Providence grants $500K in funding to arts-based nonprofits

This is a photo of the artwork "Madeline," by Ysanel 2021.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Providence is granting $500,000 in funding to arts-based nonprofits.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced the 12 nonprofits selected on Tuesday:

  • Providence Children’s Film Festival
  • DESIGNxRI
  • Southside Community Land Trust
  • Educational Center of Arts and Sciences
  • The Steel Yard, FirstWorks, Federal Hill Commerce Association
  • D’High Class Human Development Agency
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts
  • Oasis International
  • Wilbury Theatre Group
  • Quisqueya in Action, Inc.

“Through funding public art installations in all of our neighborhoods, creating a massive, one-of-a-kind arts festival in PVDFest, and other significant cultural achievements, we have centered art as a public good, reduced barriers to experiences, and expanded arts equity,” said Elorza.

This is a photo of the artwork “Olneyville Community Loom,” by Kristen Haines and Lyza Balum 2019.

Since 2018, when Providence’s public art plan commenced, the capital city has directed 11 artists in various institutions like recreation and senior centers, 10 temporary sculptures, three permanent murals, three ground murals, and a curriculum in Artist-Facilitation that is nationally recognized.

This is a photo of the artwork “Madeline,” by Ysanel 2021.

“As you know, we are the creative capitol, and we put that front and center in everything that we do,” added Elorza.

This is a photo of booklets and stamps made at the event. (WLNE)

Additionally, the Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism celebrated its sidewalk tattoo public art program. Thirty artists selected were awarded $1,000 each.

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