The effect is direct and unmediated. The people
shown… are as varied and vivid as their city.”

–The Boston Globe

Providence International Arts Festival
June 11-14, 2015, Washington Street Cultural Corridor

Have you ever really looked at the people around you – your neighbors, the people walking past you on the street, the folks living and working all around you?

“Seen/Unseen: Providence” is a project that has crisscrossed our city’s neighborhoods, documenting the images and lives of those people in a way that forces us to stop and take notice. Photographer Mary Beth Meehan shows us Providence as it lives and breathes, and now her images will stand writ large with 10 large-scale prints adorning buildings along the Washington Street Cultural Corridor. The installation begins facing Empire Street at Trinity Rep, and continues down Washington Street. City Hall will also feature a larger exhibition of portraits, along with text from Meehan’s “Seen/Unseen” blog (, on which she documents the creation of the project. These are striking depictions of the people we live amongst everyday, but don’t often truly see.

Gallery Exhibition
June 1-July 20, 2015 | Weekdays 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM | Providence City Hall | info

Artist Talk and Public Conversation
June 11, 4 PM | RISD Museum Chace Center | 20 North Main Street | info

Gallery Reception
June 13, 6 PM – 8 PM | Providence City Hall, 2nd Floor | info

Outdoor Installation
Through July 2016 | Arts District, Downtown Providence | info

Visit the community portal for information and ideas about how to participate. You’ll find a call for public art, opportunities to perform, and a request for programming at local venues. Stay tuned for more details!