Anisa Raoof is RISCA’s first Grants Management Fellow

Anisa-head shotThe Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today the appointment of Anisa Raoof of Providence as its new Grants Management Fellow. Raoof, an experienced arts administrator, will help oversee grants management for the Arts Council as part of this career-focused, paid public-sector internship. She will be the first individual to be selected for this new fellowship opportunity.

In announcing the fellowship, Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “We are delighted to have someone with Anisa’s skill and dedication to the arts work with us in the important area of grants management.” He went on to say that, “the State Arts Council must be a careful steward of public funds,and monitoring the flow of material in and out of the agency is key to that effort. Anisa has the background and experience to help us in this effort.”

Raoof began her Grants Management Fellowship on October 3rd.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced its new Grants Management Fellowship program in July 2019. This program is a career-focused, paid public-sector internship for graduate students, emerging professionals or second stage career seekers. During a two year period the Fellow will work on real-world projects as well as oversee grants management activities for the agency.

About Anisa Raoof

Anisa Raoof has a passion for design, film, food, and finding innovative ways to connect with the community. She has partnered with numerous organizations to create and support family programming through her work as former Executive Director of the Providence Children’s Film Festival, founder and publisher of KidoInfo, a parenting website for Rhode Island families (2007-2017) and as a current member of The Media Education Lab. With a degree in Psychology, and a minor in Painting, Anisa is fascinated by how we see and deal with the world. After college, she was part of a team researching what makes children stress resilient before starting her own design company making home accessories and co-founding the Providence Craft Show. She brings her entrepreneurial experience, collaborative way of thinking, social media savvy, and love for the arts to her new job as the first Grants Management Fellow at RISCA. Anisa lives in Providence with her husband and two sons.

In commenting on her appointment, Anisa said, “I believe in the transformative power of the arts to inspire, educate, and unite us through shared stories and creative expression. I look forward to working with the RISCA team, helping to providing all Rhode Islanders an opportunity to participate in the arts.”

Maggie Anderson Elected Secretary of State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education!

Maggie Anderson (back row, left) with SEADAE colleagues at the NAEA offices in Virginia

In September, Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director, was elected Secretary and appointed to the Executive Board of  the State Education Agency Directors of Arts Education (SEADAE) . SEADAE consists of those persons at state education agencies whose responsibility is education in the arts (Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts). Maggie has been representing RI as a SEADAE member since May of 2018.  The organization provides a collective voice for leadership on issues affecting arts education nationally. Until Maggie’s appointment, RI did not have SEADAE representation.

Congratulations to Maggie on this honor, and thank you for your work ensuring that RI has a prominent voice at the table where national arts education policy is being discussed and developed!

Calendar of RI Arts and Humanities Month Events in October!

In honor of National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM) in Rhode Island, RISCA, the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and the City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT) combined all the activities they are collectively doing this month into one calendar.

How are you celebrating this month? While you can attend the events we have listed or participate in the suggested social media campaigns to increase the visibility of arts and humanities this month, the most important things you can do are participate in arts and culture events that are most meaningful to you and your community, and communicate that importance to friends, neighbors, and decision-makers.

Here are some programs these three Cultural Partners are hosting that you can plug into this month!

Month-long: #artsANDhumanitiesRI social media campaign with Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and RISCAmonth-long. The Humanities Council and RISCA will be sharing selected arts and culture profiles created by the Rhode Island Arts and Culture Research Fellow, Janaya Kizzie. Janaya has been working to research, write, collect and connect stories of significant visual artists, performers, and writers past and present who have lived in Rhode Island to inform and inspire. We will be sharing these articles with the hashtag #artsANDhumanitiesRI.

Month-long: Join Rhode Island Council for the Humanities grantees including the Providence Public Library (10/10 and 10/29), Shai Afsai (10/17), and the Providence Biennial (10/26) at their free programs throughout the month. See more details here.

Thursday, October 3rd: Governor Raimondo’s proclamation of Arts & Humanities Month in Rhode Island. Check out the Humanities Council and RISCA social media pages for a photo marking the official start of this month in Rhode Island!

Tuesday, October 3rd: Arts Talk – Arts Integration for High School Educator across the Curriculum. This year, Arts Talk will focus on the theme of “Civic Engagement” and how to effectively integrate that larger theme into any subject matter content area through the arts, in its many forms. 9 AM – 3 PM at Trinity Repertory Company. Hosted by Trinity Repertory Company, RISD Museum, RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School, in collaboration with the RI State Council on the Arts. Registration closed.

Thursday, October 10th: Artist Networking with Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services at Americans for the Arts2-4 PM at AS220 Main Stage. Ruby will be visiting Rhode Island in celebration of NAHM. Co-hosted by RISCA and ACT. RSVP here.

Thursday, October 10th: Creative Conversation: “Connecting and Leveraging Networks,” with Ruby Lopez Harper and the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program. 6-8 PM at the Rhode Island Indian Council.  If you are a current or past RIEAP participant, email Elena Calderón Patiño at for more information. Hosted by RISCA and the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program.

Friday, October 11th: 2019 Providence Community Table. This will be the final program in the Sowing Place two-year cycle, funded by the Kresge Foundation in celebration of food, health, and prosperity in Providence’s South side and West End, 5-8 PM at the Southside Cultural Center. Seating is limited; first come, first served. Hosted by ACT. Learn more here.

Monday, October 14th: Providence Pedestrian Bridge Community Celebration. The artist-led event will feature performances by the several of the bands participating in PRONK! (the Providence HONK! Festival) as well as Big Nazo followed by a special WaterFire illumination. 6-7 PM, free and open to the public. Hosted by ACT. Learn more here. 

Thursday, October 17th: The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities’ annual Celebration of the Humanities Gala. Tickets are available here.

Thursday, October 17th: Artist Opening – Teen View: Our World Seen Through Young Eyes. 4:30 – 6:30 PM, Gallery at City Hall. Free and open to the public. Hosted by ACT. Learn more here. 

Thursday, October 17th: Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Latino communities join to celebrate their cultures and traditions. Special presentation by Robertico Arias y Su Alebreke. 6 – 8 PM, Providence City Hall. Free and open to the public. Hosted by City of Providence. Learn more here. 

Thursday, October 24th: RI Teen Arts Assembly (TAA) Meeting at Tomaquag Museum. The Rhode Island Teen Arts Assembly is a group of 6 student leaders who collaborate with RISCA. Look for the TAA’s call for new members later this month. Hosted by RISCA and Tomaquag Museum.

Wednesday, November 6th: Creative Conversation: “How Is the Past Shaping the Future of Arts and Culture in Providence and Rhode Island?” with Gina Rodríguez-Drix, ACT, and Todd Trebour, RISCA. Time TBD. Check back for more details!

You can also participate in NAHM by participating in the #ShowYourArt2019 social media campaign led by Americans for the Arts, or by hosting your own Creative Conversation.

We hope you have an arts and humanities-filled October!