About

The Avenue Concept's mission has four main elements:

1

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

2

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

3

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

4

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

170

Public art installations

40,000

People passing through Kennedy Plaza daily, exposed to public art

150

Local and regional artists supported

$100,000

Annually in tourism dollars, from murals alone

24

Sculptures brought to Downtown Providence

70

Art events produced

$1,450,000

Raised by The Avenue Concept for public art

Staff

Brian Dowling

Sculpture Program Manager

Email Brian

Jenn Harris

Deputy Director

Email Jenn

Betsy Jones

Director of Operations

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Sara Mintz

Strategic Partnerships

Email Sara

Nicholas Platzer

Mural Program Manager

Email Nicholas

Yarrow Thorne

Founder & Executive Director

Email Yarrow

Board

Francisco Lovera

Chair

Project Manager; McMahon Associates

Jill Woodcome

Vice Chair

Executive Director; Good Neighbors

Jeffrey K. Techentin

Secretary

Shareholder; Adler Pollock & Sheehan

Robert Monnes

Treasurer

CFO; AmWINS Group Benefits, Inc.

Steven Boudreau

Chief Administrative Officer; Rhode Island Department of Health

Jamie Coelho

Senior Editor; Rhode Island Monthly

Dr. Charles Denby II

Psychiatrist; West Bay Psychiatric Associates (Retired)

Angela Gonzalez

Artist and Workforce Development Coordinator; Providence Housing Authority

Edward Lawrence

Enterprise Data Steward Leader; Citizens Bank

A special thank you to our members and supporters:

The Avenue Concept
304 Lockwood Street
Providence, RI 02907

hello@theavenueconcept.org

(401) 490-0929

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