Gift Box Celebrates and Supports Providence-Based Artists
A limited run of 100 gift boxes feature the works of eighteen local artists and arts organizations.
The city of Providence and the Providence Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau (PWCVB) teamed up to launch a limited-edition gift box, titled “Hope Springs Back: A Cool Collection from the Creative Capital.” Curated by Giving Beyond the Box, this box celebrates Providence-based artists and gives a portion of the proceeds to the Rhode Island Artists Relief Fund. It brings together the work of eighteen artists and organizations that make Providence the Creative Capital.
“This was an incredibly fun project that helps support local artists and small businesses, while offering them an opportunity to be recognized beyond the city,” says Kristen Adamo, PWCVB president and CEO.
Previously, Giving Beyond the Box founder and CEO Sandra Enos created gift boxes to support Rhode Island-based businesses of color and women-led social enterprises and small businesses. “Giving Beyond the Box has curated boxes that give back to the community since our founding in 2019,” says Enos. “It’s been wonderful to work with our partners here and exciting to work with the artists and arts organizations to feature their work. We hope to include other artists and arts organizations in subsequent editions of the boxes.”
Each box features a variety of products made by local artists, including an exclusive apron from Frog and Toad, gourmet tea or coffee from Rhode Island makers, a custom-designed notebook or notecards, and a one-of-a-kind Rhode Island coaster from a Providence printmaker.
“Over the past year, our artist and small business communities have fallen on tough times, but resiliency is our strong suit here in Providence,” says Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “I am truly inspired by the Giving Beyond the Box project because it sees local community members contributing to a product that benefits the artist community when they need it most, while simultaneously showcasing the unmatched creative talent in our city.”
The boxes each have a total value of more than $150, however a limited run of 100 boxes are now available online for $100 at givingbeyondthebox.com. Boxes can be shipped at no additional charge or picked up at Frog and Toad in Providence.