This Is My Providence

April 30th, 2008 by Lindsay Kinkade

This Is My Providence is a community-building project that aims to show arts events and programs in Providence to visitors, residents, and future residents from the perspective of grassroots community leaders. The emergency that motivated this project is that of the missed opportunity to interact with what’s best about Providence. The purpose of the project is to highlight vibrant arts culture, debunk myths, and improve understanding of the strong cultural fabric in Providence.
Postcard imagery is generated by local community members who share photographic documents of people participating in favorite events and programs in Providence. The images are then made into postcards that include detailed information about the event and people pictured, so that new people can get involved. These postcards are distributed free of charge in the busiest areas of downtown Providence. A web presence with links will be added.

Lindsay Kinkade, Graphic Design MFA, ‘10
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5 Responses to “This Is My Providence”

  1. amber Says:

    Thanks, Lindsay. I would love to see your network diagram of the entities that you are working with. How’s it going? Can you post about it and send me a link?

  2. Katy. Says:

    The thing about this project that has always resonated with me is that you are specifically seeking photographs of people in their various neighborhoods and communities. I think that they will stand out in contrast to the empty, unpopulated photographs of typical tourism postcards, not to mention the decidedly creepy ones that include the Mall.

  3. Lauren Says:

    The more this project develops the more I see the opportunity for each person submitting not just to show their Providence but also their politics ( in a subtle way.) I really like how it is an image based “voice” for the people of Providence!

  4. amber Says:

    How do we extend this idea beyond Providence? What is it that makes place meaningful especially given the rise of networked culture?

  5. Lindsay Says:

    Thanks for all the comments. I’m trying to address how people can respond with their own towns in my installation. I am inviting people to make postcards about their town and send them to me.

    We’ll see how it goes!