An Update About the Artist Relief Fund

On Tuesday, April 7th, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the City of Providence’s Department of Art Culture + Tourism, the Rhode Island Foundation, and the Alliance of Artists Communities, opened the application for the Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund for arts and culture workers. Over the past three and a half weeks, we have received over 750 applications from people working in the arts across our state. On Friday, May 1st, we are temporarily closing applications to the fund.

The fund was initially seeded with $150,000 from the Rhode Island Foundation, New England Foundation for the Arts, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Since launching the fund has received over $65,000 in private contributions. Together, we have awarded 418 small grants totaling $206,635.

These grants have supported artists across our state be able to afford their rent, utilities, health insurance, food, and other basic necessities, a huge need as other financial supports enacted at a federal and state level either did not extend to all freelancers and sole proprietors or there were delays or insurmountable barriers to access.

The fund’s partners understand the need is great and do not want artists and arts professionals spending their time and labor assembling requests when we know that we do not currently have available funds to grant.

We are committed to you. We know the value of your skills and talents, especially at this most challenging time. We will continue leveraging our platforms and engaging our networks to raise relief support and increase this fund. We will work to replenish the fund with additional monies, and hope to re-open applications in a few weeks.

If you have the means, we encourage you to donate to the Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund at https://www.artistcommunities.org/arf.

​Call for 2021 Site-Specific Artist Installations at Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site is currently accepting proposals for its 2021 season of site-specific artist installations. ESP is again offering two funding levels: $7,500 per standard project, and $15,000 per Criminal Justice Today project. The deadline for proposals is June 17, 2020. For guidelines and to apply, visit https://www.easternstate.org/artist-installations/artist-proposal-guidelines.

NEFA Webinars About Public Art Learning Fund

The Public Art Learning Fund provides grants of $500 to $2,000 to support professional development opportunities for New England artists to strengthen their public art practices. Through the Public Art Learning Fund, NEFA intends to foster the continued development of more equitable, inclusive, and vibrant public spaces and public life throughout New England. NEFA will be hosting three webinars in March about the grant and how to apply, March 19th, 5:30-7pm; March 24th, 5:30-7pm; and March 31st, 5:30-7pm.

Next Application Deadline: April 21, 2020

Eligibility criteria and funding priorities: https://www.nefa.org/PublicArtLearningFund

Sign up for an info session in March: https://www.nefa.org/events

Questions? Contact us at:

Kamaria Carrington (they/them/theirs) Program Coordinator, Public Art kcarrington@nefa.org

Kim Szeto (she/her/hers) Program Director, Public Art kszeto@nefa.org