RI Arts and Humanities Councils award nearly $1 million in grants with federal funds to 121 culture, humanities, arts nonprofits

Funding expands assistance reach to state’s more vulnerable and hardest-hit organizations

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is RI-CHARG-MAP-1.jpgSome 121 RI culture, humanities and arts nonprofits benefit from the RI Culture, Humanities and Arts Recovery Grant (RI CHARG) program, a historic collaborative partnership between the State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (Humanities Council). The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded $968,000 in assistance to Rhode Island from their American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds and is not part of the $1.1 billion in ARPA funding awarded to the state.

These federally appropriated cultural assistance funds administered by RISCA and the Humanities Council provide general operating support grants of $8,000 each to 121 culture, humanities, and arts nonprofits:

  • 95% are small to midsize and/or Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) centered organizations;
  • 65% are organizations based outside the city of Providence; and
  • More than 25% are first-time grantees.

The Councils designed the RI CHARG program to help RI’s culture, humanities, and arts nonprofits prevent, prepare, respond, and recover from hardships suffered due to the pandemic. In keeping with federal agencies’ priority on equity, inclusion, and access efforts and to support small and  mid size organizations, funding priorities were given to BIPOC centered organizations and nonprofits with annual budgets under $500,000.

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“These federal funds given to our state through the NEA’s and NEH’s ARPA allotments acknowledge the important economic impact culture, humanities, and arts have on Rhode Island,” Governor McKee said. “On behalf of Rhode Island, I thank and applaud our State Council on the Arts and RI’s Humanities Council for their partnership and swift work in getting this badly needed recovery assistance to their respective communities.”

Elizabeth Francis, Executive Director of the Humanities Council noted: “This historic collaboration between the Humanities Council and RISCA has enabled our two organizations to streamline the application process for cultural organizations across the state, ensuring that the combined $968,000 in relief funds from the NEH and NEA reaches those in the prioritized areas. This unique approach has gained national attention and we’re proud to know that culture, humanities, and arts nonprofits across the state will benefit from this effort. As communities emerge from the pandemic, the humanities and arts are essential to rebuilding our social fabric.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of RISCA, added: “I am delighted that we were able to combine funding from the NEA and NEH to directly support these cultural nonprofits. We’re proud that so many of these grantees are small and medium sized organizations; represent culturally diverse communities; or are new to us. These grants will have a significant impact on communities throughout our state who have suffered greatly because of the pandemic.”

Sedona Arts Center is seeking artists for December exhibit

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Sedona-Arts-Center.pngSedona Arts Center is seeking artists for the Souls of Forgotten Objects exhibit to take place December 1 -23, 2021 in the Special Exhibits Gallery of the Arts Center.

Exploring the intersection between trash and treasure, Souls of Forgotten Objects will include an exhibit, workshops and demonstrations that bring found or forgotten objects together to create something beautiful. Whether that is an old tree branch, bike tire, cardboard, colorful material, metal or paper, the exhibit welcomes artists to submit 2D or 3D work that takes these found or lost materials and turns them in to art. Curious, evocative, dynamic or meditative, SAC invites artists to think outside the box, canvas or convention in submitting pieces for exhibit.

Click here to read about the Juror, Geoffrey Gorman.

Deadline: October 18, noon Arizona Time – no late submissions will be accepted.

ELIGIBILITY: This is a national call, open to permanent citizens of the United States of America. Submitted work must have been created within the last five years. All eligible artists must be at least 18 years of age at the time of submission.

SUBMISSIONS: Only online submissions will be accepted. Artists may submit up to three works for consideration 2D and 3D work should be photographed and formatted to 72dpi, 1300 pixels on the longest edge. Actual work should not exceed 10’ tall x 6’ wide.

Entry Fee: $30 for up to three entries.

Click here, to apply.

Call for Artists: Public Art Residency at Lillian Feinstein Senior Center

The application deadline is August 31, 2021

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is color-jpeg-ACT-Staff.jpgThe City of Providence Department of Art, Culture + Tourism (ACT), Mayor’s Office for Senior Services, and the Lillian Feinstein Senior Center invite RI-based muralists to install an original permanent mural. The awarded artist or artist team will begin a residency in late September 2021 and will work with the Lillian Feinstein Senior Center for up to six weeks or until the mural is installed.

Applicants must be 18 years or older and hold a current Rhode Island home or studio address to be eligible to apply. Providence residents and/or artists with previous lived experience in Providence will be preferred.

The total project budget is $20,000, of which $10,200 will be directly allocated to the artist or artist team. Please see budget section of the call for more information. To apply, submit your artist statement, resume/CV,  and three to five examples of relevant projects via CAFÉ here.

The application deadline is August 31, 2021.

Questions about this call to artists must be submitted in writing by August 20, 2021. Write to Gina Rodriguez-Drix, ACT Cultural Affairs Manager at grodriguez@providenceri.gov with the subject line: Residency at Lillian Feinstein Senior Center. An FAQ will be posted on August 25, 2021, here. to learn more, click here