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Partner Events

Maybe you want to extend your visit to Providence? The following events are generously hosted by our partner organizations during unprogrammed conference times. Events are open to all conference attendees. Registration through the Alliance is not required. Many events are free unless noted otherwise.

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Rocky Neck Art Colony Open House + Tour
Meet at Rocky Neck Cultural Center - 6 Wonson Street, Gloucester, MA [ map ]
Tuesday, 10/13 - 10:30am - 2:30pm

Take a trip up the coast to Massachusetts for a visit to the Rocky Neck Art Colony, one of the oldest working art colonies in the United States.

Meet up with staff of the Colony and fellow conference attendees for a half-day excursion exploring The Goetemann Residency, artists live-work studios, and the bustling seaport of Gloucester, Massachusetts. Hear about the history and current programs of this unique summer residency program and visit The Ocean Alliance, a group devoted to whale and ocean conservation. Walk through scenery painted by Hopper, Homer, Nell Blaine and more. We will finish with lunch at a seaside restaurant and depart for Rhode Island in time for the opening night festivities.

More information + RSVP here.




RISD Craft Sale
Benefit St between Waterman + Hopkins, Providence, RI
Saturday, 10/10 - 10 am – 5 pm

Peruse the bountiful array of fine art, handmade craft and exemplary design by over 150 alumni and student artists during this juried retail sale on Benefit Street. Engage with makers while finding that unique gift, check out our jurors’ pick for Best Emerging Artist and cast your vote for the Best in Show award! Don’t worry about the weather­ - they’ll tent the entire street if it rains!

Loads more happening over the weekend for the Presidential Inauguration: Rosanne Somerson - from an 8×12-foot camera obscura to a Books + Prints Sale and explorations in the Nature Lab!



PRONK! Brass Band Festival
India Point Park, parade: Wickenden St, and 575 South Water Street, Providence, RI
Monday, 10/12 - 5pm - 11pm

Each year a cacophonous street celebration takes over Providence's waterfront parks. Part parade and part energetic music festival, PRONK! features the boisterous tunes of brass bands from around the world - including Rhode Island's own Extraordinary Rendition Band, What Cheer? Brigade, and Kickin’ Brass. If you are in town early, consider joining this free evening of music, art, and activism.

An Evening With David Sedaris
Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) - 220 Weybosset Street, Providence, RI
Monday, 10/12 - 7:30pm

Rhode Island Public Radio is pleased to present An Evening with David Sedaris, author of the previous bestsellers Naked, Me Talk Pretty One Day, Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, and regular National Public Radio contributor who will be appearing for one night only at the Providence Performing Arts Center. Buy tickets in advance here.


In Plain Sight

Bridge Prop | Henry Moore

Providence Athenaeum

Swan Point Cemetery 

In Plain Sight: Art in Unexpected Places
self-guided public art tours

Walk along with an episode of ArtRI’s In Plain Sight: Art in Unexpected Places to explore publicly accessible Providence sites known for something other than their art but that also offer noteworthy examples of artistic expression. The brainchild of Dr. Joseph Chazan, RISD alumnus Richard Goulis directed and produced the series with Victoria Veh as creative director. Find all 4 episodes here.

Brown University and RISD Campuses: From outdoor sculptures by the internationally prominent Henry Moore and Jenny Holzer to challenging indoor installations by visual artists Sarah Oppenheimer and Diane Samuels, gallery director Jo-Ann Conklin describes the intriguing features of these works and invites viewers to enjoy them on the campuses.

Art in Libraries: Long-established libraries like the Providence Public Library and the Providence Athenaeum hold much more than books. The opportunity to explore the art and artifacts in their collections makes visiting a stimulating and worthwhile experience whether or not reading is on a visitor’s agenda.

Downtown Providence: The city’s downtown core offers significant public art in its park spaces, on city streets, at its civic and convention centers, and sited on buildings.

Funerary Art and Monuments: The North Burial Ground and Swan Point Cemetery are two prominent Providence cemeteries exemplifying the artistic riches and tranquil settings to be found in historic cemeteries. 








