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 and follow PlayCorps on Facebook.

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.

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Celebrate Providence! 2014 Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative

Events July – August

Smaller Sights+Sounds 2015 

Providence, RI – Mayor Angel Taveras, the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, the Department of Parks & Recreation, and Partnership for Providence Parks are pleased to announce the Celebrate Providence! 2014 Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative.  From music and dance to storytelling in the park, Mayor Angel Taveras’ Celebrate Providence showcases the art of local neighborhoods in city parks throughout the summer.  All events are free and open to the public.

Opera Providence will present Opera in the Park during four Sundays (July 6, 13, 27 & August 3) this summer starting at 5pm at Hopkins Square (at the intersection of Charles St. and Branch Ave.). The series features exceptional talent from all over the region. Each performance will highlight favorites from the operatic repertoire along with popular Broadway hits.  On July 6,Afternoon Delight” from the Italian Operas will kick off the Opera series.  The group “Opera to Broadway” will take the stage the following Sunday, July 13. “Gilbert, and Sillivan, and More “ will take the stage on July 27, followed by “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart!” on August 3.

Community Health Innovations liven up Billy Taylor Park on four select Tuesdays (July 8th & 22nd, August 5th & 19th) with the Billy Taylor Summer Performance Series.  The first performance on July 8 will feature Case Closed!, a hip hop dance group that will be sure to get you moving! On July 22, get ready to take a trip to the Island of Hawaii with performance by Flowers of Polynesia. Get ready to hear some great poetry, and even learn some poetry writing skills on August 5 with James Monteiro and Hannah Resseger. The series will close on August 19th with Valarie Tutson and Friends who will present stories celebrating the Mount Hope area. All events will feature face painting and open air art displays by Barbieo Barros Gallery!

Elmhurst Clean & Green’s Fargnoli Concert Series takes over Fargnoli Park (Jastram & Smith Streets) for six consecutive Tuesdays (July 15, 22, 29, August 6, 12 and 19).  Each week there will be a Farmer’s Market from 4pm – 7pm, Providence Community Library’s story time will take place at 5:30pm followed by a performance from 6pm – 7:30pm and concluding with Films at Fargnoli from 8pm – 9:30pm. Join us on July 22 for instrument making with the Children’s Museum, and a performance by Keith Munslow, an award winning performer who uses improvisation, music, and visual art! Come back on July 29 for an evening of Rock n Roll with local band Roslyn! Joe’s Backyard Band will be performing on August 5, and will be sure to get the crowd movin’ and groovin’! Island Farm Bluegrass will play traditional bluegrass music in the style of the founding fathers on August 12! Join Nickel Jukebox on August 19 to hear some good old songs by Marvin Gaye and Stevie Wonder!

On select Wednesdays this summer (July 16 & 30, August 13 & 27), the Friends of Brown Street Park will present Summer Concerts at Brown Street Park (behind Hope High School) all beginning at 5:30pm.  On July 16, a local band, Ragged Company, will kick off the series, and get you groovin’! Come back on July 30th ready to rock and roll with Smith and Weeden who will play a mix of rock n’ roll and country. On August 13, Ravi Shavi will have the crowd moving with their combination of classic punk, modern indie, and new wave sound with a shot of rock n’ roll. The Children’s Museum will also be instructing an instrument making class!   On August 27, Joes Backyard Band will close out the series, and have the whole crowd toe tapping and hand clapping!


For three consecutive Wednesdays in July (July 16, 23 & 30) Family Service of RI / Providence Children’s Initiative are presenting their Annual Neighborhood Block Parties at Harriet & Sayles Park (Harriet & Sayles Streets) beginning at 5:30pm.  On July 16 the Providence Children’s Museum will be present leading an instrument making tutorial. There will be a performance from hip hop dance group, Project 401, and a Zumba instructor. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes! On July 23, come learn some salsa dance moves from Mambo Pa Ti,   and listen to some poetry!  Come watch Extraordinary Rendition Band, a street band of brass, reeds and percussion, and watch Samia, a youth dancer on July 30th to end the series.

Dexter Training Grounds (Armory Park) (Parade St. between Cranston St. & Westminster St.) is the place to be on three consecutive Thursdays (July 17, 24, 31) as the West Broadway Neighborhood Association (WBNA) presents West Side Thursdays beginning at 5pm.  The series will begin with a performance by Keith Munslow, an award-winning performer who combines music, storytelling, visual art, and improvisation on July 16. Come back on July 24 for a performance by The American Band! They are one of the oldest bands in the US, who play works ranging from classical, popular, and modern works! Join us July 31 for the final performance of the series.  Hip hop dance and theater performance group, Everett Company, will put on a great show!

On Saturday, August 2nd Oasis International brings the African Summer Bash to Richardson Park beginning at 1pm.

On Thursdays in August (August 7, 14 & 21), ECAS Theatre will bring Spanish-language and bilingual music, dance, and theater to the young and old alike during Gozadera en el Parque at Roger Williams Park (Broad St. Entrance). Performances begin at 5pm.  Come by on August 7 and catch a play by Ta’To Nitido, the ECAS Theater’s youth team! There will also be a folkloric dance presentation, a performance by Babum the Clown, and a karate demonstration! Join us on August 14 for an poetry reading with Marleny Luna and Sussy Santa. Las Chapanecas from Mexico will perform a folkloric dance, and Poder 1110, a local radio station, will be holding a vocalist contest!  Come enjoy the final performance on August 21, which will feature a Dominican folk exhibit, a folk dance presentation as well as performances by local musicians!

