Get ready for April 1st! Upcoming Grant Workshops and Drop-in Hours with RISCA

Need help writing your grant for the April 1st deadline? There are number of ways the friendly RISCA staff can help you with your grant application through Grantwriting and Budget Workshops, Drop-in Hours, and more. Look here for a listing of our available grants. 

Grantwriting and Budget Workshops

If you’re new to submitting a grant application to RISCA, or just want a refresher on the “good and less good” of grant writing, join us at one of our grantwriting workshops happening in February and March. This series of grantwriting workshops will have a special focus on best practices in writing budgets for grant applications.

You’ll also be able to meet and talk to some of the RISCA staff about your grant application ideas. We’ll give an overview of our major grant programs, then you’ll have time to ask questions and meet with program staff.

To attend a workshop, click on the links below to RSVP:

South Providence: Tuesday, February 18th, 6 PM – 7:45 PM at South Providence Library, 441 Prairie Ave, Providence, 02905.

Providence: Wednesday, February 26th, 10 AM – 12 PM at Department of Administration, Powers Building, One Capitol Hill, 2nd Floor, Conference Room 2-A, Providence.

Portsmouth: Wednesday, February 26th, 6 PM – 8 PM at Common Fence Point Community Hall, 933 Anthony Road, Portsmouth, 02871.

Online – Organizations: Tuesday, March 17th, 10 AM- 11 AM. Webinar with an opportunity for questions, using Zoom.

Online – Fellowships and PGI: Tuesday, March 17th, 7 PM- 8 PM. Webinar with an opportunity for questions, using Zoom.

One-on-One Meetings

Fellowships and Individual Artists Grants

Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, will be holding one on one meetings for people interested in Fellowships or Project Grants for Individual Artists. You can sign up for a 30 minute or 45 minute slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant programs. She can also help you with the budget form, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant or fellowship application.

To sign up for a meeting slot, click on the links below:

RISCA’s offices: Various dates and times in February and March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908. These meetings can also be by phone or Zoom. Note that there is one day at Sin Bakery.

Tomaquaq Museum: Saturday, March 14th, 10 AM-2 PM, 390 Summitt Rd, Exeter, RI 02822.

South County Art Association: Sunday, March 15th and Monday, March 16th, 2 PM- 4PM, 2587 Kingstown Rd., Kinston, RI 02881.

Zoom: Wednesday, March 25th, 4 PM-7 PM. No sign up necessary, just join the Zoom Meeting to get any questions answered.

Arts Access Grants and Investments in Arts and Culture Grants

Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, will be holding one-on-one meetings from RISCA Offices (or by phone) for non-profit organizations interested in Arts Access Grants organizations who are reapplying to the Investments in Arts and Culture program. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask him any specific questions you have about the grant programs. He can also help you with the budget forms, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant application. If none of the dates or times listed work for you, email Todd at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov to schedule an alternate date/time.

RISCA’s offices: Various dates and times in February and March, at 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Project Grants in Education

Maggie Anderson, Director – Arts In Education, will be holding one-on-one meetings from RISCA Offices (or by phone) for non-profit organizations, artists and schools interested in Project Grants in Education. You can sign up for a 1 hour slot, and ask her any specific questions you have about the grant program. She can also help you with the budget forms, review any specific answers you’ve written, or anything other assistance you need with your grant application. To set up an in person or phone meeting, email Maggie Anderson at Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.

Open Drop In Hours

Need last minute help with your RISCA grant? Or just a place to write them and get your questions answered at the same time? RISCA staff will be there to answer questions, help with technology, read drafts, or whatever other support you need. Drop in at any time during the event.

Warwick: Thursday, March 26th, 6 PM-8 PM at Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane.

Central Falls: Saturday, March 28th, 11 AM-2 PM, at Adams Public Library, 205 Central Street.

Providence: Tuesday, March 31st, 9 AM-5:30 PM, at RISCA, 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

Providence: Wednesday, April 1, 9 AM-5:30 PM, at RISCA, 1 Capitol Hill, 3rd Floor, Providence, RI 02908.

RISCA Receives $30,000 Grant for Folk Arts Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program

RISCA is excited to announce receiving a $30,000 multi-year Folk Art Infrastructure Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to pilot the Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program. The Apprenticeship Collective Teaching Program will be offered in addition to RISCA’s other Folk Arts Programs. RISCA will continue to offer annually one $5,000 and one $1,000 Folk Arts Fellowship Grant, and five $3,000 Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants.

The program will feature the Narragansett Indian Tribe Master and Junior Master Artists, with all the workshops, performances, and presentations taking place at the historic Longhouse in Charlestown, RI. The Narragansett Longhouse building features professional modern offices, a full kitchen, archival room/library, a gallery, and several community spaces. The Longhouse will serve as an incubator for new folk artists, it will continue to grow as an arts and cultural hub, and a place where the community can celebrate their rich folk-art traditions.

This program will target Junior Folk Artists who are dedicated to preserving and obtaining a deep education in the art of Regalia. Through a series of eight highly focused workshops per year (24 over a three-year period), Junior Master Artists will work with several Master Folk Artists from the Narragansett Indian Tribe to learn the craft and important cultural and historical traditions of Regalia, which include leather, beading, wampum, dancing, drumming, and singing.

This collective way of teaching provides a highly effective approach that reaches a greater number of students and thereby creating a greater impact and legacy, resulting in more Junior Artists becoming Master Artists. It is also a way of supporting and paying tribute to the Indigenous people’s way of passing down knowledge.

With this piloted program, Master Folk Artists will have the opportunity to pass down their cultural folk art knowledge by becoming mentors and teachers to the next generation. Junior Master Artists will further identify with their Native American culture, history, and community while continuing their goal of becoming a Master Folk Artist.

RISCA hopes that the dynamics of this program can be replicated in other communities and thus benefit more Folk Art Apprentices. 

For more information on the RISCA Apprentice Collective Teaching Program, or our other Folk Arts Programs, contact Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of Community Arts Program at 401-222-6996 or elena.patino@arts.ri.gov.

RISD Mindshare Event November 9th

MINDSHARE

Saturday, November 9
20 Washington Place Auditorium / 1 – 4PM

Hear how RISD alumni pursue their passions! Learn how they launch personal projects, start businesses, ignite innovation and make social impact. These TED-style talks showcase the talent, thinking and conviction that alumni tap to create truly great experiences. Share the afternoon with like-minded artists and designers. Discover new creative opportunities. Challenge your thinking and be inspired! Free for Rhode Island based artists and designers to attend. More more information and to reserve tickets, click here.