Grant Recipients, FY20, Fall Cycle

Recipient
Title
Grant Amount
Summary
Grant Program
City
Jazzmen Lee-Johnson Fellowship in Drawing & Printmaking FY20 $1,000.00 Fellowship in Drawing & Printmaking FY20 Fellowship in Drawing & Printmaking FY20 Providence
Jordan Seaberry Fellowship in Painting FY20 $1,000.00 Fellowship in Painting FY20 Fellowship in Painting FY20 Providence
Matthew Garza Fellowship in Choreography FY20 $1,000.00 Fellowship in Choreography FY20 Fellowship in Choreography FY20 Providence
Elliott McKinley Fellowship in Music Composition FY20 $1,000.00 Fellowship in Music Composition FY20 Fellowship in Music Composition FY20 Portsmouth
Joey DeFrancesco Fellowship in New Genres FY20 $1,000.00 Fellowship in New Genres FY20 Fellowship in New Genres FY20 Providence
Brian Chippendale Fellowship in Drawing & Printmaking FY20 $5,000.00 Fellowship in Drawing & Printmaking FY20 Fellowship in Drawing & Printmaking FY20 Providence
Gisela Creus Fellowship in Choreography FY20 $5,000.00 Fellowship in Choreography FY20 Fellowship in Choreography FY20 Providence
Sara Azriel Schaub Fellowship in Music Composition FY20 $5,000.00 Fellowship in Music Composition FY20 Fellowship in Music Composition FY20 Clayville
Kirstin Lamb Fellowship in Painting FY20 $5,000.00 Fellowship in Painting FY20 Fellowship in Painting FY20 Providence
Paul Soulellis Design Innovation Grant FY20 $5,000.00 Design Innovation Grant FY20 Design Innovation Grant FY20 Providence
sheida soleimani Fellowship in New Genres FY20 $5,000.00 Fellowship in New Genres FY20 Fellowship in New Genres FY20 Providence
Michael Masseau Community Collaborative Mixtape $500.00 This will be a hands on community music mixtape. Where everyone from all backgrounds can stop in and create music and also network. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Ann Clanton Rhode Island Black Film Festival $500.00 The Rhode Island Black Film Festival (RIBFF) was created as a vehicle for presenting films, performance artists and entrepreneurs representing the African-American, Afro – Caribbean and Afro-Latin diaspora. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Sylvia Ann Soares Bilingual Cape Verdean history & cultural show (working title) $500.00 The artist is researching, writing, and will direct and perform with Rhode Island Cape Verdean poets and professional musicians, some immigrants, a bilingual educative theatrical piece on the history and culture of Cabo Verde (the official name) and RI Cape Verdean community, and will rent a venue. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Harrison Grigsby AFRICAN BOY SHORT FILM & SCREENING $750.00 Harrison Grigsby aka Jon Hope will write, cast, develop, and produce AFRICAN BOY short film. He will release via a public screening followed by a Q & A afterward. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Laurie Amat "Sight to Sound" R.I. History comes Alive. $750.00 Concert Series in cooperation with the Rhode Island Historical Society Moving Image & Recorded Sound Archives, presenting programs of film and video accompanied by live soundtracks. Events include a reprise of "Looping Celluloid-Silents from the Archives", and with Verdant Vibes Ensemble, creation and performance of "Hot Wind, Cold White" based on The Great 1938 Hurricane & the Blizzard of '78. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Alfonso Acevedo ART CLASSES/MURALS/CERAMICS: CONNECTING THE ART WITH THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD PART V $750.00 The year 2020 Art Factory will work with children and parents on Saturdays and some weekdays. The program will include a new artist instructor on ceramics to give opportunity to parents. The program includes classes of paint, Ceramics and Murals. Murals Project will be displayed as a temporary canvas. Also exhibit of art works on private commercial spaces and government buildings. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Central Falls
Taleen Batalian Waves and Shadows: A collaborative performance installation $750.00 Through a collaborative performance installation, Taleen Batalian’s Collection of sculptural garments will be offered to viewers in an unconventional runway presentation at The Jamestown Art Center. Batalian and her collaborators use a unique, inspired mix of textile, music, choreography and environment, to create a fully immersive experience. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Gisela Creus Creus and Davidson’s third collaboration; a work blending contemporary dance and theater $850.00 Amidst a castle of cardboard boxes and projections of pre-industrial fairy-tale landscapes, two women escape a dystopian world through the magic of imagination and the conviction that equity is possible. A dance-theater piece: free and ticketed events will be held in communities in and around Providence. Performances, workshops, creative laboratories, and Q&A's will be free and open to the public. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
David Henry Festival of Solo Dances and Dance Films $1,000.00 "Kicking & Screening: Live & Alone" will be a weekend of solo dance performances, dance films, and creative workshops, taking place in Providence, March 5-7,l; 2020. Invited artists, both local and national, will be sharing work that pushes the boundaries of contemporary performance made for stage and cinema. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Scituate
