On August 7th RISCA escorted budget analysts from the House and Senate Fiscal Staff and the State Office of Management and Budget on a tour of cultural facilities and public art sites throughout the State of Rhode Island.
This was an opportunity to provide direct “off-the-page and in-the-field” experience about state investment in cultural facilities and public art to our colleagues in the House, Senate and State Budget Office. It was a full day of traveling to a variety of sites.
RISCA’s amazing Public Art Manager, Elizabeth Keithline, organized the day’s tour. Here’s where we went:
9:00 am – Cultural Facilities project at the Common Fence Improvement Association, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth
10:00 am – Public art projects at the Veterans Home, 480 Metacom Ave, Bristol
11:30 am – Cultural Facilities projects at the RI Philharmonic, 667 Waterman Ave, E Providence
1:00 pm – Public art projects at RI College, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave, Providence
2:30 pm – Cultural facilities projects at the Greenwich Odeum, 59 Main St, E Greenwich
4:00 pm – Public art projects at URI, 45 Upper College Rd, Kingston
RISCA is pleased to announce the first 14 RISCA Fellows and Merit Fellows of 2020! At the April 1st cycle, we award fellowships in: Three Dimensional Art; Crafts; Fiction; Film & Video; Photography; Play & Screenwriting; and Poetry.
Fellowships are unrestricted awards that encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific creative and career goals. One $5,000 fellowship and one $1,000 merit are awarded in each of 13 disciplines each year. Fellowship and Merit awards are based solely on artistic merit, and are highly competitive. Awards are selected through an anonymous panel review of submitted work samples. You can see some of the pieces recipients in Three Dimensional Art, Crafts, and Photography submitted here.
Three Dimensional Art
Fellowship: James Drain
Merit: Johnny Adimando
Fellowship: Borris Bally
Merit: Jocelyn Prince
Fellowship: Darcie Dennigan
Merit: Matthew Kramer
Film & Video
Fellowship: Luli Heintz
Merit: Jan Carlos Terrero Rodriguez (aka Slitty Wrists)
Fellowship: Mara Trachtenberg
Merit: Tina Tryforos
Play & Screenwriting
Fellowship: Lawrence Goodman
Merit: Aashish Edakadampil (aka Ash Adams)
Fellowship: Carrie Oeding
Merit: Laura Brown-Lavoie
Uriah is a nonprofit administrator and arts educator from Warren, RI where in early 2016 he launched The Collaborative, a nonprofit arts organization. Uriah is also a published writer and celebrated musician. He lives in Warren with his wife, Janet. We asked him a few questions about his life and art-making in Rhode Island for our series, Rhode Island Cultural Anchors.
RISCA: Give us a brief overview of your day yesterday- what did you do in both your personal and professional life. UD: Well, the Collaborative is one of four “jobs” that I have so each day is unique. But specifically yesterday I ran an art selection presentation for Art Connection-RI at WARM Center in Westerly, updated the website for Art Night Bristol Warren, met with the Superintendent of Bristol Warren Schools as part of my grant writing position with the Town of Warren, and then went shopping for refreshments for The Collaborative’s Student Artist of the Month Artist Reception. Later in the evening, I attended the reception (which was very well attended!)
RISCA: What do you love about the art community in Rhode Island? UD: Simply put, it’s that there are so many folks doing great things here with creativity and drive to make the arts a permanent part of Rhode Island’s economic and cultural landscape.
RISCA: Why do you make Rhode Island your home, and how did you end up here? UD: I’m a Rhode Islander. My family are Rhode Islanders. There’s not a way to un-become that, it’s in the blood.
RISCA: What is one thing, personal or professional, that you or your organization want to accomplish in the next year? UD: My main goal has always been to grow The Collaborative into a sustainable organization with full time employees and year-round arts education programs. This year we were able to begin compensating our Gallery Manager with a small stipend. My hope to grow that position into full time by next year. Programming-wise, we are really working hard on adding more workshop and class opportunities for people of all ages.
RISCA: Why do you do what you do? What inspires you, drives you, to create or enable the creation of art? UD: Have you ever seen the look on a young person’s face when they create something they are proud of and see it hung on a gallery wall? Or the look when someone they don’t know purchases it? The arts are so important to the community, I can’t think of anything else I’d prefer to do than support the folks creating it.
RISCA: What is one thing you think the art community in Rhode Island needs? UD: More funding! Lots and lots of money please.
You can see what Uriah is up to at The Collaborative by visiting their website, and following them on Facebook and Instagram.