Grant applications now available for artists, culture workers affected by the pandemic

The application deadline is June 14 at 8 p.m.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Artist-Relief-Fund-High-Res-3215478059-1613660510794-1024x438.jpgApplications for a new round of funding for arts and culture workers from the Artist Relief Fund (ARF) are now available. The deadline is June 14 at 8 p.m.

To apply for a grant, sign up through the Artist Grant Portal or visit ARF online for more information.

Since last spring, ARF has been providing small grants to RI artists and culture workers, who have experienced hardships due to the pandemic. This funding has helped members of the diverse arts and culture community to stay safe and receive assistance for living and incidental expenses.

Consider donating to the Artist Relief Fund

In addition to offering grants, the Artist Relief Fund is taking donations. The funds raised will go directly to the arts community, which continues to face significant challenges as they are in the early stages of returning to work. The arts community is asking those who can, to consider donating to the RI Artist Relief Fund for arts and culture workers. To learn more and donate, click here.

“Rhode Island’s individual artists and creatives have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. Income for artists essentially stopped, and artists had trouble paying rent and putting food on their table. It is vital that we continue to offer support and assistance to artists and culture workers, who have and continue to add tremendous value to our state’s economy and the creative life of our communities.”

–Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, RISCA

Pandemic Unemployment Assistance work search update

We have been working with the RI Department of Labor and Training (RIDLT) to clarify the work search requirements now in place for people receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. Below you will find a list that is illustrative of the actions that will meet the work search requirement and the new work search log specifically for PUA recipients. If you have any questions please reach out to Mollie Flanagan at, she is working closely with RI DLT as they get this process up and running. Additionally, follow RISCA’s social media for upcoming, weekly, online meetings focused on business development for artists that will count as one action for the work search requirements, and will be a great way to connect to other RI artists.

The following is an illustrative list of business growth and development/ work search activities. Note: Any revenue generated should be reported if taken as earnings.

    • Signing up for a new online delivery or driving service.
    • Demonstrating a new client-seeking strategy.
    • Demonstrating a diversification of business, product, or client services.
    • Website updates to attract new customers/clients/traffic.
    • New, original social media postings for your business.
    • Selling at and/or getting a booth at a market (like the Providence Artisan’s Market, or PVD Flea).
    • Spending time creating more work, whether you are a visual, literary, or performing artist. Examples might include making a new painting, more hand poured candles, or learning a new song.
    • Selling work on Etsy or another online art market (profits must be reported during weekly certification).
    • Opening a shop on an online art market or offering new merchandise/services to sell on Etsy or another online market.
    • Attending a business development workshop or class.
    • Spending time creating new or different work. For example, if you currently make candles, learning to make concrete planters; or if you are a violinist, working to learn viola; or learning to teach classes in your art form//business/professional field.
    • Teaching a class for adults or youth in your art form//business/professional field, that charges tuition.

The PUA work search log can be found on the DLT website:, or downloaded here.

June 7 webinar presents the updated Google Drive, ‘Resources for Teaching Artists’

Mark your calendar for Monday, June 7, at 11 a.m. for RISCA’s Teaching Artist Roster Committee members to give their first look at the updated “Resources for Teaching Artists – Virtual/Distance/In-Person” Google Drive.
Join teaching artist and committee member Gloria Crist (The CORE Organization), Darlene Gormly, committee member, and RISCA’s Maggie Anderson for a tutorial on navigating RISCA’s updated Google Drive: “Resources for Teaching Artists – Virtual/Distance/In-Person.”
New to the drive, is the “Teaching Artists Checklist,” which meets all the latest guidelines for Summer 2021.
To RSVP for the webinar (11 a.m. on Monday, June 7), email Maggie Anderson.