The Avenue Concept's mission has four main elements:


Funding and supporting the creation and installation of artwork in public spaces.


Creating public art encounters by incorporating art more thoroughly into the urban environment and providing opportunities to engage and interact with it.


Developing programs, policies, partnerships, and funding streams that make public art projects more viable and sustainable.


Promoting art and telling stories through documentation, communication, education, and programming.

We Believe:

  • Art belongs in public spaces

  • Both art and public spaces bring people together

  • The public has a right to experience and interact with art in everyday life

  • Public art enlivens and improves cities and adds value to public spaces

  • Public art should invite engagement and interaction, not passive observation

  • Art tells stories and creates dialogues

Our Impact


Public art installations


People passing through Kennedy Plaza daily, exposed to public art


Local and regional artists supported


Annually in tourism dollars, from murals alone


Sculptures brought to Downtown Providence


Art events produced


Raised by The Avenue Concept for public art


Yarrow Thorne

Founder & Executive Director

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Betsy Jones

General Manager

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Brian Dowling

3D Program Manager

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Nicholas Platzer

2D Program Manager

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Alice Firefly

Paint Bar Team Member

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Mike Ritz


Executive Director; Leadership Rhode Island

Robert Monnes


CFO; AmWINS Group Benefits, Inc.

Jeffrey K. Techentin


Shareholder; Adler Pollock & Sheehan

Hannah Chung

Co-founder + Chief Creative Officer; Sproutel

Dr. Charles Denby II

Psychiatrist; West Bay Psychiatric Associates

Owen Johnson

Chairman + CEO; Revival Brewing Company

Francisco Lovera

Project Manager; McMahon Associates

Edward Lawrence

Enterprise Data Steward Leader; Citizens Bank

Jennifer Massotti

Creative Director + GM; Barrington Books

Andrew Pelletier

Financial Planner; Barnum Financial Group

Carla Ricci

Filmmaker; Carla Ricci Films

Cheryl Shaw

Director of Program Operations; Collette

Jill Woodcome

VP Strategy + Operations; Skills RI

The Avenue Concept
304 Lockwood Street
Providence, RI 02907


(401) 490-0929

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