About four years ago, Providence, R.I., started a local festival called PVDFest. Because Providence, population 179,000, is a small city that is often overshadowed by nearby Boston, you probably haven’t heard of it. But this year’s four-day festival was remarkable for its breadth and ambition. Some of it, like the daylong session on “Cyborg Cities,” spoke to Providence’s intellectual bona fides and the policy-wonk interests of its mayor, a former law professor named Jorge Elorza. Then there was a day of Latin and African American dance and art installations and a gallery tour. You could have spent a few hours happily

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Worth Mag 2018