All new Project Grants in Education re-open applications for the Fall deadline

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In keeping with the call to action from the new Strategic Plan, and the work done by RISCA staff in Fall 2021, RISCA has revisited, revised, and relaunched the Projects Grants in Education.

A working group of 9 teaching artists, classroom teachers, representatives from local arts nonprofits and school-based administrators from around the state, facilitated by Maggie Anderson and Emma Becker, recreated the guidelines and fundable activities for this grant program.  Invitations were sent to community members to serve on the working group in January 2022. The working group met for the first time in February 2022, and then had monthly working meetings in March, April and May. The working group was tasked with bringing RISCA’s education granting into alignment with: Our new strategic plan, Current and emerging best practices in granting, Other state agencies granting in education, namely RIDE, and the needs of the arts education community in Rhode Island.

It was important to the committee that the new program reduce access barriers to application process and directly ask and engage teaching artists and educators in the ideation and creation of these grants – bringing participatory grantmaking to the program process.  They recommended a guideline format which is less formal with less legalese.  We also reduced the length of the application to only the critical information a panel needs to make an informed decision. We redesigned the look to include images, a table of contents, an application check list and FAQ and Glossary.

The Breakdown

Who can apply:

  • Pre-K-12 schools based in Rhode Island (public, public charter, private, alternative, special education schools, career and technical centers).
  • Nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations based in Rhode Island.
  • Arts educators and teaching artists in partnership with a school based in Rhode Island.

Program Priorities

  • Pre-K-12 In-School Projects
  • Projects that authentically match students and school populations with teaching artists from shared cultural backgrounds and experiences
  • Projects that center learners: of varying abilities; in non-traditional academic programs; of Africana, Latina, Asian, and Native American Diasporas (ALANDs); or of “economically disadvantaged” status as defined by the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Project Requirements  

  • Projects must include a drafted lesson plan with clearly stated learning goals, intended outcomes, and means for evaluation.
  • Projects must consist of a minimum of 8 contact hours with the same teaching artist(s) and a distinct group of learners. These contact sessions must occur on separate days.
  • Projects must consist of in-depth, sequential, and participatory learning opportunities incorporating one or more art forms. 

Further Project Requirements

  • Pre-K-12 In-School Projects: 

Applicant must be a school/district or an individual with a partner school letter of support.

  • Community Based Learning Projects:

Non-profit organizations must be the applicant; projects must occur in a dedicated learning environment with a distinct group of learners. Individuals may not be the applicant for a community-based learning project.

For more information, contact:


New Project Grants in Education Power Point, click here.
For other Project Grants for Education materials, click here.

Block Island Airport Gallery features the works of Christopher T. Terry

The gallery at the Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its winter exhibit featuring works by Christopher T. Terry, Jamestown. The exhibition runs through late-September.

About the artist

Christopher T. Terry was born in Stamford, Conn., in 1956. He attended Rhode Island College, where he earned a BA in Studio Art in 1978. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981. After moving back to Connecticut, he began exhibiting his paintings in and around the New York area in 1982. Accepting a teaching position at California State University, Long Beach, in 1984, brought him to the West Coast where he exhibited his work at galleries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1988 he accepted a position at Utah State University and began teaching painting and drawing there.

Professor Terry is the recipient of numerous awards as a painter including the Utah Visual Artist Fellowship, and a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Painting. He has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Germany and in 2000 was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Recently retired from Utah State University, Terry now lives in Rhode Island, where he has a studio on North Road in Jamestown. To learn, click here.

The 2022 exhibitors for the Block Island Gallery were chosen by panelists Darrell Matsumoto, Wakefield, Saman Sajasi, Providence, and Judith Tolnick-Champa, Pawtucket.

GREEN SPACE Gallery at Rhode Island TF Green International Airport and the Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The galleries present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

AATE’s first hybrid conference is in Providence

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Providence, and RI writ-large, is a rich theater community. From large touring Broadway productions in the heart of downtown, to community based bilingual theaters and cultural showcases, we have so much to offer. More and more Providence is considered a better option than Boston or New York because of its unique cultural pool. Rhode Island’s Southeast Asian community, Latinx and Afro-Caribbean communities have thriving theater and performance organizations.

So, in celebration of all of this, RISCA is thrilled to announce that we are hosting The American Alliance for Theatre and Education (AATE) upcoming 35th annual, and first-ever hybrid, conference Arriba el Telón (Raise the Curtain)  at the Rhode Island Convention Center, July 28-31, 2022. This incredible national organization has chosen to convene its membership here to highlight our multi-lingual theaters and showcase our statewide commitment to theater education and insight into theater education as a means of conveying intergenerational knowledge and histories.

As a nonprofit organization, AATE works to ensure that every young person experiences quality theater arts in their lives provided by proficient, talented artists and educators. Based in Washington, D.C, AATE has made waves in sparking conversations throughout numerous specializations, especially artists, scholars and educators. Through this cross-fertilization of ideas, AATE has created a space for art to enhance education and vice versa. Rooted in social justice and youth agency, AATE works to emphasize how critical thinking/collaborative skills apply to all fields in the 21st century workforce. The AATE conference features workshops where people can learn alongside and from one another. From playwrights, applied theater artists, K-12 educators, social justice activists, actors, directors, social workers and more.

RISCA is thrilled that the conference will highlight local organizations and their excellent work. Stand out conference moments will be an all-conference keynote from Francis Parra, of Teatro ECAS, and a free live performance of La Mancha on the State House lawn as part of Teatro en el verano.

We thank the following individuals and organizations for their support and contributions to the conference:

  • Teatro ECAS, Francis Parra and Yvonne Beauregard
  • The Village Theater, Elvys Ruiz
  • The Wilbury Theatre Group, Max Ponticelli
  • Rhode Island Theatre Education Association, Stephanie Spaziano
  • Providence Performing Arts Center, Dana Brazil
  • Southside Cultural Center, Silaphone Nhongvongsouthy
  • Mat Bevilaqua, BEVROS

See the full conference schedule, click here.

The conference will run from Thursday, July 28, to  Sunday, July 31.

Registration is still open; online registration closes July 22. Click here to register. Tiered Registration (Select the tier that fits your budget): $100 (virtual) $150, $200, $250, $300.

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