RISCA Receives $30,000 Grant for Folk Arts Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program

RISCA is excited to announce receiving a $30,000 multi-year Folk Art Infrastructure Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to pilot the Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program. The Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program will be offered in addition to RISCA’s other Folk Arts Programs. RISCA will continue to offer annually one $5,000 and one $1,000 Folk Arts Fellowship Grant, and five $3,000 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants.

The program will feature the Narragansett Indian Tribe Master and Junior Master Artists, with all the workshops, performances, and presentations taking place at the historic Longhouse in Charlestown, RI. The Narragansett Longhouse building features professional modern offices, a full kitchen, archival room/library, a gallery, and several community spaces. The Longhouse will serve as an incubator for new folk artists, it will continue to grow as an arts and cultural hub, and a place where the community can celebrate their rich folk-art traditions.

This program will target Junior Folk Artists who are dedicated to preserving and obtaining a deep education in the art of Regalia. Through a series of eight highly focused workshops per year (24 over a three-year period), Junior Master Artists will work with several Master Folk Artists from the Narragansett Indian Tribe to learn the craft and important cultural and historical traditions of Regalia, which include leather, beading, wampum, dancing, drumming, and singing.

This collective way of teaching provides a highly effective approach that reaches a greater number of students and thereby creating a greater impact and legacy, resulting in more Junior Artists becoming Master Artists. It is also a way of supporting and paying tribute to the Indigenous people’s way of passing down knowledge.

With this piloted program, Master Folk Artists will have the opportunity to pass down their cultural folk art knowledge by becoming mentors and teachers to the next generation. Junior Master Artists will further identify with their Native American culture, history, and community while continuing their goal of becoming a Master Folk Artist.

RISCA hopes that the dynamics of this program can be replicated in other communities and thus benefit more Folk Art Apprentices. 

For more information on the RISCA Apprentice Collective Teaching Program, or our other Folk Arts Programs, contact Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program at 401-222-6996 or elena.patino@arts.ri.gov.

Warwick Center for the Arts 2019 Winter Art Sale

Jump start your holiday shopping at our 2019 Winter Art Sale! Choose from a variety of hand-made items such as jewelry, textiles, glass, ceramics, crafts, ornaments, prints, cards, and more! Browse these unique treasures in our beautiful gallery and bring home one or several for that lucky person or for yourself! Free and open to the public. For more information and directions, visit Warwick Center for the Arts’s website.

Works by Pamela Grills at Block Island Airport

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is pleased to announce the installation of an art exhibition at the Block Island Airport Gallery. Works by Pamela Grills will be shown through October 2, 2019. The Block Island Airport Gallery is a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promoting outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The gallery presents art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Painter Grills presents her vision of floral and ocean motif acrylics selected to celebrate her relocation to her home state of Rhode Island. The show, titled “Homecoming”, features the graceful beauty of the resilient hydrangea and the raw force of our oceans. Weekapaug and Misquamicut Beach area are included in this collection and are often subjects of her work.

Grills attended Reading University in the UK, graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in English and Elementary Education and studied graphic design and printing at Hall Institute of Technology. Her work has been featured in SO Rhode Island Magazine, The Chariho Times, and The Westerly Sun.

Exhibitors for the Block Island Airport Gallery were chosen by Lisa Robb, public school arts educator. The Block Island Airport Galleries are funded through Rhode Island’s Percent for Art law.

About RISCA:

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC:

The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island. A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green and Block Island airports.