Critical Feedback for Artists – A Sneak Peek at Fieldwork
AS220, Black Box Theater - 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI
Tuesday + Wednesday, 10/13 + 10/14 - 11am - 12:30pm

How can artists get helpful feedback on their artistic work? How can artists build intimacy, trust and connection to other artists of other disciplines and backgrounds? Be a fly on the wall as six AS220 artists participate in Fieldwork, The Field’s 20 year nationally recognized peer-to-peer critical feedback method. Fieldwork is utilized by The Field in NYC and in our 13 national and international sites and residencies. Witness AS220 artists sharing short works-in-process and giving and receiving aesthetic feedback on their works in a rigorous and supportive method. (An interactive session of Fieldwork will be held on Thursday at 11am - 1pm. Read more.)

James Scruggs | Artist + Facilitator, The Field
Jennifer Wright Cook | Executive Director, The Field
AS220 artists TBA

Martin Boyce: When Now is Night
RISD Museum - 20 North Main St, Providence RI 02903
October 2, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Alliance conference attendees receive free admission to the RISD Museum throughout the conference - just show your conference name badge! This is the first solo exhibition at an American museum by Scottish artist Martin Boyce, whose sculptural works and installations explore the legacy of modernist art, architecture, and design’s impact on contemporary culture and social dynamics—as well as its reinterpretation of natural forms. Boyce has established himself as one of the foremost figures in contemporary art during the past two decades, receiving the prestigious Turner Prize in 2011 and representing Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale. Other riveting exhibits are also showing right now.


Pawtucket City Hall Gallery - 137 Roosevelt Ave, Pawtucket, RI
Through 11/25 - 8am - 4pm

Many stories, events and artworks created by people with disabilities never make it into history, into books or shared public memories even though people with disabilities are America’s largest minority. Curated by VSA arts Rhode Island, Beyond Barriers is taking place to bring attention to the efforts and accomplishments of those of us with disabilities, the value of the ADA with highlighted achievements of what has – fortunately – changed over the past decades as well as raise awareness of efforts that can continue to ensure equal opportunity and access for all Rhode Islanders. Twenty-five years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act extended civil rights to millions of Americans. Forty years ago, VSA embarked on a mission to expand arts and arts education opportunities to people with disabilities of all ages.

Go for a Run/Walk Downcity
Route highlights: RISD, canal, Roger Williams National Memorial Park, RI State Capitol
Anytime (though we recommend you avoid rush hour to make for easier street crossings)

Kate Huot at In Downcity posted a few great downtown runs easily accessible from the Biltmore Hotel. We recommend the 1.75 mile Historic Route that has some nice highlights. Here's a google map version just for you! Pro tip: If you're feeling powerful, from South Water Street, take a right up the hill on College Street and take a left down pretty Benefit Street.







AAC Network Meet Ups
Various locations
Thursday, 10/15 -  6:30pm - 8pm

Head to one of Providence's fantastic restaurants or bars for an AAC Network Meet Up. Organized by members of the Alliance, these informal gatherings are a time for attendees to connect around shared geographies, program models, and specialized topics. Check the list below to see what is already planned or propose your own meet up by emailing

  • Upstate New York Arts Meet Up  // The first meet up of AAC’s newest regional network. Anyone interested in being part of this network (or learning more) is welcome.
    Host: Mark Golden, Golden Artist Colors / Alliance Board Member
    Viva Mexico Cantina Grill - 129 Washington Street [map]

  • Arts + Ecology Meet Up // Join colleagues from ecologically-focused residency programs and others working at this intersection. Continue conversations and reconnect from the 2014 Arts + Ecology Preconference.
    Host: Ama Rogan, A Studio in the Woods
    – 122 Fountain Street [map]

  • Live Arts Supporters + Creators Meet Up // Join a special live arts meet up bridging Providence's vibrant live arts community with speakers and attendees from the conference’s Performing Arts Track.
    Host: Craig Peterson, Gibney Dance / Alliance Board Member
    The Dorrance – 60 Dorrance Street [map

Oktoberfest Beer Garden + Music Series
Burnside Park (in front of the Biltmore hotel)
Thursday, 10/15 - 4:00 - 6:30pm

This weekly staff-favorite event closes out its season with a special Oktoberfest edition! Rock-roots musician Mark Cutler sings songs about walking in the woods, being remembered, and just being alive – sometimes dark and jangly, but mostly rollin’ + rockin'. This act is not one to miss on a crisp October afternoon! Warm up with DJ LaRochelle, who graced our beer garden with her vast musical repertoire all summer.

