The Women’s Resource Center, Newport Health Equity Zone, Salve Regina University and the Newport Art Museum are pleased to announce a collaboration celebrating ideas of Hope and Community with the Sidewalk Parade and the Tree Path Project.

The Tree Path Project was developed and is facilitated by the Newport HEZ and the Newport Art Museum in reaction to desires expressed by North End residents to activate public spaces in their neighborhood. The Tree Path Project is a collaborative, outdoor, public, community art-making initiative in, by and for residents, community groups and neighborhood organizations in the North End of Newport. The Tree Path Project’s goal is to enable and engage the North End’s increasingly civic-minded, passionate, energetic, and creative neighborhood residents, who are located both physically and figuratively at the margins of town.

Participants of all ages are invited to create a whimsical decorated “sleeve” for the trunks of trees along the newly marked walking and bike trails that wind through the North End neighborhood. The roughly 20 resulting public art projects will not only activate the neighborhood with beautiful original sculptural works but will also reflect the hopes and desires of the community, while encouraging the use of both the new bike and walking paths and Miantonomi Park, the largest green space in the neighborhood.

The Sidewalk Parade represents a collaboration between Newport Health Equity Zone and Salve Regina University, now in its second year. A moving work of art, it is created through the collaborative vision of Newport’s North End residents, local artists, and art students from Salve Regina University, and facilitated by Salve Professor of Visual Arts Susannah Strong. The Sidewalk Parade will wind through the neighborhoods of the North End and will feature musicians, flags, banners, costumes and more. All are invited to join in, walking in unity to celebrate and embody this year’s theme “Hope” as well as individual and shared visions for a better tomorrow.

Three joint free Community Art Making Workshops for the Tree Path Project and the Sidewalk Parade will be held at the HEZ offices in the Florence Gray Center on March 10, March 24 and April 7th from 9 am – 12 pm.  Workshops are drop in and appropriate for all ages, and art-making materials are provided. Because the Tree Path Project is limited to roughly 20 trees, there are a limited number of Tree Path sleeves still available. Those interested in making a Tree Path Project should contact Angela Marandola at the HEZ (below) and will be asked to complete a Request for Proposal form (available at the Workshops).

The Sidewalk Parade will take place on April 21, 2018, 11 am – 12 pm (line up at 10:30 am)

The Parade will begin at the Florence Gray Center and wind its way through the neighborhood, stopping to enjoy the Tree Path Projects along the route, and finish in Miantonomi Park for a community picnic, concert, and celebration.

The Tree Path Projects will be on display from April 21 – June 21, 2018.  

The Tree Path Project is made possible through a Community Grant from the RI Foundation.

Supporters of the Tree Path Project and Sidewalk Parade include the Miantonomi Park Commission, Newport Arboretum, Women’s Resource Center, Salve Regina University, Newport Daffodil Days Festival, Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County, and FABNewport.

For more information about or to participate in the Tree Path Project, Sidewalk Parade, and the Community Art Making Workshops, please contact Angela Marandola, HEZ Coordinator, at or 401-236-8344


Community Art Making Workshops at the Florence Gray Center:

  • March 10, 9am – 12pm
  • March 24, 9am – 12pm
  • April 7, 9am – 12pm

Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path Project Opening Celebration

  • Saturday, April 21, 2018  (RAINDATE Sunday, April 22, 2018)
  • 11 am – 12 pm Parade begins at Florence Gray Center
  • 12 pm – 1 pm Celebration and Picnic in Miantonomi Park

Tree Path Project exhibition dates

  • April 21, 2018 – June 21, 2018

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