Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program

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The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations. It is supported by a collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH).

The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program supports small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. RIEAP provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. Priority is given to newly-emerging groups and those with little history of grant funding. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, the RIEAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.

Funding from the Expansion Arts focuses on developing resilient organizations, including governance, financial management, fundraising, marketing, documentation, evaluation, leadership, strategic collaborations, and partnerships. RIEAP fosters greater connections across the arts and humanities, while providing leadership and professional development for a broader network of RI Expansion Arts Program-eligible arts and cultural organizations.

2019-2021 New RI Expansion Arts Program Grant Recipients

2016–2018 Current RI Expansion Arts Program Grant Recipients

RI Expansion Arts Program Alumni Grantees

Intercultural Collaboration Seed Grants:

The Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, a funding partnership of the Rhode Island Foundation, Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, is excited to open a new 2018-2019 funding opportunity for $5,000 seed grants to promote intercultural collaboration.

Description of Opportunity
The RI Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) seeks proposals from current and alumni grantees of RIEAP for projects, programs, or planning that bring together people and organizations across cultures to share cultural ideas, traditions, and heritages. RIEAP seeks to support creative and innovative partnerships and collaborations that strengthen our state’s cultural ecosystem, create sustainable connections between cultural organizations, and come from Rhode Island’s diverse communities. By investing in connections, this opportunity has the potential to highlight the state’s cultural assets, challenge assumptions, and bring communities together across differences. RIEAP will offer five seed grants of $5,000 each to RIEAP grantees and alumni; projects must include at least one partner organization that is also a current or past RIEAP grantee and may also include as partners other cultural or cross-sector (e.g. focused on health, environment, etc.) organizations.

2018-2019 Intercultural Collaboration Seed Grant Recipients

Special Guest Speakers:

As part of the RI Expansion Arts Program (Current/Alumni) and the Intercultural Seed Grant, recipients are provided the opportunity to participate in exclusive convenings with nationally recognized art advocates.

María López De León  – President, CEO / Board Member of the National Association of Latino Arts &Cultures (NALAC). September 2018, María López De León, an expert on intercultural initiatives nationwide, provided a 3 day convening at the Rhode Island Foundation and Southside Cultural Center of RI. NALAC is the nation’s leading non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion, advancement, development and cultivation of the Latino art field.

Carlton Turner  – Former Executive Director of Alternate ROOTS. December 2017, Carlton Turner provided an exclusive in-depth conversation with the Expansion Arts group at the Rhode Island Foundation. Alternate ROOTS is a regional non-profit arts organization based in the south, supporting artists working at