State Arts Council opens arts grant applications with an Oct. 3 deadline

The RI State Council on the Arts announced today that applications are now open for grants to arts and culture organizations, folk and individual artists, arts educators and artists in healthcare. The deadline to complete an application is Oct. 3.

“I am pleased to be announcing these grants, which include our roll out of the newly revamped Project Grants in Education, which continue our effort to be more accessible, equitable and transparent. This updated grant program is designed to better support arts education in the schools, arts educators and teaching artists,” said Lynne McCormack, Executive Director of RISCA. “Another grant opening today is the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, which only opens up every three years. Expansion Arts grants offer funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations.”

The grant programs being offered include:

  • Folk Arts Apprenticeships are designed to foster sharing of traditional (folk) artistic skills between a mentor and an apprentice. The program creates an opportunity specifically for individuals who share a common cultural heritage.
  • Folk Arts Fellowships support individual artists who demonstrate the highest level of skill and accomplishments in their craft.
  • The latest revamped grant program is Project Grants in Education, which offer support to schools, non-profit organizations, arts educators and teaching artists. Recipients engage students in rich and meaningful artistic experiences in dedicated learning environments.
  • Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations. The program is a partnership between Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities.
  • Project Grants for Organizations (PGO) provides grants of up to $3,000 in support of arts and culture projects that are relevant and meaningful to Rhode Island communities.
  • Community Engaged Project Grants (CEPG) offer funding of up to $3,000 for artists or groups of artists to create arts and culture projects that are directly and actively engaged with Rhode Island residents.
  • Make Art Grant provides grants of up to $3,000 for artists or groups of artists to create or continue specific artwork in any discipline. Projects must have specific goals, although completion and public showing of the art is not required.
  • Project Grants in Healthcare offer matching grants for arts projects that connect teaching artists with healthcare settings such as hospitals, hospice and community health agencies. This Grant program is in the process of being restructured, and new grant guidelines will be available for the spring grant cycle.

To assist in the application process and meet the Oct. 3 deadline, Arts Council staff members have scheduled virtual workshops and office hours throughout August and September. The online meetings will focus on best practices as well as help with budget planning. First time applicants are encouraged to attend and apply.

To view a listing of the help sessions and workshops, click here or visit www.arts.ri.gov.

To learn more about RISCA’s grants, click here. https://risca.online/grants/

Grant applications are now open for RI Expansion Arts Program

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Every three years the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) accepts grant applications. Now is the time apply for the 2023-2025 RIEAP New Cohort.

TO APPLY click here
Grant deadline: October 14, 2022

PARA APLICAR haga clic aquí
Fecha límite de la subvención: 14 de octubre de 2022

Supported by a collaboration between Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations.

It supports small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. RIEAP provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. Priority is given to newly-emerging groups and those with little history of grant funding. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, RIEAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.

Funding fosters greater connections across the arts and humanities and provides leadership and professional development for a broader network of RIEAP-eligible arts and cultural organizations.

About the grant awards

The Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities select four organizations to participate in this multi-year program which includes:

  • $10,000 grant per year to each organization.
  • Participation in capacity building workshops.
  • Access to professional consultants.
  • One-on-one consultation with an experienced arts and culture administrator.
  • Potential opportunities for professional development and additional grant funding.

Organizations that are eligible to apply include:

  • Small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples.
  • Organizations that reflect and engage the people and experiences of racially diverse communities in our state.

For questions about the RIEAP application or require any language support for Spanish speakers, please contact: Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program, RI State Council on the Arts | Elena.Patino@arts.ri.gov.

For additional information about this RIEAP grant also available in Spanish click here.

 Interested in attending a Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program Alumni and Cohort event?

The Korean American Association of Rhode Island (KAARI) is planning an event, “Sounds of Korea: Traditional Music and Dance from Rhode Island”, on Sunday, August 14, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. to celebrate Korean Independence Day. Musicians and dancers from New York and South Korea will be performing at the Bishop McVinney Auditorium in Providence. Attend this wonderful KAARI event to celebrate Korean Arts, Music, Culture, and Heritage. For more information about KAARI and to register for this FREE event click here. (registration is required as spaces are limited)

The Korean American Association of Rhode Island is currently a 2019-2022 Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program Cohort.

