For Arts and Culture Organizations: One-on-One Check-ins with Todd – How’s It Going?

From RISCA’s Organizations Program Director, Todd Trebour:

As the pandemic continues, I wanted to hear from you all how you and your organizations are faring, and how I/RISCA can be helpful this fall and spring with our programs and services. I will definitely provide any help, information, and ideas I can in our conversation, and am happy to talk through any tough problems you are facing or program ideas you are developing as well. The hour is yours to use as you wish! Our conversations will be confidential.

Check out the sign up schedule here. When you sign up, be sure to provide your email address and phone number. I will follow-up with details. If none of the time listed work for you, email me at and we can definitely find an alternative time.


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. Topic TBD. Check back!

More dates in October and November will be added.

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RI Arts Sector loses over 10K jobs and $436 million in four months of pandemic, says national study

Image from “Lost Art: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy”

Rhode Island’s arts sector lost over 10,000 jobs and sales of over $436 million during the months of April to July of this year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a report recently issued by The Brookings Institution. The report, “LOST ART: MEASURING COVID-19’S DEVASTATING IMPACT ON AMERICA’S CREATIVE ECONOMY”, documents the impact of the health crisis on arts and culture nationwide, describing the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on a sector that contributes more than $2 billion annually to the Rhode Island economy.

The study from the Metropolitan Policy Program at The Brookings Institution estimate losses nationwide of 2.7 million jobs and more than $150 billion in sales of goods and services from creative industries during the four-month period from April through July 2020.  The fine and performing arts industries are hardest hit, suffering estimated losses of almost 1.4 million jobs and $42.5 billion in sales. These estimated losses represent 50% of all jobs in these industries and more than a quarter of all lost sales nationwide.

Authored by Richard Florida and Michael Seman, the report goes on to say that creative occupations in the fine and performing arts—which include the visual arts, music, theater, and dance— are being disproportionally affected by the pandemic.  In Rhode Island and elsewhere, arts venues and events were among the first to shut down and will be among the last to reopen in response to the pandemic.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, expressed grave concern over these findings.  “This report documents how, in just four short months, the arts sector nationwide and in Rhode Island has literally ground to a halt.  Theatres and concert halls and museums were shuttered, and artists and cultural workers lost their livelihoods. Arts jobs are jobs, and our greatest challenge is providing our state’s artists and arts organizations with the resources they need to survive. We must ensure the arts return to contribute to the economic and cultural vitality of our state.”

The complete report from The Brookings Institution can be found here.

About The Brookings Institution

The Brookings Institution is a nonprofit organization devoted to independent research and policy solutions. Its mission is to conduct high-quality, independent research and, based on that research, to provide innovative, practical recommendations for policymakers and the public.