The Avenue Concept Providence Downtown Public Art Tour

This tour takes you through the public artworks produced and installed by The Avenue Concept. To learn more, visit www.theavenueconcept.org

The Avenue Concept Providence Downtown Public Art Tour

Providence, Rhode Island 02906, United States

Created By: The Avenue Concept

Tour Information

Mask up, plan your visit, be safe and see Downtown Providence shine!

This tour is designed to guide you through all of the murals and sculptures that The Avenue Concept has installed in the Downtown Corridor. During your tour, we hope that you will support the local businesses and restaurants that make Downtown Providence so special.

Get started

To make the most of your visit, plan what time you'll go and where you will park (check to see if 2 hr parking is free!), where you will eat/take out, what you will wear to stay warm. Check out the map and the points of interest in advance. You can follow our specific route or wander to artworks from any direction, simply pick your preference through the app.

At each stop

You can learn more about the artwork by watching videos and reading more in the app. Dig deeper and explore each piece by considering our ~Take A Closer Look~ questions. If you are really enjoying your adventure, pull out a pen and paper and answer some of these more in-depth creative prompts in our Art Explorer creativity guide.

Two things to remember as you set off to discover:

Public art never closes! Public art is made to be enjoyed by the community as a source of inspiration, conversation, and engagement. Free and open to the public. If you love something, ask yourself why. If you don't, dig into that too! Art is meant to be an active way of engaging with the world. It’s something we all need.

YOU make public art happen. At The Avenue Concept, our tagline is "we make public art happen". Our small-but-mighty team imagines public art installations, works with amazing artists to help implement those projects and then shares the stories of those artists and artworks with the community in order to make our cities more beautiful, livable, viable and safe. But as a nonprofit, we rely on people like you to help us make that happen through financial support, volunteering, and sharing what we do with your friends and family. Thank you! With your help, we make public art happen.

Tag your visit! @avenuepvd #avenuepvd #takeitoutsideri #publicartneverclosesVisit us on the web! www.theavenueconcept.org


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What You'll See on the Tour

Michael Ezzell is a Providence-based illustrator and printmaker. "Blue Moon" is part of a series of large-scale paintings exploring the dichotomy of night and day, sun and moon, and the reflections they have on characteristics. It depicts t... Read more
Scott Keeley is a Charlestown, Rhode Island based artist. In his artworks, he blends 3D modeling and printing with traditional sculpture techniques to create sculpture with unique visual and balance characteristics.  All That Rises Must Co... Read more
Four Rhode Island BIPOC artists – Angela Gonzalez (aka AGonza), Kendel Joseph (aka Lucid Traveler), Jessica Brown (aka The Lady J) and ABOVE – each designed a letter in the VOTE mural. Joseph used the ‘V’ to depict two local artists... Read more
Location: 118 Orange St. The son of refugees from Cambodia’s brutal Khmer Rouge regime, Hem was inspired by our city’s robust Cambodian community to create the image you see here. Working from a photo of a young girl he encountered in ... Read more
Location: 32 Custom House "Still Here” was created in co-operation with the Tomaquag Museum. The image features a contemporary young Indigenous woman holding the portrait of Princess Redwing, a Narragansett and Wampanoag elder, historian,... Read more
Location: Front of facade next to 45 Weybosset Street Kendel Joseph (aka Lucidtraveler) is a Rhode Island-based artist whose work in portraiture has become a well-known feature in the Providence community. In this residency, Kendel focused... Read more
Location: Back of facade next to 45 Weybosset Street Heather Annis is a muralist and illustrator whose bright and captivating work is layered with story and social relevance. Her residency at the facade inspired her to consider the relatio... Read more
Arthur Cayo is a Brooklyn native who is currently based in Providence’s Olneyville neighborhood. His art has typically been portrait-focused, but in the wake of the pandemic and protest movement in 2020, he began working on public murals,... Read more
Lara Henderson is a book artist, printmaker and designer based in Providence. She prints out of AS220, a community print shop located Downtown. This piece is inspired by her grandmother’s diamond, which Lara has been wearing every day si... Read more
Insider's Tip: There are SO many amazing places to eat and drink around Westminster Street that we can't pick just one. InDowncity always has the word on what's happening with shops, restaurants and bars. Their Take Out, Dining & Sh... Read more
Location: Near 134 Mathewson St Salt Water by Garden of Journey (Georgie Nakima) explores a theme of creative energy versus destructive energy, featuring two imaginary figures who serve as yin and yang. It is based in Afrofuturism, a cult... Read more
Natural is a multimedia artist who works primarily in large-scale spray paint and often features flora and fauna as design elements. This piece depicts a Siamese fighting fish. “It resembles how I perceive people in life,” he says. “... Read more
Insider's Tip: We love Trinity Brewhouse. (Also, shout out to Providence Painted Signs who did the Triinity Rep Mural!). Location: Empire St. x Fountain St. Built on-site: May 21-22, 2021 The Avenue Concept is excited to present Brooklyn Ba... Read more
Location: Empire St. x Sabin St Portals provide places of welcome, building an interstitial pathway between one space and another. Earth Arch is sited at the edge of two areas of our city, seamed by the strip of highway that parts the Down... Read more
Location: Exchange Terrace x Francis St. Sail Dream by Connecticut-based artist Eric Camiel is made from a single sheet of aluminum that has been cut, folded and welded. Camiel is a life-long sailor. His romance with the sea goes back to hi... Read more
Location: Fountain St. x Dorrance St. Follow Your Heart is a visualization of belief in oneself. To stride towards a goal that is dictated by love, not logic or caution. Its stride is the jumping-off point towards a goal. The figure is an ... Read more

 

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