The Avenue Concept to Showcase Downtown Providence in a “New Light”

Thursday, November 26, 2020

 

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Still Here, Gaia (@gaiastreetart), 32 Custom House. Photo: Avenue Concept

The Avenue Concept has announced it will temporarily light 11 of its murals and sculptures throughout Downtown Providence as part of Rhode Island Commerce’s Take It Outside initiative. 

The lightings will take place on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 from 5-10 p.m. and are timed to coincide with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to further encourage visitors to support local businesses during the lightings.

The limited engagement nighttime lightings are intended to provide the public with a safe, socially-distanced opportunity to enjoy an evening Downtown exploring public art and supporting local businesses during the holiday season. 

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New Self-Guided Walking Tour

The lightings are accompanied by a new self-guided public art walking tour available through both the PocketSights mobile app and your web browser. Visitors are encouraged to take the tour, which lasts approximately 70 minutes, and to shop and dine at Downtown businesses along the way.

The self-guided tours begin at Memorial Park on South Water Street, but visitors are invited to start any point on the map and visit as many or as few sites as they choose.

The Avenue Concept self-guided walking tour is available here

Visitors are encouraged to share the experience on social media and post photos within the app. The Avenue Concept can be found at @avenuepvd on Twitter and Instagram, @TheAvenueConcept on Facebook. Hashtags associated with the lighting are #avenuepvd and #takeitoutsideri.

About The Avenue Concept

The Avenue Concept makes public art happen. We do this by investing in permanent infrastructure, funding public art projects, documenting and promoting the work of artists, using art as a tool for education, and advocating for policies, processes and partnerships that develop sustainable avenues for public art. 

Our goal is to build an environment in which art thrives and to create public art encounters that encourage people to engage and interact with art instead of passively observing it. 

Founded in Providence, RI in 2012, The Avenue Concept is the state’s leading public art program. Since then it has installed or exhibited more than 150 works of public art, and invested $1.1 million in both artwork and infrastructure.

The Avenue Concept has announced it will temporarily light 11 of its murals and sculptures throughout Downtown Providence as part of Rhode Island Commerce’s Take It Outside initiative. 

The lightings will take place on Friday, November 27 and Saturday, November 28 from 5-10 p.m. and are timed to coincide with Black Friday and Small Business Saturday to further encourage visitors to support local businesses during the lightings.

 
 

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