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PRACTICE / /PRACTICE SPRING 2018 SESSION ANNOUNCED!

AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators, Practice//Practice, will be holding the Spring 2018 edition of their residency program from May 2nd – 5th, at AS220’s campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island. We are also pleased to announce that this year we are able to offer a Sustainable Arts Foundation Parent Fellowship that helps cover the costs of childcare and travel! Applications are due on February 15th. We encourage you to pass along this opportunity to anyone who you think might be interested, or APPLY TO THE PROGRAM yourself!

Check out what past Practitioners have to say about the program and see whole the list of past participants!

How do you start an arts organization in a town where every artist seems to be waiting for the next train to Boston or New York? How does a group of artists put down $800 to rent an illegal loft space and eventually come to own three buildings, representing an investment of over $25 million in downtown Providence? How do you sustain and grow an organization for over 30 years?

Using AS220’s history and practices as a jumping off point, topics covered include: organizational sustainability (finances, structure, fundraising); strategic development (mission/vision/values development, leadership, transparency); property (the issues involved in acquiring and owning a building); accessibility (affordability and diversity); and collaboration (building internal and cross-sector partnerships). A final schedule is decided based the goals of each session’s particular cohort.

Practice//Practice is a 4-day residency program consists of a series of workshops and discussions, presentations by participants and faculty, a tour to visit partner arts organizations, hands-on making sessions in AS220’s Industries and, of course, a party!

Registration for Practice//Practice is limited to 20 spaces in order to encourage open and meaningful dialogue among participants. Tuition cost is a sliding scale from $500 to $1000.

APPLY NOW! Applications due February 15th.

Are you a parent and want to attend but are concerned about the cost or logistics? Check out the Sustainable Arts Foundation Fellowship that helps cover the costs of childcare and travel!

LEF Foundation Grants for Production Funding due January 26th

LEF invests in documentary film and video projects that demonstrate excellence in technique, originality of vision and voice, and creativity in form. The strongest proposals will be those that clearly articulate the ways in which the proposed project aligns with the program’s funding criteria.

A maximum of (6) grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to projects in the production phase during LEF’s major grants review. Appropriate Use of Funds: Production funds may be used for shooting picture and sound, early stage editing, equipment costs, materials, travel, and staffing (creative, technical, or otherwise).

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Sherry Brown and Retirement…

sherrySherry Brown and Retirement are two words I never expected to put together in the same sentence. Sherry was here before I arrived twenty-three years ago, and I fully expected that she would be here long after I left.  She is, after all, made of hearty Norwegian stock, with a quick and facile mind that can grasp the intricacies of education policy better than most mortals.

But, for reasons best known to her and her benefits counselor, Sherry has decided to retire after thirty-plus years with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. We’re delighted to welcome Maggie Anderson as RISCA’s new Education Director starting Monday morning, January 22nd, but more on that later. Now is Sherry time.

I can’t begin to describe how empowering it is to work with a person like Sherry.  Arts administrators, by definition, believe they are the best and most creative problem solvers. And we are, for the most part. But if people like me pretend to think in three-dimensions, Sherry is always there to help you look into a fourth dimension, and sometimes a fifth. In her quiet and unassuming way, she will suggest another way to address an issue, phrase a response or diffuse a crisis. There are literally more times than I can count where Sherry Brown has gotten me (and, by extension, our agency) out of a jam.  If I have an important document to write, Sherry is the first person I ask to read through it. Thank G-d she was always there to do it.

2018-01-19 16_44_21-riaea _ 2017 RIAEA Award WinnersSherry Brown as been the Patron Saint of Arts Education in our state. The relationships Sherry has built over the years — with the State Department of Education, the major arts education associations, the Alliance for Arts Education, VSA arts of Rhode Island, all of our major and small to medium size arts organizations, the list goes on — has been the foundation of our work to ensure that “all kids have access to quality arts education” in the home, school and community. Sherry’s work has brought forth a number of important programs and organizations, such as the Arts Talk program for teacher professional development, the Rhode Island Teaching Artist Center, the Rhode Island Arts Learning Network, and now an extensive media education program called Give Me 5 in cooperation with our Rhode Island Film & Television Office.