West Elmwood Housing brings Simmer Down Thursdays to Bucklin Park on August 7, 14 & 21, all shows begin at 6pm.  Join us on August 7 for a night with a Rhode Island Black Story Teller and Play Date. Come by and enjoy the World Celebration on August 14,  which will feature music and art from various cultures residing in the West End! Don’t miss the final performance of the series on August 21, which will feature dance performances from the West Elmwood Cheerleading Team, who will perform their winning routines from Nationals!

The Summit Neighborhood Association will present the annual Summit Music Festival on Saturday, August 23rd beginning at 10am in Lippitt Park.

The Smaller Sights and Sounds program, now in its second year, engages smaller or newer volunteer park groups by transforming their neighborhood parks into community hubs for the arts, healthy living, and play. The seven additional parks are: Peace & Plenty Park, Corliss Park, Viscolosi Park, Fr. Lennon Park, Gladys Potter Park, Patterson Park and Blackstone Park.  Come to Peace & Plenty Park from 7-8pm on July 10 for an evening with The Wilbury Theater Group, who combine the greatest writers with the occasional modern twist. Return to Peace & Plenty Park on July 31 for a fabulous rap workshop with group Bmor 7 from 7-8:30pm, followed by the Burundian Drumming performance on August 7 from 7-8pm!

Friends of Paterson Park will be hosting events on July 2 and July 30. Come to Paterson Park from 5:30- 7pm and watch a performance by the creative entertainers from TEN31 Productions.  Join us on the 30th at 7pm for performance by Part of the Oath: Dancing Blues.

Friends of Viscolosi Park will be holding events on July 15, July 29, and August 5. July 15 will include a performance by Extraordinary Rendition Band, and will get the whole crowd up and dancing from 6-7pm! On July 29 from 6:30-7:35, Circus Dynamics will perform and offer an a circus experience you will never forget! On August 5, from 6-7pm, Part of the Path: Dancing Blues will put on an excellent ballet performance.

Blackstone Park Conservatory will host events at Blackstone Park Meadow on Wednesday July 16, and Wednesday July 23 from 7-8pm. July 16will feature a performance by the talented Rhode Island Philharmonic Jazz Quintet. On July 23, Joe’s Rendition Band will perform, and play a variety of music for the whole family to enjoy!

Friends of Corliss Park will host performances at Corliss Park on Thursday July 24, and Wednesday August 6. Storyteller Raffini will kick off the series using, acting, art, and other creative elements to portray her message. The series will close on August 6 with a performance by Extraordinary Rendition Band, whose music celebrates history, life, and culture!

Cambden Park Friends will hold events on Tuesday July 22, Tuesday August 12, and Thursday August 14 at Father Lennon Park from 6-7pm. The Laotian Community Dance Teams will perform on July 22, followed by Part of the Oath: Dancing Blues on August 12. The series will conclude with a performance by Project 401, a talented hip hop dance group on August 14!

For more information please visit  The 2014 Celebrate Providence! Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative is sponsored by the City of Providence, Angel Taveras, Mayor, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, Department of Parks & Recreation, Partnership For Providence Parks and CW28.

Creative Corridor of Color to me Created in South Providence Starting Friday 

For Release Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Partnership for Providence Parks, the Providence Parks Department and Family Service of Rhode Island’s Providence Children’s Initiative announce a “Creative Corridor of Color” being created Friday, May 30, at the community garden at Fogarty Elementary School, 199 Oxford Street, Providence, and Saturday, May 31 at the water park building at Harriet and Sayles Park, located next to the school.

Fogarty elementary students and other community members will be painting throughout the day, starting approximately 9 a.m on Friday and 10 a.m. time on Saturday. Internationally known artist Max Frieder, the founder of “Artolution,” will be facilitating the project.  Artolution is an international public arts network with projects around the globe .More information is available at

This exciting and colorful initiative is a part of a “Call for Color” in Providence Parks.

“Color and art bring ownership and creative place-making to spaces, colorfully identifying them as spaces for children and families, and establishing them as areas specially designed for creative endeavors including meaningful play and playful art making,” said Helene Miller of the Partnership for Providence Parks.

“Family Service of Rhode Island and our Providence Children’s Initiative program are pleased to participate in this project,” said Family Service of Rhode Island’s Julie Casimiro, who heads the Providence Children’s Initiative.  “The Providence Children’s Initiative, which led the creation of the community garden last spring, is committed to working with the community to enhance the South Side’s quality of life.  The ‘Creative Corridor of Color’ builds upon this commitment.

“The overall vision is to create a city of green spaces punctuated with splashes of color that attract and welcome our children to gather and play in safe and creative places,” said Helene Miller.

The Creative Corridor of Color is a part of an international community-based public arts network of the artist called Artolution.

The Providence Children’s Initiative, created in 2010 by Family Service of Rhode Island, collaborates with community residents and leaders, government, non-profits, foundations and businesses to strengthen the neighborhood.  Its work includes the Walking School Bus, the Fogarty community garden and more.  Family Service of Rhode Island is a non-profit social service and educational organization.  More information is available at


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!