Phew! Providence flew right on past without stopping. This year was amazing; conference-goers posted more photos on social media this year than ever before, and the beat goes on! Follow the hashtag #nceca2015 on Instagram to catch up on conference content and to see what artists are doing with knowledge and insights gained in Providence. Keep the trend going by using #nceca2015 and happy making!

Providence Food Guide: Oh What a Night

Providence Food Guide: Oh What a Night

Hi There NCECA Friends!

Maybe there are some party animals amongst us! Maybe you’re looking for some good music, drinks and company? Here’s several places to stop by this week!

Dinner & Dancing:

Circe – Weybosset St. across from the Arcade

Xo Cafe – North Main Street, next to Harry’s Burger Bar

Local 121 – Washington St. near the Biltmore 

The Dorrance: 60 Dorrance St. 


 Drinks & Dancing:

Whiskey Republic – 515 S Water St. 

Hot Club -575 S Water St.

Lola’s Tequila Bar & Catina-525 S Water St – Frozen Margaritas 

EGO Providence – 73 Richmond St. – Dance Club

Good Pubs:

The Congress Tavern: 62 Orange St.

G Pub: 61 Orange St.

Trinity Brewhouse: 186 Fountain St.

Fat Belly’s off of Memorial Blvd. 

E & O Tap: 289 Knight St

English Cellar Ale House: 165 Angell St.

Wickeden Pub: Wickenden St. Eastside

The Wild Colonial Tavern: 250 S. Water St.

Rock & Rye: 224 Atwells Ave

Union Station Brewery Providence: 36 Exchange Terrace

Aruba Steve’s: 79 Dorrance St

Providence Food Guide: Deals for the Week

Providence Food Guide: Deals for the Week

Hi There NCECA Friends!

It’s finally here! I hope you’re all settling in well and getting ready to enjoy Providence! Deals for the Week, will focus on deals around town on coffee, tea, drinks, & food.


**Remember to show your NCECA Badge for discounts.**

All Week Long:

New Harvest – inside the Arcade on Westminister St – .25 cents off coffee and tea

Rogue Island – 10% off foods & drinks with more deals featured this week

This week is restaurant week in Newport – check out participating restaurants at:


Monday – Friday 3-5pm – Harry’s on North Main St or on Atwells Ave 50% burgers


-Tuesday –

El Rancho Grande: 311 Plainfield St- $1 Tacos

New Rivers: 9 Steeple St -$1 Oysters

Geoff’s Superlative Sandwiches: Benefit St – Buy one, get one free


Pint Night at Hanley’s Ale House: 52 Pine St. -$5 burger all night

Pulblic Kitchen & Bar: 120 Francis Street – Hump Day Happy Hour $1, $2, & $3 deals

Check out Groupon’s deals for Providence Restaurants: http://www.groupon.com/local/providence/restaurants

Navigating Providence

Navigating Providence

The easiest way to see shows is definitely to get on one of the tours or shuttles. BUT, for many folks and for a variety of reasons, this may not be an option. It can be a bit of a challenge to navigate an unfamiliar city, so try to find several others to share in the navigation and/or costs. I would suggest that folks wanting to venture out to see shows off-tour meet at the NCECA booth to connect….hourly departures seem to make sense,so

come by the NCECA booth at about ten minutes till the hour, make some new friends and see the sights together!

But there’s more. To help you out, I have gone to the trouble of putting a lot of the exhibition addresses into Google Maps. The “improved” google maps only allows for 10 locations…not an upgrade from the old version which allowed 25 in my opinion. So I had to group some things into single locations, for instance there are a TON of galleries at RISD. I only put in a map location for Sol Koffler, but from there you can walk to the rest. You can also edit the map and remove locations and add different ones, and you can change the mode of transportation from car to bus, and google will identify bus stops and service times. This map is only meant to be a starting point and time-saver, but I hope it is helpful for you.

Additionally, our local onsite liaison, Larry Bush wrote a long email to me about navigating the bus. I’m pasting it here in its entirety because he’s such a funny guy and the injection of his humor is great. This is written in question and answer format, so Larry’s words are in RED and the questions are in blue. Enjoy!

I did a test run from here to a place north of Boston by public transport to compare the ease with roughly the same distance number of changes etc as a run I do in Japan – Japan is way easier for the novice even if your not totally on top of the language.
But as you say once you get our quirks down and get use to the un-American way of running on someone else’s schedule, it works pretty well.

1. Where does one catch the R bus towards Pawtuckett.

All buses (pretty much) go through Kennedy plaza – about two blocks from the convention center. If you want to walk a couple more blocks over to Main and catch the Melchert project on the way and/or Val’s at the Art Club, a half a block up the hill past Main before you hopped on the R at N Main and NS (north side) N Court St. Or you can get on the #1 which goes through the bus tunnel, which you will see tunneling under college hill directly in front of you if your walking toward Main from Melchert’s project down by the river.

2. Where does one buy a one day pass – from a Kiosk, at the bus stop or on the bus. Do you pay for it with cash (change or bills) or credit cards.

All RIPTA e-fare products are available for purchase at the RIPTA Ticket Window in Kennedy Plaza.  The RIPTA Ticket Windows are located at the Kennedy Plaza Passenger Terminal.

  • RIPTA Ticket Windows, Mon – Fri: 7 am – 6 pm Sat: 9 am – 12 pm & 1 pm – 5 pm Sun/Holidays:closed
    Issued on bus or trolley only(?).
  • 1-DAY PASS–$6 for 24 hrs. of unlimited bus/trolley rides. Before paying, tell driver you want a 1-Day Pass. To use, swipe in swipe slot.
  • You can now buy an electronic 1-Day Pass on board. And, if you don’t have exact change, you can obtain an e-change card on board.
  • CHANGE CARD–Issued by farebox with $18.50 maximum balance good toward future fares. Not redeemable for cash.you can buy online but it takes 3-5 days for delivery and they charge you another $4 to deliver it so the cost is $10Cash fare for one ride on buses & trolleys – $2.00

– – I can see why this is confusing – all this is from the RIPTA site – – ’cause I cheat, my faculty card works as a bus pass so I don’t have to think about it.I believe you can buy the one day pass at the ticket office since it is an “e-fare product”. if you buy it there I think you can use any method you want. I think along time ago I bought a month pass for my daughter there with a credit card.But when you buy it on the bus, you can “only” use cash. (Rhodys can be a little awkward with syntax, I’m pretty sure they put the “only” in the wrong place) And its a good idea to have exact change so you don’t get stuck with an “e-change card” that you can “only” use on more rides. I think if I was you and for some reason wanted to go to the ticket office I’d have my $6 and “only” six dollars in my hand as I tried to buy a ticket with a credit card. Then I could beat it to the bus if it didn’t work but I would be sure to ask for the pass before I relinquished my $6. – – – the short answer is: I don’t know.

3. Approximately how often do they run.

Timing depends on time of day – mid-day the R runs every 15mins, during rush hour a little more often, and after rush hour its about every 20. It stops at about 1pm.The #1 is slightly less frequent – fastest is about 15, slowest at night is 30 till it stops at 11:30

4. In going towards Pawtuckett – at what stops can the galleries be found – and what are the directions from the stop.

Line And Form CANDITA CLAYTON GALLERY, 999 Main st, unit105,Pawtucket, RI,

R to Main NS Belmont, walk up the street a half block, gallery is in Hope Artiste village – a big repurposed mill on left

Untamed Objects, MACHINES WITH MAGNETS – 400 Main St, Pawtucket, ri 02860

R – going north, get off at Collyer Park(ask driver if you can get off closer at Pine FS Main, closer) walk main and ne about 3 blocks

Binary MILL GALLERY/ PAWTUCKET ARTS COLLABORATIVE, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI,

R – going north, get off at Collyer Park, 0.8mile to the left down Mineral Spring av, on the left across from Lorraine Mill (0.4 mile walk from #72 but then miss Clayton gallery, and no other on #72 line)

Rhode Island K-12 Ceramics Exhibition MADDOG – 65 Blackstone Ave, Pawtucket, RI,

– behind Armory, google says from front of Armory up hill, left on Fountain and left on Blackstone, (but I think you can walk around the armory the other way – maybe, shorter)

Providence Food Guide: Get Your Veg On

Providence Food Guide: Get Your Veg On

Hi NCECA Friends!

Thought it would be a great idea to share some vegetarian and vegan friendly restaurants as per request of some Great Neck, NY friends!


Sweet & Sour Tofu

Sweet & Sour Tofu

Veggie Fun -123 Dorrance St – Lunch & Dinner – 10-15 walk, very close to Hampton Inn

Veggie Fun specializes in vegetarian Asian food. Known for their amazing food, polite staff and fun atmosphere. Small space, good for groups of 4-6 people. They serve large protions enough to share. Some fan favorites are the seasonal spring rolls, General Tso, veggie dumplings, Orange Seitan, and udon soup.

AS220 Food

AS220 FoodAS220 Food – 115 Empire St – Lunch & Dinner  – 6-10 minute walk



As220 Food, is a happy medium for both meat eaters, vegetarians & vegans. A large seasonal menu, craft beers, and happy hour deals keep this restaurant a hot spot to visit. Top fan favorites are Mac & Cheese, crispy chickpeas, veggie burger, and pulled pork sandwich. AS220 is known for great art, an amazing print shop and fantastic food. Great for groups, or small gatherings.



Veggie Combo for Two

Veggie Combo for Tw0- Abyssinia – 333 Wickenden St – Lunch & Dinner – 25-30 minute walk

Abyssinia is known for great Ethiopian food, comfortable atmosphere, and plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. Some of their most sought after dishes include; East African Snack – fried yam cakes, & Vegetarian Combo for Two. Abyssinia is a BYOB establishment, there’s a liquor store on Benefit Street called Darwin’s. Great for groups and small gatherings.


The Grange Farms

The Grange Farms



The Grange – 166 Broadway – Lunch & Dinner – 25-30 minute walk

The Grange innovative vegetarian cuisine, fun dishes, and great atmosphere on the West side of Providence. Make reservations or be ready to wait, definitely worth the wait. Local favorites include Risotto Cakes with Onion Jam, Pistachios, & Parnips, Tofu Scramble, Mushroom Frittata, and Kale with Wild Rice Soup. Make sure to save room for dessert!





Blog Index – city info

Blog Index – city info

Last week we provided an index to all the blog posts about this year’s programming.  But we don’t want you to miss any of the great posts we’ve had about the beautiful city of Providence either!  Use this index to help you discover the other places you want to see while you’re at NCECA!


Rogue Island


Providence Place Mall (Multiple restaurant options)

Cindy’s “Best-of” Blog article on restaurants

Lauren’s Best-of Blog article on restaurants

Vegetarian & Vegan food

Splurge-worthy – coming soon, stay tuned.


Coffee (& dessert)

MORE coffee (because when is there ever enough caffeine at NCECA??)

“other” libations (bars and night life)

Necessities & general city tips/information

Providence Fun Facts

Money saving tips

Convenience Stores, Liquor Stores, Grocery Stores, Pharmacies

Navigating in Providence:  A guide to city transportation