On September 23rd, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism invite you to participate in a Community Design Day at the Providence Public Library! DownCity Design, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people build solutions for their communities, will facilitate the half-day charrette, focused on the Washington Street cultural corridor. Participants will be asked to think creatively about how to transform Washington Street into a lively, pedestrian-friendly thoroughfare that reflects the city’s vibrant cultural landscape. Participation is free, but advance registration is required!
The Community Design Day is one component of an NEA-funded Our Town grant jointly awarded to the City and FirstWorks to aid creative placemaking in Greater Kennedy Plaza and surrounding areas. The recommendations will guide the development, selection, construction and installation of site-specific interventions along Washington Street including a youth-led design/build project by DownCity Design and temporary artist installations for the June 2015 First Works Festival. Long-term, the community design effort will inform other design/build projects, programming, fundraising, and advocacy efforts.