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.

  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    With cultivating a community at the heart of its work, the African Alliance of Rhode Island (AARI) strives to improve the quality of life for Africans in Providence while sharing African culture with residents all over Providence. At farmers' markets you can find all kinds of African vegetables grown by immigrant and refugee farmers; and the urban agriculture initiatives of AARI provide jobs for members of the African community and creates access to African foods. In addition to sharing and celebrating African food and promoting health within the African community, the AARI collaborates with offices and organizations in Providence and across Rhode Island to expand the impact of its efforts.

    JR Songwe, a board member of AARI, shares how being a part of AARI has shaped his experience and the experience of other Africans in the Providence community.

    African Alliance of Rhode Island
  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    If you eat at a restaurant serving local food, chances are that Farm Fresh Rhode Island delivered the local ingredients earlier that day. Ten years ago, Farm Fresh Rhode Island started as a student project for a class and has since grown into one of the most progressive food-hubs in the country. Farm Fresh Rhode Island connects local farmers to local eaters by breaking down barriers to healthy food access and creating new markets for local food through a diversity of programs including Market Mobile (local produce delivery to restraunts), Harvest Kitchen (a job-training program for at-risk youth), and farmers' markets throughout Rhode Island.

    Co-Executive Director Sheri Griffin shares how Farm Fresh Rhode Island has transformed Rhode Island's food system one produce delivery at a time.

    Farm Fresh Rhode Island
  • October 23, 2014
    Imagine:

    WIth 93 parks in the City of Providence, the Partnership for Providence Parks cultivates strong relationships between these parks and their surrounding neighborhoods. Through partnerships with city offices, community organizations, and community members, the Partnership for Providence Parks makes these parks the epicenter of community activity through PlayCorps, concerts, and other festivities. Ensuring that both children and adults feel happy and safe in their neighborhood park gives the Providence community an abundance of places to get together and have a good time.

    Wendy Nilson, the executive director and founder of the Partnership for Providence Parks, shares how Providence residents are reclaiming their outdoor spaces.

    Partnership for Providence Parks
  • September 2, 2014
    Imagine:

    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.

    AS220