For Arts and Culture Organizations: Winter One-on-One Check-ins with Todd – How’s It Going?

From RISCA’s Organizations Program Director, Todd Trebour:

As the pandemic continues, I wanted to hear from you all how you and your organizations are faring, and how I/RISCA can be helpful this winter and spring with our programs and services. I will definitely provide any help, information, and ideas I can in our conversation, and am happy to talk through any tough problems you are facing or program ideas you are developing as well. The hour is yours to use as you wish! Our conversations will be confidential.

Check out the sign up schedule here. When you sign up, be sure to provide your email address and phone number. I will follow-up with details. If none of the time listed work for you, email me at and we can definitely find an alternative time.

Fall 2020 Teaching Artist Professional Learning Series, November 12 – 30th

RISCA is pleased to announce the release of a new resource for Teaching Artists. A robust repository of Resources for Teaching Artists during Virtual/Distance Learning. This Google drive folder contains templates, models, research and guidance for all manner of teaching artists. Arranged by artistic discipline and pedagogical approach, the drive can be found here 

To compliment this drive, RISCA will be offering a series of 5 professional learning webinars for RI Teaching Artists and one informal “Coffee Hour” to share experiences with your peers. These webinars will be held throughout November 2020.  Check RISCA’s Facebook page for individual event details.  

Thursday November 12, 2020.  

10 – 10:45 AM: School Based Administrators Panel – Encouraging Teaching Artists to Continue Pursuing Work in

This presentation, as the title suggests is to encourage Teaching Artists not to be scared off my the changes to education during the pandemic and to show participants three admins/coordinators that are still interested in working with artists for the good of their students.   

3-5 PM: Analog to Digital: Teaching Artists During Distance Learning – An Introduction – 

This presentation features teaching artists from a variety of disciplines. Moderated by Tavish Forsyth of Maryland, panelists will talk about how they moved their teaching artist work to be successful during distance learning. After 30 minutes of conversation, we’ll breakout into four smaller groups to dive deeper into specific challenges and methods. RI Teaching Artists on the panel include: Charlene Carpenzano. Ricky Katowicz and Kathleen Pletcher of Firstworks.

Monday November 16, 2020.

3 – 4 PM: Pricing your (digital) work  – 

Join Mollie Flanagan and Maggie Anderson for a discussion about pricing your work and services for digital delivery.  After a brief presentation, use this time to ask Mollie and Maggie questions and gather information to move forward with working “in-schools” during the pandemic. 

Monday November 23, 2020.

10 – 11 AM: RI Teaching Artist Coffee Hour – 

Come spend an hour  with other Rhode Island Teaching artists as we share and support each other. What has the last 9 months meant for your teaching artists practice, what things have worked, what things are still a struggle? This will be a friendly place for sharing everyone’s experiences and questions. 

Monday November 30, 2020. 

10-10:30 AM: Creative Ground 101 with New England Foundation for the Arts.

10:45 AM  – 1 PM: Creative Ground Office Hours, by appointment.   

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts invites you to join the CreativeGround team from New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) for a webinar on using CreativeGround as a teaching artist. 

  • Review and sign up for a 1:1 CreativeGround Office Hour. Our November 19 Office Hours are specifically for Teaching Artists on RISCA’s Rhode Island Education Roster. Teaching artists on the roster can sign up for a half hour 1:1 time slot on Calendly 
  • Explore CreativeGround in advance so you can ask questions. 

CreativeGround is NEFA’s regional online directory of artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses. Among many other dynamic features and functions, CreativeGround allows artists to display their designation as a vetted member of various New England State Arts Agency rosters. For example, Rhode Island’s Education Roster* can be found here. 

3-5 PM: Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Introductory Training.


Join certified VTS Trainer, Xenia Walker, from Providence Public Schools for an  arts-based strategy that provides discussion facilitators with tools to promote collaborative dialogue and incre ase a sense of community. Participants will examine the environment and elements of VTS and leave the training with tools to manage open-ended image discussions.  

PLU Certificates available for most webinars.  For more information, contact Maggie Anderson, Arts in Education Director, at


October is Arts and Humanities Month in Rhode Island! Help Us Celebrate and Honor Artists and Arts In the Ocean State.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month! National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) is a nationwide collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched over 30 years ago by Americans for the Arts (AFTA), the lead arts advocacy organization in the United States, in order to raise public awareness about the critical role arts and culture play in our communities.

In recognition of National Arts and Humanities Month, Governor Raimondo declared October Arts and Humanities Month in Rhode Island! Check out the video below, and see a electronic copy of the proclamation here at Arts-and-Humanities-Month-2020-Proclamation.

There are a several important ways Rhode Islanders can help elevate arts and culture and amplify its importance throughout the month. You can participate in the #ShowYourArt2020 social media campaign led by AFTA; or take part in the #ArtsCreateHope, another nationwide campaign led by AFTA where you can share – or share about – arts experiences that have created hope either before or during the pandemic.

Much of this builds upon the COVID-related arts initiatives of Governor Raimondo. For the #ArtsCreateHope campaign, RISCA will draw from the wealth of images that have been submitted as part of the #RIArts campaign and use both hashtags. We will also monitor our Facebook and Instagram and see what things you tag us in that we can reshare.

While we all know the arts create hope, we also know many artists and arts & culture organizations have been severely impact by the pandemic. According to the Brookings Institute Study Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19’s Devastating Impact on America’s Creative Economy, they estimate that Rhode Island lost 10,077 jobs and over $436 million in “sales” in the creative sector between April – July 2020.  We will use this month as an opportunity to tell those stories as well.

Lastly, we will have some surprise programs later this month! Stay tuned as we will be announcing those in the coming week or so.