Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill traveling exhibit celebrate first juried Native American artist exhibit

Warwick Center for the Arts, Tomaquag Museum and RISCA’s Atrium Gallery Traveling Exhibits joined forces for a new exhibit of Native American artists called Resilience. The show will be on display at the Warwick Center for the Arts 0n Post Road, from July 31 to Sept. 4.

The exhibit was curated by Angel Beth Smith. Exhibiting artists are Lisa Aquino, Nkéke Waupianoohom Harris, Sherenté Harris, Nayana LaFond, Silvermoon LaRose, Heebe Tee Lee, Julia Marden, Lynsea Montanari, Deborah Spears Moorehead, Canden Robinson, Angel Beth Smith, Lorén Spears, Robin Spears, Weeko Thompson, Brooke Waldron and Toni Weeden.

The State Native American Art Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill has been celebrated since 2012, and holds the distinction of being the first regional and state art exhibit for Native American art. The exhibition features work from the Native community that represents a traditional and contemporary approach to Native American art in a variety of media. The mission of the Native American Art Exhibit is to sustain the culture of the Eastern Woodland Indigenous People, and allow every story to be told and heard. Their traditions, both old and new, evoke a story of cultural preservation.

The initiation of the Atrium Gallery Traveling Exhibits, in partnership with Warwick Art Museum, Attleboro Art Museum, and the Courthouse Center for the Arts, has grown to include the Newport Art Museum. These exhibits, through travel, highlight the work of diverse artists, and gain attention when visiting other Rhode Island and New England cities. 

Click here to learn more about the exhibit in Warwick.

NEA workshop on American Rescue Plan funding for disability led and serving organizations

Join RISCA and the NEA on Friday, July 23, at noon, for a workshop on the funding opportunities available for disability-led and disability-serving organizations throughout the country. As part of the American Rescue Plan, Congress appropriated $135 million to the Arts Endowment to assist with the recovery of the creative sector. Sign up by clicking here.

With a deadline of August 12, learn about how to apply for a grant from Beth Bienvenu, NEA’s Director of Accessibility. She, along with her colleagues, will take your questions.

Please note: No prior experience with grant writing is required. Organizations who have never applied for federal funding before are strongly encouraged to attend and apply.

Additionally, RI Congressman Jim Langevin will be on hand to welcome participants. Rep. Langevin has been a strong supporter of the arts and the rights of people with disabilities before and during his time in Congress. This event will be co-hosted by RISCA’s Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum.

In advance of the workshop, please visit the Arts Endowment’s ARP webpage, especially its new applicant resources page . Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. If any other accommodations are needed please communicate by email with at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

RSVP by clicking here.

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking/Public Hearing, July 22

Public Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (7/6/2021)

In March the residents of Rhode Island overwhelmingly approved a bond initiative that, among other things, sets aside $2 million in competitive grants for capital improvements to arts and cultural facilities. Along with our partners at the Rhode Island Historical Preservation and Heritage Commission, we are beginning the work necessary to open a grant application for capital improvements on October 1, 2021.

A public comment process has begun for the Amended Rules and Regulations for this grant program. This public comment period runs from now until August 5, 2021. RISCA has proposed to amend the Rules and Regulations for the State Preservation Grants. Click here for a pdf of the amended rules or go to this web page

After reviewing the proposed rules, and if you have any comments or recommended changes or additions, please feel free to do one or both of the following:

  • Attend the virtual public hearing, in accordance with R.I. Gen. Laws § 42352.8, to consider the proposed amendment shall be held on July 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. The public is invited to take part on the Zoom platform or by telephone at 888-788-0099 (toll free).
  • You can also submit written or oral comments concerning the proposed amendment until August 5. Submit testimony and/or questions or comments to: Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, One Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, 401-222-3883, email: