The art of the state’s FY22 budget cover

Photo of a boat tethered to a dock with ropes. The back of the boat says Hope on it.

Rhode Island photographer Stephanie Izzo, North Kingstown, took charge of the striking nautical-themed FY2022 budget book cover, Hope – Bowen’s Wharf, Newport, R.I. The cover is a longtime partnership between the State Budget Office and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to feature original art that tells the story of our state and is created by an RI resident.

Randall Rosenbaum, RISCA’s Executive Director, expressed his appreciation for the Arts Council’s collaboration with the State Budget Office. “This partnership gives us an opportunity to connect art to one of our state’s most significant public documents,” said Rosenbaum. “This year we managed to choose a wonderful work by a Rhode Island artist that perfectly frames our state’s mood – Hope – as we begin to emerge from a year-long pandemic.”

“We value opportunities to collaborate with RISCA and are extremely fortunate to have the agency’s strong relationships with artists in Rhode Island,” said Robert Dulski, public information officer, Department of Administration.

About Stephanie Izzo: After spending nearly a decade in New York, establishing herself with a bestselling postcard line and publishing her Rhode Island photography book, Ocean Sites & City Lights, Izzo returned to the Narragansett Bay area of Rhode Island, where she currently resides. While her work has taken her to places as diverse as South Africa, Paris and Peru, Stephanie’s heart always brings her back to her native Ocean State, where she finds peace and renewal. She can most often be found at the water’s edge, collecting sea-glass and other beach treasures, with her young son.  Learn more, visit www.stephanieizzo.com.

Rhode Island State Poet Tina Cane recites her poem for the Inauguration of Dan McKee as 76th Governor of Rhode Island

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 SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE or I LOVE DEMOCRACY
 Tina Cane
RI State Poet

The sun rose up     
 this morning     
 same as every other day
 but today     
 we sensed her 
 presence differently     
 the way faint rays     
 breaking through 
 a crown of clouds     
 gained strength 
 to cast her energy     
 with a warmer 
 amber purpose     
 the way her light     
 seeking to reflect      
 new and vibrant depths     
 revealed a fresh continum     
 that reached 
 each one of us     
 from waves of grain  
 to shining seas     
 to all the people     
 like you and me     
 from the names we say     
 to the lives we save     
 it was a proclamation 
 that everything 
 and everyone     
 must matter     
 thereby mattering 
 meaning into being     
 being into truths     
 all manner of matter   
 across time     
 aglow and in unison     
 under a single sun     
 whose light 
 like truth 
 reigns absolute    
 as water 
 but varied in hue     
 as stars are numerous     
 as the jagged dappled shores     
 where sun 
 meets land     
 meets water     
 meets hand     
 in hand
 to bend and blend     
 all towards 
 a more perfect
 imperfection     
 so that every 
 nature's shade     
 can thrive anew    
 embraced 
 as just and true     
 as language is to power     
 as power to the people
 today and each day 
 forward     
 me and you