Let your group’s creativity flow in Providence, Rhode Island, aka the “Creative Capital.” The city’s art-emblazoned buildings, theaters, and museums, as well as its year-round art events, inspire creative expression for all who visit.
As part of its commitment to artistic endeavors, Rhode Island became the first state to make selling art tax-free, and there are many museums and organizations—such as nonprofit AS220 with impressive tools, technology, and more for creatives—that actively support established and upcoming artists in Providence. Whether visitors are aspiring artists or simply enjoy supporting creatives, they can watch a live performance, participate in a workshop, walk through galleries, and grab a drink and a bite to eat on the AS220 campus.
Providence is also home to the renowned Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). This private school of liberal arts and design focuses on studio-based learning and has a robust continuing education curriculum. Guests can visit for special events or view the on-campus exhibitions featuring student work. The RISD Museum, which houses over 100,000 works of art in mediums such as paint, sculptures, furniture, and costumes, offers themed tours that focus on specific topics like popular works, history, a particular exhibit, or topics of interest to the group.
But the “Creative Capital” is more than museums, and for groups looking to experience art in its various mediums, Providence is a cornucopia of creativity. Visitors can walk around the city and view fine architecture on the East Side of Providence and public art produced through the Avenue Concept public art program. Over 200 public art experiences, which visitors can see on a self-guided walking tour, are located throughout the city. Groups can also participate in the city’s signature art events throughout the year, including the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in October, the amazing fire installations of WaterFire Providence from May through November, and the outdoor PVDFest in June.
Swing by one of the numerous theaters to catch a performance. Providence Performing Arts Center is located in the heart of the city’s arts and entertainment district and offers Broadway and contemporary shows. Trinity Repertory Co., a Tony Award-winning theater known for its diverse programming, performs classic works and new plays as well. With inspiration around every corner of the “Creative Capital,” groups are sure to take home far more than just a souvenir from their trip to Providence.
Written by Danielle Devota
Main image: The RISD Museum; Credit: Go Providence