PCEI supports initiatives that value uncompromising commitment to authenticity, equity and respect when working with Rhode Island’s cultural communities. PCEI’s initiatives are always intended to promote and present more and better opportunities for cultural economic self-sufficiency and sustainability, by advocating for, raising awareness about and working to institutionalize resources and supports for Rhode Island’s marginalized and undervalued Cultural Practitioners and Cultural Communities.
Cultural Equity Think Tank
The Cultural Equity Think Tank (CETT) is a convener of Rhode Island’s most experienced and innovative interdisciplinary Cultural Practitioners and Representatives, who are committed to promoting and supporting investment in the cultivation and empowerment of Rhode Island’s emerging Cultural Sector. CETT serves as a consultative committee of Cultural Experts, providing research and advisement on the development and implementation of institutional opportunities for constructive cultural initiatives and programming in and for the Rhode Island community. The CETT also serves as a professional networking and informational sharing platform, presenting opportunities for collaborative engagement and mutual support among participating Cultural Experts. Applying best-practices and lessons learned from successfully working in Rhode Island’s cultural sector and beyond, the CETT seeks to address Rhode Island’s most pressing social, economic and political issues in a manner that endorses and promotes socially cohesive policies and initiatives, that are beneficial to the Rhode Island community at large.
Cultural Guidebook Initiative
Since September of 2015 PCEI has partnered with AS220 to convene cultural practitioners, activists, funders, and organizers throughout the Rhode Island community to support the development of a Cultural Guidebook, based upon feedback and recommendations from the local Cultural Community on how to support culturally-specific and multi-cultural initiatives in Rhode Island. The process has included a review and critique of the City of Providence’s cultural plan, hosting ongoing “cultural convening” sessions to obtain and implement community feedback into the process, and adoption of the terms “Cultural Practitioner” and “Cultural Community” to professionalize, more equitably support and more appropriately define the artistic expressions of Cultural Representatives in the Rhode Island community. Upon completion, the Cultural Guidebook will serve as a grass-roots, organic and authentic road map for effectively supporting and fostering Rhode Island’s emerging cultural sector.
International Indigenous Peoples Cultural Conference
The International Indigenous Peoples Cultural Conference (2IP2C) is an annual convening of cultural practitioners, representatives, supporters and enthusiasts from varying backgrounds and nationalities that share an interest in unifying, preserving and cultivating the indigenous cultural history, heritage and diversity of the Americas and beyond. The 2IP2C features informative workshops, cultural performances and panel discussions with internationally recognized and respected Indigenous leaders, in topic areas related to Identity & Sovereignty, Economic Empowerment & Self-Sufficiency and Remedy & Advancement. The 2IP2C’s ultimate goal is to highlight, honor and pay homage to the rich diversity that comprises the Pan-Indigenous Community. The 2IP2C is a partnership between Roger Williams University’s School of Continuing Studies, the Federation of Aboriginal Nations of America (FANA), the Rhode Island Chapter of the Universal Zulu Nation, Luna Photography, King St Germain, LatinMix100.com, Consolidated Consulting & Recruiting Services, LLC (CCRS) and PCEI, with support from the RI Department of Health and City of Providence.
LivingCultureRI.com (LCRI) is a Rhode Island based cultural web magazine that highlights the traditional and contemporary expressions of New England’s Cultural Communities, Practitioners and resources. LCRI provides site visitors with ongoing opportunities to visually and audibly experience the unique and diverse music, art, food & beverage and cultural celebrations, festivals and traditions of the northeast, combined with informative blog posts on contemporary cultural issues, local and regional cultural consumer and investment opportunities, and information and updates on authentic cultural events, initiatives and experiences taking place throughout the New England region. LCRI is the premier resource for the authentic northeastern cultural experience; the best place to explore New England’s Living Culture.
New England Native American Culture Week
The New England Native American Culture Week (NENACW) is a weeklong educational and social celebration of events that highlight and promote the Eastern Woodland American Indian culture and traditions. Initiated by Raymond Two Hawks Watson, since 2009 the NENACW has annually featured panel discussions, film screenings, art exhibits, keynote speakers and the annual Big Drum Powwow, and all events are free and open to the public. The NENACW is a partnership between Rhode Island College (RIC), Eastern Medicine Cultural, LLC, Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Inc, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Roger Williams National Memorial and PCEI, and has received past support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) and Walgreen’s.
Sound Session Culture & Music Festival
Sound Session is a “genre-defying” culture and music festival that serves as the cross-section of the diversity of cultural narratives that comprise the Rhode Island community. The Festival was originally established in 2004 by Donald W. King, Artistic Director of the Providence Black Repertory Company, and Cliff Wood, Director of the City of Providence’s Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism. The keystone of the three day festival is the Sound Session Parade, which invites participation from venues in and around the City of Providence, and is aimed at highlighting the diversity of cultures that exist in Rhode Island. The Sound Session Parade is designed to encourage social cohesion by showcasing and respectfully honoring the narrative histories and legacies of the many cultures who now call Rhode Island home.