Community partnerships are crucial to the work of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage.  These partnerships – with arts, cultural, and historical organizations throughout the state, region, and even the world – develop through our common engagement with the challenge of doing public intellectual and artistic work.  They enrich and advance our work, providing a space for sharing knowledge and for thinking together through questions, such as the connection between the public humanities and social justice, the use of digital technologies to tell new stories and reach new audiences, or the potential for public programs about the arts, culture and history to create new relationships. 

A current initiative at the Public Humanities Center is Year of the City: The Providence Project, a year-long collaboration in 2019 co-organized by the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage with more than 50 different public projects over the course of the year that probe aspects of the city's past, present and future built or imagined landscape.  Project participants include many of the artistic, historical and cultural institutions in Providence and individuals participating as historians, artists, makers, performers, curators, and storytellers.  Through exhibitions and public programs, Year of the City participants will ask critical questions about transformations in the city with regard to issues of power, equity, social division and/or connection, design, and planning.To create inclusiveness and a wider circle of engagement, the project incorporates all 25 of Providence’s neighborhoods, with each represented through a project partner or acting as the location of a public program.  Find out more at

Brown University Partners 

American Dance Legacy Initiative

Brown Arts Initiative​

Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America

Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice

David Winton Bell Gallery

Department of American Studies

Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology

History of Art and Architecture

John Carter Brown Library

John Hay Library

Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity

The Petey Green Program

Sarah Doyle Women's Center

Swearer Center

Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Providence and Rhode Island-based Partners


Everett Dance Theater

Little Compton Historical Society

New Urban Arts

Providence Department of Arts, Culture and Tourism

Providence Preservation Society

Providence Public Library

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, State of Rhode island

Rhode Island Historical Society

Rhode Island Latino Arts

RISD Museum

Southside Cultural Center

The Center for Reconciliation

The Dirt Palace

Tiverton Public Library

Tomaquag Museum

National and International Partners

Cultural Management Program, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Humanities Action Lab

Northeastern Public Humanities Consortium


Marisa Angell Brown, Assistant Director of Programs, Center for Public Humanities