Judee Burr Ticks and Trees: Environmental Storytelling in Sound $1,000.00 These two creative nonfiction audio stories will explore timely environmental issues impacting the northeast. One audio piece will examine the impact of ticks and Lyme disease on organic farmers in the region. The second will explore the value of trees through the eyes of Rhode Island residents. These audio works will be published online and available to the public for streaming. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Damont Combs Tell your truth $1,000.00 Mr. Orange live presents tell your truth which is a poetry open mic that encourages open dialogue on many of the topics providence residences have on their hearts and minds. it features local artist and also local art work for sale by sky gallery Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Cathren Housley Maker's Box Recycled: the Transformative Power of Art $1,050.00 Maker's Box is a workshop series designed to kick start young imaginations with a variety of art mediums. Multidisciplinary artist and writer Cathren Housley provides the materials- each week a different challenge arrives…and the fun begins. Kids will explore the transformative power of art and develop solid problem solving skills as they take their ideas from thought to form. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 East Providence
Piero Alves Guimaraes Verdant Vibes Spring Mini-Fest! $1,250.00 Verdant Vibes presents a mini-festival of new performance work by local composers and artists, exploring historic Rhode Island topics including the legacy of silver factories, weather disasters, war propaganda, and children’s stories. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Sara Azriel Schaub MARS Camp After School Program $1,500.00 MARS Camp is a music, arts, recording, and songwriting program. Combining holistic methods with new technology, MARS takes a visionary approach in helping students discover their voice. Students learn to write, record, produce, and distribute their original work, and apply healthy mind and body practices to their art and daily lives. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Clayville
Alexis Ingram in(fer)UTILITY $1,500.00 in(fer)UTILITY is a 1 woman play/multimedia experience written by Alexis Ingram. The show will be made from a series of interviews from people who have experienced infertility, gone through IVF, become an egg donor or surrogate etc. Where do profit, the gift of life, racism, and sexism intersect in the growing IVF/surrogacy world. This play will also draw on Ingram's experience as a WOC egg donor. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Warren
Jason Tranchida Scandalous Conduct/Newport 1919 $1,700.00 After the end of World War I, a Navy-sanctioned raid on homosexual activity in Newport, RI sparked national scandal, when sailors and civilian men alike were targeted in a covert operation against “immoral acts”. Scandalous Conduct/Newport 1919 is a sited art installation and series of public programs marking the centenary of the Newport Naval (Sex) Scandal of 1919-20. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Gina Rodriguez A Message from the Archives: a mixed media immersive museum exhibit 7 generations in the future. $1,700.00 Co-curated by Providence-based writer Gina Rodríguez and Boston-based visual artist Dara Bayer, A Message from the Archives is a mixed media immersive museum exhibit set seven generations into the future. This one-night-only exhibit explores the ramifications of climate change, artificial intelligence, social collapse and rebirth through a feminist afrofuturist lens. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 PROVIDENCE
Abdul Adio Supply : Arts and music Project $1,750.00 Spocka Summa will host an arts & music event at Hope Artiste Village in Pawtucket RI. Supply will feature up to 30 local vendors, 8 live local performancers , live painting , games and other interactive activities. The goal of Supply is to create a platform for all artists participating to showcase their work in a public space & connect with the community in the surrounding area. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Rose Weaver SCRIPT DEVELOPMENT Stage 2: Black Women Taking Off The Masks $1,750.00 Rose Weaver, Actor/Writer/Performing Artist, is in Stage 2 Development and writing of her RISCA winning new script, Black Women Taking Off The Masks. Through blues songs, Hip Hop lyrics, spoken word, movement, humor and tragedy, it is about heartache, love, and respect as Black women search for healing from social and cultural trauma inflicted upon them in the past and present. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Marcella Green fathom; a community art library $1,750.00 fathom is a free community space focused on the art of storytelling through book making and sharing. fathom is also a living, growing archive, a library, of contemporary creative work with an emphasis on local, emerging work. fathom currently is a pop-up. fathom coordinates short term workshops with a reading room installation at various storefronts or community locations throughout Providence. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Alexander Berry Providence Cello Festival $1,750.00 Zan Berry, the 2020 Artist-in-Residence at the Music Mansion, will present the first Providence Cello Festival at the Music Mansion, AS220, and RISD museum. Featured artists Zan Berry, Laura Cetilia and Dave Haughey, with 8 local cellists, will present 3 diverse concerts during the weekend. Dave Haughey will lead an educational jazz cello and improvisation workshop for local students. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Hernan Jourdan Thank You For Listening $2,450.00 Bilingual podcast co-anchored by Latinx queer artists Hernan Jourdan and Shey Rivera. This audio platform is used to showcase artistic creations (including radio drama, poetry and audio art) as well as to discuss contemporary issues affecting Latinx communities. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Walker Mettling Providence Comics Consortium Sunday Morning Sketchbook Church $2,500.00 The Providence Comics Consortium Sunday Morning Sketchbook Church will meet every Sunday February-June 2020 for an hour of concentrated and communal guided generative sketchbook games. Sketchbook Church will be open to people of all levels and comfort with drawing, ages 7 to infinity. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Evin Huguenin Black Lace Gallery and Performance Space $2,500.00 Black Lace is a small independent art gallery and performance space located in Olneyville, Providence RI. The mission of this space is to provide a platform for experimental artists and musicians with a focus on POC, LGTBQ and other minority artists by way of actively diverse programming. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Jennifer Sanchez Abue! A Spanish-language play created and directed by Jennifer Sanchez $3,000.00 Latina performer and playwright Jennifer Sanchez to hold the production of 'Abue!' the play. A Mexican-American story based in Providence where a family falls apart as they gradually become successful opening the first tortilleria business in RI. Only one woman can hold the legacy and meaning of family together, none other than abue! Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 East Providence
Julia Liu Driving While Black Magic short film $3,000.00 Julia C Liu will direct the short film Driving While Black Magic, based off the writing of Vatic Tayari Kuumba and starring Cloteal Horne. This film is the opening to an absurd alternate near future where revolution is brewing among the oppressed people of Providence Plantations. The film will be screened publicly. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Larry Miller Substantia Nigra: …by Association workshop performance $3,000.00 Substantia Nigra : …by Association" seeks to explore the factors that lead to oppressed people oppressing each other. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 providence
Silvermoon LaRose Nenawun Yeu Onch $3,000.00 The goal of this project is to create an after school program for students grades 9-12 to learn traditional Native American art forms to support the school in providing experiential learning that celebrates diversity. The program will culminate in an exhibit that celebrates artistic expression and creates visibility of Native American culture to create a more inclusive school environment. Project Grants in Education for Individuals FY20 Cy2 Charlestown
Jose Maldonado Project 401 School Year Programming (Winter Sessions) $3,000.00 Project 401 will execute it's Year Round Hip-Hop Education Programming Initiative. A comprehensive after school program where youth are encouraged to express themselves creatively through the Hip-Hop elements ( Rapping, Bboying/Bgirling, Djing, and Graffiti), be introduced to and explore alternative healthy lifestyles, and develop a broader understanding of their ethnic identity. Project Grants for Individuals FY20 cyc2 Providence
Banda Nova Alianca Banda Nova Alianca Musical Exposition $1,200.00 Banda Nova Alianca is an inter-generational group of musicians who plans to provide a free concert to the public at Slater Park in Pawtucket to enhance the interest of orchestral music in the community. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Pawtucket
Choral Collective of Newport County Newport County Youth Chorus $1,200.00 Newport County Youth Chorus offers free weekly after-school programs for students in grades 2 – 8 in Newport and Portsmouth, each culminating in a performance to share the singer’s growth and hard work with family and friends. Participants are led by professional musicians and educators with a combined total of over 25 years of experience. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Newport
Rhode Island Center for the Book Reading Across Rhode Island 2020 $1,200.00 The 2020 Reading Across Rhode Island (RARI) author will visit local schools and libraries, ensuring teachers, librarians, parents and students benefit locally from our statewide program. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Newport
Butler Hospital Music and Mindfulness with Ashley Frith $1,500.00 A six-month residency on seven psychiatric inpatient units at Butler Hospital, as well as a Brown Bag Lunch Session for hospital-wide staff, utilizing music, mindfulness, breath and body work,for self-expression, healing, self-care, and inspiration. Project Grants in HealthcareFY20-cyc2 Providence
