Our Roots

Providence Inner City Arts (PICA) was founded in 1971 by a socially committed group of artists who were driven by the vision of making arts programming accessible to the diverse working communities in Providence. They organized grassroots fundraising efforts and through the generosity of private businesses and individuals, were able to produce a long run of community events and workshops; In 1978 PICA received 501(c)3 nonprofit status which allowed them to secure government funding through the NEA, RISCA, City of Providence Parks Department, Vista, and CETA. In 2011 The Roots Cultural Center was established as a home for PICA and is dedicated to continuing its long history of inclusive community programming

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Celebrating Providence's Diversity since 1971