RISCA Thanks Arts Endowment for Close to $1 Million in Federal Funding to Rhode Island Arts Organizations

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter visits New Urban Arts in Providence during May 2019 visit to Rhode Island.  Pictured with Daniel Schleifer, Executive Director of New Urban Arts. – photo by Randall Rosenbaum

Providence, RI – June 10, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $976,200 to seven arts organizations and agencies in Rhode Island. These federal grants support projects by some of Rhode Island’s major arts institutions. In addition, the Endowment works in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to ensure that the people of Rhode Island have access to the arts.  A grant of $776,200 to RISCA helps to support projects throughout the Ocean State.

In announcing the grants, Mary Anne Carter, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, “These awards demonstrate the continued creativity and excellence of arts projects across America and the nimbleness of our nation’s arts organizations in the face of a national crisis that shuttered their doors for months. By funding arts projects in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, the National Endowment for the Arts again celebrates the opportunity to make the arts available to every corner of the country and to see how the arts can heal and unite us.”

Over $84 million in new grants to 1,144 organizations in every U.S. state and territory were announced today by the National Endowment for the Arts.  A complete list of grants, organized by state and city, can be found here.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “we are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported Rhode Island through these grants. This federal support, matched by funding from the State of Rhode Island, ensures that thousands of Rhode Islanders will benefit from the arts, economically, educationally and culturally. Every grant that is made by RISCA and the Arts Endowment at the state and local level is a reflection of a national effort to make the arts available to all of our citizens, and as such is enormously important. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is proud to work with our federal partner in that effort.”

Here is the list of grants in Rhode Island that are part of this recent announcement by the National Endowment for the Arts:

 

Rhode Island  
Number of Grants: 7 Total Dollar Amount: $976,200
 

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (aka The Gamm)

$10,000 Pawtucket, RI
Art Works – Theater

To support the production of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

 

 
AS220  
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support salaries and related administrative costs for Futureworlds, an arts education and mentorship program for youth.

 

Community Musicworks (aka CMW)
$70,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Music

To support free music education and performance programs for at-risk children and youth.

 

 
FirstWorks  
$60,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support a series of multidisciplinary arts presentations.

Rhode Island School of Design
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Media Arts

To support development of a toolkit and an artist residency enabling the creation of new works in spatial audio and computer-based live performance.

 

 
Rhode Island School of Design (on behalf of RISD Museum)
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Museums

To support a traveling exhibition of works by Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969).

 

 
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
$776,200 Providence, RI
Partnerships (State & Regional) – State & Regional

 

To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.

Applications for these Art Works and Our Town recommended grants were submitted in summer 2019 and approved at the end of March 2020. Given the impact of Covid-19 and the time required to make project adjustments, project descriptions can be found through the Arts Endowment’s Recent Grant Search. This list is current as of 6/9/2020.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. Visit www.arts.ri.gov for more information.

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