National Endowment for the Arts announces $195,000 in Project Funding to 11 RI arts organizations

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is NEA.jpgThe National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2022, with 11 awards totaling nearly $195,000 to Rhode Island-based arts and culture organizations.

Nationally, the first round of NEA’s recommended awards for fiscal year 2022 totaled 1,498 organizations and nearly $33.2 million in funds. The Grants for Arts Projects funding spanned 15 artistic disciplines and reached communities in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Recipients of the Challenge America grant program, NEA Literature Fellowships in creative writing and translation, and support for arts research projects were also included in this announcement.

“Congratulations to the 11 RI grantees, who are being awarded federal dollars to support our thriving arts community, a key economic sector,” Gov. McKee said. “We thank RI’s Congressional delegation, Senators Reed and Whitehouse, Congressmen Langevin and Cicilline, and the NEA for once again investing in our important arts and culture economy.”

“These grants underscore the resilience of our nation’s artists and arts organizations, will support efforts to provide access to the arts, and rebuild the creative economy,” said NEA Acting Chair Ann Eilers. “The supported projects demonstrate how the arts are a source of strength and well-being for communities and individuals and can open doors to conversations that address complex issues of our time.”

“This funding punctuates how Rhode Island’s arts and culture community has overcome significance challenges to emerge more vital and to continue to inspire with its creativity and resilience,” RISCA’s spokesperson, Faye Zuckerman, said. “We are grateful to the NEA and our Congressional delegation for this support of a key economic driver.”

The NEA is committed to equity, access, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. Applications for funding demonstrated a commitment by the arts and culture sector to provide more equitable and accessible pathways for arts engagement.

Click here to see the national listing of grantees.

Rhode Island Grants

  • Alliance of Artists Communities, $40,000, Providence, Grants for Arts Projects – Artist Communities.
  • Patricia Barbeito, $10,000, Providence, Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects – Literary Arts
  • Brown University, $20,000, Providence, Grants for Arts Projects – Visual Arts
  • DownCity Design $35,000, Providence, Grants for Arts Projects – Design
  • New Urban Arts, $10,000, Providence, Grants for Arts Projects – Arts Education
  • Providence College, $15,000, Providence, Research Grants in the Arts
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts, $10,000, Providence, Challenge America
  • Spectrum Theatre Ensemble, $10,000, Providence, Challenge America
  • Trinity Repertory Company, $10,000, Providence, Grants for Arts Projects – Theater
  • Melanie Magidow, $10,000, South Kingstown, Literature Fellowships: Translation Projects – Literary Arts
  • Riverzedge Arts, $25,000, Woonsocket, Grants for Arts Projects – Design

Total Dollar Amount: $195,000

State awards $3.46 million in capital grants to 42 arts, culture, heritage, public historic sites

Governor Dan McKee sends congratulations to the awardees.

Grants Will Fund 42 Renovation, Repair and Program Expansion Projects

Governor Dan McKee, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission (RIHPHC) jointly announced today the recipients of 24 State Cultural Facilities Grants and 18 State Preservation Grants. Together the projects represent some $2.28 million from RISCA and more than $1.18 million from RIHPHC for capital preservation work at public and nonprofit arts and performance facilities, museums, cultural arts centers and historic sites throughout the state.

“Rhode Island is rich in history, arts, and culture, which play a significant role in our economy in every city and town,” said Governor McKee. “Through this funding, our state will continue to be a leader nationally in historic preservation, and arts and culture. On behalf of the State of Rhode Island, our congratulations to these organizations, and thank you to RISCA and RIHPHC for their work to improve the quality of life in our State.”

“Rhode Island is recognized nationally as a leader in historic preservation and the arts,” said Jeffrey Emidy, Interim Executive Director of the RIHPHC. “These state grants are investments that build on our strengths.”

“Rhode Islanders recognized the significance of these investments in their community and their importance to our state’s economy,” said Faye Zuckerman, RISCA’s Director of Communication. “Our museums, cultural arts centers and performance spaces, which are open to the public, will receive the capital improvements they badly need.”

In March 2021, R.I. voters passed the Cultural Arts and State Preservation Grants Programs ballot measure, which authorized the state to allocate $7 million in funding for arts, culture and historic facilities. Of the $7 million, $2 million were appropriated to RISCA for competitive grants while $1 million went to RIHPHC to fund grants for capital improvements to key historic facilities. Carryover funds from the 2014 $30 million ballot measure totaling $460,930 were included in the grants being distributed. Both programs require grantees to secure matching funds for their projects. 

