7 RI Providence arts organizations to receive $145,000 in National Endowment for the Arts grants

NEA supports the Arts with over $27.5 Million in Awards in First Round of FY2021 Funding

Providence RI —The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2021 of more than $27.5 million with $145,000 divided among seven Providence-based arts organizations.

The following lists the Providence arts organizations receiving grants:

  • Alliance of Artists Communities, $25,000.
  • Dirt Palace, $10,000.
  • DownCity Design, $30,000.
  • New Urban Arts, $10,000.
  • Providence Children’s Museum, $20,000.
  • Rhode Island School of Design, $35,000.
  • Trinity Repertory Company $15,000.

The NEA supported projects span 14 artistic disciplines in communities throughout the United States. Also, included in this announcement are the recipients of NEA Literature Fellowships in creative writing and translation and support for arts research projects.

“The arts remain critical to our economy and culture. I am pleased to help deliver federal funding for local arts organizations and artists to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and associated closures,” said Senator Jack Reed.

“Rhode Island’s exceptional artists and performers continue to face significant challenges as the pandemic has forced venues, galleries, and museums to remain closed. These federal funds will help keep arts organizations afloat until restrictions can be safely lifted and we can get back to enjoying the arts in person. And we’re working hard to provide more relief through the bill whose path to passage we cleared in the wee hours of Friday morning,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

“When Rhode Island’s wonderful arts and culture institutions thrive, our local artists and communities thrive,” said Congressman Langevin. “The COVID crisis has heightened challenges for many local organizations, and we continue our work to ensure they weather the storm and can keep offering invaluable community programming and resources. I’m deeply appreciative of RISCA’s commitment to our local artists and congratulate the grantees, who I know will add to the vibrancy of the Creative Capital.”

“Rhode Island’s arts community is second to none. Every day, artists create, inspire and entertain us, while also generating millions of dollars in economic activity that support jobs across the Ocean State,” said U.S. Representative David Cicilline. “I’m pleased that this new federal funding will provide critical resources to some of Rhode Island’s leading arts organizations so that they can continue their important work.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), expressed gratitude for the federal support Rhode Island arts organizations receive from the National Endowment for the Arts. “These federal dollars provide greater access to the arts for all Rhode Islanders,” Rosenbaum said. “This investment contributes to the cultural vitality and economy of our state, and we thank our amazing Congressional delegation and friends at the Arts Endowment for their help.”

“The creativity and resilience of artists and arts organizations across the country have inspired Americans during this challenging year,” said Arts Endowment Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “These projects represent the vitality and perseverance of arts organizations small and large to overcome significant challenges, transform to new ways of engagement, and forge new relationships that benefit the diverse populations in neighborhoods and cities throughout the United States.”

  • Click here to view a state-by-state listing of all the grants announced in this release.
  • Click here to view a listing of awards by discipline/grant category
  • Click here for a list of the panelists who reviewed the applications for funding

The Grants for Arts Projects (GAP) awards range from $10,000 to $100,000 and cover these artistic disciplines: Artist Communities, Arts Education, Dance, Design, Folk & Traditional Arts, Literary Arts, Local Arts Agencies, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works, Theater, and Visual Arts. In February 2020, the agency received 1,674 eligible GAP applications requesting more than $82.4 million in FY 2021 support. Approved for funding are 1,073 projects totaling nearly $25 million, with grants recommended to 64% of all applicants and an average grant amount of $23,190. Grant guidelines and upcoming application deadlines are now available on the Arts Endowment website for organizations wishing to apply.

The Arts Endowment is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and fostering mutual respect for the diverse beliefs and values of all individuals and groups. Part of this commitment includes our partnership with the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Many supported projects are currently working in a virtual space. This is also true for the panel process. Once applications are submitted to the agency for consideration and staff have reviewed them for eligibility and completeness, a panel of dedicated experts with knowledge and experience in their field review and score each application in accordance with the published review criteria. Recommendations are then made to the National Council on the Arts. The council makes recommendations to the Chairman, who makes the final decision on all grant awards. The Arts Endowment assembles diverse panels every year with regard to geography, race and ethnicity, and artistic points of view. To learn more about the process  or to volunteer as a panelist.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

Arts community with financial losses receives latest round of COVID-19 relief grants

State Arts Council awards nearly $1 million in grants to RI artists, art educators, arts and culture organizations

The RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) has awarded close to $1 million in Covid Relief Funds (CRF) to artists, professional arts education associations, and arts and culture organizations. These grants announced today provide badly needed assistance to organizations, artists and arts educators who continue to experience economic hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m immensely proud that we can provide this essential support to artists and nonprofit arts organizations here in Rhode Island. These are difficult times for everyone in the arts sector. The pandemic has closed concert halls, theatres and museums, and put working artists out of work. The ability to pay salaries and help artists pay rent and put food on the table is critical to the lives and livelihoods of these Rhode Islanders, and I’m happy that we are in a position to help.”

RANDALL ROSENBAUM, Executive Director of RISCA
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Red dots show 390 artists throughout Rhode Island received Covid-19 relief grants. RISCA Graphic

For artists, the CRF assistance is being distributed through the Rhode Island Artist Relief Fund, a charitable fund set up by RISCA to help artists who have lost income due to the pandemic. A total of $321,200 was divided up into grants and distributed to 390 artists.