RISE on Broadway Inc. The Adventures of Alice and Dorothy: From Oz to Wonderland $1,500.00 RISE plans to put on a staged production of an original script by Rhode Island’s own Shannon McMillian. The production will be aimed an elementary and middle school aged children in the Woonsocket area who might not have access to artistic outlets, although older participants and those from outside the area will still be considered. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Smithfield
Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island Community Production of "Little Women" Held at Westerly High School $1,700.00 The Colonial Theatre of Rhode Island will sponsor a community production of the musical "Little Women" at Westerly High School. The Colonial has partnered with Westerly High to bring in student & professional artists from Westerly and neighboring communities to expand the scope of this project. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Westerly
Friends of the Rhody Center, Inc. Steelpan and Latin Percussion Ensembles $1,700.00 The Rhody Center will provide another six months of its Steelpan ("steel drum") Ensembles, as well as its Latin Percussion Ensemble. The ensembles are free for youth to join. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Coventry
Newport Music Festival Community & School Concerts: Introducing Opera $2,000.00 Expanding its program of free public concerts & music education, Newport Music Festival will present two highly entertaining, one-act operas, Bon Appetit and The Telephone, at Newport Art Museum (3/28/20) and Newport Public Library (3/29/20). Each opera will also be performed separately for Newport public school students from 3/30/20 and 4/1/20. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Middletown
Ballou Home for the Aged Creative Aging Project (CAP) $2,000.00 Ballou's Creative Aging Project uses expressive arts as therapeutic tools to positively affect the lives of older adults. Therapy sessions are held at five eldercare locations, weekly. Beacon Arts High School students intern in expressive arts therapy and participate in the program, alongside older adults, making it inter-generational. Project Grants in HealthcareFY20-cyc2 Woonsocket
United Church of Christ Beneficent Church (Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading) 25th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading $2,000.00 The Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee will host the 25th Annual Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading on February 2, 2020. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Smart Test, Inc. Hip Hop Science $2,000.00 Smart Test plans to expand the 12-week in-school Hip Hop Science program to Central Falls two elementary schools, in which students will learn basic scientific concepts of motion and apply Newton's Laws of Motion and Gravitation to the Hip Hop genre, using their bodies to show concrete examples of scientific laws. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 East Greenwich
Providence Community Library (Rhode Island Women's Choreography Project) RI Women's Choreography Project $2,000.00 The RIWCP produces an annual performance to serve as a platform for 10 female-identifying choreographers to experiment and present a new work to an audience. The choreographers and dancers are local to the RI community. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Providence Public Library Assistive Listening and Reading Equipment for Improved Accessibility; Assistive Listening Devices; Assistive Listening and Reading Equipment for Improved Accessibility; Assistive Listening and Reading Equipment for Improved Accessibility $2,245.00 Providence Public Library (PPL) requests support for critical equipment purchases that will significantly improve public accessibility of the dynamic arts, cultural, and humanities programming held in PPL’s auditorium, as well as our unique Special Collections materials. A RISCA State Cultural Facilities grant will specifically support the purchase of 8 Assistive Listening kits for use during programs held in our auditorium, as well as a PEARL Document Camera and software offering document magnification and text-to-speech capabilities. This equipment will significantly improve access to our programs and Special Collections materials among the visually and hearing impaired. Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Providence
Alan Shawn Feinstein Elementary School Part of the Oath: Voices of Beauty $2,250.00 This project will bring Festival Ballet Providence (FBP) Part of the Oath Program to English Language Learner Students at ASFES. FBP will teach students about the power of our students' own writing and movement as vehicles to express themselves– building movement awareness, expression, communication and confidence. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Providence
