For release: June 7, 2019
A new work of public art, featuring a howling coyote on a vintage Rhode Island postcard, has been created by students, alumni and the Visual Arts Department faculty of The Wheeler School as part of a new Thayer Street Public Art Project in Providence. A ribbon cutting for the work with artists, representatives from the City of Providence, and members of the Thayer Street District Management Authority, is set for 1 pm, Thursday, June 13 at 294 Thayer Street. The public is invited.
In search of a theme for the new Thayer Street mural proposal, the Wheeler Visual Arts department made use of earlier projects by the Wheeler Environmental Science department in an ongoing study of the growing coyote population in Rhode Island. Robert Martin, Chair of Visual Arts at Wheeler, said of the new artwork’s theme, “Our goal is to create a public display that will highlight the animal’s growing presence in our state through a juxtaposition of traditional views of the coyote from the Southwest (how most viewers might associate where coyotes live) with images from Rhode Island (where most viewers might not readily think of as a place where coyotes live). We chose the souvenir picture postcard as our vehicle and collage as our medium. We teach collage in many different guises throughout our curriculum and the project is well-suited for this medium of expression as it calls for a careful selection and repositioning of elements from different pictures to create a new composition” Photography students in the Wheeler Upper School Advanced Art Seminar combined several versions of Southwest and Rhode Island-based postcards using Adobe Photoshop. A website address for the Rhode Island-based CoyoteSmarts public information initiative is included in the mural to lead visitors to learn more.
“It is our goal for viewers of the proposed billboard to stop, take notice and wonder why a coyote in its “familiar” environment of the Southwest should be accompanied with a text that announces, ‘Greetings from Rhode Island,’ said Martin. “In the new mural, landmark views of the state are also contained within the block lettering, adding to the collaged-intention of colliding two previously unrelated frameworks: the southwestern landscape and the Ocean State: now united by the mutual habitation of the coyote and rendered large by the artful design of our students.”
Wheeler School Head Allison Gaines Pell said, “this type of creative undertaking engages our students as members of the neighborhood to create something that the nearby college and university communities, visitors and the whole City of Providence can enjoy. The hours of work to research, design and then create this new community landmark on Thayer Street is part of our academic mission to have students ‘learn their powers and be answerable for their use.’ We are delighted that Wheeler is able to add to the vibrant landscape of Thayer Street in a way that is both educational and joyful.”
Paul Griesinger, President of Capstone Properties said of the project, “We are thrilled to be working with The Wheeler School and the TSDMA to initiate the first art installation on Thayer Street. We hope to continue with other similar projects to bring art to the street in thought-provoking presentations.”
Donna Personeus, Executive Director of the Thayer Street District Management Authority, added, “TSDMA has been developing our Thayer Street Public Art Program for the past several years. It was always our goal to engage the community around Thayer Street in the process. In the Wheeler School, we have found the perfect partner for our public art program.”
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Students and teachers will join a number of local business and government leaders at the ribbon-cutting Thursday, June 13 from 1-2 pm at 294 Thayer St. (alley near Blue State Coffee). Among those expected to attend are Ward Councilwoman Helen Anthony, Representative Edie Ajello, Senator Gayle Goldin, Providence City Council President Sabina Matos, members of the College Hill Neighborhood Association and members of the Thayer Street District Management Authority Board of Directors.
For more information contact:
Laurie Flynn, Director of Strategic Communication, The Wheeler School, 401.578-7285
or Donna Personeus, Executive Director, Thayer Street District Management Authority, 401.497.5102.
Photos courtesy of The Wheeler School of the work in progress.
Thayer Street Merchants Welcome Brown Accepted Students with special offers during student campus tours next two weekends.
Thayer Street, Providence, RI: Brown Accepted Students will be touring the Brown University campus this weekend and next weekend. We will be seeing over 1000 new people (students and parents) over the next two weeks.
Participating Thayer Street Merchants welcome Brown Accepted Students with special offers. Brown Accepted Students visiting the campus over the next two weekends
(4/7/19-4/15/19) only need to will show you their Brown Accepted Student Program to receive their special Thayer Merchant discounts.
Participating Thayer Street Merchants and their special offers:
Restaurants & Quick Eats
Ben and Jerry's (224 Thayer Street)
Buy One Small or Large Cup or Cone and Get the Same Size Free
by CHLOE. (vegan) (223 Thayer)
Combo Meals Starting at $13.95.
Includes your choice of our burgers, fries and certain beverages.
Add a cookie for $1.50 and/or Soup for $2.50.
