Anisa Raoof is RISCA’s first Grants Management Fellow

Anisa-head shotThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the appointment of Anisa Raoof of Providence as its new Grants Management Fellow. Raoof, an experienced arts administrator, will help oversee grants management for the Arts Council as part of this career-focused, paid public-sector internship. She will be the first individual to be selected for this new fellowship opportunity.

In announcing the fellowship, Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “We are delighted to have someone with Anisa’s skill and dedication to the arts work with us in the important area of grants management.” He went on to say that, “the State Arts Council must be a careful steward of public funds,and monitoring the flow of material in and out of the agency is key to that effort. Anisa has the background and experience to help us in this effort.”

Raoof began her Grants Management Fellowship on October 3rd.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced its new Grants Management Fellowship program in July 2019. This program is a career-focused, paid public-sector internship for graduate students, emerging professionals or second stage career seekers. During a two year period the Fellow will work on real-world projects as well as oversee grants management activities for the agency.

About Anisa Raoof

Anisa Raoof has a passion for design, film, food, and finding innovative ways to connect with the community. She has partnered with numerous organizations to create and support family programming through her work as former Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, founder and publisher of KidoInfo, a parenting website for Rhode Island families (2007-2017) and as a current member of The Media Education Lab. With a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Painting, Anisa is fascinated by how we see and deal with the world. After college, she was part of a team researching what makes children stress resilient before starting her own design company making home accessories and co-founding the Providence Craft Show. She brings her entrepreneurial experience, collaborative way of thinking, social media savvy, and love for the arts to her new job as the first Grants Management Fellow at RISCA. Anisa lives in Providence with her husband and two sons.

In commenting on her appointment, Anisa said, “I believe in the transformative power of the arts to inspire, educate, and unite us through shared stories and creative expression. I look forward to working with the RISCA team, helping to providing all Rhode Islanders an opportunity to participate in the arts.”

Access-related grants for cultural facilities available – Oct 15 deadline


RISCA is announcing the availability of accessibility–related grants for cultural facilities, made available through the Cultural Facilities Grant Fund. These grants are designed to help fund projects to improve accessibility in and for cultural facilities in the state of Rhode Island.

A maximum grant of $25,000 is available through this one time opportunity. These are 1 to 1 matching grants, so total project cost must exceed $50,000. Grants can support projects that address physical accessibility to cultural facilities, such as ramps or bathroom alterations. They can also include the acquisition of equipment designed to improve accessibility for people with disabilities, such as hearing assistive devices or close captioning equipment.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2019. For further information contact Elizabeth Keithline at The application can be accessed by clicking here.

RISCA On the Road! A Tour of the Ocean State’s Cultural Facilities and Public Art Sites

On August 7th RISCA escorted budget analysts from the House and Senate Fiscal Staff and the State Office of Management and Budget on a tour of cultural facilities and public art sites throughout the State of Rhode Island.

This was an opportunity to provide direct “off-the-page and in-the-field” experience about state investment in cultural facilities and public art to our colleagues in the House, Senate and State Budget Office.  It was a full day of traveling to a variety of sites.

RISCA’s amazing Public Art Manager, Elizabeth Keithline, organized the day’s tour. Here’s where we went:

9:00 am – Cultural Facilities project at the Common Fence Improvement Association, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth

Senator James Seveney (left) joins members of the Common Fence Point Community Center project in Portsmouth

10:00 am – Public art projects at the Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Ave, Bristol 

Artist Allison Newsome describes her work “The Eagle Has Landed” at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol
Artist Deborah Baronas with one of her installations at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol

11:30 am – Cultural Facilities projects at the RI Philharmonic, 667 Waterman Ave, E Providence

Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School Executive Director David Beauchesne conducts a tour of the Carter Center for Music Education in East Providence

1:00 pm – Public art projects at RI College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence

RISCA’s Public Art Manager Elizabeth Keithline shares information on public art on the Rhode Island College campus with participants in the tour

2:30 pm – Cultural facilities projects at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St, E Greenwich

Senator Bridget Valverde (center) and her children visit the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich

4:00 pm – Public art projects at URI, 45 Upper College Rd, Kingston

Visiting a large bronze sculptural work by Rhode Island artist Peter Diepenbrock in front of Lippitt Hall on the University of Rhode Island campus
An installation at URI’s Beaupre Center for Chemical, Forensic Sciences by artist Erwin Redl
Participants in the day-long tour included (from left to right) Timothy Donahue, House Fiscal staff; Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA Executive Director; Elizabeth Keithline, RISCA Public Art Manager; Kelly Carpenter, Senate Fiscal staff; and Loren Spears, RISCA Council Member.