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Image: Stephen Crocker Image: Stephen Crocker, PRONK! 2013

PRONK! happens because of these folks:

Pronk! Committee:
Jessica Brown, Avi David, Meg Elias, Matt Garza, Jenn Harris, Cassie Jendzejec, Beth Nixon, Sean Salazar, Mark Sawtelle, Steve Wynne, Kah Yangni

PVD Host Bands:
Big Nazo, Extraordinary Rendition Band, Kickin Brass Band, What Cheer? Brigade

Our Heroes:
Avenue Concept, Brown University Music Department, Environmental Justice League of RI, Honk!, The Hot Club, New Urban Arts, Providence Tourism Council, Rhode Island State Council for the Arts, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts, What Cheer Art Company

PRONK! Superstars:
Patricia Cabral, Mike Gore, Jeremy Holcomb, Cheryl Johnson, Slawomir Krasnicki, Jori Ketten, Tony Pacitti (2013, 14, 15 videography & Kickstarter videos), Edwin Pastor, Dwight Wilkerson (Pronk 2013,14,15 photography), Stephen Crocker (Pronk 2013! video, 14, 15 video)

Band Food:
Coffee Exchange, Equal Exchange, Fertile Underground, Pizza J, Thee Red Fez, The Hot Club, Olga’s Cup and Saucer, Scratch Farm, Seven Stars Bakery, Whole Foods, Yacht Club Soda, Hudson Street Deli, Wildflour Bakery,

Band Housing:
Capital Records, Rachel Lindenthal, Meg Elias, Holly Wrona

Local Organizations Honk at PRONK!

This year PRONK is marching in support of the Providence Community Safety Act.

The goal of this collaboration is to use music, dance, and art to bring attention to injustices and inequalities in our city and encourage people from across Providence to stand behind this legislation so that we can ban racial profiling and build a safer city, specifically for youth, immigrants and people of color. This is a groundbreaking, comprehensive piece of legislation that will have real effects on many lives, shifting focus from criminalizing people of color to addressing root causes that perpetuate violence in our communities.

For the third year, RISCA funds will support artist + community group partnerships that will result in fabulous parade visuals to communicate the important work taking place in our neighborhoods. Visual materials have life beyond our festival, as organizations are able to continue using the work created with PRONK artists as part of non-PRONK organizational events!
 2016 ORGANIZATIONS
Youth in Action
Youth Pride
Tenderloin Opera Company
Direct Action for Rights and Equality
American Friends Service Committee
Olneyville Neighborhood Association
Fuerza Laboral
RI Jobs with Justice
Comite en Accion (EFA)
Resources for Human Development
Providence Student Union
BIG NAZO
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
TAPA Extraordinary Dance Team
AS220 Youth
2015 ORGANIZATIONS
AS220
CHE School
Direct Action for Rights and Equality
English for Action
Jobs with Justice RI
New Urban Arts
Making A Difference, Classical High School
Manton Avenue Project
Peoples Climate March/Rhode Island Sierra Club
Providence Community Acupuncture
Providence Student Union
Resources for Human Development Rhode Island
Rhode Island Latino Arts + Leviton Dual Language School
Rhode Island Urban Debate League
Sojourner House
Tenderloin Opera Company
Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
Urban Pond Procession
White Noise
Youth in Action
Youth Pride
2014 ORGANIZATIONS
DARE: Direct Action for Rights and Equality organizes low-income families in communities of color for social, economic and political justice.
PrYSM: Providence Youth Student Movement is a non-profit youth organization which challenges and supports Southeast Asian youth to become leaders, organizers, and critical thinkers, by offering educational workshops, leadership opportunities, mentorship, and oversight of youth-led community organizing projects.
RHD-RI: Resources for Human Development Rhode Island is a non-profit arts-based studio program that serves adults with a range of disabilities.
PSU: The mission of the Providence Student Union is to build the collective power of high school students across Providence to ensure youth have a real voice in decisions affecting their education.
 
NUA: New Urban Arts is a nationally-recognized community arts studio for high school students and emerging artists in Providence. NUA’s mission is to build a vital community that empowers young people as artists and leaders to develop a creative practice they can sustain throughout their lives.
Sojourner House: The mission of Sojourner House is to provide culturally sensitive support, advocacy, safety and respect for victims of domestic abuse and to effect systems change.
EFA: English for Action’s mission is to create opportunities for the self-empowerment of immigrant families in Rhode Island.

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