Statement from the RI Arts Council on the passing of Roger Mandle

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director, R.I. State Council on the Arts, made the following statement on the loss of Roger Mandle, a prominent figure in the arts and former longtime president of the Rhode Island School of Design.

“On behalf of the Rhode Island arts community, I would like to express my sorrow over Roger’s passing. Roger’s enormous influence in the arts has and will continue to be felt well beyond Rhode Island’s borders. In Rhode Island, Roger was deeply committed to the arts. He spoke out – passionately – about the importance of the local arts community. He testified on numerous occasions to the General Assembly about support for the arts in the Ocean State. We express our deepest sympathy to his wife Gayle and his children Luke and Julia on their loss.”

Executive Director, RI Council on the Arts

To read more about Roger Mandle and his influence on the arts worldwide, click Here.

RISD seeking Program Manager for Digital and Interactive Design Studies

Continuing Education at RISD is seeking a part-time Program Manager, Digital and Interactive Design Studies. This Program Manager is responsible for researching, planning, staffing, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating and implementing offerings in Digital and Interactive Studies. This includes certificate programs, courses, conferences, seminars and special events, in areas such as Animation; Interactive Design, Photography and Digital Foundations.
For more information and to apply, click here.

RISD Museum Capital Improvements Underway via Cultural Facilities Grant

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RISD Museum Director John Smith in the museum’s beloved Grand Gallery, under renovation thanks to RISCA Cultural Facilities Grant

For the past several months the Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design has been going through a major renovation of their fifth-floor European Galleries.  This project has been supported through a $250,000 grant from RISCA’s State Cultural Facilities Grant program.

The project supports an extensive renovation project on the 5th floor of the RISD Museum’s Radeke Building, including the museum’s Grand Gallery and adjacent European art galleries. The work includes the demolition of existing ceilings to install a fire alarm system, sprinkler system, and new emergency and exhibit lighting systems; upgrading sensors and security devices; installing wifi; constructing new ceilings; and painting the gallery walls. This work will bring the 5th floor into compliance with the life safety requirements outlined by the State Board of Review and Appeal ahead of a significant reinterpretation and reinstallation of the museum’s permanent collection.

The State Cultural Facilities Grant program has played a significant role in supporting a number of projects in communities throughout Rhode Island. The next deadline for applications is October 1, 2017.