Welcome!

Water, it is a lifeforce. It has been central to our history and its reach extends across our communities.

Running through rivers, pipes, and groundwater, Providence waterways are a powerful force that connect all residents. Flowing through water parks, these waters provide essential refuge from summer’s heat. The waterways have been the lifeways of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples for thousands of years. Settlers navigated these waters and carried enslaved peoples to these shores. They’ve sparked industry and have suffered from our coastal industry pollution. These waters carry stories that echo across time and reverberate in our present: a tidal resonance, a conversation. They can help lead us into a more just future if we just – listen.

The past year has dramatically shifted the ways in which we relate to our City and neighbors. The physical and social landscape has been shifting under our feet and above our heads, and a reckoning of our histories becomes just as urgent as the need to change our relationship to land and water.

Providence Waterways is a multimedia, collaborative, storytelling project. Through a combination of online and onsite experiences, Providence Waterways invites you to take a deep dive into place-based stories, sounds, and events that explore Providence’s water.

Water, it is a lifeforce. It has been central to our history and its reach extends across our communities.

Running through rivers, pipes, and groundwater, Providence waterways are a powerful force that connect all residents. Flowing through water parks, these waters provide essential refuge from summer’s heat. The waterways have been the lifeways of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples for thousands of years. Settlers navigated these waters and carried enslaved peoples to these shores. They’ve sparked industry and have suffered from our coastal industry pollution. These waters carry stories that echo across time and reverberate in our present: a tidal resonance, a conversation. They can help lead us into a more just future if we just – listen.

The past year has dramatically shifted the ways in which we relate to our City and neighbors. The physical and social landscape has been shifting under our feet and above our heads, and a reckoning of our histories becomes just as urgent as the need to change our relationship to land and water.

Providence Waterways is a multimedia, collaborative, storytelling project. Through a combination of online and onsite experiences, Providence Waterways invites you to take a deep dive into place-based stories, sounds, and events that explore Providence’s water.

Water, it is a lifeforce. It has been central to our history and its reach extends across our communities.

Running through rivers, pipes, and groundwater, Providence waterways are a powerful force that connect all residents. Flowing through water parks, these waters provide essential refuge from summer’s heat. The waterways have been the lifeways of the Narragansett and Wampanoag peoples for thousands of years. Settlers navigated these waters and carried enslaved peoples to these shores. They’ve sparked industry and have suffered from our coastal industry pollution. These waters carry stories that echo across time and reverberate in our present: a tidal resonance, a conversation. They can help lead us into a more just future if we just – listen.

The past year has dramatically shifted the ways in which we relate to our City and neighbors. The physical and social landscape has been shifting under our feet and above our heads, and a reckoning of our histories becomes just as urgent as the need to change our relationship to land and water.

Providence Waterways is a multimedia, collaborative, storytelling project. Through a combination of online and onsite experiences, Providence Waterways invites you to take a deep dive into place-based stories, sounds, and events that explore Providence’s water.

Immerse

In this time of transformations, Doors Open RI invites you to join us on this journey as we follow Providence’s waterways and reconnect to the places, spaces, and stories around us. Together we will reveal and explore the forms that our City’s water has taken over time, the stories it tells, and the power it holds.

Three primary portals will guide our journey through Providence’s waterways:
(click each icon below to learn more)
Storymap

History, short stories, images and fun facts – this interactive StoryMap is limited only by your own curiosity. Available in two versions: English and Spanish (coming soon).

Experience a digital, layered, participatory geolocative soundscape, featuring sound art, interviews, storytelling, and more.

Join us for a series of place-based, live events, including Tidal Resonance, an afternoon of immersive, place-based artistic experiences on Saturday, August 21.

Immerse

In this time of transformations, Doors Open RI invites you to join us on this journey as we follow Providence’s waterways and reconnect to the places, spaces, and stories around us. Together we will reveal and explore the forms that our City’s water has taken over time, the stories it tells, and the power it holds.

Three primary portals will guide our journey through Providence’s waterways:
(click each icon below to learn more)
Storymap

History, short stories, images and fun facts – this interactive StoryMap is limited only by your own curiosity. Available in two versions: English and Spanish (coming soon).

