Providence has been awarded a 2014 Outstanding Achievement Award in City Livability by the U.S. Conference of Mayors - another confirmation that our capital city is one of the most livable cities in America.
We received the recognition for PopUp Providence, our three-year-long urban space initiative to enliven neighborhoods and engage residents with interactive artistic and cultural projects.
The award highlights mayoral leadership in making urban areas cleaner, safer, and more livable. The winning cities were selected by former mayors from a pool of hundreds of applicants.
Popular projects from PopUp Providence's initial round last fall included the interactive "Before I Die" chalkboards downtown, Adirondack chairs along the Riverwalk and street signage for self-guided tours of the city.
Now we have launched a second season of PopUp Providence installations, including the Providence Polaroid Project – a temporary Polaroid camera shop, instant film gallery, and portrait studio in Downcity.
Participation is free and residents are encouraged to use the Project's instant camera collection to photograph Providence's residents and cityscapes. The Providence Polaroid Project is located at 235 Westminster Street through August 22.
Also look for our temporary miniature golf course at Armory Park, fence-mounted wooden frames in city parks inscribed with the text “I am Providence,” canvas paintings illustrating folktales from diverse cultures in the Elmwood neighborhood, and collaborative cardboard construction projects in neighborhood parks.
Other 2014 projects include an outdoor film series, a traveling Lego table and a new permanent mural in the Reservoir neighborhood.
PopUp Providence is highlighting the best of what Providence has to offer and bringing our community together in unique and interesting ways all around the city.