“How Are You Doing?”: Peer Support Calls for Arts and Culture Organizations

During the time of the COVID-19 Crisis, RISCA will be hosting drop-in Zoom calls for arts and culture organizations and their staff. Scheduled for an hour, you can join for just a few minutes, or for the entirety of the call. To call-in via Zoom, see credentials below – no need to RSVP. This page will be updated with the call schedule regularly.

Facilitated or co-facilitated by Organizations Program Director Todd Trebour, we will have two types of sessions:

  • Free-form: you can share with fellow Rhode Island arts and culture organization staff how you are doing, what struggles you are having, what information you need, or what resources you have discovered. In turn, you can hold space for others, provide support, listen, and learn.
  • Topic-focused: while you can still share how you are doing, these calls will have a particular topic focus, e.g. fundraising in time of COVID-19, employment issues, etc., and will often have a co-facilitator.

In addition to being a form of peer support, these calls will inform RISCA staff as to how they can best support your arts and culture organizations at this difficult and uncertain time.

Interested in co-facilitating a call? Email Todd Trebour at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov.

Call Schedule

  • Wednesday, March 18th 9:30 – 10:30 AM: Free-form.
  • Thursday, March 19th 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Free-form.
  • Tuesday, March 24th , 9:00 – 10:00 AM: COVID-19 and School Programs. With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director. In addition to co-facilitating, Maggie will provide an update on K-12 schools and COVID-19’s impact.
  • Thursday, March 26th, 12:00 – 1:00 PM: Communicating the Value of Arts and Culture during COVID-19. With Mollie Flanagan, RISCA’s Individual Artists Program Director. As part of this, we will also share where things are at with federal level advocacy and where to turn for resources to know more.
  • Thursday, April 2nd, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Livestreaming Performances and Concerts. With Max Ponticelli, General Manager at Wilbury Theatre Group and Lecturer in Theatre at URI. Max will talk about what kinds of livestreaming are happening and the different technical options and considerations. We will then have an open discussion and brainstorm ways Rhode Island organizations might effectively implement livestreaming during the time of COVID-19 and beyond.
  • Friday, April 3rd, 12:00 – 1:00 PM. Fundraising During the COVID-19 Pandemic. With Community MusicWorks. Geared towards people working in development (as either staff or board members). We will have an open discussion about the various strategies and messages arts and culture organizations are using in this time of crisis, and how they are effectively and honestly pivoting current campaigns.

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Brown Department of Visual Arts Present an Artist Talk with Ebony G. Patterson

headshot photograph of Ebony Patterson
Photo by Daniel Moody. Image courtesy the artist and Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Brown Department of Visual Arts presents an artist talk with Ebony G. Patterson on Wednesday, April 1st at 5pm.

Ebony G. Patterson (b. 1981 in Kingston, Jamaica) received her BFA from Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica (2004) and MFA from Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2006). Patterson has had solo exhibitions and projects at many US institutions including Baltimore Museum of Art, MD (2019); The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY (2016); Atlanta Center for Contemporary Art, GA 2016); and SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2016). Dead Treez, Patterson’s first large-scale institutional solo show, originated at the Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2015) and traveled to Museum of Art and Design, NY (2015); Boston University Art Galleries, MA (2016); and UB Art Galleries, University at Buffalo, NY (2017). Patterson’s work was included in Open Spaces Kansas City (2018), the 32nd São Paulo Bienal: Live Uncertainty (2016); the 12th Havana Biennial: Between the Idea and the Experience, Cuba (2015); Prospect.3: Notes for Now, New Orleans (2014), and the Jamaica Biennial 2014, National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston. She was an Artist-in-Residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva Island, FL (2017) and served on the Artistic Director’s Council for Prospect.4, New Orleans (2017). Patterson has received numerous awards, including the Stone and DeGuire Art Award, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Washington University, St. Louis (2018); United States Artist Award (2018); Tiffany Foundation Grant (2017); Joan Mitchell Foundation Art Grant (2015); and the Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, in conjunction with Small Axe Project (2012). Patterson’s work is included in a number of public collections, including The Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; Museum of Arts and Design, NY; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC; Speed Art Museum, Louisville, KY; 21c Museum Hotels; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA; and the National Gallery of Jamaica, Kingston. Her first major survey exhibition …while the dew is still on the roses… opened at Pérez Art Museum Miami in 2018; then toured to Speed Art Museum, Louisville in 2019; and will subsequently travel at the Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University, Durham, NC in 2020. Patterson is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. For more event details and to RSVP, visit the Eventbrite page.

Central Falls High School Student Wins State Arts Council’s ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Rhode Island State Final


POL 2020 State Champion Nayeli Vazquez
Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud State Champion Nayeli Vazquez (center) with RI Youth Poetry Ambassador Halima Ibrahim (left) and RISCA Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum

Central Falls High School student Nayeli Vazquez is this year’s Rhode Island winner of the Poetry Out Loud state championship, held Sunday, March 8 at the RISD Museum, sponsored locally by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. As Rhode Island state winner, Vazquez will go on to compete at the national finals in Washington, DC in April. 

Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition. 

This year 2,740 students participated in the program representing 13 schools throughout the State of Rhode Island.  Eleven schools sent contestants to the Rhode Island finals this year. The following schools participated in the state finals: Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Junction; East Providence High School; Portsmouth Abbey School; Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick; Classical High School, Central High School and St. Patrick Academy in Providence; Scituate High School; North Kingstown High School; Barrington Christian Academy; and Central Falls High School. 

POL 2020 5 finalists

Finalists from RI State Poetry Out Loud State Championship: (from left) 3rd Place winner Mariama Bandabaila from Classical High School; Honorable Mention Emily Klassen from Barrington Christian Academy; State Champion Nayeli Vazquez from Central Falls High School; Honorable Mention Sienna Adams from East Providence High School; and 2nd Place winner Jacob Rademacher from Bishop Hendricken High School.

In addition to Nayeli Vazquez, the following students received awards at Sunday’s competition: the second place finalist is Jacob Rademacher from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick. Placing third was Mariama Bandabaila from Classical High School in Providence, and Honorable Mentions went to Emily Klassen from Barrington Christian Academy and Sienna Adams from East Providence High School. 

First place winner Nayeli Vazquez will receive a $200 prize check and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Finals on April 24th to April 26th in Washington, DC. Central Falls High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The second prize winner, Jacob Rademacher from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, will receive a $100 prize check, and her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books. 

Halima Ibrahim, Rhode Island’s Youth Poet Ambassador, was this year’s Guest Poet. Judges this year were Doug Norris, Margaret Chevian, and Maggie Anderson, and the Poetry Out Loud Teaching Artist was Kate Lohman. 

Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud State Championship was organized by Martha Lenihan-Lavieri, and Community Partners included the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, and the Rhode Island Center for the Book. 

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. For more information on RISCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.ri.gov. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts 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 Arts Endowment 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. Visit arts.gov to learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts.  

About The Poetry Foundation 

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, 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 literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit http://www.poetryfoundation.org.