Applications for The Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative Due February 10th

Supported by the Ely Fund, The Neighborhood Performing Arts Initiative (ELY PERFORMANCE FUND) is a partnership between Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, the City of Providence, Departments of Art, Culture + Tourism and Public Parks, and the Partnership for Providence Parks. This initiative encourages Providence-based organizations and artists to create public programming for the City’s diverse neighborhood parks.

Edward Francis Ely left the City of Providence an endowment so that this and future generations will continue to enjoy them as sites of congregation, play, and community life. Chairman of the Board of Parks Commissioners in Providence from 1907 until he died 1920, Ely loved the city’s parks and his whole heart was devoted to the work of creating new ones, as well as making existing parks useful and attractive in appearance. Commissioner Ely was one of the first and most zealous advocates of the playground movement and he devoted enormous energies toward the development of playground projects in Providence Parks. Indeed, the fact that the city has so many parks with playgrounds is largely due to his efforts.

  • Projects must have a public performance aspect in a city park that is handicap-accessible.
  • Because the City of Providence already invests considerable arts resources in downtown parks, proposals for public performances in downtown parks will not be funded.
  • One-off events like festivals will be considered, but preference will be given to events that happen more than once.
  • For purposes of this application, the performing arts are defined as film, theatre, music, dance, and spoken word/poetry.
  • Project awards will range from $50- $2,000.
  • The City of Providence will promote all funded projects; funded organizations should also promote and advertise their activities to their target audiences using their own means.

Applications are due February 10, 2020. For more information, visit the Providence Art Culture + Tourism Ely Performance Fund page.

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