RISCA Applauds Federal Support for Arts in Rhode Island!

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $150,000 to six arts organizations and agencies in Rhode Island. These federal grants support projects by some of Rhode Island’s major arts institutions.

In announcing the grants, Chairman Mary Anne Carter said “The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression. These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “we are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported Rhode Island through these grants.” He went on to say that, “this federal support, matched by our state’s investment in the arts, provides a significant return to our economy, jobs, education and the quality of life we enjoy here in the Ocean State. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is proud to work with our federal partner in that effort.”

Here is the list of grants in Rhode Island that were recently announced by the National Endowment for the Arts:

Rhode Island
Number of Grants: 6 Total Dollar Amount:  $150,000
Alliance of Artists Communities
$45,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Artist Communities
To support an initiative focused on advancing diversity and inclusion for the artist residency field.
DownCity Design
$35,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Design
To support Creative Adaptation, a series of free design education programs focused on the redesign of existing amenities in public spaces, amenities, or programs within Providence neighborhoods.
Everett
$15,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works
To support the touring of Good Grief, a multimedia dance theater work that explores healing after trauma.
New Urban Arts
$15,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Arts Education
To support teaching artist fees for an arts mentorship program for high school students in underserved communities.
Providence Children’s Museum
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Design
To support the Creativity Initiative, a program that engages local designers and artists to create immersive, hands-on design exhibits, and educational programming for youth.
Trinity Repertory Company (aka Trinity Rep)
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Theater
To support a production of Radio Golf by August Wilson and related project activities.

Jamestown Arts Center Announces New Executive Director, Maureen Coleman

The Jamestown Arts Center (JAC) is excited to announce the appointment of Maureen Coleman as its new Executive Director. Coleman brings to the JAC over 25 years of non-profit leadership and development experience.  She will be the JAC’s second executive director when she starts her new role on February 3, 2020. Coleman joins the JAC as it celebrates its tenth anniversary this year.

Coleman’s non-profit work includes leadership and advancement roles at the Norman Bird Sanctuary, the New Bedford Whaling Museum, Save The Bay, IYRS, and URI. She also served as VP of Operations at the Buzzards Bay Coalition. In each role, she has focused on engaging community support and inspiring high performing teams to accomplish organizational goals.

For more information, view the full press release from the Jamestown Arts Center.

Now On Exhibit at the Block Island Airport Gallery: Artist Molly Dicksinson

Image by Molly Dickinson

RISCA is pleased to present works by artist Molly Kugler Dickinson on exhibit January 6th through June 7th, 2020, at the Block Island Airport Gallery. The Block Island Airport Gallery presents the work of contemporary Rhode Island artists in quarterly exhibitions.

Dickinson’s “Fabricated Landscapes” exhibition of recent work features plein-air oil paintings that are a direct response to the moment in the “premier coup” tradition. Dickinson is interested in landscapes that reflect the impact of human activity; thus the term “fabricated” as her chosen locations are no longer in their raw, unaltered state.

The series, painted in Middletown, Maine, and Provincetown, feature landscapes where this intersection of nature and human activity is evident. Examples: the Sachuest National Wildlife Refuge, whose sweeping vistas are the result of the land having been used for grazing, a military station and a garbage dump prior to becoming a park; Pemaquid ME, where the pine forest is unnaturally uniform due to having been clear-cut then subsequently re-growing all at one time; and the Cape Cod National Seashore, whose sweeping, fascinating dunes and vistas are the result of early English settlers overgrazing the area, then planting it with African dune grass in an attempt to shore up the resulting erosion. Little of these lands has escaped the imprint of human activity.

Dickinson asks the question: do we find beauty in unaltered nature only, or have we in some measure adopted a reshaped landscape as our own, more ideal version? As she explores her question in these pieces one feels her hand, her marks remaking the land again. Fabricated Landscapes will be on view through June 7th, 2020.

Exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery were selected by jurors Ana Flores, Nancy Whipple Grinnell and Angel Smith.

The Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.