Reopening RI for the Arts

RISCA and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) are hosting a series of calls to support arts and culture organizations in completing the necessary compliance documents with Commerce and the Department of Health to reopen. These calls will be most useful for organizations who, based on the RI Reopening plan, believe they will likely reopen within the next six months. Calls will illuminate how organizations can use the Reemergence Self Assessment Tool developed by ACT as a guide in developing reopening plans in compliance with state regulations. On each call, speakers provide case studies and, in collaboration with RISCA and ACT staff, will help organizations complete the documents and consider their planning and procedures in an arts specific context – often by looking at appropriate analogues from other industries.
Here is the proposed call schedule – topics might change depending on speaker availability.

  • June 3rd, 12 – 1 PM: Workplace safety.
  • June 10th, 12 – 1 PM: Social Distancing.
  • June 17th, 12 – 1 PM: PPE.
  • June 24th, 12 – 1 PM: Liability.
  • July 1st, 12 – 1 PM: Cleaning and disinfecting.

Calls will be recorded and links shared here for those who can’t attend. Additional resources will be added to this page below this line as they become available.

Interested in attending a call? Email Randall Rosenbaum at to be added to the call list.



Grant Support Options for EXTENDED April 15th Deadline

Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we are extending our April 1st Deadline to April 15th. RISCA Program Directors have added additional, virtual grant support options to assist you in completing your application.

One-on-One Virtual Meetings

  • Fellowships and Project Grants for Individuals: sign up for a time with Mollie Flanagan here.
  • Arts Access Grants: sign up for a time with Todd Trebour here.
  • Folk Arts Apprenticeships and Fellowships: email Elena Calderon Patino at to schedule a time.
  • Project Grants for Education: email Maggie Anderson at to schedule a time.
  • Project Grants in Healthcare: email Sherilyn Brown at to schedule a time.

Drop-in Grant Support Hours

All drop-in grant support hours will happen via Zoom call. You can join by phone or internet browser.

“How Are You Doing?”: Peer Support Calls for Arts and Culture Organizations

*There will be no calls the week of May 25th – but we will be back the week of June 1st with a series of calls focused on future visioning – stay tuned!*

During the time of the COVID-19 Crisis, RISCA will be hosting drop-in Zoom calls for arts and culture organizations and their staff. Scheduled for an hour, you can join for just a few minutes, or for the entirety of the call. To call-in via Zoom, see credentials below – no need to RSVP. This page will be updated with the call schedule regularly.

Facilitated or co-facilitated by Organizations Program Director Todd Trebour, we will have two types of sessions:

  • Free-form: you can share with fellow Rhode Island arts and culture organization staff how you are doing, what struggles you are having, what information you need, or what resources you have discovered. In turn, you can hold space for others, provide support, listen, and learn.
  • Topic-focused: while you can still share how you are doing, these calls will have a particular topic focus, e.g. fundraising in time of COVID-19, employment issues, etc., and will often have a co-facilitator.

In addition to being a form of peer support, these calls will inform RISCA staff as to how they can best support your arts and culture organizations at this difficult and uncertain time.

