India Association of Rhode Island puts an artistic touch on a cultural evening called Holi

Virtual celebration is on March 14 at 6 on Facebook and YouTube Live

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The India Association of Rhode Island will host its first Virtual Celebration of 2021 featuring cultural organizations from Rhode Island and performing artists from Massachusetts. Called Shades of Holi— An Arts Festival Celebrating Diverse New England Artists, the event embraces diverse cultures and strengthens intercultural dialogue with the artist community.

Holi (pronounced Ho- lee) is being held virtually on Sunday, March 14, at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube Live.  Planned are various forms of Performing Arts such as music groups, poetry, puppetry, singing, Indian dances, storytelling, master instrumentalists and singers. In addition, the event will feature award-winning poet Sunayana Kachroo, whose film Illegal made the Oscars’ list of eligible for Best Picture. She wrote the dialogue and songs for the film.

“This celebration will help strengthen intercultural dialogue with the Massachusetts Arts community. At the same time, diverse Rhode Island organizations will be participating like Hmong Rhode Island Association, RI Black Storytellers, Korean American Association of Rhode Island and Puerto Rico Institute of Arts and Advocacy will represent different shades of RI’s cultural fabric and a true reflection of Holi, symbolic of peace and unity. This dream would not have realized without support of staunch volunteers and funding agencies RISCA and RIF,” Secretary and Grant Director Smriti Gupta said.

“Holi for IARI has always been a festival of community celebrations, colors, fun and unity. While we all can not physically come together, we have this diverse multicultural event bringing different communities’ talents and art making. We are really excited for this event and to host such an eclectic group of multi-ethnic talent,” said Vice President Dr. Parul Shah.

For more information and event related postings, click Here.

Public Feedback for New General Operating Support Program – let us know what you think!

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In light of our strategic plan and values statement, the Governor-appointed Council which oversees RISCA had asked RISCA staff to reassess and – in some cases – restructure our grant programs to accurately reflect our newly articulated agency values and priorities. The first grant program RISCA restructured is our Investments in Arts and Culture (IAC) general operating support program for organizations. This re-envisioned program will be instituted starting April 2022 for the 2023 state fiscal year and will now be called the General Operating Support for Organizations (GOS) program.

To develop these new program guidelines, RISCA was guided by a Working Group comprised of 22 organizations from around the Ocean State (see CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP? section for more information below). At this point in the process, we would like to hear your thoughts on the draft guidelines for the GOS program.


In an effort to reflect our values of transparency, RISCA organized a Working Group to provide direct public input during the drafting process for this grant program – typically this phase of developing a program would be done by staff without direct public input. The public feedback phase is typically done for all new grant programs. We want this new program to be as relevant and effective for Rhode Island as possible – which means we need to hear from you!


A copy of the new draft guidelines is available as a PDF here. When you are ready to provide feedback, you will use this survey – see the instructions within the survey for more details. If you are unable to input your responses into the survey for any reason, or if you need a copy of the guidelines in a format readable by screen readers or in a different language, please contact Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, at Todd will be happy to assist you.

Providing us feedback within the survey is important, as we will share the written feedback with RISCA’s Governing Council. To answer any questions you might have before answering the survey, we are hosting three Q & A sessions. While you do not need to attend these sessions in order to provide feedback, we do recommend attending one:

  • Q & A Information Session #2: Thursday, March 11, 10 – 11:30 am. Join the call via this link here.
  • Q & A Information Session #3: Wednesday, March 17, 9:30 – 11:00 am. Join the call via this link here.
  • Q&A information session #1 occurred on Feb. 26.

The feedback survey will be open until end of day March 17, 2021.


All survey responses will be compiled. Written responses to feedback will be crafted by RISCA staff and shared with you, as well as the Council that governs RISCA. In their final review of the new guidelines in late spring, RISCA’s Governing Council will consider feedback – and RISCA staff’s responses to the feedback – in their final editing and approval of this program.


In February 2020, RISCA’s Governor-appointed Council leadership approved a timeline and process for the restructure of the IAC general operating support program. In particular, RISCA’s Governor-appointed Council wanted to ensure that RISCA’s support of arts and culture organizations affirms our values of equity and access.

As a part of the process, Organizations Program Director Todd Trebour stewarded a Working Group that helped vet and devise strategies for achieving goals of the program within the context of the new strategic plan, new values statement, and the Governing Council’s directive.

The Working Group met four times between May – October 2020. Consisting of 36 people from 22 RI-based arts and culture organizations around the Ocean State, participating organizations varied in size, communities served, and artistic discipline/cultural tradition. The Working Group consisted of organizations in the current IAC program, as well as current cohort and alumni organizations of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program:

  • AS220.
  • Arts Equity RI (formerly VSA Arts).
  • Chorus of Westerly.
  • City of Providence, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.
  • Community MusicWorks.
  • Eastern Medicine Singers.
  • Hera Gallery.
  • India Association of Rhode Island.
  • Island Moving Company.
  • Kingston Chamber Music Festival.
  • Manton Avenue Project.
  • New Urban Arts.
  • newportFILM.
  • Oasis International.
  • Providence CityArts for Youth.
  • Rhode Island Black Storytellers.
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts.
  • RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School.
  • Riverzedge Arts.
  • Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre.
  • Teatro ECAS.
  • Trinity Repertory Company.

Have any questions? Please contact Organizations Program Director Todd Trebour at

State Arts Council’s grant applications now open for five arts grant programs

Key staff members lead meetings to navigate grant application process

RI’s State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced today that applications are now available for grants in the following program areas, arts and culture organizations; artists in education and healthcare; and teaching and individual artists. The deadline to complete an application is April 1.

To assist in the grant-application process, Arts Council staff members have scheduled virtual workshops and office hours throughout February and March. Click Here to join a workshop or schedule an appointment to meet online with a staff member.

The online meetings will focus on best practices as well as help with budget planning. In announcing the arts grants being made available, RISCA’s Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum thanked the Governor and the members of the Rhode Island General Assembly for their continued support. “Our state’s investment in the arts has become a key economic driver and Rhode Islanders benefit from a working arts sector,” he said, adding, “Our staff is available to help with the application process. If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or you just want a refresher, reach out to our staff to participate in a virtual workshop or meeting.”

FY22 Grant applications are now open for the following programs:

  • Available to organizations, Arts Access Grants support arts and culture programs throughout the state that demonstrate excellent artistic, education and cultural value, as well as engagement with and relevance to their community. Read More.
  • Project Grants for Individuals provide grants to artists’ instigated and organized arts projects with a strong public component. Grants support highly creative and talented artists who seek to create, produce, perform, teach or share their work with the public. Read More.
  • Project Grants in Education (PGE) and Project Grants in Education for Individuals (PGA), support artists and cultural organizations collaborating with schools and other educational entities. For more on PGE, click Here; for more on PGA, click Here.
  • Project Grants in Healthcare offer matching grants for arts projects that connect teaching artists with healthcare settings. Read More.