Woonsocket beautification through collaboration

14 Jul 2020

Woonsocket beautification through collaboration

PACE-RI and Riverzedge bring together youth and seniors to beautify Woonsocket

Funded by the Rhode Island Council on the Arts, the two nonprofit organizations continue to make the city more welcoming and livable

PACE-RI today was joined by Mayor Lisa Baldelli-Hunt as they unveiled a new mural in collaboration with Riverzedge Arts. Funded through a grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the mural brightens the neighborhood and showcases the spirit of summer. The artist and director of Riverzedge Arts Brad Fesmire was in attendance, and Baldelli-Hunt praised his efforts.

“There’s so much talent that comes out of Riverzedge – it’s important they stay alive and well,” said Mayor Baldelli-Hunt. “The fact that PACE was able to locate them and partner with them and bring work here for the seniors…it’s a win-win-win.”

The mural, which looks in on PACE’s adult day center, was a project originally intended to involve both PACE participants and the students at Riverzedge. Unfortunately, the project had to be adjusted to address safety concerns involving COVID-19, so the final work was completed by Fesmire.

“They would have been in the studio making the birds, they would have been on-site doing the on-site painting,” said Fesmire.

PACE-RI opened its Woonsocket location in 2013 in collaboration with city leaders to expand services to the area’s seniors. Since then the number of local participants utilizing PACE services has grown to more than 75, increasing by 10% since July of 2019. Those services include day center activities, clinical services, rehabilitation, prescriptions, and transportation.

The CEO of PACE-RI, Joan Kwiatkowski, also attended the unveiling which concluded a year of planning for the organization. “This brings the outdoors closer to (the participants) as they spend their time in the day center,” she said. “They can look out at this beautiful piece of art, but also at things they enjoy, which are the birds.”

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