Light Up the Night with the Avenue Concept’s Public Art

Join the Avenue Concept in celebrating Rhode Island Commerce's Take it Outside initiative with illuminated public art murals and installations in downtown Providence.


This article was created in collaboration with Rhode Island Commerce.

The days are getting darker earlier, but this year, we can watch Providence public art light up the night and join the Avenue Concept in celebrating Rhode Island Commerce’s Take it Outside initiative. Use the eleven glowing public art murals and installations as your photo backdrop and share pics on social media.

The public art will be illuminated for four nights only, starting this Friday, November 27, and Saturday, November 28, from 5-10 p.m. Rhode Islanders are invited to explore the city and support local businesses during this holiday season on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday.

The Avenue Concept’s lighting program is supported by Rhode Island Commerce’s “Take it Outside” grant. “This second round of grants represents an investment in the Rhode Island organizations who have thought outside the box to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This new funding will help our businesses, communities and nonprofits in finding even more ways to Take It Outside,” said Governor Gina M. Raimondo in a press release. “We are grateful to every business owner working to keep their customers and staff safe and healthy, and we’re going to continue to support them at every step of the way.”

Some of the public art that’s included is “Still Here,” “Misty Blue” and sculptures in LaSalle Square. The main message for the night is “public art never closes.” Download the app and follow one of the  self-guided public art walking tours to learn more about each work and artist as you wander.

Unfortunately, the young woman pictured in the “Still Here” mural, Lynsea Montanari, was injured last week in a car crash. The mural by Gaia honors her Narragansett heritage. Montanari is currently at Rhode Island Hospital and expected to recover, but she will be out of work for some time. A Go Fund Me was started by her family to help her recover. Here’s the link to the fundraiser, if you would like to donate.

The Avenue Concept wants this weekend event to give people a safe way to enjoy the holiday season while supporting local businesses and the community. Take it Outside and enjoy the sights along the way.


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