Coronavirus and the Arts

2019-coronavirus

Everyone in Rhode Island’s arts community is, no doubt, aware of the Coronavirus disease that is spreading throughout the country and the world, and that has been reported here in the Ocean State.

We are not health professionals, but we’re very fortunate to work with a wonderful team of health professionals at the Rhode Island Department of Health. We strongly advise you to visit (frequently) their excellent webpage of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), which contains the latest information on the disease and what we here in Rhode Island can do to stop its progress.

‘As artists we have an additional obligation to protect ourselves and those who come together to see our work.  We are not at a point yet where health professionals are recommending that performances or exhibitions be cancelled – this is, indeed, happening in places around the world – but artists and organizations need to be open and transparent about the steps that they are taking to protect their audiences.  Consider, for example, including a notice on your website and a placard in your lobby or in programs similar to what Trinity Rep recently posted:

CORONAVIRUS

All performances, classes, and events at Trinity Rep are, to-date, proceeding as planned. The health, wellness, and safety of our staff, audiences, and artists are our top priority. Our team is implementing best practices and CDC recommendations, while staying in close contact with our colleagues across the country. We are monitoring the evolving coronavirus situation closely and will provide updates as needed. (Updated 3/3/2020)

Consider providing disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer stations to your patrons, and wiping down seats after each performance.

And check out this post from the National Coalition for Arts’ Preparedness and Emergency Response about preparing for the possibility of temporary closures.

We’ll continue to monitor this situation, and communicate via newsletter and social media.  We encourage you to stay alert, and most of all, stay healthy!

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.