St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center near Providence RI is a breathtaking treasure built in the early 20th century in the French Renaissance style with amazing stain glass windows and
wall to wall frescos similar to Michelangelo and Raphael. Originally built to accommodate the French Canadian community, it no longer had enough parishioners to pay for its maintenance and was in danger of being sold and possibly demolished. In 2000, many of the remaining congregation formed the St Ann Arts and Cultural Center with the intention of preserving and re-purposing the Church.
The Cultural Center now owns the building and offers Sunday Tours so visitors can view the irreplaceable architecture and art. They host the Ocean State Summer Pops Orchestra, The Warwick Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert, The Rhode Island Wind Ensemble and the Cumberland-Lincoln Community Chorus. In addition they hold the Annual Elvis Tribute competition and a Halloween Party.
They also rent the building for what would surely be fabulous weddings, special events and even funerals. There is an online gallery showcasing past events showing groups having great fun in an amazing setting. They are a perfect example of how a local community gathered together to successfully save a historical site and found ways to creatively offer residents activities the same while continuing to care for and restore a priceless structure.
St. Ann Arts and Cultural Center is home to the largest collection of Fresco painting in North America. Italian artist Guido Nincheri created the paintings using the community as models. This is an awesome addition to a vacation itinerary or a not to be missed visit or special outing by the nearby community.