Our partners are very valuable to the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island community, providing classes, workshops, performances and special events to a diverse range of audiences. In addition, several of these organizations also provide social advocacy, cultivate cultural preservation and support for individual artists. We are proud to be home to the following organizations:


Resident Partners 

Arte Latino of New England

Arte Latino of New England (ALNE) is a bilingual performing arts organization dedicated to promoting and fostering artist expression. We promote culture, diversity, and individual growth to allow every artist to view and present their art to every welcoming community. We believe that every artist promises greatness.

Laotian Community Center

Our mission is to promote and preserve traditional Lao arts, culture, education, leadership and community service.

LCC has a satellite office at Southside Cultural Center and collaborates with other partner tenants on events inside and out of the building. For more information contact Director Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy at: silaphone@yahoo.com.           

Providence Improv Guild

Providence Improv Guild (P.I.G.) is an organization dedicated to building a community of improvisers in Providence. In conjunction with SCCRI, we provide a venue for local and regional improv artists, as well as affordable entertainment for Rhode Islanders. P.I.G. is also committed to providing affordable improv workshops and classes to a wide audience.

P.I.G. offers frequent classes and workshops on weekday nights and weekends at SCCRI, and performs live every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. For more information contact: info [at]improvpig.com

Rhode Island Black Storytellers

Rhode Island Black Storytellers (RIBS) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness, appreciation, and application of Black Storytelling in Rhode Island through performance, educational, and cultural experiences.

RIBS hosts Gumbo Gatherings, a night of food and storytelling  every third Wednesday of the month at Southside Cultural Center. In addition, their storytellers perform at SCCRI, and at local, national, and international venues. For more information, contact Valerie Tutson, Executive Director at vtutson@yahoo.com

Rhode Island Latino Arts

The Rhode Island Latino Arts was founded in 1988 as the Hispanic Heritage Committee and today is Rhode Island’s leading nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of Latino arts, including the art, culture, history and heritage of Rhode Island Latinos. 

RILA presents networking events, performances, and visual art installations at Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island. For more information, contact Marta Martinez, Executive Director at marta@rilatinoarts.org


Virtual Partners

Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading

The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee is delighted to continue this beloved community event for its 23rd year.

In 1994, the Founder and Executive Director of the Langston Hughes Center for Arts and Education, Anne Edmonds Clanton participated in a presentation of Walt Whitman's "Leaves of Grass." the following year in collaboration with the RISD Museum she designed The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading as a community celebration of the "Poet Laureate of Harlem's" birthday. 



Photo provided by Elizabeth Succart