New multi-year arts and culture grant program awarded to 4 individual artists

R.I. State Council on the Arts’ newly announced General Operating Support for Artists has awarded $6,000 per year for three years to the following four artists: Anthony “AM.” Andrade, Evans Molina Fernandez, Jeffrey Yoo Warren, all of Providence, and Warwick’s Saberah Malik.

“This new grant program supports artists across disciplines and is reflective of our efforts to change our grantmaking to center equity and inclusion.  We are proud to recognize these individual artists for their contributions to the civic and artistic life of the state.”

RISCA’s Executive Director Lynne McCormack

Recipients of the new grant receive support to work toward large, specific, self-identified goals in their art practice. This program includes a cohort community for meetings and learning opportunities that are focused on grantees’ needs. The program requires that participants submit a report once per year and remain Rhode Island residents for the full granting period of three years.

This new grant program will open for applications on May 1, 2023.

Congratulations to these inaugural recipients:

Anthony “AM.” Andrade (they/them), Providence, is an activist, visual + media artist, educator, choreographer, and award-winning composer. As a Co-Director of The Haus of Glitter Dance Company + Performance Lab, Andrade’s work is centered on connecting the individual human body to the collective human body, historical intervention and cultural preservation. AM. is also a certified (YT-200) yoga + wellness instructor and is a project manager for AS220’s Racial Justice Initiative \. AM. aims to cultivate care-centered spaces for communities to practice breath, self-expression, justice, care and resilience.

Evans Molina Fernandez, Providence, is a multi-disciplinary artist that experiments in painting, performance, music/sound and experimental video. He uses guerrilla documentary, dance and performance as educational tools.  He was born and raised in Cuba and moved to the United States in November 2004. His art is inspired by themes such as heritage, ritual, immigration, family, folklore, and legend. Evans strives to create cultural exchange with the objective of destroying prejudices and political blockades. He has participated in numerous exhibitions, events, and festivals in Cuba, Spain, Poland, and the United States. Evans works as an independent artist taking on a social and educational role by performing in various schools, cultural centers, and community spaces, using art as a form of social medicine.

Jeffrey Yoo Warren (he/him), Providence, is a Korean American artist-educator, community scientist, illustrator and researcher, who collaboratively creates community science projects which decenter dominant culture in environmental knowledge production. His recent work combines ancestral craft practices and creative work with diasporic memory through virtual collaborative worldbuilding. Warren is a member of AS220, a facilitator with Movement Education Outdoors, and part of the New Old art collective with Aisha Jandosova, hosting artmaking and storytelling events with older adults.

Saberah Malik, Warwick, grew up in Pakistan, received BFA and MFA in graphic design from Panjab University, Lahore. Traveling to Pratt Institute, New York City, on a National Merit Scholarship for a master’s in Industrial Design, complimented her South-Asian cultural heritage with Western art education. Her current work celebrates her passion for textiles in all their colorful patterned brilliance and sensual tactile nuances. With empathy as a catalyst for understanding, graphic arrangements, dimensional sensitivity, joy of light and color, exuberance of texture and pattern, coalesce in transparent, holographic like textile sculptures in a mature expression of progression from traditional surface work to a new direction of geo-politically engaged sculptural work. Malik has conducted workshops at prestigious institutions, exhibited widely and received distinguished awards.

Arts professional development program for high school educators seeks applications

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RISCA, in partnership with the RISD Museum, R.I. Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School and Trinity Rep., is currently accepting applications for Arts Talk, a free professional development program for high school educators. The program presents fundamental arts integration training across continent areas from Fall 2022 – June 2023. Applications are due on Oct. 25, 2022.

Here’s how it works:

  • High schools enroll teams of 3-6 educators across all content areas.
  • Teams should be composed of at least one arts educator.
  • Those educators will receive certified PLU hours towards recertification while they work with the three organizations to develop a sustainable curriculum for arts integration for the students at their high school across all their contact areas.

The participating high school receives funds for arts learning experiences and field trips for the students of participating educators. The funds cover the cost of all activities including transportation, substitute teachers and field trip days.

At the end of the school year, an arts integration curriculum, including model cornerstone projects will be the final product. The school will keep its specific curriculum to be implemented in following years. The school’s administration will be asked to work with RISCA’s Maggie Anderson and RISCA to make use of grant programs like Project Grants in Education and the Big Yellow School Bus grant to sustain the programs put in place during the year.

If your high school is interested in participating, please complete the ARTS TALK INTEREST FORM.

If you have any questions, feel free to send me an email or email Maggie Anderson at Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.

New grant program supports arts and culture workforce development

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Grant Writing workshop is on Friday, Oct. 14, at noon

Applications just opened for a new RISCA grant program that supports existing arts workforce development programs at arts and culture organizations, culturally specific organizations and secondary schools in Rhode Island.

The Build the Future Grant program is supported by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and will prepare R.I. residents for employment inside and outside the creative sector as part of the state’s recovery from the pandemic. The launch of this program coincides with October being Arts and Humanities Month in R.I., whose theme is Culture Builds the Future.

The deadline to apply for a Build the Future Grant is Friday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m.

Read the grant guidelines, click here.

Want to learn more about this new program? Join us on Zoom for a grant writing workshop on Friday, Oct. 14, at noon. RSVP is required, click here.

Additionally, one on one sessions are scheduled for, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 10-noon; and Thursday, Oct. 20, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Click here to RSVP.

Questions?  Email Todd.Trebour@arts.ri.gov