Some examples of the 42 projects include:

  • Teatro ECAS, Rhode Island’s only Spanish-language theatre, will renovate a new performance space in the Valley Arts District of Providence. $204,420.
  • The City of Central Falls will complete critical structural repairs to Cogswell Tower, built in 1904, located in historic Jenks Park. $150,000.
  • Historic New England will replace the roof and gutter system of the circa 1796 barn at Watson Farm in Jamestown. The barn is a rare 18th century structure still in use for farm activities, and also provides space for programming and farm tours. $69,000.
  • The East Providence Historical Society will install storm windows and complete exterior repairs at the John Hunt House Museum and Education Center in Rumford. Built in 1751, the house contains local history exhibits, an education center, library and meeting space. $26,865.
  • Exeter-based Tomaquag Museum will build a new campus in a partnership with the University of Rhode Island. The new facility will increase the Museum’s capacity and visibility. $250,000.
  • The Artists’ Exchange, located in Cranston, will renovate its lower-level multipurpose room. This project will ensure code and safety compliance while expanding programming space. $40,000.

List of Grantees

Organization NameLocation AwardGrant Name
Herreshoff Marine MuseumBristol$112,000State Preservation Grant
Linden PlaceBristol$28,200State Preservation Grant
City of Central FallsCentral Falls$150,000State Preservation Grant
Artists’ ExchangeCranston$40,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
Historic Metcalf-Franklin Farm Preservation AssociationCumberland$75,000State Preservation Grant
Cape Verdean MuseumEast Providence$100,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
East Providence Historical SocietyEast Providence$26,865State Preservation Grant
Tomaquag Indian Memorial MuseumExeter$250,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
Foster Preservation SocietyFoster$11,900State Preservation Grant
Historic New EnglandJamestown$69,000State Preservation Grant
South County Art AssociationKingston$128,535State Cultural Facilities Grant
Newport Art Museum and Art AssociationNewport$18,700State Cultural Facilities Grant
Island Moving Co.Newport$250,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
Newport Performing Arts CenterNewport$50,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
La Farge Restoration FundNewport$94,109State Cultural Facilities Grant
La Farge Restoration FundNewport$150,000State Preservation Grant
Fort Adams TrustNewport$122,500State Preservation Grant
Preservation Society of Newport CountyNewport$74,250State Preservation Grant
Newport Restoration FoundationNewport$30,000State Preservation Grant
Pawtucket Public LibraryPawtucket$58,100State Preservation Grant
Teatro ECASProvidence$204,429State Cultural Facilities Grant
Providence Performing Arts CenterProvidence$100,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
Rhode Island School of Design MuseumProvidence$45,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
Festival Ballet ProvidenceProvidence$13,820State Cultural Facilities Grant
DownCity DesignProvidence$100,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
The Steel YardProvidence$36,400State Preservation Grant
The Steel YardProvidence$53,178State Cultural Facilities Grant
Dirt Palace Public ProjectsProvidence$49,880State Cultural Facilities Grant
Community MusicWorksProvidence$84,275State Cultural Facilities Grant
The PlayersProvidence$90,500State Cultural Facilities Grant
AS220Providence$61,976State Cultural Facilities Grant
Wilbury Theatre GroupProvidence$56,079State Cultural Facilities Grant
Oasis InternationalProvidence$150,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
Museum of Natural History and PlanetariumProvidence$88,500State Preservation Grant
Rhode Island Historical SocietyProvidence$48,000State Preservation Grant
Scituate Historical SocietyScituate$9,900State Preservation Grant
South County History CenterSouth Kingstown$42,075State Preservation Grant
Sandra Feinstein-Gamm TheatreWarwick$128,327State Cultural Facilities Grant
Clouds Hill Victorian House MuseumWarwick$50,000State Preservation Grant
Stadium Theatre FoundationWoonsocket$73,133State Cultural Facilities Grant
Beacon Charter Schools Corp.Woonsocket$95,000State Cultural Facilities Grant
RiverzEdge Arts ProjectWoonsocket$41,300State Cultural Facilities Grant
TOTAL $3,460,931 

Visit to learn more about the awards to Preservation Grantees.

2021 State Facilities Grant Program listing

Request for Qualifications for RIC’s Fogarty Life Science-Zvart Onanian School of Nursing Building

The deadline for this Call for Artists for artwork for Rhode Island College’s John E. Fogarty Life Science-School of Nursing is Feb. 15.

‘Call’ deadline is February 15, 2022

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announces a Call for Artists for artwork for the Rhode Island College John E. Fogarty Life Science-Zvart Onanian School of Nursing building. It  will be commissioned through Rhode Island’s Allocation for Art in Public Facilities Act, which is a program in which the State recognizes, “public art creates a more humane environment: one of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens”.

Established in 1854, Rhode Island College (RIC) is the state’s first public institution of higher education. The Zvart Onanian School of Nursing at RIC is committed to providing the highest quality undergraduate and graduate nursing education at an affordable cost to a student population diverse in terms of culture, ethnicity, gender and age.

Artists may learn more about this opportunity and submit their qualifications through or click here. This call is open to all professional artists. Students are excluded. There is no fee to apply, and the deadline to is February 15, 2022. The budget for the acquisition of artwork is $30,000. Please address all questions about this opportunity to Molly Dickinson.