Interested in co-facilitating a call? Email Todd Trebour at

Call Schedule

  • Wednesday, March 18th 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Free-form.
  • Thursday, March 19th 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Free-form.
  • Tuesday, March 24th, 9:00 – 10:00 AM: COVID-19 and School Programs. With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director. In addition to co-facilitating, Maggie will provide an update on K-12 schools and COVID-19’s impact.
  • Thursday, March 26th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Communicating the Value of Arts and Culture during COVID-19. With Mollie Flanagan, RISCA’s Individual Artists Program Director. As part of this, we will also share where things are at with federal level advocacy and where to turn for resources to know more.
  • Thursday, April 2nd, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Livestreaming Performances and Concerts. With Max Ponticelli, General Manager at Wilbury Theatre Group and Lecturer in Theatre at URI. Max will talk about what kinds of livestreaming are happening and the different technical options and considerations. We will then have an open discussion and brainstorm ways Rhode Island organizations might effectively implement livestreaming during the time of COVID-19 and beyond.
  • Friday, April 3rd, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Fundraising During the COVID-19 Pandemic. With Community MusicWorks. Geared towards people working in development (as either staff or board members). We will have an open discussion about the various strategies and messages arts and culture organizations are using in this time of crisis, and how they are effectively and honestly pivoting current campaigns.
  • Wednesday, April 8th, 10:00 AM – 11:00. What is Happening in the School and Art Education Space? With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director. In addition to co-facilitating, Maggie will provide an update on the latest from RIDE, K-12 schools, COVID-19’s impact, and distance learning.
  • Friday, April 10th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Our Season Ended Early – Now What? Co-facilitated with Michelle Cruz, Trinity Repertory Company. This will be an open conversation about what people did to end their season early, how they communicated it, and how they are going about thinking about next season (in this moment).
  • Thursday, April 16th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Adapting Arts Programs to Virtual Platforms – What Are We Learning? Co-facilitator TBD. This will be an open conversation. What is working and not working about moving your programming into virtual platforms?
  • Friday, April 17th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. What’s Your Experience Been with SBA Programs? With Mollie Flanagan, RISCA’s Individual Artists Program Director – other co-facilitator/s TBD. Share your experiences accessing the various federal aid programs (e.g. PPP, etc.), compare notes, and ask questions!
  • Thursday, April 23rd, 11 AM – 12:15 PM. Planning for Small Nonprofit Organizations During COVID-19. This is NOT a Peer Support Call, but a webinar RISCA is hosting in partnership with Grantmakers Council of Rhode Island and Rhode Island Foundation (RIF). This webinar will offer guidance for small and grassroots organizations who were ready to embark on strategic planning before the COVID-19 crisis. Presented by Dr. Jill Pfitzenmayer, Vice President of Capacity Building at RIF. For more information or to register, click here.
  • Friday, April 24th, 12 – 1 PM. Fundraising Check-In: How Is It Going? Or Not Going? This will be an open conversation where we will discuss what is working and not working for arts and culture nonprofits – and what you are learning right now that you can share with one another.
  • Tuesday, April 28th, 12 – 1 PM. Arts and Social Distancing: A Return to Normal. Facilitated by Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA, and Stephanie Fortunato, City of Providence Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism. This will be an open conversation to share what thoughts or questions you are having about re-opening, and developing and implementing plans for long-term social distancing. We will share what information we have and thinking through things collectively. This call will have different call will use different call-in credentials – you can see those credentials here.
  • Thursday, April 30th, 10:30 – 11:30 AM. Equity and Access in Virtual Arts Programming. An open conversation facilitated by k. funmilayo aileru, AS220. What does equity and access look like in the new world of virtual and digital spaces? What assumptions are we making about access? What barriers – and supports to overcome those barriers – do we need to consider in creating programs that meet our community’s needs?
  • Wednesday, May 6th, 10:30 AM – 11:30. Organizations Working in the Art in Education Space – How Are You Doing? With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director. On the first half of the call, Maggie will provide an update on the latest from RIDE, K-12 schools, and what is happening nationally/at the federal level that you all should be aware of. The remainder of the hour will be a free-form check-in.
  • Friday, May 8th, 10 AM – 12 PM. Development Director/Staff Spring VIRTUAL Get-Together. Join RISCA and Providence Public Library (PPL) for a gathering of Development Directors (or 1-2 staff/board members working on development) at arts and culture organizations! Co-hosted by the PPL’s Erica Busillo Adams and RISCA’s Todd Trebour, this virtual gathering will be via Zoom, and will use the “breakout” rooms feature to allow for smaller topic oriented conversations among alike organizations. Erica and Todd have planned a fun, super dynamic session. Max 2 attendees per organization – please RSVP here and note the different Zoom credentials. We have scheduled this until noon, but if you need to leave early, no worries!
  • Wednesday, May 13th, 12 – 1 PM. Arts and Social Distancing: Reopening Cultural Spaces. Facilitated by Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA, and Stephanie Fortunato, City of Providence Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT). Based on our April 28th conversation, ACT developed the RI Arts and Culture Re-emergence Self-Assessment Tool. We will review one section of the plan entitled “Cultural Spaces”. This will be geared toward Phase III and beyond Reopening RI, geared toward creating long-term safety plans for your facility that will allow for adapted use and operations. You will need to RSVP for this session here – call-in credentials are also included.
  • Thursday, May 21st, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM. Organizations Working in the Art in Education Space – Learn About RIDE’s Model for Summer Programs.  With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director, and Stephen Osborn, Chief for Innovation at the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). Stephen will present the model for RIDE summer programs, both limited in-person and digital, and will answer any questions. 

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