Kabob and Curry (261 Thayer Street)
15% off food bill
La Creperie (82 Fones Alley)
10% off the total purchase
Starbucks (218 Thayer Street)
Happy Hour Sale Thursday 4/4 from 3pm on. Grande espresso beverages for $3.
Subway (114 Waterman)
10% off, non sale items
Berk's Shoes and Clothing (272 Thayer Street)
Buy One Item get the Second Item 50% off, vendor restrictions apply.
Denali Outdoor (271 Thayer Street)
10% off your entire purchase
Pie in the Sky (225 Thayer Street)
15% off entire purchase and a free button
Spectrum-India (252 Thayer Street)
We will offer a FREE Gift to all parents.
Urban Outfitters (285 Thayer Street)
Sign up for UO Rewards and get 10% off your entire purchase.
Select Denim $39
Select Spring Dresses $59
New Sale Items Fresh this week!
Base State Vitural Reality (286 Thayer Street)
10% discount to those parents and students (although reservations are suggested). They can use promotion code FH8AYJ3A for online reservations.
Thayer Merchants Offer Perks to Providence Children's Film Festival Attendees & Volunteers
Providence, RI; In support of the Providence Children's Film Festival coming to the Avon Cinema and Wheeler, the Thayer Street Merchants, both retail and restaurants are offering extra perks to film festival volunteers and attendees. A volunteer only need to flash their volunteer badge and attendees can use their ticket stubs to received discounts up and down Thayer (see list below). Free Parking has been secured by the Thayer Street District
Management Authority (TSDMA) working with Brown University will also be offering free parking in Lot# 11 on Saturday & Sundays during the festival for both volunteers and attendees. Check with PCFF for parking details.
TICKET HOLDER PERKS
Present a Festival ticket or stub between Feb. 13-21 to receive:
Providence, RI; BigBelly Solar Trash Containers were installed on Thayer Street replacing traditional barrel style trash cans. Funded by the TSDMA, the BigBelly compactors are the latest in public trash technology.
Thayer Street DMA to Provide Thayer Business Discount Coupons at Fete Holiday Market Dec 5th
Make sure to stop by our Thayer Street District booth.
We will have free face painting for 2 hours (approx 11-1) and discount coupons &
upcoming event information for the following Thayer Businesses:
THAYER STREET POP-UP WINDOW ART EXHIBITION “IN TRANSITION” TO BE UNVEILED AT HOLIDAY STROLL DEC 2ND
Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) collaborates with Brown student organization, Artbeat, to unveil first Pop-up Window Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street (former City Sports location) December 2 at 2:00 PM during the Thayer Holiday Stroll.
Lead by Mandi Cai, Brown student and student organization, Artbeat with mentor, TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus, Artbeat, secured two local artists to contribute to the first of many Thayer Street Pop-Up Window Art Exhibitions. The unveiling the exhibition “In Transition” is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2 at 2:00 p.m. at 271 Thayer Street (formerly City Sports) during the Thayer Street Holiday Stroll.
“In Transition” is an exhibition about Providence’s street art scene and its movement through different spaces.. All art can be seen as ephemeral in nature, on display for a period of time and then stored away somewhere private only to be appreciated by a select few. Street art permeates the vacant buildings, piles of rubble, and lonely brick walls to convey a message of its own. The art is not confined to space, instead embracing the space that it finds itself in. The spray paint’s lifespan is at the mercy of the wrecking ball, but the sheer irony that its beauty comes from eventually being destroyed is what makes street art hauntingly beautiful.
The exhibition features two local artists, Linda Handel, digital photographer, and Providence artist Nick Guilbert. The window gallery exhibition will be unveiled on December 2nd and stay up until the empty building begins its transition into another business, or until January 31, 2016.
Thayer Street Merchant Association sponsors 2015 Thayer Street Holiday Stroll Dec 2nd from 10 am to 10 pm. Many Thayer businesses will be offering various discounts on food and retail all day on Wednesday, December 2nd.
2:00 pm: Exhibition Opening of our Pop-Up Art Exhibition at 271 Thayer Street at 2:00 pm.
5:30 pm to 7:30 pm: Olde Towne Carolers, Santa & his elves will be strolling around Thayer
Free parking on Thayer Street all day and 5:30 to 7:30 pm in the Brown parking lot (corner of Brook Street & Bowen Street).
Special Holiday Stroll discounts to be offered on 12.2.15:
Kabob & Curry 20% off food that night
Kartabar -10% off the bill
Andrea’s – 10% off your bill
Paragon 10 % off bill
Flatbread – 10% off your bill and free gingerbread man decorating for the kids.
