Twice a year RISCA awards grants in a number of categories. Over the course of a few months, we will be profiling the amazing artists and organizations that received grants at our April 1, 2017 deadline, two at a time.
Arts Access Grant
Applicant Organization: Providence HONK! Fest
Project: PRONK! is a free, family-friendly, outdoor music festival, featuring brass and drum-based street bands playing alongside local performance groups. For the past ten years the festival has brought between ten and fourteen internationally-performing bands to Providence while highlighting local talent, neighborhood flavor, and community accomplishments. This year’s festival took place on Indigenous People’s Day, Monday, October 9th, 2017 from 3:00 – 10:30pm in Burnside Park and the Fox Point neighborhood.
More specifically the festival day includes three distinct components: afternoon performances in Burnside Park by out of town bands and local non-brass band acts; a sunset parade that leads from Burnside Park down South Main Street to the Hurricane Barrier; and evening outdoor performances by PRONK! bands on South Water Street.
This year, our goal is to bring together artists and community groups to create visual pageantry for the PRONK festival parade, amplifying each group’s messaging in the context of vibrant street celebration.
About the Organization: PRONK! presents a heartfelt antidote to mainstream culture by inviting people from all walks of life to come together for a day set aside for the celebration of music. We aim to blur social boundaries between audience and performers as well as between musical genres, resulting in a joyous reclamation of public space.