Virtual Arts Advocacy Calls this Friday, June 26th with our Senators!

We at RISCA have been hearing from the RI arts and culture community about the success of federal programs unveiled in the midst of the pandemic. But we’re also hearing a growing concern about the end of the funding period and the need for continued support. Join one – or both! – of these calls to hear from the staff of Senator Reed and Senator Whitehouse about what conversations are happening at the federal level, and to hear RISCA staff and fellow arts and culture community members communicate what is happening on the ground here in Rhode Island’s arts and culture community.

NOTE: due to the brief – and last minute – nature of this call, only a handful of people have been selected to speak. While you might not be able to speak, your presence is incredibly important, as a list of attendees will be sent to the Senator’s office after this meeting.

Please RSVP to attend via these links:

  • June 26th, 10-10:45 AM, Senator Whitehouse’s Office. RSVP here.
  • June 26th, 11-11:45 AM, Senator Reed’s Office, RSVP here.

Call-in credentials will be sent to you via EventBrite by Friday morning at 9 AM . If you don’t RSVP in time but would like to attend – or if you have any questions – email Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, at

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. Guest speaker: Chris Simonelli, Troop PVD. Watch the recording here.
  • June 10th, 12 – 1 PM: The Reopening Process for the RI Arts and Culture Community. Guest Speaker: Ben Mays, Policy Advisor at the RI Executive Office of Commerce. Watch the recording here.
  • July 1st, 12 – 1 PM: TBD.

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

Email Randall Rosenbaum at to be added to the update mailing list for our scheduled calls.



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.