Bring the kids: See Providence through a Polaroid lens…

[ 0 ] July 28, 2014 |

Let’s make Providence an Instant City.

Looking forward to bringing my kids to check out the The Providence Polaroid Project, an interactive gallery space and Polaroid Camera Shop that has popped in downtown Providence this summer.

tumblr_inline_n7iyeq7lhL1s9edloOne of this years PopUp Providence 2014 projects, The Providence Polaroid Project creators Devan Durante and Brandon Lane designed this five week installation as a forum for Providence residents to celebrate the Capital City’s people and places.

Participation is free and residents are encouraged to use the Project’s instant Polaroid camera collection to photograph Providence’s residents and cityscapes for inclusion in a gallery exhibition scheduled for late August.

Step inside the shop and browse the extensive camera collection (and show the kids a cool type of non-digital instant camera) , take a free portrait with a 1971 Big Shot camera, and then borrow one of the 5 pack film cameras and head outside to capture the people, style and soul of our city.

Chosen as part of the city’s first “Tactical Urbanism” initiative, project creators Devan Durante and Brandon Lane are determined to celebrate the people, style and soul of Providence. Durante, the driving force behind Standard Film, emphasizes the importance of human process, visual aesthetic and tangible results through his work. Lane works with The MET School, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, and The Cool School as a teaching entrepreneur. Together, the duo will work side by side to make the Providence Polaroid Project an interactive celebration of the community.

On August 21st they will host a final gallery show to celebrate the results of the project. There will be music, food and drinks, as well as the opportunity to take your original Polaroid portraits home for free.

The Details:

The Providence Polaroid Project -  235 Westminster Street through August 22, 2014
Gallery hours: Wed.-Fri. 11-8 and Sat.-Sun. 10-5.
For more information, please visit the PVD Polaroid website.

The Providence Polaroid Project is one of eight temporary PopUp Providence installations scheduled to take place in Providence this summer.

  • Providence Putt Putt – a nine-hole miniature golf course at Armory Park.
  • I Am Providence Project – a series of fence-mounted wooden frames in public parks inscribed with the text “I am Providence.” Users are encouraged to take photos in the frames and share the images on social media.
  • Air Gallery – a collection of canvas paintings illustrating traditional folktales from diverse cultures displayed on utility poles in the Elmwood neighborhood.
  • Corrugated Community – a collaborative art project that will bring cardboard construction, fort building and public performances to neighborhood parks.

Other 2014 projects include an outdoor film series, a traveling Lego table and a new permanent mural in the Reservoir neighborhood.

Projects from PopUp Providence’s initial round last fall included the interactive “Before I Die” chalkboards downtown, music instruction and performance, Adirondack chairs along the Riverwalk, street signage for self-guided tours of the city, and the installation of a miniature park.

PopUp Providence is administered by the City’s Department of Planning and Development with $50,000 in funding annually from the Providence Redevelopment Agency. A third round of the project will take place next year.

Category: activities: outdoor, art, community, local ri area

Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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