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

*Peer Support Calls will be “sunsetting” on Thursday July 9th. They will “sunrise” again in the late summer/early fall – 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 todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov.

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, 12:00 – 1:00 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.

  • Wednesday, June 3rd, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Reopening RI for the Arts: Workplace Safety. Facilitated by Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA, and Stephanie Fortunato, City of Providence Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT); with special guest Chris Simonelli of Troop PVD. Note: this call has different call-in credentials. Click here for call-in credentials and more details on the Reopening RI for the Arts calls.

  • Thursday, June 4th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Preparing for the ‘New Better’: Radical Collaboration –  What Does That Look Like? Facilitated by Todd Trebour, with Nancy Wolanski from Grantmakers’ Council of Rhode Island. Many organizations might disappear due to COVID-19 – how could organizations collaborate NOW – how do we pool resources to work together and support those we used to work with? What infrastructure and resources would be required? What changes in values, mindset, and policy would need to be in place?
  • Monday, June 8th, 10:00 – 11:00 AM. Organizations Working in the Art in Education Space: Walking Through the RIDE Summer Learning Application. With Stephen Osborn, Chief for Innovation at the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director. Stephen will walk us through the RIDE Summer Learning Opportunity Application and answer any questions we have. Note: this call has different call-in credentials. Click here for this call’s credentials.
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. The Reopening Process for the RI Arts and Culture Community Facilitated by Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA, and Stephanie Fortunato, City of Providence Dept. of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT); with special guest Ben Mays, Policy Advisor at the RI Executive Office of Commerce. Note: this call has different call-in credentials. Click here for call-in credentials and more details on the Reopening RI for the Arts calls.
  • *NEW TIME* Thursday, June 11th, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. Preparing for The ‘New Better’: Dismantling How Philanthropy is Done. Facilitated by Todd Trebour, with Nancy Wolanski from Grantmakers’ Council of Rhode Island. What do we need to survive and thrive together? How do we change the capitalist value of philanthropy while we engage with it? What infrastructure and resources would be required? What changes in values, mindset, and policy would need to be in place?
  • Thursday, July 9th, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Preparing for The ‘New Better’: Redefining the Value of Arts and Culture. Facilitated by Todd Trebour, co-facilitator TBD.  Many of us feel we are always arguing for the value of arts and culture on someone else’s terms and/or in someone else’s language. What are narratives you feel pigeon-holed into when you talk about why arts and culture are important? And what are other narratives we need to amplify? And who needs to hear them and how? This call might have some suggested light “pre-reading” – stay tuned!

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Announcing 15th Annual Poetry Out Loud State Final Competition

RISCA announces the state finals for Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. On Sunday, March 8th, eleven high school students from eleven Rhode Island high schools will participate in the Poetry Out Loud state finals in the James P. Metcalf Auditorium, at the RISD Museum.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure. Beginning at the classroom level, winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, DC. Since its inception, 3.6 million students from 14,000 high schools nationwide have participated in Poetry Out Loud.

At the Rhode Island State Finals in the Metcalf Auditorium at the RISD Museum, contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. These standards-based curriculum materials include an online anthology, a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these free resources at www.poetryoutloud.org. The competition included over 2700 Rhode Island High School students and involved 44 teachers.

2020 POETRY OUT LOUD SCHOOLS AND CHAMPIONS

Portsmouth Abbey School Sarah Machado
Bishop Hendricken High School Jacob Rademacher
Barrington Christian Academy Emily Klassen
St. Patrick’s Academy Taelyce Dipina
Chariho Regional High School Laura Donnelly
Classical High School Mariama Bandabaila
Central Falls High School Brazilea Simone Schenck
Central High School Deiondre Teele
North Kingstown High School Julia Lefebvre
East Providence High School Sienna Adams
Scituate High School Charlotte McInnis

Our community partners include RISD Museum, The Providence Athenaeum and the Rhode Island Center for the Book.

Poetry Out Loud Awards

The winner of the Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island finals will receive $200, and the winner’s school will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up will receive $100, with $200 for his or her school library.  The state champion of the Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island final will receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC, on April 27–29, 2020. The Poetry Out Loud national finals will present a total of $50,000 in awards and school stipends, with a $20,000 award for the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud finals at James P. Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center of the RISD Museum

The Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island finals will take place on March 8, 2020 at 1 pm in the James P. Metcalf Auditorium in the Chace Center of the RISD Museum. The event is free and open to public. For more information on the state finals, visit https://www.facebook.com/Poetryoutloudri/.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. For more information, visit arts.gov.

About the Poetry Foundation

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs. For more information, visit poetryfoundation.org.

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.