La Creperie will offer a free hot beverage with any food purchase – They have coffee, tea and hot chocolate available.
Allegra Printing offered to discount any printing needs for that night
Pie in the Sky offering 20% off all purchases $20.00 and over
Berks Shoes 15% off full and sale pricing
Facing Thayer will extend their hours and offer 10% off on retail products and when a $100 gift cert is purchased you will only pay $90.00
Spectrum-India will do 30% off all full priced merchandise.
Brown Bookstore will offer 15% off all trade books and campus shop merchandise.
Second Time Around 20% off purchase for the night.
FROYO – 10 % OFF
Sneaker Junkies - 15% off your entire purchase
Salon Persia will be offering $5 off a men's haircut and $10 off a woman's cut and style.
Au Bon Pain - 3 free mini cookies with the purchase of a full sized sandwich or fully sized salad.
Persia Hair Salon - $5 off a men's haircut and $10 off a woman's cut and style
The Bike Repair Station funded by the Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) officially opens for public use after Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
A Ribbon Cutting Ceremony November 9th officially opened the new Bike Repair Station in the Thayer Street District to the public. Located on the side of the Brown University Bookstore on Olive Street, corner of Olive and Thayer, the Bike Repair Station includes specialized bicycle repair tools and an air pump. The Bike Repair Station is the newest improvement to the District funded by the TSDMA. Legend Bicycle shop located on Brooke Street has entered into a maintenance sponsorship agreement with the TSDMA to assure the station will be repaired and tools replaced if necessary.
The idea of installing a bike repair station on Thayer started more than 20 months during a meeting between TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus and Eric Weiss of City of Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission & East Coast Greenway Alliance, when Mr. Weiss shared his wish list for Thayer which included a bicycle repair station. The TSDMA relied on the expertise of both Mr. Weiss and Mr. Madden, owner of Legend Bicycle in the selection of the ideal repair station that would both serve the needs of neighborhood recreational bike riders and avid area cyclists. Brown University was instrumental in providing a secure location that would allow the station to be open to cyclists year round as well as protected by video surveillance. “The Bike Repair Station is a great example of teamwork and how positive improvements can happen when people and organization come together to support their community” stated TSDMA Executive Director, Donna Personeus.
Photo: (left to right: Jack Madden, owner Legend Bicycle; Eric Weiss, City of Providence Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission & East Coast Greenway Alliance; Al Dahlberg, TSDMA Director & Brown University.
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The Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) was established by Thayer Street property owners and granted status to operate as a ‘Business Improvement District’ by the City of Providence Code of Ordinances and in accordance with RI General Law 45-59-14(b) in January 2006. The District is comprised of the area bounded by Bowen Street, Brook Street, Waterman Street and the rear lot line of parcels that face the western side of Thayer Street. Over the years since our establishment, the district has undertaken the installation of new sidewalks, stamped crosswalks, trash cans, lighting, trees, recycling programs, daily sidewalk cleaning, trash and graffiti removal. In 2013, the City of Providence’s Department of Planning & Development worked with a consultant team and members of the TSDMA to prepare a plan for the future of the District. The Final Thayer Street Planning Study is now available online. TSDMA is governed by a Board of Directors made up of District property owners, merchants and representatives of Brown University. Day to day operations are overseen by our TSDMA Executive Director.
Thayer Street Announces Completion of District Wide Tree Well & Sidewalk Improvement Project
The Thayer Street District Management Authority (TSDMA) announces the completion of a district wide tree well & sidewalk improvement project in time for the Thayer Fall Artisan Festival. Dangerous sidewalks were removed and replaced with new level concrete. Tree wells were re-sized by block and lined with cobblestones to enhance the visual appeal of the district as well as to provide addition protection for the District's trees. In addition, three new trees were planted to replace damaged trees that had been removed years earlier. A bicycle repair station was also installed as part of this project on the Olive Street side of the Brown Bookstore. The total cost of the District Improvement Project was approx. $35,000. and fully funded by the Thayer Street District Management Authority.
Thayer Street, Providence, RI: Thayer Street on College Hill in Providence RI announces their 2nd Annual Fall Artisan Festival. Thayer Stree will be closed to traffic: Bowen to Angell. with over 100+ Artists showcasing their work along with LIVE Music, LIVE Entertainment, Kids & Family Activities, Free Bike Valet, and Amazing Food & Drink. The event is Open and free to the public! Join us...Walk, Bike, Bus or Drive to Thayer Street!
The Festival is sponsored by Festival Fete and Thayer Street District Management Authority.
For details: http://www.thayerstreetdistrict.com/2nd-annual-fall-art-festival-on-thayer-street.html