RISCA Thanks Arts Endowment for Close to $1 Million in Federal Funding to Rhode Island Arts Organizations

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Mary Anne Carter visits New Urban Arts in Providence during May 2019 visit to Rhode Island.  Pictured with Daniel Schleifer, Executive Director of New Urban Arts. – photo by Randall Rosenbaum

Providence, RI – June 10, 2020

The National Endowment for the Arts announced today that it has awarded grants totaling $976,200 to seven arts organizations and agencies in Rhode Island. These federal grants support projects by some of Rhode Island’s major arts institutions. In addition, the Endowment works in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to ensure that the people of Rhode Island have access to the arts.  A grant of $776,200 to RISCA helps to support projects throughout the Ocean State.

In announcing the grants, Mary Anne Carter, Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, said, “These awards demonstrate the continued creativity and excellence of arts projects across America and the nimbleness of our nation’s arts organizations in the face of a national crisis that shuttered their doors for months. By funding arts projects in every U.S. state, territory, and the District of Columbia, the National Endowment for the Arts again celebrates the opportunity to make the arts available to every corner of the country and to see how the arts can heal and unite us.”

Over $84 million in new grants to 1,144 organizations in every U.S. state and territory were announced today by the National Endowment for the Arts.  A complete list of grants, organized by state and city, can be found here.

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “we are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported Rhode Island through these grants. This federal support, matched by funding from the State of Rhode Island, ensures that thousands of Rhode Islanders will benefit from the arts, economically, educationally and culturally. Every grant that is made by RISCA and the Arts Endowment at the state and local level is a reflection of a national effort to make the arts available to all of our citizens, and as such is enormously important. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is proud to work with our federal partner in that effort.”

Here is the list of grants in Rhode Island that are part of this recent announcement by the National Endowment for the Arts:

 

Rhode Island  
Number of Grants: 7 Total Dollar Amount: $976,200
 

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (aka The Gamm)

$10,000 Pawtucket, RI
Art Works – Theater

To support the production of An Octoroon by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins.

 

 
AS220  
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support salaries and related administrative costs for Futureworlds, an arts education and mentorship program for youth.

 

Community Musicworks (aka CMW)
$70,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Music

To support free music education and performance programs for at-risk children and youth.

 

 
FirstWorks  
$60,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support a series of multidisciplinary arts presentations.

Rhode Island School of Design
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Media Arts

To support development of a toolkit and an artist residency enabling the creation of new works in spatial audio and computer-based live performance.

 

 
Rhode Island School of Design (on behalf of RISD Museum)
$20,000 Providence, RI
Art Works – Museums

To support a traveling exhibition of works by Shahzia Sikander (b. 1969).

 

 
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts
$776,200 Providence, RI
Partnerships (State & Regional) – State & Regional

 

To support arts programs, services, and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s National Endowment for the Arts-approved strategic plan.

Applications for these Art Works and Our Town recommended grants were submitted in summer 2019 and approved at the end of March 2020. Given the impact of Covid-19 and the time required to make project adjustments, project descriptions can be found through the Arts Endowment’s Recent Grant Search. This list is current as of 6/9/2020.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. Visit www.arts.ri.gov for more information.

Central Falls High School Student Wins State Arts Council’s ‘Poetry Out Loud’ Rhode Island State Final

 

POL 2020 State Champion Nayeli Vazquez
Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud State Champion Nayeli Vazquez (center) with RI Youth Poetry Ambassador Halima Ibrahim (left) and RISCA Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum

Central Falls High School student Nayeli Vazquez is this year’s Rhode Island winner of the Poetry Out Loud state championship, held Sunday, March 8 at the RISD Museum, sponsored locally by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. As Rhode Island state winner, Vazquez will go on to compete at the national finals in Washington, DC in April. 

Poetry Out Loud is a program sponsored nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency, and The Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Organized along the lines of the national spelling bee, Poetry Out Loud promotes competitions at the high school level throughout the country, with local winners going on to state finals, and from there to the national championship competition. 

This year 2,740 students participated in the program representing 13 schools throughout the State of Rhode Island.  Eleven schools sent contestants to the Rhode Island finals this year. The following schools participated in the state finals: Chariho Regional High School in Wood River Junction; East Providence High School; Portsmouth Abbey School; Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick; Classical High School, Central High School and St. Patrick Academy in Providence; Scituate High School; North Kingstown High School; Barrington Christian Academy; and Central Falls High School. 

POL 2020 5 finalists

Finalists from RI State Poetry Out Loud State Championship: (from left) 3rd Place winner Mariama Bandabaila from Classical High School; Honorable Mention Emily Klassen from Barrington Christian Academy; State Champion Nayeli Vazquez from Central Falls High School; Honorable Mention Sienna Adams from East Providence High School; and 2nd Place winner Jacob Rademacher from Bishop Hendricken High School.

In addition to Nayeli Vazquez, the following students received awards at Sunday’s competition: the second place finalist is Jacob Rademacher from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick. Placing third was Mariama Bandabaila from Classical High School in Providence, and Honorable Mentions went to Emily Klassen from Barrington Christian Academy and Sienna Adams from East Providence High School. 

First place winner Nayeli Vazquez will receive a $200 prize check and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Finals on April 24th to April 26th in Washington, DC. Central Falls High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. The second prize winner, Jacob Rademacher from Bishop Hendricken High School in Warwick, will receive a $100 prize check, and her school will receive $200 for the purchase of poetry books. 

Halima Ibrahim, Rhode Island’s Youth Poet Ambassador, was this year’s Guest Poet. Judges this year were Doug Norris, Margaret Chevian, and Maggie Anderson, and the Poetry Out Loud Teaching Artist was Kate Lohman. 

Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud State Championship was organized by Martha Lenihan-Lavieri, and Community Partners included the RISD Museum, the Providence Athenaeum, and the Rhode Island Center for the Book. 

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts 

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. For more information on RISCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.ri.gov. 

About the National Endowment for the Arts 

Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit arts.gov to learn more about the National Endowment for the Arts.  

About The Poetry Foundation 

The Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry magazine and one of the largest literary organizations in the world, exists to discover and celebrate the best poetry and to place it before the largest possible audience. The Poetry Foundation seeks to be a leader in shaping a receptive climate for poetry by developing new audiences, creating new avenues for delivery, and encouraging new kinds of poetry through innovative literary prizes and programs. For more information, please visit http://www.poetryfoundation.org. 

RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi joins New Urban Arts Director

On the off-chance that you weren’t listening to Rhode Island Public Radio on Thursday morning, May 25th at 6:51am, you missed RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi join Dan Schleifer from New Urban Arts talk about New Urban Arts at 20 and the threats public funding for the arts are currently facing.  Thanks to modern technology you can listen at your leisure by going to http://ripr.org/post/ri-artscape-new-urban-arts-20 .  Enjoy.

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