The India Association of Rhode Island’s (IARI) is excited to celebrate “India’s 76th Independence Day” at the South Park of the Rhode Island State House, 82 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02903 on Saturday, August 13, 2022, from 4-7 p.m. The stage is set to come together and celebrate the Indian diaspora in Rhode Island. This fun and exciting evening will be filled with music, food, and a variety of dance performances including traditional folk, classical, contemporary, and Bollywood. For more information about this FREE event click here.

The India Association of Rhode Island’s (IARI) is a Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program Alumni.

State’s Arts Council, RI Health Department name Melody Gamba public health Artist in Residence

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Gamba-Headshot-681x1024.jpgThe RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the RI Department of Health (RIDOH) announced today Melody Gamba, Providence, as an Artist in Residence to be embedded in RI’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services (RI EOHHS). Gamba, who started on Monday (July 11), will bring arts-based approaches to public health priorities.

Gamba, a dance artist, educator, licensed mental health counselor and board-certified dance-movement psychotherapist, is a long-time advocate for inclusive, equitable and just educational outreach and therapeutic interventions. She believes that consistent access to quality health and wellness services combined with the arts will help foster healing, long-term systemic change, and ultimately build a stronger Rhode Island.

During her six-month residency, Gamba will use her artistic practice, and counseling and teaching experience to develop creative health solutions and outcomes for the Health and Human Services Agency. She will focus on the Children’s Behavioral Health System of Care and/or Overdose, Addiction and Adult Behavioral Health.

“Partnerships such as the Artist in Residence program advance our goal to integrate arts and arts-based therapies into healthcare as well as build sustainable health-arts policy, practice and research,” said Lynne McCormack, Executive Director of RISCA. “We will be supporting Melody throughout her residency as she applies her incredible talents to advancing health equity through the arts.”

“We look forward to working with Melody on creative ways to raise awareness on behavioral health and overall health equity within the communities we serve,” said Executive Office of Health and Human Services Acting Secretary Ana Novais. “We appreciate this exciting opportunity to make an impact on our colleagues and the greater community through artistic collaboration.”

“The arts can serve as a public health intervention providing a connection to social services, mental wellbeing, and individual and community health. Rhode Island has a unique opportunity to build on this growing field because of the one-of-a-kind partnership that exists between RIDOH and RISCA and our rich connection to the arts,” said Steven Boudreau, Chief Administrative Officer and Co-chair Arts and Health, RI Department of Health.

Within the context of EOHHS, Gamba will combine artistic practice, and explore and develop creative health solutions. She said, “I look forward to gaining a better understanding of how these agencies alongside community voices collaborate to identify and achieve health equity and mental health goals through art-based initiatives. Success would include building authentic relationships, collaborative community partners, and sustainable action that can continue beyond this residency.”

About Melody Gamba

Gamba received her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling with a specialization in Dance-Movement Therapy from Lesley University, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Marymount Manhattan College (MMC) in addition to being awarded the Silver M for outstanding leadership and involvement in the MMC community. Melody was the recipient of the Davis Fellowship from Salve Regina University for her thesis research utilizing dance-movement therapy as a tool to dismantle racism and injustice in service learning. She delivered the keynote address at the annual conference on Youth Mental Health (2019).  As a member of the Diversity in Motion Research Collective, she has co-presented workshops nationally.

In 2022, Gamba created Lighthouse Creative Collaborative, which offers expressive arts learning communities for individuals and organizations ready to implement social justice values; explore sustainable change; and create more open and compassionate communities. Alongside community partners, she facilitates professional development workshops and retreats focused on team building, arts-based solution sessions, embodied diversity, equity, inclusion, social justice, and somatic processing.

She is the past assistant Artistic Director and company member of Fusionworks Dance Company and was invited to perform with ESS/Dance Works, SOKOLOW NOW Anna Sokolow Contemporary Dance Company, Dancing Legacy, and Bill Evans Dance Company in addition to teaching and choreographing throughout the United States. She holds deep appreciation for her first dance teacher and mentor, Miss Carolyn Dutra. Currently, she is a program therapist at Butler Hospital in Providence, and an adjunct professor at Salve Regina University and Lesley University. She is a member of the ADTA Multicultural and Diversity Committee, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force, and was awarded the Leader of Tomorrow (2019) by the organization. She was humbled to receive the presidential scholarship to further her research using the arts to evoke equitable and just social change in Lesley University’s Ph.D. Counseling and Psychology: Transformation Leadership, Education and Applied Research Program.