Call for Artists: Health and Human Services Artist in Residence Program

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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.

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.This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is MicrosoftTeams-image.jpg

RISCA staff members assist in navigating the spring grant application process

Get your questions to staff prior to 6 p.m. on deadline day– April 1. The portal closes at 11:59 p.m.

View the video of the Grant Writing and Budget Workshop

Our helpful and friendly RISCA staff can assist you with your grant application needs. In addition, we are available to meet with you about your grant ideas. We are offering grant writing and budgeting workshops, drop-in hours and one on one meetings during February and March so you can meet our April 1 deadline.

RSVP is required for all workshops and drop in hours:

Grant Writing & Budget workshops and resources:

Copy of PowerPoint Presentation.
Video on How to Make a RISCA Project Budget with Jori Ketten.
Recording of Feb. 24 Grant Writing and Budget Workshop.

Project Grants for Organizations resources:

Copy of PowerPoint Presentation.
Video on How to Make a RISCA Project Budget with Jori Ketten.
Recording of March 15 Project Grants for Organizations Workshop.
Blog post about acquiring SAM-UEI.

For other Project Grants for Organizations materials, check the bottom of the webpage here.

General Operating Support for Organizations resources:

Copy of PowerPoint Presentation.
Recording of March 11 General Operating Support for Organizations Workshop.
Blog post about acquiring SAM-UEI.

For other General Operating Support for Organizations materials, check the bottom of the webpage here.

Grant Support Drop In Hours, Thursday, March 31, at 9 a.m-5 p.m. Click here to sign up.
Grant Support Drop In Hours, Friday, April 1, at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Click here to sign up.

In addition to open office hours, the staff is available for scheduled meetings throughout the open granting period.

How to schedule a one-on-one meeting

General Operating Support for Organizations (GOS-O) and Project Grants for Organizations (PGO)

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for nonprofit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants organizations. He will answer any questions you have about the grant program. He can also help you with the budget forms; review any specific answers you’ve written; or any other assistance you need with your grant application.

You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To schedule a meeting with Todd, click here.

If none of the dates or times listed works for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov for alternate date or time.

New Individual Artist Grant Programs

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for artists interested in fellowships for individual artists. She will be answering any questions you have about the grant program, and can help with the application, the budget form, or any other assistance you may need.

You can sign up for a 30 minute meeting slot, please note that all meetings are via Zoom or phone. To schedule a meeting with Mollie, click here. If none of the dates and times listed work for you, email Mollie at mollie.flanagan@arts.ri.gov.

Project Grants in Healthcare

Anisa Raoof, Arts & Health coordinator, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for healthcare and community health organizations interested in project grants for healthcare. She will be answering any questions you have about the grant program.

You can sign up for a 30 minute meeting slot, please note that all meetings are via Zoom or phone. To schedule a meeting with Anisa, click here. If none of the dates and times listed work for you, email Anisa at Anisa.Raoof.INT@arts.ri.gov.