RI Solidarity Fund
Six community-led relief efforts have developed a collaborative fund for community members and foundations seeking to contribute directly to frontline relief during the Coronavirus crisis. Donations to the Rhode Island Solidarity Fund go directly to community organizations that are working nonstop to meet the needs of our community members who are most at risk of severe consequences in this crisis across Rhode Island. This ranges from low-income renters facing eviction to undocumented workers and people in prison.
Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program
Supported by a collaboration between Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations. It supports small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. RIEAP provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. Priority is given to newly-emerging groups and those with little history of grant funding. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, RIEAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development. Individual programs are listed below.
Rhode Island Nonprofit Organizations Led By and/or Serving People of Color
A Leadership Journey
To provide students of color ages 13-18 from marginalized identities equitable access to international & domestic cultural exploration through travel, utilizing travel as the vehicle to discuss the importance of mental & emotional wellness, global citizenship, self awareness, leadership and ubuntu.
African Alliance of Rhode Island — AARI
AARI is dedicated to improving the lives of Africans living in the state of Rhode Island.
AMOR is an alliance of grassroots organizations, providing community support in Rhode Island and southern New England for victims of hate crimes and state-sponsored violence. AMOR organizes to place sovereignty back into the hands of communities directly affected by systemic oppression and build leadership, generate power, and organize resistance with and alongside all directly affected peoples.
ARISE — Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education
We mobilize policy, programs, and partnerships to prepare, promote and empower Rhode Island’s Southeast Asian students for educational and career success.
The mission of Breakthrough Providence is to create pathways to college for low-income, academically motivated middle and high school students in Providence Public Schools, and to encourage talented high school and college students to pursue careers in education.
Black Heritage Society
As one of the oldest African heritage organizations in the country, the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society has recorded, retained and interpreted these historical facts and preserved the documents and artifacts of African-American and African descendant’s history and accomplishments in Rhode Island. Their primary mission is the preservation of African Diaspora descendant’s historical artifacts — books, art, papers and images, as well as facilitating the interpretation efforts by those seeking to enlighten others about our heritage.
CaneIWalk envisions an inclusive society where our youth with disabilities have access, support and confidence to reach their full potential. Education, mentorship and community engagement is key to our vision for youth with disabilities to be empowered and inspired to succeed.
Center for Southeast Asians
The Center for Southeast Asians (CSEA) promotes the prosperity, heritage and leadership of Southeast Asians in Rhode Island. CSEA provides support to not only Southeast Asians, but also refugees from countries such as Burma, Bhutan, Liberia and Nigeria in navigating governmental, healthcare, human services, legal, and financial services systems.
Center for Youth and Community Leadership in Education — CYCLE
CYCLE partners with communities and schools to build capacity, alliances, and power, through learning, relationships, and organizing. We support youth, families, and educators to organize, fight for, and win policies and practices that create equitable opportunities and just outcomes for every student.
Community Action Partnership of Providence County
CAPP operates, promotes and supports the development of human service programs aimed at improving the lives of low-to-moderate income individuals and families living in Providence. CAPP works to minimize poverty while empowering members of the community to be self-sufficient.
The Equity Institute
The Equity Institute develops innovative systems that cultivate culturally responsive schools and communities for all learners through organizational development, research, and networking.
George Wiley Center
The George Wiley Center is a statewide group actively committed to local community organizing for the purpose of creating social and economic justice through changes in public policy.
Higher Ground International
The organization’s twofold mission is to improve the lives of people living in the rural villages of West Africa, while providing meaningful opportunities for workforce and community development to the West African community living in Providence, RI, where the organization was founded. It provides basic supports and economic and educational opportunities to these communities, with an emphasis on empowering women, youth, and young adults as agents of change and self-determination.
Hope and Change for Haiti
Hope and Change for Haiti advocates for women and immigrant rights and promote cultural awareness and, in Haiti, the organization invests in community development with a focus on water, housing, and education in the rural of the country.
John Hope Settlement House
John Hope provides early learning, afterschool, summer, active living, food pantry and youth programs.
Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading
Langston Hughes’s poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960’s, are read aloud by members of the community with musical accompaniment.
ManUp provides a broad range of unique workforce development and higher educational opportunities, resources and support services to adult men of color, who have not been afforded the opportunity to aspire to more progressive goals; while simultaneously addressing the social, financial and legal issues that create barriers to employment and education.
Mixed Magic Theater
Mixed Magic brings diverse stories and images to the stage through prose and song, to build more literate and arts-active communities.
Oasis promotes and facilitates cultural activities, health and wellness, and community economic empowerment, with an emphasis on youth leadership development. Oasis serves the African immigrant community and the low-income neighborhood of West End, Elmwood, Upper Southwest Providence, Lower Southwest Providence, and Washington Park. Through the exchange of technical information, general business assistance, and the promotion of cultural activities, OASIS seeks to address the limitations to capital and the lack of economic development in these communities.
Parents Leading for Educational Equity — PLEE
PLEE seeks for parents to be equal partners in the educational process to improve educational outcomes for their children. PLEE creates opportunities for parents’ ideas for change to shape the direction of policy and funding priorities that best support the future of their children.
Princes 2 Kings
P2K is a youth health disparity program. The primary focus evolves around ensuring inner-city boys of color graduate from high school.
Providence City Arts!
