Illuminating Trinity

City of Providence, Dept. of Art, Culture +Tourism

Funding Received: 2015
Providence, RI
Funding Period: 1 year and 5 months

Trinity Square is a neighborhood gateway that connects downtown Providence, RI to one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the city.  At the center of the square is a neglected 9-acre cemetery and an emerging arts center that is home to organizations that reflect Providence's cultural identity. The site is anchored by numerous affordable housing investments and small businesses.  The square hosts the most utilized bus stop in the state and is a nexus for social service providers.   In response to public safety concerns, the City of Providence, in partnership with Rhode Island LISC, will lead a cross-sector community engagement process to develop and implement physical and programmatic strategies in order to improve safety and the cultural life of the square. Led by a team from RI School of Design, an intervention will take place on the exterior of Southside Cultural Center, SCC, including creating new space for outdoor programming in the parking lot.  Concentrating our efforts on SCC will contribute to the viability of this neighborhood thus positioning the center as the most resonant, feasible and realistic site to realize the vison of our project.

The project also includes a capacity-building initiative  to enhance the work of resident culturally-based organizations. Project partners will collaborate with neighborhood social service providers and the Providence Police Department to forge stronger networks and relationships in order to catalyze change and sustain cultural equity in this important gateway community.



See below for recent updates, press, and events from this project

On June 4, 2017 Deanna “Deedee” Brown closed the Matthewson Street stage at PVDFest, the City of Providence’s signature summer music festival featuring hundreds of... Read More
Since starting as the Special Projects Manager with Art, Culture + Tourism in late December I have begun to get a sense of the amazing... Read More
Aug 29, 2016
SouthLight is an exciting new performance venue in Upper Southside of Providence! Located behind the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island (SCCRI) at 393 Broad... Read More
The project aims to jumpstart the rejuvenation of the public realm. Three distinct elements have been proposed for Southside Cultural Center- a courtyard, a community... Read More
The project kicked off with a needs assessment process with Southside Cultural Center staff, board, and partner tenants. The learnings developed through this process informed... Read More
There are many complex social challenges affecting conditions in Trinity Square and we knew no single solution would work. From the beginning, we have taken... Read More
Oct 27, 2015
Check out Illuminating Trinity video; learn about one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Providence, RI Read More
Jul 20, 2015
ArtPlace America has awarded the city of Providence $300,000 to integrate the arts into community planning. Read More