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Black dots signify where in Rhode Island arts and culture organizations benefited from Covid-19 relief. RISCA Graphic

For arts and culture organizations, and arts education associations, the funds are being dispersed directly through RISCA.

In addition to artists, and arts and culture organizations, grant recipients include 11 organizations associated with the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) and seven culturally specific nonprofits. RIEAP is a partnership among RISCA, RI Council for the Humanities (RICH) and Rhode Island Foundation to support community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations.

The grants were specifically designed to save jobs, help cover revenue losses and additional COVID-19 costs incurred between March 1, 2020, and December 30, 2020. The recipient categories for this latest round of CRF for the arts and cultural organizations were as follows:

  • RI Expansion Arts Program’s current cohort and alumni, culturally specific organizations, and arts and culture nonprofits. Total: $118,830.
  • Nonprofit arts and culture organizations including professional arts education associations, which have been providing support to teachers and students during these unprecedented times. Total: $228,660.
  • RISCA’s Investments in Arts and Culture (IAC) organizations, which provides operating support to more than 50 key nonprofit arts organizations in our state. Total: $331,380.

Listing of all recipients

List of RISCA’s latest CRF grant recipients

Organization NameOrganization CityGrants
Arts Alive!Barrington $6,000
Chamber Orchestra of Barrington at St. John’sBarrington $4,394
Bristol Art MuseumBristol $6,000
Friends of Linden PlaceBristol $6,000
Herreshoff Marine MuseumBristol $6,000
Epic Theatre CompanyCranston $6,000
Artists’ ExchangeCranston$27,500
Korean American Association of Rhode IslandCranston $9,000
Notable Works Publication and Distribution Co.Cranston $1,134
Ocean State Pops OrchestraCranston $6,000
Dance Alliance of Rhode Island/Chance to DanceEast Greenwich $6,000
Greenwich OdeumEast Greenwich $6,000
Music on the HillEast Greenwich $6,000
Narragansett Bay Symphony Community OrchestraEast Providence $6,000
RI Music Education AssociationEast Providence $6,000
RI Philharmonic Orchestra & Music SchoolEast Providence$27,500
East Providence Historical SocietyEast Providence $6,000
Swamp Meadow Community TheatreFoster $2,102
Rhode Island Chamber Music ConcertsHope $6,000
Langworthy Public LibraryHope Valley $911
Johnston Dance and Performing ArtsJohnston $6,000
South County Art AssociationKingston $6,000
DeBlois Gallery CorporationMiddletown $6,000
FlickersNewport $9,500
Island Moving CompanyNewport$15,550
Newport Art HouseNewport $6,000
Newport String ProjectNewport $447
Sankofa Community ConnectionNewport $9,000
The Choir School of Newport CountyNewport $6,000
RISE on BroadwayPascoag $6,000
Arts Equity/VSAPawtucket $6,000
Mixed Magic Theatre and Cultural EventsPawtucket $9,000
Outsider CollectivePawtucket $821
Common Fence MusicPortsmouth $6,000
Common Fence PointPortsmouth $6,000
Academy PlayersProvidence $6,000
Alliance of Artists CommunitiesProvidence $6,000
Art League of Rhode IslandProvidence $189
Langston Hughes Community Poetry ReadingProvidence $2,500
Burbage Theatre CompanyProvidence $6,000
Cambodian Society of Rhode IslandProvidence $9,000
Centro Cultural AndinoProvidence $1,965
Dirt Palace Public ProjectsProvidence $6,000
DownCity DesignProvidence $6,000
EcoArtsUSAProvidence $7,000
Festival Ballet ProvidenceProvidence$15,550
FirstWorksProvidence $15,550
RIOT! Rhode IslandProvidence $7,000
India Association of Rhode IslandProvidence $6,444
Rhode Island School of Design MuseumProvidence$15,550
Narragansett Bay ChorusProvidence $6,000
Oasis InternationalProvidence $9,000
RI Cape Verdean Heritage CommitteeProvidence $9,000
Providence Art ClubProvidence $6,000
Providence Children’s MuseumProvidence $6,000
Providence Improv GuildProvidence$6,000
Providence Latin American Film FestivalProvidence $5,419
QUISQUEYA IN ACTIONProvidence $9,000
Rhode Island Kung Fu & Lion Dance ClubProvidence $2,500
RPM Voices of Rhode IslandProvidence $9,000
Spectrum Theatre EnsembleProvidence $6,000
Stages of FreedomProvidence$10,500
Trade Pop-upProvidence $6,000
Trinity Repertory CompanyProvidence$27,500
Southside Cultural CenterProvidence$10,500
WaterFire ProvidenceProvidence $6,000
Wilbury Theatre GroupProvidence $7,000
The Steel YardProvidence$15,550
JDP Theatre CoRumford $6,000
Rhode Island Youth TheatreSaunderstown $6,000
The CORE OrganizationTiverton $6,000
Contemporary Theater CompanyWakefield $1,032
The CollaborativeWarren $2,660
Imago Foundation for the ArtsWarren $6,000
Puerto Rican Institute for Arts & AdvocacyWarwick $9,000
Rhode Island Alliance for Arts in EducationWarwick $6,000
Sandra Feinstein-Gamm TheatreWarwick$15,550
Warwick Center for the ArtsWarwick $6,000
Chorus of WesterlyWesterly$15,550
Wickford Art AssociationWickford $6,000
Eastern Medicine SingersWoonsocket $9,000
Stadium Theatre FoundationWoonsocket$27,500