City Arts provides free arts education and training to more than 5,000 Providence elementary and middle school youth, most from the ethnically and culturally diverse neighborhoods on Providence’s Southside.
Providence Student Union
Providence Student Union builds student power to improve our education and well-being. We envision a true “union for students” that increases young people’s collective power and ensures our frustrations, demands, and dreams are heard. At PSU, young people grow as leaders, organizers, and advocates for justice in all forms, today and throughout their lives.
Providence Youth Student Movement — PrYSM
PrYSM mobilizes queer Southeast Asian youth, families, and allies to build grassroots power and organize collectively for social justice.
Pushed learning visits schools, nonprofits and other other organizations all over the East Coast and midwestern United States using performance, multimedia, and facilitated dialogue to foster conversation, engagement, and resiliency around inequality, oppression and identity.
Rhode Island Black Storytellers — RIBS
Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) promotes the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, as well as through educational and cultural experiences. The organization offers professional development workshops in storytelling, writing, performance, communication and cultural awareness.
Refugee Dream Center
The Refugee Dream Center enhances cultural and community development in the refugee community of Rhode Island. Refugees are given the opportunity to learn new skills, receive case management support and job training, and network in a diverse setting.
Sankofa increases pride of place within the African American Community of Newport County through a community-led initiative with 3 main focus areas — Community events and gatherings, Community Meetings where to discuss the impact of institutional racism, racial oppression to provoke dialogue and solutions to the issues, and Historical Education to reveal, honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of African Americans of early Newport.
SISTA FIRE is co-creating a network of women of color to build our collective power for social, economic and political transformation. At the center of our work are SISTA Circles; through the circles we will provide space for deep interpersonal and leadership development.
Southside Cultural Center — SCCRI
SCCRI connects, cultivates and engages the Southside, West End, and Elmwood neighborhoods through the arts, nurtures the voices of artists of color, and cultivates leaders who lift up people in the community.
Stages of Freedom
The mission of Stages of Freedom is to provide youth of color access to swimming programs in order to reduce the numbers of drownings in the minority community; to build community by creating and providing programming about Black Rhode Island life and culture to a wide audience; and to educate and empower inner-city youth by providing cultural opportunities and access to museums and live performance.
Steam Box RI
The STEAM Box mission is to foster high-quality science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) education. We serve as a point of collaboration with internal and external partners on projects to improve STEAM synergy and opportunities for youth. Partnerships are geared to ultimately prepare our students in becoming the nation’s new innovative, creative, critical and analytical thinkers.
A Sweet Creation
A Sweet Creation Youth Organization is a youth group to get youth from middle school to college active and involved in the community.
Rhode Island’s only indigenous museum dedicated to sharing the culture, arts and history from the first person perspective of tribal communities in Southern New England.
TILO was founded to reduce and prevent the effects of toxic stress, ideally focusing on childhood toxic stress, in an effort to end the intergenerational effects of the cycle of alienation.
West Elmwood Housing Corporation
WEHDC promotes the development of healthy, sustainable communities through housing services to help individuals and neighborhoods meet their affordable housing needs in the West End neighborhood and other parts of Providence and Rhode Island. WEHDC offers a variety of programs and services related to real estate development, economic development, home ownership development, including lending and community building and organizing and through strategic alliances.
Women’s Refugee Care — WRC
WRC’s mission is to facilitate the transition for African refugee families to life in the United States by helping them to become self-sufficient and productive members of society, while maintaining their cultural and ethnic identity. WRC promotes the rights of refugees through advocacy and action.
YouthBuild Preparatory Academy
YouthBuild Prep Academy provides a liberating educational experience to all students, with a focus on engaging young men of color, preparing them to be confident, civically engaged leaders.
Youth in Action
YIA creates opportunities for youth to become their best selves, to address power imbalances that stifle the potential of poor youth and young people of color, and to create more caring and fair public institutions and systems.
Youth Restoration Project — YRP
YRP is a Rhode-Island based training and consulting group working with organizations to help them build interpersonal cultures where all people feel heard – where young and older, bosses and employees collaborate effectively, trust each other and their community, and have confidence they can handle conflict constructively.
RI EXPANSION ARTS ALUMNI
- Art and Culture of the Americas
- Cambodian Society of RI
- Colombian American Cultural Society
- Eastern Medicine Singers
- ECAS Theater
- Hmong United Association of RI
- India Association of RI
- Laotian Community Center of RI
- Oasis International
- Puerto Rican Institute for the Arts and Advocacy
- Quisqueya in Action
- RI Black Heritage Society
- RI Black Storytellers
- RI Cape Verdean Heritage Subcommittee
- RI Indian Council
- RI Latino Arts
- Rites and Reason Theatre
- RPM Voices of RI
- Tomaquag Museum
2019-2021 RI EXPANSION ARTS COHORT
EcoArts USA supports arts, cultural, and educational exchange programs between artists of color from the United States and artists from Cuba by promoting their talent and creativity.
Korean-American Association of RI
The Korean American Association of Rhode Island was founded in 1975 with the desire to celebrate and share Korean Culture with Rhode Island.
Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee
The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading celebrates the legacy of the renowned African-American poet. Langston Hughes whose poems, dating from the Harlem Renaissance through the 1960s, continue to resonate today.
Sankofa Community Connection
The Sankofa Community Connection empowers individuals through education, workshops, and training in order to build a thriving African American Community in Newport County.