The Annual Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path Project will return to Newport’s North End neighborhood this spring. The event involves a growing collaboration with local non-profit organizations and residents, all in celebration of hope and community. The Sidewalk Parade + Tree Path Project Opening Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 27, 2019, 1pm – 3pm. 

The Sidewalk Parade originated in 2016 as a collaborative, community art project between the Newport Health Equity Zone and Salve Regina University and has since grown to include 12 + participating organizations. Now marking its third year, the Sidewalk Parade is a moving work of art that weaves through the North End neighborhood with musicians, flags, banners, costumes and more. It will begin at the Florence Gray Center on 1 York Street, Newport at 1pm, and the public is encouraged to join us at 12:30pm to line up. This year the “Scruffy Aristocrats” band will play their instruments out in front, announcing the festive arrival of the parade and encouraging residents to join on in. Costumes, masks and banners will be available for parade-goers, thanks to artists from Looking Upwards, FabNewport and the Creative Communities Collaborative. The parade will finish in Miantonomi Park at roughly 2pm for a celebration and community picnic. Snacks will be generously provided by the Family Care Community Partnership and the Alliance for a Liveable Newport, live music will be performed by the student musicians from the Newport String Project, dance performances will be performed by the student dancers of Rhode Island’s Ballet Theater, Tree Path Project art making will be led by the Newport Art Museum, and the Hope Tree planting and big “Touch-A-Truck” Bucket Truck visit are thanks to the Newport Tree Conservancy and Newport Tree and Open Space Commission.

The Tree Path Project was developed by the Newport Health Equity Zone and the Newport Art Museum in 2017 to activate public spaces in the North End neighborhood. This collaborative, public art-making endeavor creates an outdoor gallery of beautiful original sculptures made by residents, community groups and neighborhood organizations. The Tree Path Project’s goal is to engage the North End’s passionate, energetic, and creative neighborhood residents in a joyful public art project that enlivens the largest green space in the neighborhood, Miantonomi Park. The sculptures will remain on display for all to enjoy into the summer months.

Envisioned as a celebratory community building event, the Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path Project have evolved into a true collaborative. Residents and community groups are participating in record numbers and the event has blossomed into an overwhelmingly positive reflection of the vitality and creative energy in the North End. All are invited to join the Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path Project on Saturday, April 27 to celebrate the theme of “Hope” and individual and shared visions for a better tomorrow.

Supporters and Participants of the Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path Project include:
The Newport Health Equity Zone, Miantonomi Park Commission, Newport Tree and Open Space Commission, Job Lot, Domina’s Agway, the Women’s Resource Center, Salve Regina University, the Newport Art Museum, Alliance for a Livable Newport, Daffodillion, the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County, the Boys & Girls Club of Newport County, Looking Upwards, The Creative Communities Collaborative, Family Care Community Partnership, the Rhode Island’s Ballet Theater, the Newport String Project, the Newport County Youth Chorus, Sankofa Community Connection, The East Bay Met School, Thompson Middle School, Bike Newport, the Newport Tree Conservancy, the Roger’s High School Alternative Learning School, FabNewport, and others.


Sidewalk Parade and Tree Path Project Opening Celebration
Saturday, April 27, 2019  (RAINDATE Sunday April 28, 2019)
12:30 pm Line up for Parade at Florence Gray Center  1 York St.  Newport
1pm – 2pm Sidewalk Parade walks from Florence Gray Center to Miantonomi Park
2pm – 3pm Celebration, Picnic, Performances, Tree Planting, “Touch-A-Truck”, and Tree Path Project decorating in Miantonomi Park


About the Newport Health Equity Zone
The Newport Health Equity Zone is a city-wide coalition mobilizing residents and resources of the Broadway and North End neighborhoods to make Newport a place where everyone can thrive.

About the Newport Art Museum
Founded in 1912, the Newport Art Museum provides exceptional arts education, public programming, community outreach, and exhibitions of historic and contemporary art, which spark reflection, inspiration, discovery, and connection – to oneself, the community and the wider world. Over 3,500 fine art objects and important archives comprise the museum’s growing permanent collection. Operating from historically significant buildings, the museum is set within a beautiful park-like arts campus on Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. The Newport Art Museum is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

About Salve Regina University
Salve Regina University is a Catholic, coeducational university founded in historic Newport, R.I. by the Sisters of Mercy.  Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, the university offers a comprehensive education with a liberal arts foundation that fosters the development of each student’s individual talents. More than 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled from across the U.S. and around the world.

