Providence 2017

November 16-17

On November 16 and 17, 2017, the Global Cultural Districts Network (GCDN) held its first North America Regional Convening, gathering members from Canada and the United States in Providence, Rhode Island. The convening was generously hosted by the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism of the City of Providence.

While in Providence, delegates participated in roundtable discussions on topics such as innovative partnerships, security in public space, and challenges and threats to cultural districts. The convening also featured tours of the WaterFire Arts Center, AS220, and the arts district in downtown Providence.

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November 2017

November 15, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Optional Dutch-Treat Dinner

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November 16, 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Coffee and Meet-and-Greet

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November 16, 9:00 am - 9:30 am
WaterFire Arts Center

Welcoming Remarks

Jorge Elorza, Mayor of Providence (via Skype) Stephanie Fortunato, Director, Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism Adrian Ellis, Director, GCDN

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November 16, 9:30 am - 10:30 am

Learning from Providence: Cultural planning, policies, and programming

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November 16, 10:30 am - 10:45 am

Break

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November 16, 10:45 am - 12:30 pm

Roundtable 1: Innovative Partnerships

Discussion with Harry Philbrick, Founding Director, Philadelphia Contemporary

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November 16, 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Lunch

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November 16, 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Tour of the WaterFire Arts Center and the Arts & Innovation District

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November 16, 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
WaterFire Arts Center

Recap and conclusions of Roundtable 1

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November 16, 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
WaterFire Arts Center

Roundtable 2: Programming in public space: questions of security and safety

Presentation of GCDN’s research on urban furniture and security and public space. Discussion about security and safety in terms of cultural programming in public space – beyond design and urban furniture

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November 16, 5:00 pm - 5:15 pm

Break

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November 16, 5:15 pm - 6:00 pm
WaterFire Arts Center

GCDN Member Feedback session

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November 16, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Cocktails and Dinner

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November 17, 8:30 am - 9:00 am

Coffee

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November 17, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
AS220

Tour and Site Visit of AS220

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November 17, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
AS220

Wrap up of previous day

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November 17, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
AS220

Roundtable 3: Greatest challenges/threats to cultural districts

Group discussion to share main challenges and brainstorm solutions

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November 17, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
AS220

Lunch and Closing Performance

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November 17, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

OPTIONAL: Additional tour and site visit of the Festival Footprint of Providence

The tour will be led by Stephanie Fortunato, Director, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, City of Providence.

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  • AS220
    115 Empire St
    Providence, RI 02903 United States

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  • WaterFire Arts Center
    475 Valley St
    Providence, RI 02908 United States

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