Your Comprehensive Guide to Rhode Island Holiday Art Sales and Markets – 2018 Edition


Winter Art Markets and Sales are a great way to get friends and family unique gifts for the holiday season, while supporting local artists. Fortunately, Rhode Island has many art sales happening not only throughout the holiday season, but throughout the state! Check out this consolidated list of art sales, organized (more or less) by week. Where provided, there are links to further details about the events.

Want to see your event listed? Email Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, at by Friday, November 30. Please provide the information in the format listed. Be sure to include a link to a page with further details if you have one.

Before December 1:

December 1 – December 9:

December 10 – December 16:

December 17 – December 23:

Image from, Christmas WaterFire 2013




Holiday Concerts at the Rhode Island State House Are About to Begin!

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When the holiday season is upon us the musical talents of Rhode Island school musicians are showcased as part of a musical celebration of the holidays in the Rhode Island State House.

“We’re pleased to be continuing this holiday tradition of student performances at the Rhode Island State House,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Over 3,300 student musicians from fifty-nine schools throughout the state will perform at the Rhode Island State House in a special series of musical performances.” The concert series starts on Tuesday, November 27th and runs through Friday, December 21st.

All concerts are free and open to the public.

The concert series, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will feature music of the season, performed by students from schools throughout the State of Rhode Island. The performances are all in the Rhode Island State House.

2018 Holiday Concerts flyer featuring all of the concerts in chronological order.

List of 2018 Holiday Concerts by city-town

For a video that provides a glimpse of the holiday concert season at the Rhode Island State House, see an excerpt from the 2017 performance of the Curtis Elementary School in Pawtucket


#RIproclaimsthearts: Celebrating Arts Power to Create Change

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A Message from Randy Rosenbaum, Executive Director of RISCA:

I am happy to announce that Governor Raimondo has declared October as Arts and Humanities Month in Rhode Island! We’re grateful to all of you – our artists & arts and culture organizations – for your important contribution to the cultural life of our State, and hope you’ll join us in a month-long social media celebration of the arts in Rhode Island.

Here’s our plan:  at some point in the month take a picture of yourself – or someone associated with your work – holding up a copy of the Proclamation (also attached at bottom of page) in front of some kind of arts making or arts learning. Post that picture on social media – Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Be sure to tag RISCA, and to use the hashtags #RIproclaimthearts #artistheanchor #NAHM.

Also consider participating in the #showyourart2018 campaign on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. This is a social media campaign coordinated by American for the Arts that is designed to engage arts advocates on the local, state, and national level, and to bring awareness of National Arts and Humanities Month to the public. Check out some of the postings here, and then post your own stuff. This year’s campaign features a unique theme every day in October, including rural art, spoken word, arts & religion, dance, creativity at work, and more. Download the theme graphic here and share widely on the web and social media. Challenge yourself and your community to join in the fun using the hashtags #showyouart2018 #artistheanchor #NAHM.

Finally, join us on October 26 for a closing event with Ruby Lopez Harper, Director of Local Arts Services at American for the Arts, and RISCA staff. Details to follow!

So, October is the arts and culture’s chance to shine. Please consider being part of this month-long celebration!