URI gallery exhibition and youth art competition to celebrate GSO’s 60th anniversary

One of the “Ocean View” youth art competition judges is Maggie Anderson. She is the Arts in Education Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, a position she has held since January 2018. Anderson manages the Arts Council’s education-based programs and services, with an emphasis on working with state and community-based partners to ensure that all kids have access to quality arts education. In Spring 2018, Ms. Anderson was also appointed Rhode Island’s representative to SEADAE (State Education Agencies Directors of Arts Education). Ms. Anderson graduated from Pratt Institute with a master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management.

Read more about the competition.

The art of the state’s FY22 budget cover

Photo of a boat tethered to a dock with ropes. The back of the boat says Hope on it.

Rhode Island photographer Stephanie Izzo, North Kingstown, took charge of the striking nautical-themed FY2022 budget book cover, Hope – Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, R.I. The cover is a longtime partnership between the State Budget Office and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to feature original art that tells the story of our state and is created by an RI resident.

Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA’s Executive Director, expressed his appreciation for the Arts Council’s collaboration with the State Budget Office. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to connect art to one of our state’s most significant public documents,” said Rosenbaum. “This year we managed to choose a wonderful work by a Rhode Island artist that perfectly frames our state’s mood – Hope – as we begin to emerge from a year-long pandemic.”

“We value opportunities to collaborate with RISCA and are extremely fortunate to have the agency’s strong relationships with artists in Rhode Island,” said Robert Dulski, public information officer, Department of Administration.

About Stephanie Izzo: After spending nearly a decade in New York, establishing herself with a bestselling postcard line and publishing her Rhode Island photography book, Ocean Sites & City Lights, Izzo returned to the Narragansett Bay area of Rhode Island, where she currently resides. While her work has taken her to places as diverse as South Africa, Paris and Peru, Stephanie’s heart always brings her back to her native Ocean State, where she finds peace and renewal. She can most often be found at the water’s edge, collecting sea-glass and other beach treasures, with her young son.  Learn more, visit www.stephanieizzo.com.

RI Arts community welcomes Governor McKee with congratulatory missives

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Cover of the arts community letters welcoming Gov. McKee
On behalf of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the RI Arts Community, we offer letters of support and congratulations to Gov. McKee.

Community offers Gov. McKee appreciation for valuing the arts
and championing small arts-related businesses

The Arts State Council assembled letters from Rhode Island arts organizations and arts-related businesses to congratulate RI Governor Daniel McKee on his inauguration, and to pledge their support to his administration. On behalf of all of us at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), we also offer our support and congratulations.

Read the arts communities’ letters to Governor McKee.