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

    The Woonasquatucket River's health suffered as a result of pollution from the industrial revolution. The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) integrates art, science, and education to improve the health and safety of the Woonasquatucket River while introducing Providence residents to this urban natural resource. WRWC introduces members from all parts of the Providence community to the river through the Woonasquatucket River Greenway, a biking and running path, with kayaking opportunties on the water. By improving water quality and ecosystem health in conjunction with public art projects and community support, WRWC is revitalizing an idyllic getaway in the middle of a bustling city.

    Executive Director Alicia Lehrer describes how the river health has improved since she first saw it and future improvements she envisions.

    Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council
  • October 23, 2014

    After the schoolday ends a whole new world of learning begins through the Providence After School Alliance (PASA)'s multitude of free opportunities. By offering cooking, sports, conservation, model UN, and everything in between, PASA provides hands-on experiences for middle school and high school students through the AfterZone and the Hub. Continually challenged to explore and experiment, the students participating in PASA's program receive once-in-a-lifetime chances to access activities that allow them to grow and learn outside of the classroom.

    Brittany Sandbergen, the coordinator of professional development and training at PASA, shares the magic experienced by students in the after school programs.

    Providence After School Alliance
  • September 2, 2014

    At The Steel Yard, fire, iron, and kinship converge to create a community of industrial artists. In addition to art studios and available equipment, The Steel Yard is a public gathering place which hosts art classes and community events. The Steel Yard has transformed the façade of Providence with numerous public arts projects, which include hand-crafted trash cans and bike racks all over the city.

    Executive Director Howie Sneider describes how the culture of knowledge sharing and crafting at the Steel Yard has the potential reshape the relationship between Providence residents and their city.

    The Steel Yard