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.

A Note of Congratulations to Mary Anne Carter from RISCA

MaryAnneCarter-bio-pic-180w-June2018On behalf of the Rhode Island arts community, I’m delighted to send our state’s congratulations to Mary Anne Carter on her confirmation by the United States Senate as the 12th Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

Those of us who were fortunate to meet Mary Anne during her May 2019 visit to Rhode Island know she will be an extraordinary leader of our federal arts agency.  She is knowledgeable, inquisitive, and engaged with the mission of the National Endowment for the Arts. It was clear during her brief time in the Ocean State that she understands the impact of federal arts funding on communities and on individual lives.

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter with Daniel Schleifer during a visit to New Urban Arts in Providence in May 2019

While she was here, Mary Anne met each member of Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation, spoke to a large gathering of the arts and humanities community from the stage at Trinity Rep, and met with arts and cultural leaders over lunch at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum. But, most significantly, she made time to visit New Urban Arts, DownCity Design and Community MusicWorks – organizations that are committed to the role the arts play in changing the lives of young people at the community level and which have received both state and federal support for their work.

Mary Anne Carter being interviewed by The Public’s Radio‘s Chuck Hinman during her May 2019 visit to Rhode Island

This, I believe, will be the crux of her work at the National Endowment for the Arts. Mary Anne has a personal commitment to what the arts can do to promote positive change, globally and individually. The National Endowment for the Arts has been doing this important work for over 50 years, and I look forward to what our federal partners will do under her leadership in the years to come. She is also a great cheerleader for the arts, so expect to hear a lot more about the good work of the Endowment and the arts from our friends in Washington.

Congratulations, Mary Anne. I’m glad that Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation was firmly in support of your nomination, and we look forward to being good partners and friends during your term as Chairman.

–Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

RISCA Announces Grants Management Fellowship Opportunity

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announces a new Grants Management Fellowship program. This program is a career-focused, paid public-sector internship for graduate students, emerging professionals or second stage career seekers. During this 2 year program the Fellow will work on real-world projects that serve the arts and cultural sector of Rhode Island.  The program also includes career-focused development opportunities that give you the tools needed to launch a public sector career.


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Grants Management Fellow oversees Grants Management and performs a wide range of key functions necessary to the grant making process.

This is a 2 year part-time fellowship. Average 10 hrs per week with occasional periods of more in-office time required.

Review and process assigned applications, grants, cooperative agreements and follow all applications through the Council’s complete process from application to Final Report.

  • Be knowledgeable about the eligibility requirements and processes for all funding categories
  • Maintain grants management database for all funding categories
  • Ensure use of standardized processes for all funding categories from application to award dispensation
  • Manage financial records of each funding cycle
  • Prepare materials for review panels for all funding categories
  • Prepare reports for each funding cycle
  • Monitor field research and regularly brief team on best practices and trends in public funding and grantmaking


Required Qualifications

  • Computer literacy, including experience with Microsoft Office Suite and basic internet search skills
  • Detail Oriented
  • Can work both independently and as a team
  • Ability to operate independently, organizing and processing detailed tasks to meet deadlines in an environment of changing priorities and frequent interruptions, with minimal direction.
  • Ability to maintain a positive attitude and contribute as a member of the team toward the goals of the agency

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced skills and comfort with Microsoft Excel
  • Knowledge of grants databases
  • Experience working with artists and arts organizations
  • Proficiency in creating and maintaining standardized programs and systems
  • Understanding of finances and budgeting

Application Process

  • Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and two letters of reference via email by no later than August 15, 2019 to Randall.Rosenbaum@arts.ri.gov
  • Questions can be submitted prior to the deadline to Mr. Rosenbaum at the above email address
  • No phone calls, please
  • Incomplete applications, or applications received after the deadline date will be disqualified

Fellowship Award Amount

  • The Grants Management Fellowship Award is $22,000 per year, to be paid monthly
  • Fellowship awards are taxable under federal law, and the recipient is responsible for all tax obligations
  • This Fellowship is subject to cancellation due to non-performance or other factors