Beer Garden regulars Trinity Brewhouse serve up their stellar local brews, along with Revival Brewery, creators of Burnsider Pale Ale! Enjoy food trucks in Providence's people's park.

Free and open to the public.









New Opportunities in the Changing Field of Residencies
RISD Career Center - 123 Dyer Street, Providence RI
Thursday, 10/15 - 6pm - 7:30pm

This is an exciting time for residency programs with a growing number offering experiences that go well beyond time and space to explore your work. Artists can explore the intersection of art and science, work to solve problems impacting local communities, develop themed projects on immigration or food justice, and so much more. Join the RISD Career Center and residency directors from across the country to explore the wondrous world of artist residencies. You'll gain insights on applying to residencies and what to expect once you are there. This discussion is great for emerging, mid-career and established artists alike. Come discover a residency that's right for you! Free and open to the public.

Panelists: Christina Catanese, Director of Environmental Art, Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education; Nina Elder, Residency Program Manager, Santa Fe Art Institute; Kevin Jankowski, Director, RISD Career Center; Jan Mun '10 D+M, Media Artist; Joanne Paradis, Executive Director, I-Park; Alan Tracy, Communication + Programs Coordinator, RISD Career Center.




Social Hour at The Providence Athenaeum
The Providence Athenaeum - 251 Benefit Street, Providence, RI
Thursday, 10/15 - 6pm - 7:30pm

Join staff of the Providence Athenaeum in this beautiful 1838 library and cultural center for an informal gathering - complete with wine and hors d’oeuvres. Enjoy casual conversation with artists participating in the Athenaeum’s “Open Sesame” program, in which local artists create work and public programming based on research in the Athenaeum’s collections. The Athenaeum will have rare items from the Special Collections on view, and will offer a tour to anyone who’d like to see the nooks and crannies. All attendees welcome!

RISD Museum
20 North Main St, Providence RI 02903
October 2, 2015 – January 31, 2016

Alliance conference attendees receive free admission to the RISD Museum throughout the conference - just show your conference name badge! Check out the first solo exhibition at an American museum by Scottish artist Martin Boyce, whose sculptural works and installations explore the legacy of modernist art, architecture, and design’s impact on contemporary culture and social dynamics—as well as its reinterpretation of natural forms. Boyce has established himself as one of the foremost figures in contemporary art during the past two decades, receiving the prestigious Turner Prize in 2011 and representing Scotland at the 2009 Venice Biennale.

At 6:30, head to the museum's Metcalf Auditorium for the RI ART ARCHIVE PROJECT FILM|1 Documentary Screening

The RI ART ARCHIVE PROJECT is a documentary film series exploring the Rhode Island arts community integrating different perspectives and celebrating the innovative practices from the artist studio to the community. Featured artists include: Deborah Baronas, Howard Ben Tre, Gretchen Dow Simpson, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Peter Geisser, Saberah Malik, Salvatore Mancini, Leo Narducci, Morris Nathanson, Ilse Nesbitt, Howard Newman, James Montford, Kenn Speiser, and Brian Shure. Followed by a sneak-peak featurette for FILM|2, featuring the pioneering women in Rhode Island contemporary arts.

JOHNNY ADIMANO | The Forlorn Incantations
Yellow Peril Gallery - 60 Valley St, Providence, RI
Thursday, 10/15 - 5pm - 8pm

Yellow Peril Gallery is pleased to announce 'The Forlorn Incantations', a solo exhibition by Johnny Adimando, featuring works showcasing the artist’s struggle from the grasp of both dogma and doubt: psychologically, spiritually and creatively. Through this recent work, Adimando looks to ritual and ritual objects, such as prayers/mantras, amulets/talisman, as well as entering the space of oracle/mystic, in an attempt to better codify and comprehend his placement in the world when the ideals held most dear are laid bare.




