Assist us in developing an arts education framework for Rhode Island

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is colored-pencils-graphic.png

“Teaching and learning frameworks are research-informed models for course design that help instructors align learning goals with classroom activities, create motivating and inclusive environments, and integrate assessment into learning.”Yale University

During the past two years, RIDE has developed curriculum frameworks to provide guidance on implementation of education standards. The frameworks are part of an effort to develop relevant curricula. To create them, RIDE has drawn on the expertise of an interdisciplinary team of educators.

Now is the time to create a comprehensive quality arts curriculum. An arts curriculum framework will help all stakeholders understand the National Core Arts Standards and envision how they can be used for arts education.

RIDE’s Arts Education Coordinator Carolyn Bennett is embarking on the process of developing an arts framework. She is asking for input from a diverse group of stakeholders, and, at inflection points, will ask for your help. Bennett and the arts education team are kicking off the framework process by asking you to assist in creating a vision for student success in the arts.

How you can do your part and get involved in this important process is respond to our survey. It will allow you to provide input so we can develop a high-quality arts education framework.

If you are interested in future feedback opportunities, include your contact information on the form. Click here for the framework form.

12 R.I. high school students compete in the 18th Poetry Out Loud competition, March 12

Event is open to public, free, at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is POL.jpg The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that 12 R.I. high school students will compete in the Poetry Out Loud state finals on Sunday (March 12), at The Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St., East Greenwich, at 1 p.m.

The Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island Finals, a family friendly event, is free and open to the public. During the State Finals, contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Additionally, Damont Combs, who performs as Mr. Orange, will be presenting as the guest poet.

2023 Poetry Out Loud finals who will compete:

School Name Student Name
Nazarae Phillip East Providence High School
Virginia Keister Chariho Regional High School
Yiadalis Curec William M. Davies Career and Technical High School
Natasha Connolly Classical High School
Payton Mays Cranston High School West
Yasmairy Jimenez St. Patrick Academy
Emerson Deschene North Smithfield High School
Claire Fitzgerald LaSalle Academy
Iris Patrillo Providence Country Day School
Ashley Esteban Lopez Central Falls High School
Jephte Pinthiere Central High School
Jennifer Shon Portsmouth Abbey School

This year’s state champion receives a paid trip (with an adult chaperone) to compete in the national finals in Washington, D.C., May 8-10, 2023. In addition, the 2023 state champion receives $200, and the winner’s school gets a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. The first runner-up receives $100; $200 for his or her school library.

Our community partners included Poetry Out Loud R.I. Program Coordinator Martha Lavieri, teaching artists Pat Hawkridge, Damont Combs, The Greenwich Odeum, The Providence Athenaeum, the Rhode Island Center for the Book and RISCA.

The competition, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. Students participating in the Poetry Out Loud program have benefited from educational materials created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

The standards-based curriculum includes an online anthology, a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download the free resources at

National Endowment for the Arts  was established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine, is an independent literary organization committed to a vigorous presence for poetry in our culture. It exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative partnerships, prizes, and programs.

To learn more about Poetry Out Loud in RI visit:

March is Arts in our Schools Month in Rhode Island

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Arts-in-Our-Schools-Facebook-Event-Cover-1024x576.png

Join us to celebrate the importance of arts education in Rhode Island

RISCA and the Arts Learning Network (ALN) have partnered to usher in March, which is Arts in our Schools Month in Rhode Island, with events, shows and performances throughout the state. Mark your calendar for one of the first major events on March 7 at 3 p.m. at the State House where art students, their art and educators will be celebrating with displays and performances throughout the building.

The events will include performances and presentations from the following groups

  • Band performance by Cranston High School East.
  • Dance performance by students from Pell Elementary School who take part in Newport Contemporary Ballet’s New Dancer Program.
  • Choral performances by the Joseph L McCourt Middle School Select Chorus and the Cumberland High School Clef Singers.
  • Theatre performances by Stagemasters, Barrington High School Drama Club.
  • Student Visual Arts Gallery curated by the R.I. Arts Educators Association.
  • Organization tables by Manton Avenue Project, the Rhode Island Department of Education and RISCA.

In addition, after the bell goes off in the State House to call the R.I. House and Senate into session, head to the chambers’ respective galleries on the third floor for the official reading of the resolution declaring March Arts in our Schools Month in Rhode Island.

For a schedule of the evening’s events please click here.

Looking for more ways to celebrate Arts in our Schools Month? Check out this flyer with student art events presented by various professional organizations throughout March.

Thanks to our partners for helping to plan and make this event possible. They are: RISCA’s Arts Learning Network, Rhode Island Department of Administration, Rhode Island Department of Education, Rhode Island Music Education Association, Rhode Island Art Education Association, Rhode Island Theatre Education Association, Dance Alliance of Rhode Island, Newport Contemporary Ballet, the Manton Avenue Project and our elected officials.

Since 2019, Rhode Island has declared March Arts in our School Month, in alignment with the national celebrations of Youth Art Month, Music in Our Schools Month, Theatre in Our Schools Month, and Dance in Your Schools Month.