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: ride.ri.gov/arts-role

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: Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.


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

Block Island Airport Gallery features the works of Christopher T. Terry

The gallery at the Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its winter exhibit featuring works by Christopher T. Terry, Jamestown. The exhibition runs through late-September.

About the artist

Christopher T. Terry was born in Stamford, Conn., in 1956. He attended Rhode Island College, where he earned a BA in Studio Art in 1978. He continued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in 1981. After moving back to Connecticut, he began exhibiting his paintings in and around the New York area in 1982. Accepting a teaching position at California State University, Long Beach, in 1984, brought him to the West Coast where he exhibited his work at galleries in both Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 1988 he accepted a position at Utah State University and began teaching painting and drawing there.

Professor Terry is the recipient of numerous awards as a painter including the Utah Visual Artist Fellowship, and a WESTAF/NEA Fellowship in Painting. He has twice been the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship for Teaching and Research in Germany and in 2000 was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome.

Recently retired from Utah State University, Terry now lives in Rhode Island, where he has a studio on North Road in Jamestown. To learn, click here.

The 2022 exhibitors for the Block Island Gallery were chosen by panelists Darrell Matsumoto, Wakefield, Saman Sajasi, Providence, and Judith Tolnick-Champa, Pawtucket.

GREEN SPACE Gallery at Rhode Island TF Green International Airport and the Block Island Airport Gallery, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, promote outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island. The galleries present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.