Assist us in developing an arts education framework for Rhode Island

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“Teaching and learning frameworks are research-informed models for course design that help instructors align learning goals with classroom activities, create motivating and inclusive environments, and integrate assessment into learning.”Yale University

During the past two years, RIDE has developed curriculum frameworks to provide guidance on implementation of education standards. The frameworks are part of an effort to develop relevant curricula. To create them, RIDE has drawn on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of educators.

Now is the time to create a comprehensive quality arts curriculum. An arts curriculum framework will help all stakeholders understand the National Core Arts Standards and envision how they can be used for arts education.

RIDE’s Arts Education Coordinator Carolyn Bennett is embarking on the process of developing an arts framework. She is asking for input from a diverse group of stakeholders, and, at inflection points, will ask for your help. Bennett and the arts education team are kicking off the framework process by asking you to assist in creating a vision for student success in the arts.

How you can do your part and get involved in this important process is respond to our survey. It will allow you to provide input so we can develop a high-quality arts education framework.

If you are interested in future feedback opportunities, include your contact information on the form. Click here for the framework form.

Call for Artists for R.I. State Police Southern Barracks

Deadline for submission is May 1, 2023

RISCA has announced a new public art commission for artwork for the new R.I. State Police Southern Barracks to be built in West Greenwich. The budget for the artwork is $100,000 with an application deadline of May 1, 2023.

The Call is open to working artists, who reside in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and New York. Undergraduate students are excluded.

Created in 1925, the Rhode Island State Police’s mission is to fulfill the law enforcement needs of the people with the highest degree of fairness, professionalism and integrity. The new Southern Barracks will be 35,000 square feet of Barracks to consolidate services in the southern portion of the state.

The State Police barracks of Hope Valley and Wickford have a history of deep connection to the local communities they serve. As a result, the art selection committee noted that the artwork could create a welcoming atmosphere and might make a connection to the community.

Artists are invited to submit their qualifications digitally through the online platform CaFÉ, at You can also view the prospectus, by clicking here.

Not familiar with CaFÉ? Assistance for Rhode Island artists is available by appointment with Molly Dickinson, Director of Public Art & Cultural Facilities Program, at

Block Island Airport Gallery features the works of R.I. artist Heather McMordie

The gallery at Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its winter exhibit featuring works by Providence’s Heather McMordie. The exhibition runs through mid-May.

Heather McMordie is an artist, educator and curator based in Providence. Through prints, puzzles, artistic books and interactive installations, her work explores the complexities of soil science and environmental restoration.

With this collection of works, McMordie suggests that understanding complex ecosystems like salt marshes necessitates constant shifts in our perspective. The different perspectives presented here are just a fraction of the ways we can approach a landscape. How can you reposition yourself to see new aspects of your surroundings?

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The 2023 exhibitors for the Block Island Gallery were chosen by panelists Lois Harada, Providence, and Jon Baylor, Wakefield.