Arts State Council adds RI artist to its Teaching Artist Roster

To dovetail with National Arts in Education Week, Sept. 11 – 17, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced illustrator/printmaker Natasha Brennan, Providence, to its Rhode Island Teaching Artist Roster.

The Roster is a list of teaching artists and arts organizations who have been reviewed by public panels and selected based on their mastery of an artistic discipline, experience and training to work in educational settings. RISCA’s Roster is housed on the New England Foundation of the Arts’ CreativeGround website.

Join us, the CreativeGround team, and other partners in the virtual space for the official online launch event of CreativeGround 2.0! It’s on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. Celebrate the upgrade to the platform and discover how your state and communities are using this network to support the New England Creative Economy. To register: September 15 CreativeGround Kickoff – CreativeGround

The new addition will be added to the website in the coming days or weeks. To see the entire Roster, click here.

“This widely used resource taps into a wonderful resource — our community of RI teaching artists,” said Lynne McCormack, Executive Director of RISCA. “Artist-educators provide support, creativity and passion in our classrooms and related arts educational programs. I am proud to welcome Natasha to our Roster, which now numbers nearly 80 arts educators.”

About the new Teaching Roster artist

Natasha Brennan, based in Providence, is an illustrator and printmaker who focuses on magazines with a twist, called zines, art for children, posters and community-based projects. Currently, Brennan is the artist in residence at the Dirt Palace experimenting with printmaking and quilting. Brennan has worked as a teaching artist for RISD’s Project Open Door, CityArts and Dirt Palace Public Projects, running workshops about printmaking, drawing, activism, building shadow boxes, bookmaking, zines and collage.

In Brennan’s workshops, students learn how to experiment with different materials, explore new storytelling techniques, and work on exciting and engaging projects. Different approaches to projects by students are always encouraged within classes and workshops. Projects can be tailored and adjusted to fit different age ranges and experiences, even within the same group. Brennan’s projects focus on students’ imaginations, group discussions, games and are sometimes inspired by different community organizations and other local artists that are in their community.


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RISCA, RIDE seek a part time Arts Education Coordinator consultant

The Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (RIDE), in partnership with RISCA, is searching for a candidate for a new Arts Education Coordinator consultancy. The Arts Education Coordinator will be assigned to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to provide technical, advisory and related services to support RIDE’s curriculum and instruction initiatives in fine arts education. Also, they will serve as a singular point of contact for the field at the Department of Education.

This is a part-time contractor role of up to 25 hours weekly for a limited period until September 30, 2024 with a maximum annual stipend of $30,000.

For full job description and contractor details please visit:

Apply here by September 16, 2022.



All new Project Grants in Education re-open applications for the Fall deadline

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In keeping with the call to action from the new Strategic Plan, and the work done by RISCA staff in Fall 2021, RISCA has revisited, revised, and relaunched the Projects Grants in Education.

A working group of 9 teaching artists, classroom teachers, representatives from local arts nonprofits and school-based administrators from around the state, facilitated by Maggie Anderson and Emma Becker, recreated the guidelines and fundable activities for this grant program.  Invitations were sent to community members to serve on the working group in January 2022. The working group met for the first time in February 2022, and then had monthly working meetings in March, April and May. The working group was tasked with bringing RISCA’s education granting into alignment with: Our new strategic plan, Current and emerging best practices in granting, Other state agencies granting in education, namely RIDE, and the needs of the arts education community in Rhode Island.

It was important to the committee that the new program reduce access barriers to application process and directly ask and engage teaching artists and educators in the ideation and creation of these grants – bringing participatory grantmaking to the program process.  They recommended a guideline format which is less formal with less legalese.  We also reduced the length of the application to only the critical information a panel needs to make an informed decision. We redesigned the look to include images, a table of contents, an application check list and FAQ and Glossary.

The Breakdown

Who can apply:

  • Pre-K-12 schools based in Rhode Island (public, public charter, private, alternative, special education schools, career and technical centers).
  • Nonprofit or fiscally sponsored organizations based in Rhode Island.
  • Arts educators and teaching artists in partnership with a school based in Rhode Island.

Program Priorities

  • Pre-K-12 In-School Projects
  • Projects that authentically match students and school populations with teaching artists from shared cultural backgrounds and experiences
  • Projects that center learners: of varying abilities; in non-traditional academic programs; of Africana, Latina, Asian, and Native American Diasporas (ALANDs); or of “economically disadvantaged” status as defined by the RI Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.

Project Requirements  

  • Projects must include a drafted lesson plan with clearly stated learning goals, intended outcomes, and means for evaluation.
  • Projects must consist of a minimum of 8 contact hours with the same teaching artist(s) and a distinct group of learners. These contact sessions must occur on separate days.
  • Projects must consist of in-depth, sequential, and participatory learning opportunities incorporating one or more art forms. 

Further Project Requirements

  • Pre-K-12 In-School Projects: 

Applicant must be a school/district or an individual with a partner school letter of support.

  • Community Based Learning Projects:

Non-profit organizations must be the applicant; projects must occur in a dedicated learning environment with a distinct group of learners. Individuals may not be the applicant for a community-based learning project.

For more information, contact:


New Project Grants in Education Power Point, click here.
For other Project Grants for Education materials, click here.