CityArts Creative Urban Arts and Youth Program

by Providence CityArts for Youth, Inc.


Providence CityArts helps over 900 kids find their creative pathway to a positive future and a just society. For our Southside youth, where 1 out of 3 children live in poverty, arts access can be life changing. CityArts is a NAHYP award-winning agency, with free classes that help youth develop lifelong skills and habits of inquiry--to explore ideas through art/design, media, music and dance. Creativity, imagination and innovation are the tools we provide to succeed in school and in life!
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The Southside neighborhoods of Providence have the highest rate of childhood poverty amongst our New England states (1 of 3) and are home to a majority of the District's lowest-performing High Priority public schools. Urban youth lack access to creative learning opportunities that can make a difference. Lack of resources and supports can lead to dangerous pathways. For elementary and middle school youth, early years MATTER to build strong, positive outcomes in school and in life.


CityArts Creative Urban Arts and Youth Program will serve over 900 youth this year through free afterschool, summer classes and artist residencies. CityArts teaching artists inspire creativity, personal growth and fulfillment, and deep connections to learning beyond art-making skills. We aim to provide elementary and middle school youth with a wide range of multi-disciplinary choices in the arts in order for them to explore ideas, problem-solve, and discover their creative voice.

Long-Term Impact

Creativity, imagination, exploration and problem-solving thru CityArts classes is the platform from which youth grow as young people and creative contributors to our future society. CityArts serves 900+ urban youth. Our alums tell us best about CityArts impact on their lives. U.Mass senior, Victoria says, "I could be myself and be accepted for who I was in a world that told me 'being yourself isn't good enough'. I want to help change lives, to be for someone else the way CityArts was for me."

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Providence CityArts for Youth, Inc.

Location: Providence, RI - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
nancy safian
Providence, RI United States
$2,965 raised of $5,000 goal
56 donations
$2,035 to go
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will provide 1 week of painting and drawing supplies for 12 youth in Art for Action class. Youth explore ways to communicate and express ideas for positive change and community building.
will provide 1 pair of new tap shoes for the next Bill Robinson or Ginger Rogers. Diversifying a traditional contemporary dance form by engaging new young dancers and their ideas.
will buy 12sheets of cardboard for young urban planners in the Cardboard City class. Youth explore utopian and distopian societies, and craft their own structures and environment.
will provide 1 bus to transport 40 youth to the RISD Art Museum. Youth meet with museum curators to explore historical and contemporary themes, art objects, and cultural connections.
will teach 1 teenage youth how to explore community, identity and culture as a documentary photographer/filmmaker afterschool. Youth learn to interview, contruct stories/narratives, film and edit.
will help 1 youth discover ways to be a "creator and maker" in summer STEAM design-thinking Camp. 2week intensive training and project-based learning to develop skills from concept to final product.
will provide one teaching artist for 15 youth to beautify our Southside neighborhood with a mosaic tile mural. Connecting youth to lending their creative hands and hearts to improve neighborhoods.
will empower 10 CityArts Youth Council members through creative leadership training, mentorship and service-learning projects for communities. Helping our young artists become creative activists.
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