Get ready for April 1st! Upcoming Grant Workshops and Drop-in Hours with RISCA

Need help writing your grant for the April 1st deadline? There are number of ways the friendly RISCA staff can help you with your grant application through Grantwriting and Budget Workshops, Drop-in Hours, and more. Look here for a listing of our available grants. 

Grantwriting and Budget Workshops

If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or just want a refresher on the “good and less good” of grant writing, join us at one of our grantwriting workshops happening around the state in February or March. This series of grantwriting workshops will have a special focus on best practices in writing budgets for grant applications.

You’ll also be able to meet and talk to some of the RISCA staff about your grant application ideas. We’ll give an overview of our major grant programs, then you’ll have time to ask questions and meet with program staff.

To attend a workshop, click on the links below to RSVP:

Providence: Monday, February 25, 10 AM – 12 PM at Department of Administration, Powers Building, One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 2-A, Providence

South Providence: Saturday, March 2 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM at Rhode Island Indian Council,
807 Broad Street, Providence

Pawtucket: Monday, March 4, 6 – 8 PM at Mixed Magic Theatre, 560 Mineral Spring Avenue, Pawtucket, RI

Wakefield: Monday, March 11: 6 – 8 PM at Contemporary Theatre Company, 327 Main Street, Wakefield, RI

One-on-One Meetings

Fellowships and Individual Artists Grants

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding a variety of one on one meetings in her office and around the state for artists interested in Fellowships or Project Grants for Individual Artists. You can sign up for a 30 minute or 1 hour slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant programs. She can also help you with the budget form, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant or fellowship application.

To sign up for a meeting slot, click on the links below:

RISCA’s offices: Various dates and times in late February through March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Tomaquaq Museum: Saturday, March 16th, 10 AM-2 PM, 390 Summitt Rd, Exeter, RI 02822.

Stadium Theatre: Tuesday, March 19th, 4-7 PM, 290 Monument Square, Woonsocket, RI 02895

Arts Access Grants and Investments in Arts and Culture Grants

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one meetings from RISCA Offices (or by phone) for non-profit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants, or arts and culture organizations who have been invited to apply for Investments in Arts and Culture. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask him any specific questions you have about the grant programs. He can also help you with the budget forms, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant application. If none of the dates or times listed work for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov to schedule an alternate date/time.

RISCA’s offices: Various dates and times in between February and late March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Project Grants in Education

Maggie Anderson, Director – Arts In Education, will be holding one-on-one meetings from RISCA Offices (or by phone) for non-profit organizations, artists and schools interested in Project Grants in Education. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant program. She can also help you with the budget forms, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant application.

RISCA’s offices: March 25, 9 AM – 3 PM, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Library Drop-In Hours

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding drop in assistance at two Providence Community Library locations. This is totally unstructured time, so bring a laptop and work on your grant, ask Mollie specific questions, get technical support- whatever you need to help get your grant submitted by the deadline.

To RSVP, click on the links below:

Washington Park Library: Thursday, March 21, 4-7 PM, 1316 Broad St, Providence, RI 02905

Mount Pleasant Library: Saturday, March 30, 1-5 PM, 315 Academy Avenue, Providence, RI 02908

Governor Raimondo’s FY20 Budget Proposal for RISCA

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On January 17, 2019, Governor Gina Raimondo presented her FY 2020 budget proposal to the Rhode Island General Assembly.  I wanted to report on what the governor has included for the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in her budget for the coming year.

As many of you know, the State of Rhode Island is facing a significant structural deficit estimated to be as large as $200 million. As we entered the budget making process, all state agencies were asked to incorporate a 5% cut in their budget requests. I’m happy to report that Governor Raimondo’s proposal does not reduce RISCA funding in FY 2020. This is very good news.

We’re also delighted to report that Governor Raimondo has included $30,000 to RISCA for a pilot program on Workforce Development through the Arts. This partnership with New Urban Arts, AS220, and The City of Providence Arts Culture + Tourism department will offer young adults ages 18 to 25 workshops in art making and workforce training using the arts. This is an acknowledgment that Rhode Island is home to an exciting array of nationally recognized youth arts programs, but the reality is that for many of the youth involved in these programs once they age out of these organizations they no longer have an artistic home and might not be headed to college. This program will provide formal learning and open studio time for young people to put them on a career or college track. This initiative is still in the development stage, and we hope to share more information with you soon.

Finally, we are happy to report that Governor Raimondo has recommended $50,000 to support the beginning of a process to incorporate the work of VSA arts Rhode Island into RISCA’s programs and services. As many of you know, VSA arts Rhode Island began over 30 years ago through an initiative of the Arts Council. The organization then became its own nonprofit entity, supported in large part by Amb. Jean Kennedy Smith, the US Department of Education, and then the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (as well as through funding sources here in Rhode Island). These resources have diminished over the past several years but the work of VSA arts Rhode Island has never been more important. Our long-term goal is to bring these activities into RISCA, particularly those related to engaging artists with disabilities and providing opportunities for all Rhode Islanders to participate in the arts, regardless of physical or cognitive differences. These funds are the first step on that path. More on this to come, as well.

We are deeply appreciative of the support we receive from Governor Raimondo’s administration, and are grateful for what she has included in support of the arts in her FY 2020 budget proposal.

Welcome to the 2019-2021 RI Expansion Arts Cohort!

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The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program is excited to welcome the new 2019-2021 Rhode Island Expansion Arts Cohort. Supported by an unique collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation (RIF), Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program will work closely with each organization for the next three years and provide organizational assistance, with an emphasis on governance, financial management, fundraising, marketing, documentation, leadership, strategic collaborations, and youth development. The 2019-2021 cohort consists of the following organizations:

During the course of three years, each organization will participate in an array of capacity-building workshops and receive personalized consultation. Elena Calderón Patiño, the Director of the Community Arts Program at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Manager of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, expressed her excitement about working with the new cohort. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with and individually get to know each member of the cohort during this multi-year program. By having the funders and the cohort come together at the same table, in-depth conversations about cultural equity and inclusion arise. These conversations serve as an opportunity for everyone to learn from one another, and recognize the rewarding partnership between the funders and the cohort.”

The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program will offer a Youth Development Grant to each organization on an annual basis. This grant provides the proper funding and support to organizations to start their own youth development programs. The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program has funded many successful youth development programs in the past that champion for greater youth participation in the arts and allows the youth to explore their cultural identity. Logan Hinderliter, the Associate Director at the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, was pleased to announce that each group will receive a youth development grant this year. “The Council is truly excited that the RI Expansion Arts Program is able to offer Youth Development Grants to this year’s cohort. The Youth Development Grants are a powerful opportunity for each organization to create the time and space needed to cultivate the next generation of cultural leaders. The value of connecting youth with arts and humanities learning can’t be overstated. We’re excited to hear more about your projects!”

In addition to grant opportunities, the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program provides scholarship opportunities for each organization to attend local, regional, and national conferences, such as the upcoming New England Foundation for the Arts Creative Communities Exchange (CCX) in Montpelier, Vermont.

With great enthusiasm, we welcome the new 2019-2021 Cohort in joining the legacy of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program and becoming leaders in the arts sector. We cannot wait to witness all their future success.

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For any questions please contact Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), at Elena.Patino@arts.ri.gov or (401) 222-6996