RISCA, RIDE seek a part time Arts Education Coordinator consultant

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE), in partnership with RISCA, is searching for a candidate for a new Arts Education Coordinator consultancy. The Arts Education Coordinator will be assigned to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to provide technical, advisory and related services to support RIDE’s curriculum and instruction initiatives in fine arts education. Also, they will serve as a singular point of contact for the field at the Department of Education.

This is a part-time contractor role of up to 25 hours weekly for a limited period until September 30, 2024 with a maximum annual stipend of $30,000.

For full job description and contractor details please visit: ride.ri.gov/arts-role

Apply here by September 16, 2022.



All new Project Grants in Education re-open applications for the Fall deadline

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In keeping with the call to action from the new Strategic Plan, and the work done by RISCA staff in Fall 2021, RISCA has revisited, revised, and relaunched the Projects Grants in Education.

A working group of 9 teaching artists, classroom teachers, representatives from local arts nonprofits and school-based administrators from around the state, facilitated by Maggie Anderson and Emma Becker, recreated the guidelines and fundable activities for this grant program.  Invitations were sent to community members to serve on the working group in January 2022. The working group met for the first time in February 2022, and then had monthly working meetings in March, April and May. The working group was tasked with bringing RISCA’s education granting into alignment with: Our new strategic plan, Current and emerging best practices in granting, Other state agencies granting in education, namely RIDE, and the needs of the arts education community in Rhode Island.

It was important to the committee that the new program reduce access barriers to application process and directly ask and engage teaching artists and educators in the ideation and creation of these grants – bringing participatory grantmaking to the program process.  They recommended a guideline format which is less formal with less legalese.  We also reduced the length of the application to only the critical information a panel needs to make an informed decision. We redesigned the look to include images, a table of contents, an application check list and FAQ and Glossary.

The Breakdown

Who can apply:

  • Pre-K-12 schools based in Rhode Island (public, public charter, private, alternative, special education schools, career and technical centers).
  • Nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations based in Rhode Island.
  • Arts educators and teaching artists in partnership with a school based in Rhode Island.

Program Priorities

  • Pre-K-12 In-School Projects
  • Projects that authentically match students and school populations with teaching artists from shared cultural backgrounds and experiences
  • Projects that center learners: of varying abilities; in non-traditional academic programs; of Africana, Latina, Asian, and Native American Diasporas (ALANDs); or of “economically disadvantaged” status as defined by the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Project Requirements  

  • Projects must include a drafted lesson plan with clearly stated learning goals, intended outcomes, and means for evaluation.
  • Projects must consist of a minimum of 8 contact hours with the same teaching artist(s) and a distinct group of learners. These contact sessions must occur on separate days.
  • Projects must consist of in-depth, sequential, and participatory learning opportunities incorporating one or more art forms. 

Further Project Requirements

  • Pre-K-12 In-School Projects: 

Applicant must be a school/district or an individual with a partner school letter of support.

  • Community Based Learning Projects:

Non-profit organizations must be the applicant; projects must occur in a dedicated learning environment with a distinct group of learners. Individuals may not be the applicant for a community-based learning project.

For more information, contact: Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.


New Project Grants in Education Power Point, click here.
For other Project Grants for Education materials, click here.

10 RI high school students competed in the 17th Poetry Out Loud competition

Visit Poetry Out Loud RI Facebook Page to view this year’s competition.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that 10 RI high school students participated in the Poetry Out Loud state finals on March 6 in a private ceremony at The Greenwich Odeum at 11 a.m. To view the event and learn more about Poetry Out Loud RI, visit the Poetry Out Loud RI Facebook page.

Poetry Out Loud state finalists: 

  1. Mariama Bandabaila, Classical High School, Providence.
  2. Kaleah Bodden, Providence Country Day School, East Providence.
  3. Johanny Duran, Central High School, Providence.
  4. Claire Fitzgerald, La Salle Academy, Providence.
  5. Leanne Gomes, St. Patrick Academy, Providence.
  6. Virginia Keister, Chariho Regional High School, Wood River Junction.
  7. Ailyn Mendoza, Central Falls High School, Central Falls.
  8. Kaleb Pereira, Cranston West High School, Cranston.
  9. Nazarae Phillip, East Providence High School, East Providence.
  10. Jennifer Shon, Portsmouth Abbey, Portsmouth.

At the Rhode Island State Finals, contestants will recite works they selected from an anthology of more than 900 classic and contemporary poems. Additionally, Damont “Mr. Orange” Combs, Providence, will be presenting as the guest poet.

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Damont “Mr. Orange” Combs

Under the direction of 39 teachers, some 1,901 RI high school students participated in this year’s Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest. The contest, a partnership with RISCA, National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, inspires high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

Our community partners include POL RI Program Coordinator Martha Lavieri, Teaching Artists Kate Lohman and Combs, The Providence Athenaeum, the Rhode Island Center for the Book and RISCA.

Special thanks to the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich for hosting the private in-person portion of the event.

The Poetry Out Loud competition uses a pyramid structure, which begins in the classroom. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, D.C. (To be held virtually this year.)

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. These standards-based curriculum materials include an online anthology, a teacher’s guide, lesson plans, and video and audio on the art of recitation. Schools are welcome to download these free resources at www.poetryoutloud.org.  

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.