ARTBeat Returns to Providence

{ Through Friday, October 27th } AIDS Care Ocean State celebrates the 20th anniversary of its ARTBeat fundraiser in Providence.

Art and advocacy reunite for the 20th anniversary of ARTBeat, a cultural event series and fundraiser from AIDS Care Ocean State benefiting people living with HIV and AIDS in Rhode Island. AIDS Care Ocean State is a nonprofit organization that provides housing, case management, medical care, and prevention to adults, families, adolescents, and children affected by or at risk for HIV infection. Running through Friday, October 27th, ARTBeat’s theme this year is “Reflections,” providing an opportunity for artists and attendees to honor the work AIDS Care has done in combating HIV/AIDS over the last two decades. A Reflections Gallery featuring works from 100 local artists who contributed a 20 x 24 in. work (on canvas donated by Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation) will be on view and open for bids throughout the month at Providence Place Mall.


Jack Hartwein-Sanchez


Ryan Clarke


Jen Bonin


Joe Wilson Jr. of Trinity Rep


Trinity Repertory Company

“We’re taking this as an opportunity to honor people in our community who have donated or donated their time or been an ambassador to the arts for people living with HIV and AIDS here in Rhode Island,” says George Evans Marley, director of development and communications at AIDS Care Ocean State. Among the honorees are Trinity Repertory Company, which has donated tickets to provide many AIDS Care clients opportunities to see its performances. ARTBeat 2017 also honors three local photographers—Jack Hartwein-Sanchez, Ryan Clarke and Jen Bonin—who have helped immensely to document AIDS Care’s journey over the last few decades. Whether it be events—anything from the AIDS Walk to past ArtBeats to drag bingos—you name it, they’ve been there,” Marley says. The photographers will be awarded the 2017 Ambassador of the Arts Awards. 

ARTBeat 2017 will conclude with a live and silent auction event at Skyline at Waterplace Park in Providence on Friday October 27th with “everything from culinary arts to performing arts to visual arts.” Expect local theater troupes, big band soloists, and all manner of visual arts. Dining options include Eat Drink RI, Mill’s Tavern, Fire Works Catering, El Rancho Grande, Statesman’s Tavern, New Harvest Coffee and Spirits, and Kween’s Kitchen, an all drag queen catering company. The auction is currently live online in advance of the closing night.

“At any point in time we all live in fear of our funding being cut by the current political climate. Now more than ever it’s important for our community to band together and keep these organizations—that have literally been keeping our brothers and sisters alive over these past 20 or 30 years—able to continue the work that we’re doing,” Marley says. “This is an awesome opportunity for people to not only come out and have a really great time but also support a really awesome cause.”

ARTBeat 2017
Closing event:
Skyline at Waterplace Park
1 Finance Way
Providence, Rhode Island
Friday, October 27th
6:00PM general admission, 5:00PM VIP entrance
Tickets: $100 VIP entrance (2 for $175), $40 general admission, all tickets include free valet parking
ARTBeat logo courtesy of AIDS Care Ocean State
Nathan FrontieroARTBeat Returns to Providence

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