Convergence International Arts Festival, Founder/Curator

Considered one of the premiere arts festivals in the country, the Convergence International Arts Festival was founded, curated and directed by Bob Rizzo from 1988 - 2003.

Over the course of those sixteen years, Convergence grew from a one-day festival into a three-week statewide celebration centered in the heart of downtown Providence, with satellite sites spread throughout Rhode Island. Convergence featured an annual year long exhibition of temporary large-scale public sculpture and installations by nationally and internationally recognized artists. These works were installed throughout Providence: on street corners, in public parks, plazas, waterways, building atriums, alley ways, on exterior building walls, and in parking lots. This created a free sculpture park that was accessible to the public 365 days a year. Other elements of the festival were the nationally recognized
Convergence Film Festival, the Providence Street Painting Festival, numerous world-class musical, theatrical and dance performances as well as collaborations and exchanges with artists from the Netherlands, England, Japan, Canada, Germany, Scotland, Switzerland, Macedonia, and Poland.

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