School One Write Rhode Island $2,300.00 Write Rhode Island (WRI) is a fiction competition for RI students in grades 7-12 created by School One and Goat Hill Writers. WRI includes free writing workshops for students at educational sites across RI, curriculum materials for teachers, and a short-story competition. The competition culminates in an awards ceremony and a published anthology. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Connecting for Children and Families Art and SEL Afterschool Program at Woonsocket Middle School $2,500.00 For the 2019-2020 school year, we will offer the new afterschool “Art and SEL” program, to be taught by RISCA Roster artists and other exceptionally qualified instructors, to support students with social/emotional needs. Programming will intentionally align with school day learning in the areas of ELA, social studies, career exploration, and STEAM. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Woonsocket
Raising Hope, Inc. AFRO CARIBBEAN DRUMMING $2,500.00 Afro-Caribbean drumming engages young people ages 8 to 14 years who attend the Providence public schools from low income families to develop skills for making music through folk drumming, in collaboration with the YMCA after school programs at two Providence Elementary Schools. Program is provided by trained master artists on RISCA Roster. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Spectrum Theatre Ensemble 10-Minute Play Festival Development $2,800.00 Spectrum Theatre Ensemble plans to develop 6-8 10-minute plays over the course of January to June 2020 to be work-shopped and performed in collaboration with The Miracle Project and Brown University as a staged reading in the summer of 2020. Per STE's mission, the plays will be developed and performed by neurodiverse and neurotypical artists. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
McAuley Ministries Arts at McAuley House $2,800.00 Arts at McAuley House is an enrichment program offered by South Providence artist Kathy King to guests of McAuley House – a meal site and house of hospitality in Elmwood. Founded as an enrichment offering, it provides both arts instruction and an opportunity for artists to both exhibit and profit financially from their work. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
The Empowerment Factory Community Creativity Workshops for Youth $2,885.00 The Empowerment Factory will partner with RISCA teaching artists to continue on last years successful community creativity workshops. These events are free and open to the public, Saturdays 10am – 1pm, January – April, 2020 during the Wintertime Pawtucket Farmers Market, with an emphasis on inviting neighborhood elementary school aged children. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Pawtucket
ReFocus The Little Clay Studio – A ReFocus Collaborative $3,000.00 ReFocus requests a grant in support of The Little Clay Studio (TLC), its in-house pottery studio and classroom where adults with disabilities explore the potentials of clay, and develop self-confidence and individual creativity. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy c/o Providence Foundation Greater Kennedy Plaza (GKP) Arts & Cultural Programming $3,000.00 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, and family programs such as Storytime & Art in the Park as well as public art, cultural events, and community programs. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Trinity Restoration Inc., dba Southside Cultural Center Community Art Gallery @ Southside Cultural Center Rhode Island $3,000.00 Community Art Gallery @ SCCRI (CAG) is new program for Southside Providence visual artists to exhibit their work at the Southside Cultural Center of Rhode Island centrally located on Broad Street. This gallery provides a platform for local black artists and other artists of color to exhibit their art pieces in our Pop up! and Community Space. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Newport String Project Newport String Project $3,000.00 Newport String Project (NSP) seeks support for its free after-school music education and youth mentoring program at the Martin Luther King Jr Center. Forty students (K-12) participate in twice weekly lessons in violin, viola and cello. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Newport
Providence Ballet Theatre 10th Season Celebration Spring Performance $3,000.00 Providence Ballet Theatre will present a 10th Season Celebration Performance at Sapinsley Hall, Rhode Island College, March 20 & 21, 2020. The project will present select pieces that have been performed over the last 10 years showcasing the best of PBT repertory along with an exclusive performance free of charge for Providence Public Schools. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Providence Children's Museum Maker Experiences for Children $3,000.00 Providence Children's Museum (PCM) seeks funding to continue its Museum Maker Club (formerly Young Inventors Club) and Friday Toddler Try-it workshops in the second half of 2019, providing access for young children across Rhode Island to explore maker culture and work alongside artists in a safe, developmentally appropriate environment. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
India Association of Rhode Island Asian Arts Festival $3,000.00 IARI will organize “Asian Arts festival”,an outdoor intercultural mingling,free event for all ages at Roger William Park and Zoo, Providence. Participants will experience cultural artifacts, artistic activities and Artist Performances from Asian heritages of India Association and Hmong United Association of Rhode Island in the scenic park backdrop. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
What Cheer Writers Club Accessible Podcasting for RI Storytellers $3,000.00 What Cheer Writers Club will offer free and low-cost podcast education to underserved communities across Rhode Island, enabling diverse groups of creatives to broadcast their voices to a listening audience. Podcasting 101 introduces beginning podcasters to the audio equipment and resources they need to get their story into someone else’s earbuds. Arts Access Grant FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Davisville Middle School Uniting a Community: Silk Road Market $3,000.00 Ninety seventh grade students from DMS will enhance their understanding of Asian and African cultures by "travelling" down the Silk Road in 4-D: Dance, Drumming, Drama, and Design. Students will create a 10 stall SILK ROAD Market where community members will barter with canned goods turning the entire event into a service learning project. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 North KIngstown
Seven Hills Rhode Island, Inc. Integrated Performing and Visual Arts Program (IPVAP) $3,160.00 Seven Hills Rhode Island, a health and human services organization supporting children and adults with developmental disabilities, will partner with Trinity Repertory Theatre Company and other local artists to provide a unique performing and visual arts program for children and adults supported through its programs. Project Grants in HealthcareFY20-cyc2 Woonsocket
Warwick Public Schools Promoting Literacy and Arts for Youth at Norwood $3,420.00 Norwood will collaborate with The Gamm Theatre. 3rd-5th graders will connect language arts and theater. Six teachers will work with Gamm theater artists in their classrooms once a week for ten weeks. Each residency connects theater and literacy culminating with a student performance and attending a professional performance at the Gamm Theater. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Warwick
Tiverton Library Foundation Assisted Hearing System for Tiverton Library Community Room; Assistive Hearing System; Assisted Hearing System for Tiverton Library Community Room; Assisted Hearing System for Tiverton Library Community Room $3,500.00 The Tiverton Library Community Room hosts myriad artistic, musical, theatrical and cultural programs that are free and open to the public. In the last 12 months, 346 programs were held in the Community Room. This project will provide an assisted hearing system so that hearing impaired people will be able to access the programs. This includes many Senior Citizens, since 35% of Tiverton's population is over 65. Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Tiverton
Southside Elementary Charter School Project Arts for All $3,500.00 Through Project Arts for All, Southside Elementary Charter School will provide opportunity to all students to participate in an extended day partnership between students, teachers, and artists. This program will expand our students knowledge of and appreciation of their specific art form as well as foster social-emotional development. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Beacon Charter Schools BTW Community Shakespeare Festival $3,500.00 Beacon Charter High School for the Arts will host the BTW Community Shakespeare Festival at River Island Park in Woonsocket, in June. This event will be open to the public and is an opportunity for Beacon students to share what they've been learning in their theatre classes with the community. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Woonsocket
Aldersbridge Communities Authentic Voices of Elders $3,625.00 Barry Marshall, retired drama teacher at the Moses Brown school will gather stories from Aldersbridge elder residents that reflect personal experience. Mr. Marshall will adapt the stories into suitable literary forms, dialogue, narrative, poem, children's stories, and create performance opportunities that are shared with the greater Community. Project Grants in HealthcareFY20-cyc2 East Providence
International Charter School Documenting Our Identities $4,000.00 “Documenting Our Identities” is an arts education project integrated into the International Baccalaureate (IB) unit “How We Express Ourselves,” in which 3rd graders, teachers & Artist-in-Residence Mary Beth Meehan collaborate to teach how art and visual narrative can explore concepts of identity, culture, and community. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Pawtucket
DownCity Design DownCity Design: Access Providence $4,325.00 Access Providence will engage 36 Providence teens in real world STEAM learning experiences as they investigate the theme of Access–including access to public spaces by people of varying abilities and access to resources and services–and design installations and interventions for community organizations to increase accessibility. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Friends of The RI School for the Deaf RISDeaf STEM to STEAM Collaborative Film Project 3 $6,000.00 This semester-long collaboration during the Spring of 2020 will aim to educate RISDeaf students in the digital media arts and sciences, to complete the production of a short STEM to STEAM film in a 'film camp' experience. Project Grants in Education FY20-Cyc2 Providence
Hands in Harmony Aphasia Clefs: Expanding Music in Healthcare and Communities $7,215.00 Hands in Harmony’s therapeutic choir, the Aphasia Clefs, uses music to address health outcomes, build community, and decrease social stigmas of Aphasia. This project will increase education, awareness, and exposure of Aphasia using music performance. Two performances will occur with guest musician and Neurologic Music Therapist at URI and Trinity. Project Grants in HealthcareFY20-cyc2 Kingston
Wilbury Theatre Group Expanding Access to the Arts at Wilbury Theatre Group; Accessibility Project; Expanding Access to the Arts at Wilbury Theatre Group; Expanding Access to the Arts at Wilbury Theatre Group $25,000.00 The Wilbury Theatre Group is requesting funds to support necessary improvements in accessibility to our Olneyville performance space. With the support of a Cultural Facilities Grant, the theatre company seeks to continue our work expanding the accessibility for our programs by removing barriers created by language, hearing, and physical limitation. Through the purchase of language translation devices, we aim to offer bi-lingual programming, become ADA compliant through the use of assisted hearing devices, and improve wheelchair accessibility within the performance space through new riser seating and bathroom renovations. Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Providence
Providence Preservation Society Expanding Access to History and Culture at the 1769 Old Brick School House ; Cultural Facilities Grant; Expanding Access to History and Culture at the 1769 Old Brick School House ; Expanding Access to History and Culture at the 1769 Old Brick School House $25,000.00 The Old Brick School House (built 1769) boasts a long and layered history as a site for assembly, education, and culture. Over its lifetime, the building has served as the nation’s first free public school for African American children, the original site of the Meeting Street School, and the headquarters of the Providence Preservation Society, among other notable roles. PPS purchased the building in 2013 with the intent to unify its day-to-day operations and programmatic activity under one roof, as well as to share the remarkable history of one of Providence’s oldest and most significant buildings with a broader audience. In order to fully realize these goals, PPS must make the school house fire code and ADA compliant by modifying entrances, adding an elevator, and creating an accessible restroom. A sensitive reconfiguration of the existing space will create new opportunity for exhibitions related to Providence’s architectural and cultural legacy and an enhanced visitor experience. Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Providence
New Urban Arts Accessibility and Annexation of New Office Space; Cultural Facilities Grant; Accessibility and Annexation of New Office Space; Accessibility and Annexation of New Office Space $25,000.00 New Urban Arts is a nationally recognized community arts studio in Providence offering free arts education programs for low-income high school students. As opportunities for arts education in public schools have declined, our enrollment has hit record highs; we are now Providence’s largest high school afterschool provider.

Enrollment grew rapidly after our 2016 renovation and has reached a “new normal” of 600-700 students per year, posing challenges around congestion and privacy that undermine quality and safety. Meanwhile, our staff has grown, leading to untenable crowding in our office area, which shares an open floorplan with our studio.

Accordingly, we are now acquiring a 950 square foot building that abuts our current building. We will link the two buildings; our screenprint studio will expand to take over most of our current office space, and our offices will move into the newly annexed building. We seek RISCA’s support to ensure that our new office space is fully accessible.

Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Providence
DownCity Design DownCity Design 370 Cranston Street Accessibility; Cultural Facilities Project; DownCity Design 370 Cranston Street Accessibility; DownCity Design 370 Cranston Street Accessibility $25,000.00 DownCity Design requests funding to improve access to the recently acquired building on Cranston Street in Providence that will house our free youth design programs once renovations are complete. We are committed to making our program spaces accessible for learners of all abilities, which will require creating accessible bathrooms and installing a ramp and hydraulic lift to enable wheelchair access. Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Providence
The Steel Yard Campus Wide Access to the Industrial Arts; Cultural Facilities Accessibility Project; Campus Wide Access to the Industrial Arts; Campus Wide Access to the Industrial Arts $25,000.00 In 2019 the Steel Yard completed renovations to our facility that have addressed community needs head on through expanded and efficiently designed studios. We will continue to improve campus-wide community accessibility by designing, creating and installing artistic amenities including (but not limited to) studio ramps and railings, ADA accessible work benches, welding tables and sinks, outdoor shared seating (ADA picnic tables), and improvements to our campus entrances. Cultural Facilities Grant FY20 Providence