A FirstWorks / Providence Dept. of Art Culture + Tourism initiative

Cranston St. Armory: Animated by Art uses the arts as a focal point to engage community stakeholders around envisioning a bright future and multiple creative uses for this historic site, built in 1907 in the heart of Providence’s West End neighborhood. Listed 8 times on the Providence Preservation Society’s Most Endangered Properties List, the Armory’s potential as an economic and cultural generator for its diverse surrounding community is a catalyst for creative solutions. Get involved!


May 10, 6-8 PM – #PVDPublicCanvas Community Flavors Dinner hosted by Rhode Island Black Storytellers and Christopher Johnson, special guest Amelia Rudolph, BANDALOOP Artistic Director. (at Southside Cultural Center) *Seats are limited – RSVP required

May 25 and May 31
Rehearsals for En Masse, a participatory spectacle with Daniel Bernard Roumain (Dexter Street Training Ground/Armory Park)

May 25, June 1, 8, 15, 22, 3:30-6:30 PM
Mask-making workshops with Christopher Johnson and the RISD Artist’s Circle during the Farm Fresh RI Farmer’s Market (Dexter Street Training Ground/Armory Park)

June 4 – Armory Animated by Art / PVDFest Finale!
1 PM – RISD Artist’s Circle Mini-Armory exhibition, a pop-up gallery of box truck art installations
1-5:30 PM – WBNA tours of the Cranston Street Armory (sign up at the booth in Dexter Park)
1 PM – NOTE NEW TIME – Community MusicWorks 20th Anniversary Celebration! Salsa party featuring Gonzalo Grau and La Clave Secreta with special guest Johnny Gandelsman in a reprise of Fantasía con Guayaba Habanera
3 PM – En Masse, a participatory spectacle with Daniel Bernard Roumain + a live painting performance by artist Paul Coté
Weather permitting: Encore singalong featuring Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Becky Bass, Christopher Johnson and local poets
(Dexter Street Training Ground/Armory Park)

Cranston Street Armory silkscreen by Walker Mettling