We invite practicing artists, at least 18 years of age, with experience in bringing creative arts-based approaches to health-based projects and/or settings to apply for the 2022 Artist Residency at the RI Executive Offices of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). It is sponsored the Rhode Island Arts and Health Initiative and Applications deadline is April 25.
This opportunity combines artistic practice and an openness to explore and develop creative solutions to specific public and behavioral health priorities within the context of a health and human services agency. One selected artist will receive a stipend of $15,000 plus supplies, professional development support, and the opportunity to work closely with the EOHHS staff and community members. During this six-month residency, the artist will identify, create, and carry out one or more projects focused on Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care and/or Overdose, Addiction, and Adult Behavioral Health.
This residency is presented in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH), and the RI Executive Offices of Health and Human Service (EOHHS).
About the Artist in Residence Program
The Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts believe that embedding artists within the state’s Offices of Health and Human Services will help drive creative arts-based approaches to achieving health equity, addressing the social determinants of health, and attaining behavioral and clinical population health goals. Ultimately, the arts have the power to create healthier individuals and thriving communities.
The selected artist will be embedded at the Rhode Island Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) in Cranston, RI and will work from associated community locations for a project period of 6 months between July 1 and December 31, 2022. The selected artist will work with selected staff within the EOHHS umbrella agencies to create one or more projects which respond to a public and/or behavioral health issue to be identified in collaboration at the onset of the program.
Practicing artists, at least 18 years of age, with a background in developing and providing arts programming for health-based projects and/or settings are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Rhode Island residents at the time of application and throughout the project. Artists in any arts discipline are eligible to apply. The stipend for the residency will be $15,000, paid by a RIAH partner agency over the course of the residency. An additional amount up to $5,000 will be budgeted for supplies and materials. The daily work schedule will be negotiated between the artist and relevant RIDOH/EOHHS staff.
Applications due April 25.
- Visit the RISCA online grant portal for more information, and to apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=artsrischolarship
- Click here for the guidelines; download pdf version here.
About the Rhode Island Arts and Health Initiative
The Rhode Island Arts and Health Advisory Group was formed in 2016 to advise the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, on the important role the arts can play in health and wellness. An 18-month planning process was undertaken by the Advisory Group, facilitated by RISCA and RIDOH with the Brown University School of Public Health. The result was the Rhode Island State Arts and Health Plan available here. The planning process was funded by the Rhode Island Foundation.
The Advisory Group became the RI Arts and Health Initiative Steering Committee to assist in carrying out the recommendations of the State Arts and Health Plan and with building a framework for development of an Arts and Health Network to foster collaborations across the state. RISCA and RIDOH envision fully integrated and sustainable arts and health systems that build on Rhode Island’s rich creative capital and innovative healthcare infrastructure. RISCA and RIDOH are the HUB agencies of the Network providing oversight during this process and together with the Steering Committee and other community partners they:
- Provide strategic direction to the implementation of the state plan for arts and health.
- Advocate for the meaningful integration of the arts into health policy, practice, and research.
- Guide the long-term development of the Network into a Center for Arts and Health.