Broad Street Synagogue Walking Tour

[Update: Tour has been postponed to Thursday, October 18. Thank you, commenter.] In 2019, as a part of their Sites and Stories Explored Through Scholarship, Art and Community Engagement project, the Providence Preservation Society (PPS) will unveil five original artistic works that explore hidden and layered narratives of several endangered historic sites in Providence.

We selected five artists and artist teams to create new works related to four sites that are featured on our 2018 Most Endangered Properties list. Each artist will begin their process this year through discussion with a local scholar and a walking tour that engages the community.

The tour will be a walking conversation, meant to inform everyone who participates. We’ll explore the history, art, and architecture of the “Broad Street Synagogue”, originally Temple Beth-El, and the surrounding community. The tour will feature artist David Wells.

Please note: The tour may include the interior of the Synagogue. Access is in the process of being confirmed. Attendees are encouraged to share their knowledge, experiences, questions and concerns. Go here to register. Registrants will be contacted with location details.

David Wells is a freelance photographer/video maker.

Brent Runyan and the whole PPS crew are to be commended for this innovative program. If these walking tours further the connection of the arts community to the historical and architectural context, that can only be for the good. Some of these distressed properties may even get a new lease on life.

5pm to 6:30pm, Thursday, October 11, Broad Street Synagogue, 688 Broad Street, (directions)

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