RADICAL RE-IMAGINING: How Arts Education Helps Youth Embrace Change, Re-Frame History, and Discover Themselves

A Conversation Featuring Acclaimed Actors Ethan Hawke and Joe Wilson, Jr.

On March 30, PASA welcomed acclaimed actors ETHAN HAWKE and JOE WILSON JR. in a virtual conversation about the essential role arts education plays in youth development.

Over 170 attendees registered for this Zoom event that touched on the impact of Covid-19 in the arts industry, what steps could be and should be taken to improve access to after school arts programs for youth and how the personal and professional experiences Hawke and Wilson have had helped shape them as actors, artists and citizens.


PASA alumna Genesis Sanchez Tavarez facilitated this timely discussion, connecting her own personal journey growing up in Providence to tie the discussion to youth after-school experiences. Read article from Proskauer Rose LLP about the event.


Mayor’s Introduction

Hillary’s Welcome

Conversation with Sanchez Tavarez, Hawke and Wilson (featuring surprise guest Senator Sheldon Whitehouse!)

Ethan Hawke is a four-time Academy Award nominee, author of five books, and a 2021 Golden Globe nominee for Best Performance by an Actor in the Showtime adaptation of James McBride’s novel, The Good Lord Bird.

Joe Wilson Jr. is a 16-year member of Trinity Rep, Associate Professor of Theater and Dance at Wheaton College, and Founder/Producer of America Too, an initiative that seeks to reflect on the times in which we live and catalyze community conversation in RI.

Genesis Sanchez Tavarez is a PASA alumna, graduate of Rhode Island College and Columbia Law School and a Litigation Associate at Proskauer Rose LLP.

Very special THANK YOU to our event partners for helping to present this special event.

Every sponsor played a key role in bringing this event to a larger audience. Sponsors provided free tickets to this event for Providence youth, families, arts organizations and practicing artists. Robust sponsor participation helped PASA ensure a diverse audience of over 150 for this event, especially those impacted by the challenges we all face to address multiple issues in American society, including the dismantling of structural racism.

In addition to the sponsors listed at right, we thank United Way RI and Lynch & Greenfield, LLP