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Saturday, November 3

REGISTER HERE for the Saturday Symposium Sessions and Walking Tours

All morning sessions to be held in the Brown University Seminar Classroom at South Street Landing

8:30 a.m. - Registration and Coffee

9:00 a.m. - Welcome by PPS

9:15 a.m. - Introductory Lecture - Talk by Elaine Stiles, Asst. Professor of Preservation, Roger Williams University

"The Walls of the City Speak!: Seeing and Listening to Cultural Landscapes"

10:00 a.m. - Panel I - curated and moderated by Danya Sherman, Community Development and Arts Consultant; participants include Doneeca Thurston and Kameko Branchaud

"Murals, Contested Public Spaces, and Belonging: Public Art in the Age of Displacement"

How can public art projects and programs better nourish and bolster communities that are vulnerable to displacement? Join cultural programmers, urban planners, and artists Doneeca Thurston (Creative Engagement Producer , Peabody Essex Museum), Kameko Branchaud (Artist and Director of Education, Newport Art Museum), and Danya Sherman (Community Development and Arts Consultant) for a discussion about the role of public arts in promoting stability or dispossession of long-term residents and low or moderately resourced communities.

11:00 a.m. - Case Study - Taylor Polites and Christina Bevilacqua on the Pond Street Project (Cathedral Square)

"Engaging Community in History Gathering and Telling in a Providence Neighborhood"

The Pond Street Project, co-developed by Taylor M. Polites and Christina Bevilacqua in partnership with the Providence Public Library, will document Pond Street and the neighborhood that vanished with the redevelopment of Cathedral Square in the late 1960s. The Project intends to assemble a web-based primary source archive through research and community-engaged oral history and artifact-gathering programs. The Project will then partner with community arts and youth organizations to rediscover, revalue, and share local history in culture- and community-building programs.

11:45 a.m. - Panel II - moderated by Elaine Stiles; participants include Adam Anderson, James Brayton Hall, Paul Loether, and Carrie Zaslow

"The Power of People and Their Spaces: Culture, History, and Urban Resiliency"

All morning sessions to be held in the Brown University Seminar Classroom at South Street Landing

2 p.m. - Afternoon Walking Tours

  1. Pond Street Project Tour, led by Taylor M. Polites and Christina Bevilacqua
    This tour will explore the area of what was the Pond Street neighborhood near what is today Cathedral Square. Pond Street Project co-developers Taylor M. Polites and Christina Bevilacqua will identify the places discussed in their Saturday morning case study session.
  2. Jewelry District Tour, led by Olin Thompson, Jewelry District Association
    Meeting place: corner of Richmond and Ship Streets

    Learn about the past, understand what is going on today, and view the future of this historic part of Providence. Enjoy learning about historical industrial building's from the neighborhood's past as a mecca for costume jewelry production and contemplate the future of now vacant I-195 Innovation District parcels, which will include a new park in addition to many new building developments.

  3. Providence's Chinatown Tour, led by  Angela Yuanyuan Feng and John Eng-Wong of American Studies Department, Brown University.
    Meeting place:Beneficent Congregational Church.

    Chinatowns in the U.S. have provided enclaves for immigrants transitioning into American life. Rediscover the history of Providence's Chinatown which originated on Empire Street in the 1880s.  Stops include Beneficent Church, On Leong Merchants Association, and past Chinese restaurants. More info about Chinatown at  http://richinesehistory.com/

REGISTER HERE for the Saturday Symposium Sessions and Walking Tours