Federal grants to support 4 RI arts organizations

Latest NEA funds to assist the vital arts economy and post-pandemic revitalization

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is NEA-Logo-1024x512.jpgThe RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and three arts organizations will receive $929,800 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). NEA’s fiscal year 2021 partnership agreement grants address priorities in cultural tourism, community revitalization, economic development, education, and health and human services.

The awards will be given to the following RI organizations:

RISCA will distribute the federal funds as grants to organizations throughout the state. Here is the listing by state:

“Our arts sector is a key economic driver in our state that continues to face considerable challenges especially as we enter a post-pandemic Rhode Island,” Governor Dan McKee said. “On behalf of Rhode Island, thank you to the National Endowment for the Arts for a second award of assistance in less than a month. These are critical investments and are going to help us rebuild and recover better and will allow the arts to continue to play an important role in the lives of Rhode Islanders.”

“Support for the arts contributes to thriving communities. I am pleased to help deliver federal funding for local arts organizations and artists to ensure that Rhode Island’s creative economy can continue to enrich our state. By combining federal grants with private donations, we can generate economic activity and help arts organizations survive the pandemic and continue to serve audiences going forward,” said Senator Reed.

“After a challenging year for the arts, I’m glad this federal funding is coming to Rhode Island through the State Council on the Arts and its partner organizations,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. “Rhode Island’s world-class arts scene is beginning to rev back up in time for summer.”

“Rhode Island’s local arts community is an important driver of economic growth and an invaluable asset to our state,” said Congressman Langevin. “I’m grateful to RISCA for its deep commitment to our world-renowned arts and culture institutions, and I want to congratulate all of the grantees who contribute so much to the Ocean State. Like so many other Rhode Islanders, I look forward to enjoying your work.”

“I’m proud to join the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in announcing this important federal funding today,” said U.S. Congressman Cicilline. “When they’re given the chance, Rhode Island’s arts community can hold its own against anyone else in the world. Their creativity generates millions of dollars in economic activity each year, and this funding will make sure they bounce back stronger than ever before.”

“As the country and the arts sector begin to work towards a post-pandemic world, the National Endowment for the Arts is proud to fund the work of our partners,” said NEA Acting Chairman Ann Eilers. “These agreements such as the one to RISCA, AS220, CMW and FirstWorks leverage federal funds for regional, state, and local impact, reinforcing the network of support that is vital for a healthy arts ecosystem.”

“These federal grants support important RI arts organizations, but in addition our federal partners provide funds to the State Arts Council to distribute throughout Rhode Island. This partnership grant directly contributes to our economy, to the education of all Rhode Islanders, and to the quality of life we enjoy in the Ocean State.” Randall Rosenbaum, executive director, RISCA, said. “We thank our Congressional delegation and the NEA for once again noting the importance of the arts in our state and investing in our arts and culture economy.”

In April, RISCA received $754,100 in the first round of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) from the NEA. In February, the NEA announced the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2021 of $145,000 divided among seven Providence-based arts organizations. Read more about the recent NEA grants to Rhode Island:

American Rescue Grants to RI 

FY21 NEA RI Grants

National Endowment for Arts Announces Second Round of Grants for FY 2021 | National Endowment for the Arts

Gallery Night Providence seeks a part time executive director

Gallery Night job search for an executive director

Gallery Night Providence is an independent, member-supported, not-for-profit (501(c)3) citywide organization. Since 1996, Gallery Night has worked toward its mission of bringing art to the people and people to the arts.

Gallery Night is seeking a part-time Executive Director. This person will be responsible for leadership and management of the organization in coordination with the Executive Board. As Executive Director they will guide other contractors, program initiatives, external communication, and the ongoing operation of the organization. This includes conducting regular evaluation to measure success of the organization’s programs.

• Participate with the Board of Directors in developing and implementing a vision and strategic plan to guide the organization, and ensure that the mission and core values of the organization are practiced and upheld.
• Successfully carry out physical and virtual gallery tours on monthly Gallery Nights, March through November.
• Recruit and mentor qualified contractors, volunteers and interns.
• Foster diversity within the organization and in our community.
• Serve as a non-voting member of the Board and participate in the planning of general and Executive Board meetings.
• Oversee public relations, including local media, social media, and annual report.
• Coordinate fundraising with the Board, including donor cultivation and management, grant writing, annual appeals, soliciting sponsorships, and special events.
• Clearly communicate financial needs and expenses with the Treasurer of the organization.
• Advocate for Gallery Night to city and state government officials.
• Act as chief spokesperson and liaison with community members and organizations to foster partnerships and publicity for Gallery Night Providence.
• Assist the Board Committees in their work by maintaining contact with committee chairs and providing assistance and guidance as needed.

• Passion for the visual arts. Has the ability to develop the organization and thrives under self-direction.
• Leadership and program management experience.
• Strong understanding and enthusiasm for volunteer management.
• Education and/or experience in arts management, arts education, non-profit management or a similar field.
• Ability to maintain a constructive and positive work environment.
• Communicate clearly and effectively in person and in writing, using appropriate platforms and communication techniques.
• Past success in fundraising.
• Promote Gallery Night’s commitment to equity, inclusion, and accessibility.

This position is as a consultant and will be issued a 1099. Our budget is $300/week. We expect it will take the contractor about 15 hours per week to do the job effectively. While Gallery Night maintains an office at Sprout CoWorking, yet, this position can choose to do a lot of the work remotely.

How to Apply
Send a resume and a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this role, and why you believe you are a good fit for this opportunity. Please also include contact information for three professional references familiar with your work (nonprofit work preferred).

Apply to gallerynight@gmail.com  and put “Executive Director” in the subject line.
To receive full consideration, all requested materials must be submitted by the close of May 21, 2021.

RIEAP Alumni Consultant Program offers mentoring to the latest cohort

On April 21, Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program alumnus Chief Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson and Denise Barge hosted a workshop for the 2019-2022 RIEAP Cohort. They brought with them insightful knowledge and guidance on LLC’s, nonprofits, and alternative business. Workshops such as theirs are specifically designed to meet the needs of individual organizations within the RIEAP Cohort.

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Denise Barge

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Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson

Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, a RIEAP Alumni Consultant, is the Clan Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. The Pocasset Tribe’s reservation called Wattupa is based in Fall River. Chief  Jamieson has been the Drum Director of the Eastern Medicine Singers for the last 13 years, and the CEO of Eastern Medicine Cultural LLC, a for-profit company. He runs Black Eagle Productions, a new media and music company promoting culture and music productions. For more information about the Eastern Medicine Singers click here.

Denise Barge is the proprietor of Barge & Associates, LLC, (established in 2009) which provides planning, management and operational consulting to nonprofits and small business owners seeking assistance in starting, growing or sustaining their organizations and companies.

RIEAP Alumni Consultant Program was developed to recognize the important role the alumni play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development. Having gone through the program, the alumni continue their leadership role as culturally sensitive consultants who share their knowledge while mentoring the new cohort to become future leaders. It also serves as a professional development opportunity for the alumni. This program becomes an incubator for consultants of color from Africa, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Native American (ALAANA) communities.

For more information about the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, visit the website or click here.