Resources for Teaching Artists during Virtual/Distance Learning

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is pleased to announce the release of a new resource for Teaching Artists. RISCA enlisted the help of 5 talented RI Teaching Artists to form a committee to research local, regional and national sources to build a robust repository of Resources for Teaching Artists during Virtual/Distance Learning. This Google drive folder contains templates, models, research and guidance for all manner of teaching artists. Arranged by artistic discipline and pedagogical approach, the drive can be found here.

The Teaching Artist committee intends for this resource to continue to grow as the needs of the field change during this school year. If you have a resource that you would like to submit to the committee for consideration to be included in the Resource Drive please use this form

To compliment this drive, RISCA will be offering a series of 5 professional learning webinars for RI Teaching Artists and one informal “Coffee Hour” to share experiences with your peers. Please be on the lookout for dates and times of these sessions in the coming weeks via RISCA’s Social Media.

Peer Support Calls for Arts and Culture Organizations Return for Fall 2020!

RISCA’s Peer Support Calls for Arts and Culture Organizations are back! We will be hosting 2-4 calls a month, typically on Fridays from 12-1 PM. See call schedule and descriptions below, and call-in credentials at the bottom of this page. This page will be updated regularly with the schedule of upcoming calls.

Gently facilitated by RISCA staff, colleagues working at RI arts and culture organizations, and special guests, these calls are spaces for people working at arts and culture organizations to listen, talk, share resources, brainstorm ideas, and co-create solutions. Most calls will have a topic focus.

In addition to being a form of peer support, these calls will inform RISCA staff as to how they can best support your arts and culture organization at this difficult and uncertain time.

Interested in co-facilitating a call or suggesting call topics? Fill out this short form.

Call Schedule

Friday, September 11th, 12 – 1 PM. It’s Been a Couple Months – How Are You? With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. This first call will be free-form, but will help determine the content and thematic tracks for future calls. Share where you and your organization are at, what you are learning, what you might be struggling with, and the ways you think peer support calls could be focused in the future to help you.

Friday, September 25th, 12 – 1 PM. Virtual Programming: What Have We Learned and What We Need to Know. With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. In this call, participants can share about what they learned these past six month doing programming virtually, from reformatting programming to using new technology platforms – and also what questions they still have!

Friday, October 2nd, 12 – 1 PM. Changing Timelines and Donor Engagement: Fundraising During (and Beyond) the Pandemic. With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. How are you keeping your donors engaged? How has the pandemic changed your fundraising timelines? Are you converting annual funds to campaigns? Or making different adjustments related to a constantly changes in your programming? Share what you are learning and the questions you still have!

Friday, October 9th, 12 – 1 PM. Planning During a Pandemic: Is There Such a Thing??? With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. I’ve spoken with MANY of you about this – how are you planning out your organization’s programming or work in the near – or not so near – future? Are you scenario planning, using a different process, or just shooting from the hip? How are you engaging those you serve in your planning?

Friday, October 16th, 12 – 1 PM. Organizations Working in the Arts in Education Space: Update and Check-In. With Maggie Anderson, RISCA’s Arts in Education Director, and Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. Maggie will update us on the education funding landscape, including possible updates about virtual field trips and RISCA’s Big Yellow School Bus grants, and other exciting upcoming programming in the Arts in Education portfolio. We will also have a discussion about virtual programming, where you can share what you have learned and where you still have questions.

Friday, October 23rd, 12 – 1 PM. Small and Grassroots Organizations: An Hour Just for You! With Todd Trebour, RISCA’s Organizations Program Director. You might be small, but you are DEFINITELY mighty! This call is a space just for small or grassroots organizations to talk about whatever you are facing. If you are unsure if you are a small organization, an annual budget under $250K and/or having 0-3 staff people will be our working definition.

More dates in October and November will be added.

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AS220 Accepting Practice//Practice Applications

AS220 is now accepting applications for the 2020 session (May 6-9) of Practice//Practice, our four day professional development program for arts administrators!  We’d be so grateful if you could help us spread the word amongst your networks.  We’d extra specially love it if you could think about any young, emerging arts administrators and leaders and/or people of color you could encourage to apply – it would be amazing if you could find 3 people to tell about the opportunity!  Attached is a handy flyer you can forward to said people.  [Please note: AS220 is only doing 1 session of Practice//Practice in 2020 as opposed to 2, so encourage people to apply with that in mind!]

Deadline for applications is Sunday March 8.  Thanks to The Sustainable Arts Foundation, we’re offering scholarships again for parents to attend (more info HERE).  Information about the 2020 session of Practice//Practice is available HERE and the application form (along with the Parent Fellowship application) is HERE!