Sherry’s latest effort is the one that – Thank The Stars! – will keep her collaborating with us. Sherry has helped to organize a major Arts and Healthcare initiative in cooperation with the Rhode Island Department of Health, the State’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Brown University School of Public Health, among others. Sherry will be a volunteer Co-Chair of this effort, which allows us to keep her RISCA email active and her seat warm.

But for now, it’s literally the end of an era. Thank you, Sherry Brown, for all you have done to elevate Arts Education (writ large) in Rhode Island, and we will do our best to continue this important work. “Fair winds and Following Seas.”

Randy Rosenbaum, Executive Director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Ocean House Artist in Residence Application due March 1

The Ocean House Artist in Residence Program is a collaboration with Ocean House that celebrates the arts, fosters creativity and advances art education. Art is an important part of the guest experience at Ocean House, our collections and programs have been enjoyed by thousands of visitors over the years.

The Artist-In-Residence Program features notable artists in September through May.

For more information, click here.

New England Dance Fund Grants for Choreographers due February 9th

Through the New England Dance Fund, NEFA will award small, catalytic grants of $500 to $1,000 directly to choreographers who identify and articulate a critical opportunity that will significantly advance their career in dance.

To be eligible for the Februrary 9, 2018, deadline for the New England Dance Fund, choreographers must:

  • Have a Creative Ground profile with DANCE as the primary discipline.
  • Reside full-time and make work in one of the six New England states.
  • Fulfill the Requirements & Reports for Grant Recipients (see below), if awarded.
  • Be applying for an opportunity that will take place between April 1, 2018-March 31, 2019.

Eligible opportunities may include, but are not limited to: residencies; research trips; conferences; workshops or other trainings that build creative or administrative skills; tour planning; publication expenses; documentation; video shoots; artist fees needed to prepare the work for a pivotal  presentation opportunity; hiring a consultant; mentorship.

For more information, and to apply, click here.

Call For Entries, Art League of RI

Entry Deadline: Wednesday, February 14, 2018
VETs Gallery, One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI 
Walls have delineated nations and cities throughout human history. Walls define what is inside as separate from what is outside, and while this definition can begin as simply geographical or in the name of safety, it invariably includes a defining of identity. Whatever the motivation, walls identify what is within them and what is outside them, placing limits on both. We are now in an era of new walls – walls built on the borders of nations, ideologies, cultural and personal identities. Whether attempting to break through, climb over, dig under, circumvent, use as a canvas, or decorate, artists respond to the walls that confront them. Facing the Wall will display work that calls to attention the ways people confront the walls in their lives.

Artist Residency in Alaska with US Forest Service

Voices of the Wilderness artist residency program

Sponsored by the US Forest Service, National Park Service
& US Fish & Wildlife Service

Residencies open to:
Art professionals in all media – visual (two and three dimensional, photographers, sculptors, painters), audio (musicians, singers, composers), film (video/filmmakers), and writers (poets, fiction, essays, storytellers).

Residency period:
Residency dates vary, but typically they are hosted June through September, lasting 7-9 days.

Susan Watkins painting in Nellie Juan-College Fiord WSA 2012.The Voices of the Wilderness artist residency is a unique opportunity. It is modeled after traditional residencies in the national parks, with a twist. Instead of staying at a remote wilderness cabin, our participating artists are paired with a wilderness specialist and actively engaged in stewardship projects, such as research, monitoring, and education. The idea is to give artists a sense of the stewardship behind America’s public lands, fostering an artistic exploration of these natural and cultural treasures. The hoped-for result is artwork that communicates something of the meaning of these lands.

For more information, and to apply, click here. Deadline March 1st.