Christina Bevilacqua, the talented intellectual and public face of the Providence Athenaeum for more than a decade, is stepping down from her post as director of public engagement at the library on September 1st.
As public engagement director, Bevilacqua has developed new audiences for the historic library on Benefit Street and cemented the Athenaeum’s reputation as a top cultural center in Rhode Island. She was crucial to organizing such programs as the celebrated Salon Series and the Marcel Proust Reading Group.
Bevilacqua also helped organize Rhode Island Public Radio’s popular `Policy and Pinot’ forums at the library.``There is truly no place like the Athenaum, and to work here has been a thrill and a privilege,’ she said in a statement.
Matt Burriesci, executive director of the library, said, ``Christina will be greatly missed in her official role, but will remain a welcome and familiar member of our library community. Though no one could ever truly replace Christina, the Athenaeum will soon announce a search to fill the position.’’