Destroy// Providence
AS220 Black Box Theater - 95 Empire Street, Providence, RI
Thursday, 10/15 - 7:30pm

Can a dance be destroyed? Dance artist Leyya Mona Tawil builds the dance on location in one day with local dancers and percussionist Sarah Hennies. The artists attempt a work embedded with mechanisms that make its execution increasingly impossible, forcing the material into stages of evolution and deterioration. In performance, the dance destroys itself. Destroy// Providence, presented by AS220, is part of the Destroy// All Places project – which has visited over 19 cities and involved over 100 performers internationally. 




Vernissage | GEOMETER by Steven Pestana
GRIN 60 Valley St. #3 Providence RI
Thursday, 10/15 - 6:30pm - 8pm

How do the instruments, concepts and methods we use to understand the universe predetermine what we learn from them? 
Steven Pestana asks this question in GEOMETER, his second solo exhibition with GRIN.  Working in sculpture, installation, and two-dimensional media, Pestana is in the broadest terms an image-maker. Fashioned in an eclectic narrative-based mode of art-making recalling the sprawling cosmologies of Matthew Barney, Alejandro Jodorowsky, David Foster Wallace, and early Pink Floyd, Pestana’s work yields a distinctive and unexpected vision of humanity caught in the midst of cosmic scale, rife with harmonies and discords. Please join us for an intimate vernissage before the opening reception!




Gallery Night
Buses depart from One Regency Plaza, Providence, RI
Thursday, 10/15 - 5:30pm - 9pm (last bus leaves at 6:50pm)

Since 1996, Gallery Night Providence has grown into a regional visual arts extravaganza. Every third Thursday of the month, from March to November, galleries across Providence showcase contemporary, traditional, artisan or museum experiences. Hop on an art bus or grab a pedicab and explore Providence's distinct neighborhoods and local arts scenes through this beloved monthly event.



Downtown Providence Living Tour
Check in: AS220, 115 Empire Street
Saturday, 10/17 - 11am - 5pm

Get the inside view on downtown living! Buy advance tickets to tour 10 buildings, all in one afternoon. The tour programs will feature maps, guiding you to walk or bike the route at your own place, checking out the one-of-a-kind shops and restaurants along the way. Free shuttle service and Sol Chariots pedicab rides will also be provided. Tickets are $6 in advance or $10 at AS220 on the day of the tour.


Headmaster Meets The Dean
The Dean Hotel - 122 Fountain St, Providence, RI
Sunday, 10/18 - 7pm – 9pm

Headmaster invites you to The Dean for a very special evening of intrigue and mandatory fun. Contrived by host Maxfield Munson, the evening will also feature a performance by Headmaster No. 7 contributor J.R. Uretsky along with special guests. This event is unlike anything that Headmaster has ever done before. Space for this event is extremely limited, so you will want to purchase tickets as soon as you possibly can. Now, for instance. The Dean is a hotel located in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The hotel has been featured in The New York Times, GQ, and Die Zeit. They are offering special room rates for audience members. Purchase tickets here.

AS220 30th Anniversary Gala
Lupo's - 79 Washington Street, Providence, RI
Saturday, 10/24 - 6pm

Staying in Providence for a bit? Help AS220 celebrate their 30th anniversary on this special night! Featuring guest artist John Waters - film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector - perhaps best known for Hairspray (1988), Pink Flamingos (1972), and Polyester (1981) - the Saturnalia Cabaret will highlight 30 years of creativity and vibrancy in Providence. Purchase tickets here.







The Steel Yard’s Halloween Iron Pour: Monster versus City
The Steel Yard - 27 Sims Ave, Providence RI
Saturday, 10/24 - 5pm - 8pm

The 10th Annual Steel Yard Halloween Iron Pour - this theatric display of the industrial arts attracts over a thousand people including artists, fabricators, families and friends every year. People come not only for the sparky performance and the numerous steel and iron props that we build in-house, but also for the phenomenal local music and food. Artists harness the power of the Steel Yard’s custom built, iron pouring tilt furnace to pour over 2,500 pounds of molten. This year the team presents Monster versus City, a molten story about Providence’s stand against a fiendish beast. The Iron Pour has been called one of Providence’s most impressive Halloween parties for families and friends of all ages, and you won’t want to miss out. RSVP on Facebook.

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