An Homage to Dan Kahn on his Retirement

by Randall Rosenbaum,

Executive Director at RISCA

If you know RISCA, you know Dan Kahn. Dan has been associated with RISCA, in one capacity or another, for over thirty years. Most know Dan as our intrepid Arts Education Assistant, the individual who handles most of our grants to schools and education projects: the “micro” (as Dan likes to say) to Education Director Maggie Anderson’s “macro” work with the State Department of Education on arts education policy issues.

Dan is retiring from RISCA. Let that sink in for a moment.

Dan is a gentle man; indeed, he is the purest definition of gentle and man. He is super intelligent, knowledgeable on a broad range of topics (world music is just one of his areas of expertise), and totally committed to equity and fairness. He has been the best face of RISCA to teachers and teaching artists one could ever imagine. They will miss him, I’m sure. But not as much as we will.

Thanks, Dan, for helping to make RISCA what it is today. And for helping to make arts education a pillar of our work in Rhode Island.

If you have any questions about RISCA’s Education programs, including grants from our April 2019 cycle, you can contact Maggie Anderson at For questions about RISCA’s Project Grants in Healthcare, contact Sherilyn Brown at

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