Become an Artist in Residence at the RI Department of Health! Deadline April 30

Arts and Health Network ARTIST IN RESIDENCE (AIR) Application

AIR Program Background

The Rhode Island Arts and Health Network believes that embedding artists within a state department of health will help to drive creative arts-based approaches to achieving health equity, addressing the social determinants of health, and attaining population health goals.  Ultimately, the arts have the power to create healthier individuals and thriving communities. The AIR project is a pilot program of the new state plan for arts and health.

The selected artist will be embedded at the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and will work from associated community locations for a project period of 5 months between June 1  and December 31, 2019.  The specific 5 months will be mutually selected between the artist the RIDOH staff involved.  The AIR will work with selected RIDOH staff to create one or more public projects which respond to a public health issue identified at the onset of the program.

Professional artists, at least 18 years of age, with significant experience in providing arts to health-based projects and/or settings are eligible to apply. Applicants must be Rhode Island residents at the time of application and throughout the project.  Artists in any arts discipline are eligible to apply. The stipend for the residency will be $15,000, paid by a Network partner agency over the course of the  residency.  There will be additional budget items for supplies and materials, and a researcher/evaluator.  The daily work schedule will be negotiated between the artist and relevant RIDOH staff.

Applications due April 30th.

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About the Rhode Island Arts and Health Network

The Rhode Island Arts and Health Advisory Group was formed in 2016 to advise the two state agencies, the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), on the important role the arts can play in health and healthcare. An 18-month planning process was undertaken by the Advisory Group, facilitated by the Brown University School of Public Health with RISCA and RIDOH, and the result was the Rhode Island State Plan for Arts and Health (Plan).  The planning process was funded by the Rhode Island Foundation.

In 2019, to implement the Plan, the Rhode Island Arts and Health Network was formed. The Rhode Island Arts and Health Network (RIAHN) envisions fully integrated and sustainable arts and health systems that build on Rhode Island’s rich creative capital and innovative healthcare infrastructure. The Network is comprised of the two hub agencies, the Rhode Island Department of Health and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, who administer plan implementation with assistance of partner organizations and a Steering Committee who:

  • provide strategic direction to the implementation of the state plan for arts and health
  • advocate for the meaningful integration of the arts into health policy, practice, and research
  • guide the long-term development of the Network into a Center for Arts and Health .