Statement from RISCA’s Board regarding the search for a new Executive Director

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is risca_icon_full_EQL_icon.icoThe job search for Rhode Island State Council on the Arts’ new Executive Director closed in late February, after receiving nearly 70 applications. The search committee, comprised of members of the Council and a diverse array of community partners, underwent training to mitigate implicit bias in hiring and created an evaluation and review rubric based on the advertised job qualifications.

Additionally, community input was collected via a survey developed and distributed to arts and culture constituents throughout the state, asking about the attributes Rhode Islanders would like to see in RISCA’s next Executive Director.

Armed with impressive feedback from our community, the search committee is now in the process of using the rubric and community comments to review applications and vet prospective candidates. They will whittle down the pool of applicants to a shorter list, ultimately identifying a few finalists for in-person visits to meet with the search committee and key constituents before making a hiring recommendation to the Council.

We’re delighted that application review is under way and will keep you apprised of the search committee’s process. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Council Secretary Kara Milner at with any concerns or questions.

The Council