Convergence International Arts Festival
For 16 years Providence, Rhode Island was enlivened by a spectacular celebration of the arts, the Convergence International Arts Festival.

Considered one of the premiere arts festivals in the country, the Convergence International Arts Festival was founded and curated by Bob Rizzo in 1988 as a one-day festival in Roger Williams Park in Providence, RI.

Over the course of those sixteen years Convergence grew into a three-week statewide festival centered in the heart of downtown Providence with sites spread throughout Rhode Island. Convergence featured an annual year long exhibition of temporary large-scale public sculpture by nationally and internationally recognized artists. These sculptures were installed throughout Providence, on street corners, in public parks and plazas and even in unexpected alleys creating a free sculpture park that was accessible to the public 365 days a year.

The Convergence Film/Video/Animation Festival showcased innovative and independent short films from across the United States.

Each year the festival continued to expand by presenting new, different and innovative ideas. Convergence provided the community with cutting edge visual and performing arts, allowing the public access to groundbreaking arts events.

The Convergence International Arts Festival fostered cultural connections that reached around the nation and the globe. These collaborations included exchanges with artists from Macedonia and Poland, and public Iron Pour demonstrations and workshops by a renowned studio in Minnesota.

Numerous world premiere performances were staged in unlikely venues, all of which allowed Convergence to maintain its spirit of innovation.