Providence Children’s Museum. PlayCorps activates Providence parks with free play, art, creative exploration and a nutritious meal through the federal summer meal program.  By working in neighborhood parks, PlayCorps fills the gap when school is out to ensure that Providence youth are active, safe, and well fed during the summer thus promoting a healthy lifestyle for our urban youth.

From June 30 to August 14, teams of play facilitators will be stationed in five Providence parks to coordinate free play-based activities on weekdays from 11 AM to 2 PM:

  •     Bucklin Park (West End)
  •     Father Lennon/Camden Street Park (Smith Hill)
  •     General Street Park (Wanskuck)
  •     Harriet and Sayles Park (South Side)
  •     Zuccolo/Pastore Park (Federal Hill)

Join PlayCorps members to kick off a summer of play and build forts, blow bubbles, make art, make music, explore nature, make friends and SO much more!

For updates and activity announcements, follow PlayCorps on Facebook and Twitter.

PopUpPlayFlyer_6-13_2
Join a free day of open-ended play to kick off Playful Providence 2014 – a third-annual citywide celebration of play.

Create with an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials. Build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more!

Explore other playful activity stations like bubble play, instrument making and MUCH more!

Enjoy lively music! Hear Noodle and Moose from 11 AM-12 PM, Joe’s Backyard Band from 12-2 PM, and Extraordinary Rendition Band from 2-3 PM.

Special appearances by HERE I SEE Lego installation by DownCity Design, O-Rings by Increment Studios, and (Playful) Wind Wishes by Vanessa Star.

Bring a picnic and play for awhile!

PopUpPlayFlyer

Join a a free public celebration of open-ended, child-directed play to kick off Playful Providence 2013 – a second-annual citywide celebration of play!

Discover a Pop-Up Adventure Playground – an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials. Build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more!

Explore other playful activity stations like weaving, bubble and water play, wood working, instrument making and parkour.

Enjoy lively music! Hear the Wheeler School’s jazz ensemble from 12:30-1:30.

Join a brief speaking program featuring Mayor Angel Taveras and Providence Children’s Museum executive director Janice O’Donnell at 3 PM.

Event will happen rain or shine! Bring a picnic and play for awhile!


Playful Providence is a 5-month citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City, a recognition that honors cities and towns that make play a priority. Playful Providence is planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks in collaboration with Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence (Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability), Pop-Up Adventure Play, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Friends of India Point Park and other partners.

Many thanks to these Pop-Up Play Day supporters!

Materials and activities donors: Cranston Print Works, Esten Rug, Joe’s Backyard Band, Cas Holman, Providence Forestry Division, RI Parkour, RISD, Quintin Rivera-Toro, Wheeler School Music Department, Linda White, Wickford Appliance and others.
Whole Foods Market University Heights and Panera Bread for providing snacks and beverages for volunteers.

Click here to learn about volunteering at Pop-Up Play Day.

 

Register for Pop-Up Play Day!

April 11th, 2013 | Posted by meganfischer in Organization News | Upcoming Events | Workshops - (0 Comments)
Credit: Pop-Up Adventure Play

Credit: Pop-Up Adventure Play

Recent Workshops

Join a Pop-Up PLAY Day – a free public celebration of open-ended, child-directed play to kick off Playful Providence 2013!

Discover a Pop-Up Adventure Playground, an interesting assortment of everyday “loose parts” like sticks and branches, cardboard boxes, fabric and other open-ended materials. Kids will build forts, design structures, invent imaginative playthings and more!

Parks volunteers and others who are interested in children’s free play are invited to attend a training with play worker Morgan Leichter-Saxby of Pop-Up Adventure Play AND volunteer for a shift at the Pop-Up Play Day – rain or shine!

Friday, May 10 | 9 AM – 1 PM
Play training at Providence Children’s Museum

Saturday, May 11 | 12 – 5 PM
Pop-Up Play Day at India Point Park
Shifts are 11 AM – 3 PM or 2 – 6 PM

Click here to register for the training and event.

Priority will be given to parks groups and members of
Partnership for Providence Parks community partners.

The second annual Playful Providence is a 5-month citywide celebration of play commemorating Providence’s status as a Playful City, a recognition that honors cities and towns that make play a priority. Playful Providence is planned by the Partnership for Providence Parks in collaboration with Providence Children’s Museum, the City of Providence (Department of Parks and Recreation, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Healthy Communities Office and Office of Sustainability), Pop-Up Adventure Play, Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, Friends of India Point Park and other partners.

If you are interested in another Spring Workshop, Click here: