Arts Access Grants, FY20 Cycle 1

Grant Amount
Grant Program
134 Collaborative (Tenderloin Opera Company) Tenderloin Opera Company Season 10 $2,250 Tenderloin Opera Company is a homeless advocacy music and theater group based in Providence, RI, whose members include currently and formerly homeless people and their advocates. Through weekly meetings and monthly performances, TOC with develop an "opera" featuring the stories of local homelessness, created and performed by its members. Arts Access Grant Providence
Art Night Bristol Warren #MeetTheArtist $3,000 During the project period July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, Art Night will present its 8th and 9th seasons of open studios and gallery events. In 2019 and 2020, in addition to the full complement of Art Night events, Art Night will launch a new component: #MeetTheArtist art talks, demonstrations and unique interactive experiences. Arts Access Grant Bristol
Brown University (Rites and Reasons Theatre) The Black Lavender Experience $1,620 The 12th Annual Black Lavender Experience will be a four-day hands-on exploration of Queer expression through performance, workshops, panel discussions, and folkthoughts (post event facilitated discussions), all sparked by Queer and self-identified LGBTQ artists of color-curated and produced by Rites and Reason Theatre. Arts Access Grant Providence
Burbage Theatre Company Burbage & Bard $2,250 Burbage Theatre Company seeks your support for its second annual “Burbage & Bard” Shakespeare Festival this summer, now featuring 12 free outdoor performances of "Julius Caesar"; eight performances will be split between two different locations in the Company's hometown of Pawtucket and the final four performances will be in East Providence, RI. Arts Access Grant Providence
Chance to Dance/RI Dance Alliance Chance to Dance Expanded Programming $1,500 Chance to Dance, a statewide program, has provided quality dance education for 33 years. Within school settings, a dance educator and accompanist provide 25 weeks of direct instruction. Students develop skills & knowledge to create dances performed in a gala annual performance at PPAC. Chance to Dance supports required “well rounded” education. Arts Access Grant Pascoag
Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island Shakespeare in Wilcox Park 2019 $1,620 Bringing free outdoor Shakespeare to the communities of Westerly and southern Rhode Island since 1991, Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island is continuing its tradition of arts access this summer by incorporating a free "Pre-Professional" young company training program in conjunction with the professional production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream." Arts Access Grant Westerly
Creature Conserve, Inc. Art+Sci Workshops on Learning to Co+Exist with Urban Wildlife $1,500 A series of workshops for Rhode Island artists on how to make science more accessible and understandable through visual art using urban ecology as the unifying theme. Participating artists will be invited to join a statewide call for artwork for a month-long Earth Day public exhibit, "Urban Wildlife in Rhode Island: "Learning to Co+Exist." Arts Access Grant Barrington
Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy c/o Providence Foundation Greater Kennedy Plaza (GKP) Arts & Cultural Programming $3,000 GKP Arts & Cultural programming revitalizes our capital city by providing free, high quality, accessible public programming in downtown parks since 2008. Programs include the Burnside Music Series, Noon Tunes, & family arts programs such as Providence Storytime & Art in the Park as well as public art & community programs at the Imagination Center. Arts Access Grant Providence
East Providence Arts Council The Looff-East Providence Arts Festival $1,500 The Looff-East Providence Art Festival is the flagship event of the East Providence Arts Council. The Looff Arts Festival is an economic driver for the City, drawing thousands to walk East Providence’s waterfront, ride its historic Looff Carousel, and experience the arts in way specific to East Providence. Arts Access Grant Riverside
Esperanza-Hope Free Bilingual Acrylic Art Program $1,120 Esperanza-Hope will hold its 4th Free Five Week Bilingual Art Program for children ages 7-16 in Providence, October-November 2019. The classes will be taught by five different artists. At the end of the five weeks, there will be an award ceremony and art exhibition with the children’s artwork. Arts Access Grant Cranston
GEAR Productions Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – An All-Abilities Musical Production $3,000 GEAR Productions will stage an original musical adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" with a diverse cast comprised of people who have cognitive and physical impairments partnered with community members who are typically-developed. Arts Access Grant Wakefield
Grace Church in Providence (Collegium Ancora) Mass for the Unarmed Child $1,620 Collegium Ancora plans to commission and perform “Mass for the Unarmed Child”, written by Michael Bussewitz-Quarm and Adrian Dunn in response to the ongoing gun violence against children. Duruflé’s Requiem completes the program, to be presented on Nov 3, 2019 (the weekend of All Souls' Day in the Christian tradition) at Grace Church in Providence. Arts Access Grant Providence
Imago Foundation for the Arts Artists Speak 2019/2020 $1,900 IFA will continue its free public lecture series, "Artists Speak," by inviting four awarded-winning well-regarded Rhode Island artists to discuss their artwork and careers. Held at IMAGO Gallery, the series increases public understanding of how the arts enrich communities. Arts Access Grant Warren
NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley Levitt AMP Woonsocket Music Series $3,000 Levitt AMP Woonsocket leverages the power of free, live music to reinvigorate underutilized public space and strengthen community ties. The 10-week Friday night music series invests in musicians, celebrates diversity, and catalyzes the local economy by drawing locals and tourists alike into the public sphere through these family-friendly events. Arts Access Grant Woonsocket
Oasis International African Summer Bash $2,250 Oasis International will celebrate its 26th African Summer Bash this year. The Bash celebrates the cultural richness of African and other diverse ethnic groups in Southwest Providence – including the Cape Verdean community – through music, dance, food, and the arts. The Bash is an all-day festival with games and live entertainment for all ages. Arts Access Grant Providence
Providence Children's Museum Family Maker Experiences at the Museum $780 Providence Children's Museum (PCM) seeks funding to continue its Family Maker program in the second half of 2019, offering children and caregivers across the state opportunities to explore maker culture and creativity, all within in a safe, developmentally appropriate environment. Arts Access Grant Providence
Puerto Rican Institute for Arts Caribbean Arts: Bomba/Carnival in Central Falls $1,500 This grant will support the Caribbean Art program with a month of Afro Puerto Rican Bomba/Carnaval workshops for Segue institute for Learning at Central Falls, ending with a great Carnival performance for students, staff, parents and community. Arts Access Grant Warwick
RI Cape Verdean Heritage Subcommittee Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival $3,000 RICVHC plans to hold an annual Cape Verdean Independence Day Festival in commemoration of Cape Verde's independence. The festival will be held on July 7th, 2019, at India Point Park in Providence, Rhode Island. The festival brings together the Cape Verdean community in Rhode Island, to celebrate the culture and heritage of the Cape Verde Islands. Arts Access Grant Providence
Salve Regina University (Newport County Youth Chorus) Newport County Youth Chorus $2,250 Newport County Youth Chorus offers free/low-cost weekly after-school programs for students in grades 2 – 6 in Newport and Portsmouth, each culminating in a performance. Participants are led by professional musicians and educators with a combined total of over 25 years of experience as well as emerging leaders from local high schools and colleges. Arts Access Grant Newport
The Autism Project In Harmony $3,000 In Harmony – The Autism Project (TAP) and The RI Philharmonic Orchestra Music School (RIPOMS) will provide a school year of weekly music education to 15-20 youth with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, with a year-end public performance. In the summer, RIPOMS provides engaging music activities to 115 campers at TAP’s Camp WANNAGOAGAIN!. Arts Access Grant Johnston
The Choir School of Newport County Piano Lesson Outreach Program $3,000 The Choir School of Newport County plans to continue its Piano Lesson Outreach Program with funding for its administrative and artistic personnel: a program recruiter/coordinator, and a Suzuki-method certified piano instructor for private and group classes. Arts Access Grant Newport
Warwick Center for the Arts Meaningful Art Experiences for Individuals with Disabilities $720 Warwick Center for the Arts (WCFA) will provide art programs for clients for individuals with disabilities from Spurwink, RI, whose programming assists them in pursuing social, educational, vocational, and life enhancing opportunities. Teaching artists will provide instruction twice a month using diverse media and arts practices to engage clients in artistic exploration. Arts Access Grant Warwick
What Cheer Art Company PRONK! 2019 $3,000 PRONK! is a free day long outdoor music festival, that has been bringing street bands from around the world and around the corner together with local artist and community groups. PRONK! 2019 highlights community activism art and music into a single and well loved Providence Parade and Music Festival held along the River on South Street. Arts Access Grant Providence
What Cheer Flower Farm Art in the Fields $1,620 What Cheer Flower Farm, an urban farm which grows and donates 30,000 flowers to charity, is launching an annual Art in the Fields summer program to invite diverse groups in the community to experience creating art. The program will offer free, artist-led classes including nature photography, botanical illustration, and watercolor painting. Arts Access Grant Providence