About the Boys and Girls Club of Newport County
The mission of the Boys & Girls Clubs is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need help most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. For more than 60 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County has provided quality programming and services to all youth in the community. The Club is part of a nationwide movement of more than 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs, and provides services emphasizing three key outcome areas: Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles. These focus areas provide a platform for helping all kids build the skills and relationships needed to achieve a great future.

About Looking Upwards
Founded in 1978, Looking Upwards is a private, nonprofit agency offering a wide array of services to adults with developmental disabilities and children with special healthcare needs.  Our programs have one overall goal, to support people in leading rich and satisfying lives. To reach that goal, we listen. We partner with the individual and family members to develop a personalized plan. With the resources of our caring team of professionals, we commit our support, walking side by side as the person meets challenges, celebrates accomplishments and enjoys the fullness of life.

About the Creative Communities Collaborative
Creative Communities Collaborative is committed to serving the rich cultural diversity of our immediate neighborhood, city and state through a wide variety of affordable and free classes, events and programs. The collaborative works together with other non-profits, local businesses, artists, talents, volunteers, schools, and interns to assist in broadening creative opportunities and making them accessible to all.

About FabNewport
FabNewport’s mission is to inspire youth to make their lives. Located at the bottom floor of the Florence Gray Center, FabNewport serves as a workshop for community youth to make and learn using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

About the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County
Since 1994 the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County has fulfilled its mission to promote and advance arts and culture in Newport County for the benefit of the community.

About Rhode Island’s ballet theatre (Ribt)
Rhode Island’s ballet theatre (Ribt) is a classical ballet company training talented young dancers for regional professional companies and college dance scholarships. The company’s goal is to help promising young dancers reach their full potential through a pre-professional training program consisting of weekly company class, regular evaluation & feedback and ongoing performance opportunities to enhance a dancer’s stage presence.

About the Newport Tree Conservancy
The Newport Tree Conservancy is committed to reviving Newport’s aging urban forest and protecting the city’s heritage trees and the landscapes they grace.  We are working with our community to respond to the increasing losses of native plant populations in our region and across the globe, and we are educating and engaging the next generation of green professionals, citizen foresters and conservationists.

About the Family Care Community Partnership
Family Care Community Partnerships (FCCPs) are the Department of Children, Youth and Families’ primary prevention resource for the state. FCCPs partner with families and communities to raise healthy children in a safe, caring environment. Our FCCP agencies, part of DCYF’s network of prevention-focused providers, brings community-based services to children and families to build a stronger, brighter futures.

About the Women’s Resource Center
Since 1977, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) has been a listening ear, a helping hand and in some cases, a lifeline to individuals experiencing domestic violence. The overarching goal of WRC is that through education and intervention, there will one day be a world without domestic violence. 

About the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County
Every kid deserves a place. A place to feel safe. A place to feel connected. A place to belong. Boys & Girls Clubs provide such places – where kids can go after school and during the summer to grow beyond the classroom. The Club Experience provides a fun, safe space and a fostering environment where they can be who they are – and become who they are meant to be. Our mission is to inspire and enable all youth, especially those who need us most to become productive, caring and responsible citizens.

About the Newport String Project
The Newport String Project is a music performance and youth mentoring initiative that aims to build a community that crosses boundaries of generation, heritage, and economic circumstances through access to inspiring musical experiences for all. The project aims to strengthen the social and cultural fabric of the wider Newport community by presenting a professional chamber music concert series, featuring both classical and traditional music styles in keeping with Newport’s folk heritage.

About Bike Newport
Bike Newport is making biking better in Newport and our surrounding communities. Through Education, Advocacy, and working with Riders we’re getting people out of cars and into the saddle for fun and well-being! Bike Newport aims to reach people of all ages and abilities, improving skills, building confidence, and teaching others. We provide programs and resources for bicyclists, educators, and the general public to remove barriers to bicycling. We advocate for transportation equity including improved, accessible bike infrastructure, public transit and safe walking environments for all Newport residents and surrounding communities.

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