Meet our recipients
Artists’ Exchange is an arts collaborative whose mission is to create an atmosphere in which creativity, learning and discovery converge and individuality is celebrated. Artists Exchange offers opportunities for immersion into the arts through summer camps, classes, school programs, art themed birthday parties, theater & music.
DownCity Design is a community organization working to build a city of problem solvers. We empower students, educators, and community members to use design skills to improve the places where they live, work, and play.
It was founded in 2009 by Adrienne Gagnon and Manuel Cordero, with the mission of improving Providence by getting young people involved in designing and building solutions for their communities.
CHOP – A Genesis Center Cafe
Genesis Center’s Culinary Hub of Providence (CHOP) is a hybrid workforce development, economic development, and retail hub soon to be located at a busy downtown corner in the Providence Public Library. The initiative is a natural expansion of our longstanding and successful culinary arts program, and will better meet the evolving needs of our participants and employers in the hospitality field. CHOP will serve as a Culinary education and training hub, where it will create jobs, support business, and strengthen the local community.
The College Crusade
The College Crusade of Rhode Island is an innovative nonprofit organization founded in 1989 to reduce high school dropout rates and increase educational and career success for low-income urban youth. Each year we serve approximately 3,900 Crusaders from Rhode Island’s most economically disadvantaged families in Providence, Pawtucket, Central Falls, Woonsocket, and Cranston.
The Community Preparatory School
Community Preparatory School gives motivated students in grades 3-8 the opportunity to reach for their dreams, regardless of family income. Community Prep offers all the benefits of an independent school – small classes, challenging academics, and a positive, nurturing environment – combined with the cultural and economic diversity of a public school.
The Steel Yard
The Steel Yard’s historic campus is a platform for professional artists, makers and the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. The organization fosters creative and economic opportunities, by providing workspace, tools, training and education, while forging lasting links to a local tradition of craftsmanship.