Sustainable Intercultural Connections

The Sustainable Intercultural Connections is a project launched by RISCA in 2010 in an effort to foster a community of support and engagement between leaders of community groups and established arts organizations and non-profits. The project hopes to maintain the existence of ongoing events that promote intercultural understanding and unity among diverse communities. It also aspires to connect culturally specific communities to national conferences, regional arts workshops, and local gatherings.

Since 2013 over $55,000 has been raised for 300 scholarships to artists, cultural workers, performers and youth of color to the following conferences and regionals and summits:

2014 The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Regional Arts Training Workshops
2014 Summit on Creative Youth Development in Boston
2013 The Association of American Cultures (TAAC) National Conference
2013 NALAC regional in the Bronx, NY
2013 New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) Idea Swap

Scholarship sponsors include The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), The RI Foundation, The Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, and New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA).

New England Native American Culture Week

New England Native American Culture Week (NENACW) is a partnership between Rhode Island College (RIC); Eastern Medicine Cultural, LLC; Mount Hope Neighborhood Association, Inc; Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA); Roger Williams National Memorial; and MoonHawk Productions. It was started in 2009 by Ray Watson of the Eastern Medicine Singers. NENACW is a weeklong celebration that focuses on the Eastern Woodland Indian culture and traditions. Panel discussions, film screenings and art exhibits, and annual Powwow are part of the NENACW events which are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Raymond L. Watson at rwatson@ric.edu.

Asian Pacific Dance Festival and Community Leadership Awards

May is national Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and each year Rhode Island College hostsan Asian-Pacific American Dance Festival and Community Leadership Awards event to celebrate Rhode Island’s Asian-Pacific community and leaders. The most recent Asian-Pacific American Dance Showcase and Community Leadership Awards was held on Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Event sponsors include the Laotian Community Center of RI (LCC), Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island College (RIC).

Dr. Nancy Carriuolo, President of Rhode Island College, welcomed audience members, community leaders, and performers in an awards event that preceded the evening dance concert.  Leaders recognized included: James Viengkhone Phommasith, President of Lao Association of RI; Samnang Becker, President of Cambodian Society of RI; Subhash Chandler, President of India Museum and Heritage Society; Hiromi Lima, President of RI Japan Society, Language and Cultural Center; Director Luyi Shao of the Chinese RI Kung Fu Club; Co-Directors Chanravy Proeung and Sarath Suong of (PrYSM) Providence Student Youth Movement; Pastor Yee Heu of Hmong Evangelical Church of the Christian and Missionary Alliance; and Channavy Chhay, Executive Director of the Center for Southeast Asians.

A rich and wide array of dance forms are celebrated in the dance festival ranging from Asian and Pacific classical and traditional forms to contemporary forms that blend Asian-Pacific Islander and western dance. Performers include the Cambodian Society Dancers; Master artist Song Heng and band; Laotian Dancers; Indian Association Dancers; Korean Dancers; Polynesian Dancers; and Everett Dancers.