Webinar covers tax implications for federal and RI relief arts programs, April 13

View the video of the webinar on April 13

Webinar: Rhode Island Taxes, State & Federal Pandemic Relief with Amy Smith

When: Held on April 13

Who: Artists who received support from any of the many federal and state relief programs will learn the 2020 tax implications and more.

Amy Smith, who has prepared taxes for artists for decades, will co-host a special Rhode Island-focused webinar to explain the tax implications of a variety of Rhode Island state and federal pandemic relief efforts artists received in 2020. The programs she will discuss include emergency relief grants and loans, unemployment, PPP, EIDL, and other federal CRF funds like Restore RI and Business Adaptation Grants. Amy will explain what to do if you received some of this relief.

She will also discuss what to do if you already filed your taxes and now realize you filed incorrectly. And, we’ll have an update on any additional 2021 relief available to artists in the most recent funding stimulus and relief bill.

Read more and register for the webinar free via Zoom

RISCA staff to assist in navigating the grant application process; Deadline is April 1

Help includes workshops, drop-in office hours and one-on-ones 

Our helpful and friendly RISCA staff can assist you with your grant application needs. In addition, we are available to  meet with you about your grant ideas. We are offering grant writing and budgeting workshops, drop-in hours, and more during February and March so you can meet our April 1 deadline.

A key reminder: Get your questions to staff prior to 6 p.m. on deadline day, April 1; portal closes at 11:59 p.m.

During our workshops, we offer an overview of our major grant programs, and you’ll have time to ask questions and meet with program staff.

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View the video of our FY22 grant workshop.


If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or just want a refresher on the “good and less good” of grant writing, join us for one of our virtual meetings. 

You can see a copy of the Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation. A copy of an example Grant Budget is available here

Open Drop-in Office Hours on Zoom 

Need last-minute help with your RISCA grant? Or, do you need a place to write and get your questions answered at the same time? RISCA staff will be there during drop-in virtual office hours to answer questions; help with technology; read drafts; or support whatever other needs you may have. Virtual Zoom drop-in office hours are as follows: 

  • Thursday, April 1, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., click here to register.


Grant writing/budgeting workshops occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 24, and Tuesday, March 2. You can view a copy of the Grant Workshop PowerPoint Presentation here.

How to schedule a one-on-one meeting

Arts Access Grant 

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for non-profit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants organizations. He will answer any questions you have about the grant program. He can also help you with the budget forms; review any specific answers you’ve written; or any other assistance you need with your grant application.

You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To schedule a meeting with Todd, click here

If none of the dates or times listed works for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov for alternate date/time.

Project Grants for Education and Project Grants in Education for Individuals

Maggie Anderson, Director of Arts In Education, will be holding one-on-one meetings for non-profit organizations, artists and schools interested in Project Grants in Education and Project Grants in Education for Individual.

You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant program. She can also help you with the budget forms; review any specific answers you’ve written; or assist you need with your grant application.

Maggie is scheduling appointments for February 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26; March 3, 4 and 5, between 9 am and 2 pm. To arrange an appointment, email Maggie Anderson at Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov

Project Grants for Individuals

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one-on-one virtual meetings for artists interested in project Grants for Individuals. She will be answering any questions you have about the grant program.

You can sign up for either a 30 minute or 1-hour meeting slot. To attend a meeting with Mollie, click here.

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.