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Thank you to Campus Fine Wines, 2013-14 season sponsor of Athenaeum programs!

Programs are made possible in part by a grant from the RI State Council on the Arts, through an appropriation by the RI General Assembly and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Programs are made possible in part through major funding support from the RI Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Guests Enjoy a Night at the Athenaeum

A Lecture at the Athenaeum

Music at the Athenaeum

Athenaeum Programs and Events

The Providence Athenaeum is committed to cultural programming and events for adults and children that accentuate and expand the strengths of the collections and mission of the institution. Exhibits are open to the public. Programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Athenaeum Festivities!

To receive our free weekly email calendar of events, email your name and email address to Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement:

Non-members are welcome to receive our electronic newsletter, The Universal Penman. For our most recent newsletter, click here.

Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events

For a day-by-day listing of Athenaeum programs, events, and special hours, click on the calendar picture.


We are currently engaged in exciting strategic planning for 2015-2020. In a fortunate bit of alignment, in July, Christina Bevilacqua, Director of Programs and Public Engagement, was appointed by Susan Smulyan, the new Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, to serve as one of two Community Fellows in the Center's new Faculty and Community Fellowship program.

The Fellowship, which takes place during the 2014-15 academic year, offers invaluable resources for planning and implementing a project focused on how the Athenaeum's Salon Series fits into the library's strategic planning as a whole. The fall will be spent in research and development, with implementation starting with the spring season in February.

In order for Christina and the Athenaeum to take full advantage of the opportunities that the Fellowship offers, we have made the decision to have the fall season be a "Salon Sabbatical" There will be no Salons this fall, they will resume in February of 2015. Our weekly program enews will also be on sabbatical during the fall and will return in the spring; subscribers will see it back in their weekly email around the third week in January of 2015.

Please note that while the Salons will be on sabbatical, other Athenaeum activities will continue without interruption, including reading and writing groups; tours for members, scholars, and visitors; events for donors; and Children's Library programming. Our printed newsletter, The Penman, will be published this fall as usual; members can expect to receive their copy in the mail mid-October.

In addition, we will be reaching out to members and friends to participate in surveys and focus groups essential to our strategic planning – stay tuned for ways to engage in the process!

We are very grateful to Susan Smulyan and the Center for Public Humanities for this recognition of the Athenaeum and of Christina's work, especially as it aligns so perfectly with our strategic planning process. For more detailed information about the Fellowship plans, please see the letter that went out to the membership from our Executive Director Alison Maxell and Board President Candy Adriance here.