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 around the state in February or 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:

Providence: Monday, February 25, 10 AM – 12 PM at Department of Administration, Powers Building, One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 2-A, Providence

South Providence: Saturday, March 2 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Rhode Island Indian Council,
807 Broad Street, Providence

Pawtucket: Monday, March 4, 6 – 8 PM at Mixed Magic Theatre, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

Wakefield: Monday, March 11: 6 – 8 PM at Contemporary Theatre Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI

One-on-One Meetings

Fellowships and Individual Artists Grants

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding a variety of one on one meetings in her office and around the state for artists interested in Fellowships or Project Grants for Individual Artists. You can sign up for a 30 minute or 1 hour 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 late February through March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Tomaquaq Museum: Saturday, March 16th, 10 AM-2 PM, 390 Summitt Rd, Exeter, RI 02822.

Stadium Theatre: Tuesday, March 19th, 4-7 PM, 290 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895

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, or arts and culture organizations who have been invited to apply for Investments in Arts and Culture. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask her 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 between February and late March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Library Drop-In Hours

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding drop in assistance at two Providence Community Library locations. This is totally unstructured time, so bring a laptop and work on your grant, ask Mollie specific questions, get technical support- whatever you need to help get your grant submitted by the deadline.

To RSVP, click on the links below:

Washington Park Library: Thursday, March 21, 4-7 PM, 1316 Broad St, Providence, RI 02905

Mount Pleasant Library: Saturday, March 30, 1-5 PM, 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI 02908

Welcome to the 2019-2021 RI Expansion Arts Cohort!

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The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program is excited to welcome the new 2019-2021 Rhode Island Expansion Arts Cohort. Supported by an unique collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation (RIF), Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program will work closely with each organization for the next three years and provide organizational assistance, with an emphasis on governance, financial management, fundraising, marketing, documentation, leadership, strategic collaborations, and youth development. The 2019-2021 cohort consists of the following organizations:

During the course of three years, each organization will participate in an array of capacity-building workshops and receive personalized consultation. Elena Calderón Patiño, the Director of the Community Arts Program at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Manager of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, expressed her excitement about working with the new cohort. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and individually get to know each member of the cohort during this multi-year program. By having the funders and the cohort come together at the same table, in-depth conversations about cultural equity and inclusion arise. These conversations serve as an opportunity for everyone to learn from one another, and recognize the rewarding partnership between the funders and the cohort.”

The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program will offer a Youth Development Grant to each organization on an annual basis. This grant provides the proper funding and support to organizations to start their own youth development programs. The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program has funded many successful youth development programs in the past that champion for greater youth participation in the arts and allows the youth to explore their cultural identity. Logan Hinderliter, the Associate Director at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, was pleased to announce that each group will receive a youth development grant this year. “The Council is truly excited that the RI Expansion Arts Program is able to offer Youth Development Grants to this year’s cohort. The Youth Development Grants are a powerful opportunity for each organization to create the time and space needed to cultivate the next generation of cultural leaders. The value of connecting youth with arts and humanities learning can’t be overstated. We’re excited to hear more about your projects!”

In addition to grant opportunities, the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program provides scholarship opportunities for each organization to attend local, regional, and national conferences, such as the upcoming New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) in Montpelier, Vermont.

With great enthusiasm, we welcome the new 2019-2021 Cohort in joining the legacy of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program and becoming leaders in the arts sector. We cannot wait to witness all their future success.

If you would like to have the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program’s newsletter delivered to your inbox each month, please click subscribe.

For any questions please contact Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), at Elena.Patino@arts.ri.gov or (401) 222-6996

 

Todd Trebour Re-Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Emerging Leaders Advisory Council

Webp.net-resizeimageMembers of Americans for the Arts (AFTA) have re-elected Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director at RISCA, as a member of their advisory council for the Emerging Leaders Council. Todd will advise Americans for the Arts’ staff on developing programs and services that will build a deeper connection to the field and the network membership.

In the Emerging Leaders Council, Todd will work with fellow arts leaders to assist in developing programs and resources to promote professional development and networking opportunities for emerging arts professionals nationwide.

Todd has served on the Emerging Leaders Council since 2016. From 2017-2018, Todd served as Co-Chair of the Council. “I’m very excited to serve a second term on the Council. As I have done since I arrived at RISCA in May 2018, I will continue to communicate the needs of arts and culture leaders in Rhode Island, as well as spotlight the exemplary arts and cultural leadership in our state.”

“I am pleased to welcome these members back to our advisory council,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “Americans for the Arts strives to cultivate the next generation of arts leaders in America, and these leaders are willing to dedicate their time and expertise to work with peers across the country to shape national programs and messages and help craft services for states, communities, and local organizations. I applaud them for their valued contribution and commitment that will undoubtedly improve the state of arts in America.”

Potential council members were nominated in September and were voted on by members of Americans for the Arts through November 16, 2018. Todd will serve a three-year term, which began January 1, 2019, and ends December 31, 2021.

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of more than 55 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at www.AmericansForTheArts.org.