Experience a digital, layered, participatory geolocative soundscape, featuring sound art, interviews, storytelling, and more.

Join us for a series of place-based, live events, including Tidal Resonance, an afternoon of immersive, place-based artistic experiences on Saturday, August 21.

Immerse

In this time of transformations, Doors Open RI invites you to join us on this journey as we follow Providence’s waterways and reconnect to the places, spaces, and stories around us. Together we will reveal and explore the forms that our City’s water has taken over time, the stories it tells, and the power it holds.

Three primary portals will guide our journey through Providence’s waterways:
(click each icon below to learn more)
Storymap

History, short stories, images and fun facts – this interactive StoryMap is limited only by your own curiosity. Available in two versions: English and Spanish (coming soon).

Experience a digital, layered, participatory geolocative soundscape, featuring sound art, interviews, storytelling, and more.

Join us for a series of place-based, live events, including Tidal Resonance, an afternoon of immersive, place-based artistic experiences on Saturday, August 21.

Tidal Resonance
Live, Participatory
Performance Event

Saturday, August 21
2 – 5:30 PM
India Point Park

Tides are the rise and fall of bodies of water. The highest tides occur during the New Moon and Full Moon, when the Moon and Sun pull at the Earth. Tidal energy resonates, amplifies, dissipates.

We are reminded that water holds knowledge. It carries histories, futures, growth and destruction, instruction for movement, unwavering reflection, the smallest and largest organisms, and the eternal vibration of your voice offered to a tide.

Shey Rivera & Seth Tourjee, Curators

Launch Your Sound Journey Here
View Event Program (PDF) Here

IMMERSE IN PLACE-BASED SOUND ART
Featuring: Janaya Kizzie, Mary Kim Arnold, Anthony “AM.” Andrade, Sussy Santana, Shey Rivera, Seth Tourjee, Emily Dix Thomas, and Nadav Assor.

EXPERIENCE LIVE PERFORMANCES
Saturday, August 21, 2:00-5:30pm

India Point Park

Tidal Resonance
Live, Participatory
Performance Event

Saturday, August 21
2 – 5:30 PM
India Point Park
Launch Your Sound Journey Here
View Event Program (PDF) Here

Tides are the rise and fall of bodies of water. The highest tides occur during the New Moon and Full Moon, when the Moon and Sun pull at the Earth. Tidal energy resonates, amplifies, dissipates.

We are reminded that water holds knowledge. It carries histories, futures, growth and destruction, instruction for movement, unwavering reflection, the smallest and largest organisms, and the eternal vibration of your voice offered to a tide.

Shey Rivera & Seth Tourjee, Curators

IMMERSE IN PLACE-BASED SOUND ART
Featuring: Janaya Kizzie, Mary Kim Arnold, Anthony “AM.” Andrade, Sussy Santana, Shey Rivera, Seth Tourjee, Emily Dix Thomas, and Nadav Assor.

EXPERIENCE LIVE PERFORMANCES
Saturday, August 21, 2:00-5:30pm

India Point Park

Tidal Resonance
Live, Participatory
Performance Event

Saturday, August 21
2 – 5:30 PM
India Point Park
Launch Your Sound Journey Here
View Event Program (PDF) Here

Tides are the rise and fall of bodies of water. The highest tides occur during the New Moon and Full Moon, when the Moon and Sun pull at the Earth. Tidal energy resonates, amplifies, dissipates.

We are reminded that water holds knowledge. It carries histories, futures, growth and destruction, instruction for movement, unwavering reflection, the smallest and largest organisms, and the eternal vibration of your voice offered to a tide.

Shey Rivera & Seth Tourjee, Curators

IMMERSE IN PLACE-BASED SOUND ART
Featuring: Janaya Kizzie, Mary Kim Arnold, Anthony “AM.” Andrade, Sussy Santana, Shey Rivera, Seth Tourjee, Emily Dix Thomas, and Nadav Assor.

EXPERIENCE LIVE PERFORMANCES
Saturday, August 21, 2:00-5:30pm

India Point Park

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