Calendar of RI Arts and Humanities Month Events in October!

In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) in Rhode Island, RISCA, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) combined all the activities they are collectively doing this month into one calendar.

How are you celebrating this month? While you can attend the events we have listed or participate in the suggested social media campaigns to increase the visibility of arts and humanities this month, the most important things you can do are participate in arts and culture events that are most meaningful to you and your community, and communicate that importance to friends, neighbors, and decision-makers.

Here are some programs these three Cultural Partners are hosting that you can plug into this month!

Month-long: #artsANDhumanitiesRI social media campaign with Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and RISCAmonth-long. The Humanities Council and RISCA will be sharing selected arts and culture profiles created by the Rhode Island Arts and Culture Research Fellow, Janaya Kizzie. Janaya has been working to research, write, collect and connect stories of significant visual artists, performers, and writers past and present who have lived in Rhode Island to inform and inspire. We will be sharing these articles with the hashtag #artsANDhumanitiesRI.

Month-long: Join Rhode Island Council for the Humanities grantees including the Providence Public Library (10/10 and 10/29), Shai Afsai (10/17), and the Providence Biennial (10/26) at their free programs throughout the month. See more details here.

Thursday, October 3rd: Governor Raimondo’s proclamation of Arts & Humanities Month in Rhode Island. Check out the Humanities Council and RISCA social media pages for a photo marking the official start of this month in Rhode Island!

Tuesday, October 3rd: Arts Talk – Arts Integration for High School Educator across the Curriculum. This year, Arts Talk will focus on the theme of “Civic Engagement” and how to effectively integrate that larger theme into any subject matter content area through the arts, in its many forms. 9 AM – 3 PM at Trinity Repertory Company. Hosted by Trinity Repertory Company, RISD Museum, RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, in collaboration with the RI State Council on the Arts. Registration closed.

Thursday, October 10th: Artist Networking with Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services at Americans for the Arts2-4 PM at AS220 Main Stage. Ruby will be visiting Rhode Island in celebration of NAHM. Co-hosted by RISCA and ACT. RSVP here.

Thursday, October 10th: Creative Conversation: “Connecting and Leveraging Networks,” with Ruby Lopez Harper and the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program. 6-8 PM at the Rhode Island Indian Council.  If you are a current or past RIEAP participant, email Elena Calderón Patiño at for more information. Hosted by RISCA and the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program.

Friday, October 11th: 2019 Providence Community Table. This will be the final program in the Sowing Place two-year cycle, funded by the Kresge Foundation in celebration of food, health, and prosperity in Providence’s South side and West End, 5-8 PM at the Southside Cultural Center. Seating is limited; first come, first served. Hosted by ACT. Learn more here.

Monday, October 14th: Providence Pedestrian Bridge Community Celebration. The artist-led event will feature performances by the several of the bands participating in PRONK! (the Providence HONK! Festival) as well as Big Nazo followed by a special WaterFire illumination. 6-7 PM, free and open to the public. Hosted by ACT. Learn more here. 

Thursday, October 17th: The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ annual Celebration of the Humanities Gala. Tickets are available here.

Thursday, October 17th: Artist Opening – Teen View: Our World Seen Through Young Eyes. 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Gallery at City Hall. Free and open to the public. Hosted by ACT. Learn more here. 

Thursday, October 17th: Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Latino communities join to celebrate their cultures and traditions. Special presentation by Robertico Arias y Su Alebreke. 6 – 8 PM, Providence City Hall. Free and open to the public. Hosted by City of Providence. Learn more here. 

Thursday, October 24th: RI Teen Arts Assembly (TAA) Meeting at Tomaquag Museum. The Rhode Island Teen Arts Assembly is a group of 6 student leaders who collaborate with RISCA. Look for the TAA’s call for new members later this month. Hosted by RISCA and Tomaquag Museum.

Wednesday, November 6th: Creative Conversation: “How Is the Past Shaping the Future of Arts and Culture in Providence and Rhode Island?” with Gina Rodríguez-Drix, ACT, and Todd Trebour, RISCA. 3 – 4 PM. Hosted and broadcast by Americans for the Arts. Learn more and RSVP here.

You can also participate in NAHM by participating in the #ShowYourArt2019 social media campaign led by Americans for the Arts, or by hosting your own Creative Conversation.

We hope you have an arts and humanities-filled October!

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