RISCA Applauds Federal Support for Arts in Rhode Island!

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $150,000 to six arts organizations and agencies in Rhode Island. These federal grants support projects by some of Rhode Island’s major arts institutions.

In announcing the grants, Chairman Mary Anne Carter said “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression. These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “we are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported Rhode Island through these grants.” He went on to say that, “this federal support, matched by our state’s investment in the arts, provides a significant return to our economy, jobs, education and the quality of life we enjoy here in the Ocean State. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is proud to work with our federal partner in that effort.”

Here is the list of grants in Rhode Island that were recently announced by the National Endowment for the Arts:

Rhode Island
Number of Grants: 6 Total Dollar Amount:  $150,000
Alliance of Artists Communities
$45,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Artist Communities
To support an initiative focused on advancing diversity and inclusion for the artist residency field.
DownCity Design
$35,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Design
To support Creative Adaptation, a series of free design education programs focused on the redesign of existing amenities in public spaces, amenities, or programs within Providence neighborhoods.
Everett
$15,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the touring of Good Grief, a multimedia dance theater work that explores healing after trauma.
New Urban Arts
$15,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Arts Education
To support teaching artist fees for an arts mentorship program for high school students in underserved communities.
Providence Children’s Museum
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Design
To support the Creativity Initiative, a program that engages local designers and artists to create immersive, hands-on design exhibits, and educational programming for youth.
Trinity Repertory Company (aka Trinity Rep)
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Theater
To support a production of Radio Golf by August Wilson and related project activities.

Get ready for April 1st! Upcoming Grant Workshops and Drop-in Hours with RISCA

Need help writing your grant for the April 1st deadline? There are number of ways the friendly RISCA staff can help you with your grant application through Grantwriting and Budget Workshops, Drop-in Hours, and more. Look here for a listing of our available grants. 

Grantwriting and Budget Workshops

If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or just want a refresher on the “good and less good” of grant writing, join us at one of our grantwriting workshops happening in February and March. This series of grantwriting workshops will have a special focus on best practices in writing budgets for grant applications.

You’ll also be able to meet and talk to some of the RISCA staff about your grant application ideas. We’ll give an overview of our major grant programs, then you’ll have time to ask questions and meet with program staff.

To attend a workshop, click on the links below to RSVP:

South Providence: Tuesday, February 18th, 6 PM – 7:45 PM at South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Ave, Providence, 02905.

Providence: Wednesday, February 26th, 10 AM – 12 PM at Department of Administration, Powers Building, One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 2-A, Providence.

Portsmouth: Wednesday, February 26th, 6 PM – 8 PM at Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, 02871.

Online – Organizations: Tuesday, March 17th, 10 AM- 11 AM. Webinar with an opportunity for questions, using Zoom.

Online – Fellowships and PGI: Tuesday, March 17th, 7 PM- 8 PM. Webinar with an opportunity for questions, using Zoom.

One-on-One Meetings

Fellowships and Individual Artists Grants

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one on one meetings for people interested in Fellowships or Project Grants for Individual Artists. You can sign up for a 30 minute or 45 minute slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant programs. She can also help you with the budget form, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant or fellowship application.

To sign up for a meeting slot, click on the links below:

RISCA’s offices: Various dates and times in February and March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908. These meetings can also be by phone or Zoom. Note that there is one day at Sin Bakery.

Tomaquaq Museum: Saturday, March 14th, 10 AM-2 PM, 390 Summitt Rd, Exeter, RI 02822.

South County Art Association: Sunday, March 15th and Monday, March 16th, 2 PM- 4PM, 2587 Kingstown Rd., Kinston, RI 02881.

Zoom: Wednesday, March 25th, 4 PM-7 PM. No sign up necessary, just join the Zoom Meeting to get any questions answered.

Arts Access Grants and Investments in Arts and Culture Grants

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one meetings from RISCA Offices (or by phone) for non-profit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants organizations who are reapplying to the Investments in Arts and Culture program. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask him any specific questions you have about the grant programs. He can also help you with the budget forms, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant application. If none of the dates or times listed work for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov to schedule an alternate date/time.

RISCA’s offices: Various dates and times in February and March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Project Grants in Education

Maggie Anderson, Director – Arts In Education, will be holding one-on-one meetings from RISCA Offices (or by phone) for non-profit organizations, artists and schools interested in Project Grants in Education. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant program. She can also help you with the budget forms, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant application. To set up an in person or phone meeting, email Maggie Anderson at Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.

Open Drop In Hours

Need last minute help with your RISCA grant? Or just a place to write them and get your questions answered at the same time? RISCA staff will be there to answer questions, help with technology, read drafts, or whatever other support you need. Drop in at any time during the event.

Warwick: Thursday, March 26th, 6 PM-8 PM at Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane.

Central Falls: Saturday, March 28th, 11 AM-2 PM, at Adams Public Library, 205 Central Street.

Providence: Tuesday, March 31st, 9 AM-5:30 PM, at RISCA, 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Providence: Wednesday, April 1, 9 AM-5:30 PM, at RISCA, 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Now On Exhibit at the Block Island Airport Gallery: Artist Molly Dicksinson

Image by Molly Dickinson

RISCA is pleased to present works by artist Molly Kugler Dickinson on exhibit January 6th through June 7th, 2020, at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in quarterly exhibitions.

Dickinson’s “Fabricated Landscapes” exhibition of recent work features plein-air oil paintings that are a direct response to the moment in the “premier coup” tradition. Dickinson is interested in landscapes that reflect the impact of human activity; thus the term “fabricated” as her chosen locations are no longer in their raw, unaltered state.

The series, painted in Middletown, Maine, and Provincetown, feature landscapes where this intersection of nature and human activity is evident. Examples: the Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge, whose sweeping vistas are the result of the land having been used for grazing, a military station and a garbage dump prior to becoming a park; Pemaquid ME, where the pine forest is unnaturally uniform due to having been clear-cut then subsequently re-growing all at one time; and the Cape Cod National Seashore, whose sweeping, fascinating dunes and vistas are the result of early English settlers overgrazing the area, then planting it with African dune grass in an attempt to shore up the resulting erosion. Little of these lands has escaped the imprint of human activity.

Dickinson asks the question: do we find beauty in unaltered nature only, or have we in some measure adopted a reshaped landscape as our own, more ideal version? As she explores her question in these pieces one feels her hand, her marks remaking the land again. Fabricated Landscapes will be on view through June 7th, 2020.

Exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery were selected by jurors Ana Flores, Nancy Whipple Grinnell and Angel Smith.

The Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.