For Arts and Culture Organizations: One-on-One Check-ins with Todd – How’s It Going?

From RISCA’s Organizations Program Director, Todd Trebour:

As the pandemic continues, I wanted to hear from you all how you and your organizations are faring, and how I/RISCA can be helpful this fall and spring with our programs and services. I will definitely provide any help, information, and ideas I can in our conversation, and am happy to talk through any tough problems you are facing or program ideas you are developing as well. The hour is yours to use as you wish! Our conversations will be confidential.

Check out the sign up schedule here. When you sign up, be sure to provide your email address and phone number. I will follow-up with details. If none of the time listed work for you, email me at and we can definitely find an alternative time.


Peer Support Calls for Arts and Culture Organizations Return for Fall 2020!

RISCA’s Peer Support Calls for Arts and Culture Organizations are back! We will be hosting 2-4 calls a month, typically on Fridays from 12-1 PM. See call schedule and descriptions below, and call-in credentials at the bottom of this page. This page will be updated regularly with the schedule of upcoming calls.

Gently facilitated by RISCA staff, colleagues working at RI arts and culture organizations, and special guests, these calls are spaces for people working at arts and culture organizations to listen, talk, share resources, brainstorm ideas, and co-create solutions. Most calls will have a topic focus.

In addition to being a form of peer support, these calls will inform RISCA staff as to how they can best support your arts and culture organization at this difficult and uncertain time.

Interested in co-facilitating a call or suggesting call topics? Fill out this short form.

Call Schedule

Friday, September 11th, 12 – 1 PM. It’s Been a Couple Months – How Are You? With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. This first call will be free-form, but will help determine the content and thematic tracks for future calls. Share where you and your organization are at, what you are learning, what you might be struggling with, and the ways you think peer support calls could be focused in the future to help you.

Friday, September 25th, 12 – 1 PM. Virtual Programming: What Have We Learned and What We Need to Know. With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. In this call, participants can share about what they learned these past six month doing programming virtually, from reformatting programming to using new technology platforms – and also what questions they still have!

Friday, October 2nd, 12 – 1 PM. Changing Timelines and Donor Engagement: Fundraising During (and Beyond) the Pandemic. With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. How are you keeping your donors engaged? How has the pandemic changed your fundraising timelines? Are you converting annual funds to campaigns? Or making different adjustments related to a constantly changes in your programming? Share what you are learning and the questions you still have!

Friday, October 9th, 12 – 1 PM. Planning During a Pandemic: Is There Such a Thing??? With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. I’ve spoken with MANY of you about this – how are you planning out your organization’s programming or work in the near – or not so near – future? Are you scenario planning, using a different process, or just shooting from the hip? How are you engaging those you serve in your planning?

Friday, October 16th, 12 – 1 PM. Organizations Working in the Arts in Education Space: Update and Check-In. With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director, and Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. Maggie will update us on the education funding landscape, including possible updates about virtual field trips and RISCA’s Big Yellow School Bus grants, and other exciting upcoming programming in the Arts in Education portfolio. We will also have a discussion about virtual programming, where you can share what you have learned and where you still have questions.

Friday, October 23rd, 12 – 1 PM. Small and Grassroots Organizations: An Hour Just for You! With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. You might be small, but you are DEFINITELY mighty! This call is a space just for small or grassroots organizations to talk about whatever you are facing. If you are unsure if you are a small organization, an annual budget under $250K and/or having 0-3 staff people will be our working definition.

More dates in October and November will be added.

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Federal Stimulus funding available for small and medium size arts organizations

RISCA announced the availability of  COVID-19 emergency funding for small and medium sized arts organization through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.  This funding comes through the CARES Act, a federal program that supports the non-profit arts community in Rhode Island as it attempts to recover from the financial challenges created by the COVID-19 health crisis.

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act recognizes that the nonprofit arts and culture industry is an important sector of America’s economy. RISCA, on behalf of the National Endowment for the Arts, will award funds to nonprofit arts organizations in Rhode Island to help these entities and their employees endure the economic hardships caused by the forced closure of their operations due to the spread of COVID-19. These funds are intended to help save jobs in the arts sector and keep the doors open to the hundreds of organizations that add value to Rhode Island’s economy and the creative life of our communities.

In the latest funding opportunity, RISCA is making available $75,000 in grants of $3,000 or less to support non-profit arts organizations with budgets under $300,000.  RISCA has already awarded funds to its operating support recipients in the first phase of this emergency granting program. The second phase is designed to support small and medium sized non-profit arts organizations who did not participate in Phase I. Funding can be used for salaries, fees for artists or facilities costs for the period from May 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

In keeping with RISCA’s Strategic Plan and its emphasis on cultural equity and inclusion, a priority in Phase II funding will be to support Rhode Island non-profit arts organizations that are led by and serve communities of color (e.g. their audiences or artists, boards and staffs are African American, Asian American, Native American or Latino, their artistic products typically reflect a non-Western European cultural tradition, etc).

According to guidance from the NEA, these funds can only be used for one or more of the following purposes: salaries; fees for artists and other contracted personnel; or facility costs (rent, utilities, etc.)

Applications will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Organizational quality, as shown by a mission that is arts-focused, and the presentation of high quality arts programming to a diverse audience.
  • Impact of COVID-19 on your organization, as shown by the information you provide regarding the challenges the organization has faced since the start of the pandemic.
  • Plans for use of these funds, and what effect it will have on the continued operations of the organization.

Deadline to apply is June 19th. You can see a PDF copy of the application questions here. 

Click here to go to RISCA’s online application system to begin your application. Contact Randall Rosenbaum for questions or assistance.