The work we do at the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy (DPPC) continues to make a positive impact on Greater Kennedy Plaza and all of Providence.
We wanted you to hear from us about our biggest accomplishments of 2018.
This spring, we released a short film, Public Memory/Public Spaces, about our Soldiers & Sailors Monument restoration project. This film, featuring Senator Jack Reed, Mayor Jorge Elorza and documentarian Ken Burns, continues to inspire investment in this project.
Public Memory/Public Spaces by Jamie McGuire
Our free summer arts and cultural programming reached a record number of people and families this year. It was so successful we expanded our existing programs, worked with new community partners and extended our programming into the fall.
Crowd at a Burnside Music Series + Beer Garden
In the fall, the DPPC was awarded a Southwest Airlines Heart of the Community grant. This prestigious grant recognized the transformative work we have accomplished in Burnside Park. Members of our team traveled to New Orleans for a conference presented by Southwest Airlines and Project for Public Spaces, where they met with leaders from around the country to share our success stories and learn new placemaking strategies from other cities.
Program Director Jen Smith presents at Walk/Bike/Places in New Orleans
Once again, our public programming continued into the winter. Due to the overwhelming success of the first Winter Lights Market in 2017, the special two day event returned for a second year of music, shopping and holiday cheer.
Handles, illuminated public art by Pneuhaus at Winter Lights Market
Our successes in 2018 have us excited about what’s to come in 2019!
In order to keep our public events free, we rely on donations large and small. We hope you’ll make a commitment to this work with a year-end, tax-deductible donation to the DPPC. Thank you for your generosity and your commitment to our city.
~ Executive Director Cliff Wood & the entire DPPC team