Hera Gallery/Hera Educational Foundation seeks works that address current turmoil and transformation

Juried by Francine Weiss, Senior Curator at the Newport Art Museum
Deadline for submissions is March 1

2020 was a year that was filled with worldwide turmoil. The Pandemic. Another reckoning with racism and police brutality. Climate Change, wildfires, hurricanes and droughts. The undermining and politicization of science. The widening political divide. An election with voting rights, healthcare, immigration, paid sick leave, income inequality, living wages, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, our environment and the future of democracy at stake.

Is this turmoil leading to transformation? And what kind of transformation is it going to be?

Hera Gallery/Hera Educational Foundation is looking for work that addresses the current turmoil and visions of our future. What are the emotional, physical and spiritual effects of the turmoil and how might they manifest into the transformation? What does our world look like and what might it look like post-2020. Will transformation reflect the multiplicity of voices of America? How will our future be transformed by the current chaos?

We are seeking work in all media that reflect aspects of the turmoil and how they may serve as a catalyst for transformation including utopian and dystopian visions, Afrofuturism, speculative artwork, science fiction, and other post-modern themes.

For more information and questions, email. 

Apply through this link

Sankofa Community Connection officially opens new location

During an outdoor ceremony with guests socially distanced, Sankofa Community Connection cut the ribbon on its new headquarters at 2 Broadway in Newport. The four-year-old organization is a member of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts current cohort.

Sankofa’s mission is to increase pride of place within the African American Community of Newport County through social gatherings, community discussions on institutional racism and race, and historical education to “reveal, honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of African Americans of early Newport.” When it’s safe to convene, Sankofa plans to hold an open house. Click here to read more.

Fall 2020 Teaching Artist Professional Learning Series, November 12 – 30th

RISCA is pleased to announce the release of a new resource for Teaching Artists. A robust repository of Resources for Teaching Artists during Virtual/Distance Learning. This Google drive folder contains templates, models, research and guidance for all manner of teaching artists. Arranged by artistic discipline and pedagogical approach, the drive can be found here 

To compliment this drive, RISCA will be offering a series of 5 professional learning webinars for RI Teaching Artists and one informal “Coffee Hour” to share experiences with your peers. These webinars will be held throughout November 2020.  Check RISCA’s Facebook page for individual event details.  

Thursday November 12, 2020.  

10 – 10:45 AM: School Based Administrators Panel – Encouraging Teaching Artists to Continue Pursuing Work in Schoolsmeet.google.com/qix-wynp-dhu

This presentation, as the title suggests is to encourage Teaching Artists not to be scared off my the changes to education during the pandemic and to show participants three admins/coordinators that are still interested in working with artists for the good of their students.   

3-5 PM: Analog to Digital: Teaching Artists During Distance Learning – An Introduction – https://zoom.us/j/98701151416 

This presentation features teaching artists from a variety of disciplines. Moderated by Tavish Forsyth of Maryland, panelists will talk about how they moved their teaching artist work to be successful during distance learning. After 30 minutes of conversation, we’ll breakout into four smaller groups to dive deeper into specific challenges and methods. RI Teaching Artists on the panel include: Charlene Carpenzano. Ricky Katowicz and Kathleen Pletcher of Firstworks.

Monday November 16, 2020.

3 – 4 PM: Pricing your (digital) work  – https://meet.google.com/nff-vjmp-zrt 

Join Mollie Flanagan and Maggie Anderson for a discussion about pricing your work and services for digital delivery.  After a brief presentation, use this time to ask Mollie and Maggie questions and gather information to move forward with working “in-schools” during the pandemic. 

Monday November 23, 2020.

10 – 11 AM: RI Teaching Artist Coffee Hour – https://meet.google.com/tzw-ngox-zju 

Come spend an hour  with other Rhode Island Teaching artists as we share and support each other. What has the last 9 months meant for your teaching artists practice, what things have worked, what things are still a struggle? This will be a friendly place for sharing everyone’s experiences and questions. 

Monday November 30, 2020. 

10-10:30 AM: Creative Ground 101 with New England Foundation for the Arts.

10:45 AM  – 1 PM: Creative Ground Office Hours, by appointment.


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts invites you to join the CreativeGround team from New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) for a webinar on using CreativeGround as a teaching artist. 

  • Review and sign up for a 1:1 CreativeGround Office Hour. Our November 19 Office Hours are specifically for Teaching Artists on RISCA’s Rhode Island Education Roster. Teaching artists on the roster can sign up for a half hour 1:1 time slot on Calendly 
  • Explore CreativeGround in advance so you can ask questions. 

CreativeGround is NEFA’s regional online directory of artists, cultural nonprofits, and creative businesses. Among many other dynamic features and functions, CreativeGround allows artists to display their designation as a vetted member of various New England State Arts Agency rosters. For example, Rhode Island’s Education Roster* can be found here. 

3-5 PM: Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Introductory Training.


Join certified VTS Trainer, Xenia Walker, from Providence Public Schools for an  arts-based strategy that provides discussion facilitators with tools to promote collaborative dialogue and incre ase a sense of community. Participants will examine the environment and elements of VTS and leave the training with tools to manage open-ended image discussions.  

PLU Certificates available for most webinars.  For more information, contact Maggie Anderson, Arts in Education Director, at maggie.anderson@arts.ri.gov.