Imagine Providence

Hear the voices of people boldly and creatively tackling social issues in Providence and explore how you can be part of the story.

  • December 23, 2014

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse (SEG) works with social enterpises of all shapes and sizes to ensure sustainable success. Having worked with 150 ventures so far, SEG is building a rich community of diverse social entrepreneurs who can collaborate and support each other. In addition to working with established social entrepreneuers, SEG encourages potential entrepeneurs of all ages to join their community and innovate ideas.

    Kelly Ramirez, executive director of SEG, describes how the innovative work of SEG is transforming Providence into a social enterprise capital.

    Social Enterprise Greenhouse
  • October 23, 2014

    Known as the "Switzerland of Data", the Providence Plan analyzes data to leverage systemic change. In addition to the different interactive maps available to residents, community organizations, and policymakers alike, the Providence Plan runs three programs: YouthBuild, Ready to Learn, and Building Futures. With the data providing the roadmap for effective interventions, these initiatives are transforming the workforce development and education landscape in Providence.

    Pat McGuigan (Providence Plan Executive Director), Leslie Gell (Director of Ready to Learn), and Andrew Cortes (Director of Building Futures) share how operating as a "think and do tank" leads to authentic change.

    Providence Plan
  • September 2, 2014

    Students in DownCity Design’s youth programs let their ideas run wild, as they learn to apply the design cycle to building projects all over Providence. In addition to DownCity Design’s youth programs, DownCity Design hosts Community Design Days to include all voices in the process. While the impact of DownCity Design is apparent in the physical improvements made by its students, the collaboration and community engagement emphasized in their design process builds a culture of sharing and collective problem solving in Providence.

    Founder and Executive Director Adrienne Gagnon tells the story of how youth and community members have the power to transform the landscape of their city.

    DownCity Design
  • September 2, 2014

    At any of its locations in downtown Providence, AS220 looks and feels like the alternative space contained in its name. Censorship and inhibition are left at its doorstep, cultivating the open and free community that exists within its walls. In addition to the organization’s gallery space, concert venue, and bar/restaurant, AS220 has programming every single day of the year in addition to offering a youth mentorship program, studio spaces, art classes, and a job-training program.

    Artistic Director and Founder Bert Crenca provides a window into how AS220 is unlocking Providence’s creative potential.

  • August 18, 2014

    Anyone who passes by New Urban Arts can see that something good is going on inside; but until they walk into NUA's open art studio, they have no idea how spectacular it is. High school students from all over Providence have the power to create whatever they want at NUA, equipped with every creative resource imaginable. In addition to open studio opportunities for independent exploration, students at NUA select artist mentors from the Providence community to facilitate weekly workshops.

    Artist Mentor Sydney Peak '15, NUA Student Joely Barrios, and Executive Director Elia Gurna describe the magic of belonging to NUA’s artist community.

    New Urban Arts