Request for Proposal for SPACING OUT(side) 2021 at Jamestown Arts Center

RFP: SPACING OUT(side) 2021

The Jamestown Arts Center is seeking sculptures and installations for its 2021 exhibition season, late June through October 31. The outdoor exhibition entitled Spacing Out(side) will relate to the summer exhibition in the JAC’s main galleries, SPACING OUT: Expanding the Field of Vision, which contextualizes the work of contemporary artists who challenge the limitations of space. In keeping with the main gallery exhibition, we welcome outdoor proposals that engage space in interesting or unusual ways, are original in their construction or use of materials, or offer an unexpected point of view.

Information and application, click here.

National ‘Arts ARE Education’ campaign kicks off and coincides with Youth Art Month

March’s Youth Art Month is themed ‘Arts Connect Us’

March is Youth Art Month, and as the month begins the RI Council on the Arts (RISCA) is partnering with arts educators throughout Rhode Island to kick off a national campaign to punctuate the ongoing value of arts education for pre-K-12 students and beyond.   

Titled Arts ARE Education, the goal of this educational campaign  is to emphasize the importance of arts education as a central component to the well-rounded education of all students. Arts educators in dance, media arts, music, theater and visual arts throughout the school year and the summer will be contacting legislators, and school boards and administrators to remind them of the long-lasting benefits of the arts, and their overwhelming impact on students in our schools.  

Rhode Island has a commitment to arts education, recognizing it as a core subject and requiring including it as a “comprehensive program of study.” With budget shortfalls expected for the 2021-22 school year due to the pandemic, the campaign points out the key intersection of the arts in enriching students’ lives, reigniting motivation to learn, as well as helping to bring successes in many other subject areas. When considering budgets, Arts ARE Education presents a clear picture of the critical arts skills students need to develop to assist them in being productive, and college- and career-ready individuals.

Be sure to tell RISCA how you get involved by filling out the survey, Arts ARE Education Rhode Island Action Survey.

“This educational campaign couldn’t be more welcome, as arts educators are facing challenges beyond what other classroom teachers face. RI arts educators, parents and students should remind education leaders at the state and local level about the economic and educational impact of creativity and the arts to all students. I am glad that this campaign will help RI arts educators carry the message that the arts are an essential part of every student’s education, particularly during a pandemic, when so much else has been changed or lost.”  

–Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, RI State Council on the Arts

Throughout Youth Art Month, which is themed Arts Connect Us, and during this summer, arts educators will be asking for school boards to pass the Arts ARE Education Resolution and for all arts stakeholders to sign the Arts ARE Education Pledge, in addition to other educational activities found on the Arts Are Education website.  

About Arts Are Education: Arts ARE Education was inspired by the Arts Education is Essential document that was issued by NCCAS in April and endorsed by 111 national organizations. The statement articulated how arts experiences support the social and emotional well-being of students and nurtures the creation of a welcoming school environment where all students can express themselves in a safe and positive way. To learn more about the Arts ARE Education campaign and to get involved visit https://www.artsareeducation.org

Read the RI Board of Education’s regulations regarding arts in the schools. Click here:

Public Feedback for New General Operating Support Program – let us know what you think!

In light of our strategic plan and values statement, the Governor-appointed Council which oversees RISCA had asked RISCA staff to reassess and – in some cases – restructure our grant programs to accurately reflect our newly articulated agency values and priorities. The first grant program RISCA restructured is our Investments in Arts and Culture (IAC) general operating support program for organizations. This reenvisioned program will be instituted starting April 2022 for the 2023 state fiscal year and will now be called the General Operating Support for Organizations (GOS) program.

To develop these new program guidelines, RISCA was guided by a Working Group comprised of 22 organizations from around the Ocean State (see CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP? section for more information below). At this point in the process, we would like to hear your thoughts on the draft guidelines for the GOS program.

WHY SHOULD I GIVE FEEDBACK?

In an effort to reflect our values of transparency, RISCA organized a Working Group to provide direct public input during the drafting process for this grant program – typically this phase of developing a program would be done by staff without direct public input. The public feedback phase is typically done for all new grant programs. We want this new program to be as relevant and effective for Rhode Island as possible – which means we need to hear from you!

HOW DO I GIVE FEEDBACK?

A copy of the new draft guidelines is available as a PDF here. When you are ready to provide feedback, you will use this survey – see the instructions within the survey for more details. If you are unable to input your responses into the survey for any reason, or if you need a copy of the guidelines in a format readable by screen readers or in a different language, please contact Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov. Todd will be happy to assist you.

Providing us feedback within the survey is important, as we will share the written feedback with RISCA’s Governing Council. To answer any questions you might have before answering the survey, we are hosting three Q & A sessions. While you do not need to attend these sessions in order to provide feedback, we do recommend attending one:

  • Q & A Information Session #1: Friday, February 26, 12 – 1:30 pm. Join the call via this link here.
  • Q & A Information Session #2: Thursday, March 11, 10 – 11:30 am. Join the call via this link here.
  • Q & A Information Session #3: Wednesday, March 17, 9:30 – 11:00 am. Join the call via this link here.

The feedback survey will be open until end of day March 17, 2021.

WHAT HAPPENS WITH MY FEEDBACK?

All survey responses will be compiled. Written responses to feedback will be crafted by RISCA staff and shared with you, as well as the Council that governs RISCA. In their final review of the new guidelines in late spring, RISCA’s Governing Council will consider feedback – and RISCA staff’s responses to the feedback – in their final editing and approval of this program.

CAN YOU TELL ME MORE ABOUT THE WORKING GROUP?

In February 2020, RISCA’s Governor-appointed Council leadership approved a timeline and process for the restructure of the IAC general operating support program. In particular, RISCA’s Governor-appointed Council wanted to ensure that RISCA’s support of arts and culture organizations affirms our values of equity and access.

As a part of the process, Organizations Program Director Todd Trebour stewarded a Working Group that helped vet and devise strategies for achieving goals of the program within the context of the new strategic plan, new values statement, and the Governing Council’s directive.

The Working Group met four times between May – October 2020. Consisting of 36 people from 22 RI-based arts and culture organizations around the Ocean State, participating organizations varied in size, communities served, and artistic discipline/cultural tradition. The Working Group consisted of organizations in the current IAC program, as well as current cohort and alumni organizations of the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program:

  • Arts Equity RI (formerly VSA Arts).
  • Chorus of Westerly.
  • City of Providence, Department of Art, Culture + Tourism.
  • Community MusicWorks.
  • Eastern Medicine Singers.
  • Hera Gallery.
  • India Association of Rhode Island.
  • Island Moving Company.
  • Kingston Chamber Music Festival.
  • Manton Avenue Project.
  • New Urban Arts.
  • Oasis International.
  • Providence CityArts for Youth.
  • Rhode Island Black Storytellers.
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts.
  • RI Philharmonic Orchestra and Music School.
  • Riverzedge Arts.
  • Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre.
  • Teatro ECAS.
  • Trinity Repertory Company.

Have any questions? Please contact Organizations Program Director Todd Trebour at todd.trebour@arts.ri.gov.