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
newportFILMNewport$12,500
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
AS220Providence$27,500
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

Sankofa Community Connection officially opens new location

During an outdoor ceremony with guests socially distanced, Sankofa Community Connection cut the ribbon on its new headquarters at 2 Broadway in Newport. The four-year-old organization is a member of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts current cohort.

Sankofa’s mission is to increase pride of place within the African American Community of Newport County through social gatherings, community discussions on institutional racism and race, and historical education to “reveal, honor and celebrate the cultural heritage of African Americans of early Newport.” When it’s safe to convene, Sankofa plans to hold an open house. Click here to read more.