Video and Pictures from RISCA’s 50 Anniversary Rally at the State House

Rally Capitol TV

Click on this image to see the Capitol TV video of the “Rally for RISCA’s 50th”

Thanks to all of you who attended RISCA’s 50th Birthday party at the Rhode Island State House on June 1st!  We had a great turnout, and a lot of fun.

The highlight of the event was our 50 Speakers for 50 Years of Public Support for the Arts in Rhode Island, when 50 arts and political leaders in our state took 60 seconds apiece to creatively express their support for public funding for the arts.  And it was VERY creative.  Click on the image above to see the video, courtesy of Rhode Island Capitol TV.

And check out pictures of the event on the RISCA Flickr page, courtesy of photographer Lew Place III.

Arts Account for Over $1 Billion in Compensation to Rhode Island Workers


Rhode Island Governor Gina M. Raimondo talks with The Steel Yard director Howie Sneider during a visit to the Providence-based arts organization. Compensation in Rhode Island’s arts and cultural sector was over $1 billion according to a report released today by the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Economic Analysis

New Study by U.S. Dept of Commerce and NEA Shows Rhode Island Leading Region in State Employment in the Arts

Providence, RI – April 19, 2017

More than $1 billion in compensation was paid to Rhode Islanders involved in the arts and cultural production sector in 2014, according to a new study released today through a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA).

“Today’s report from the federal government shows that the arts and culture create jobs and represent a significant share of employment in our state,” Governor Gina M. Raimondo said. “We are grateful to the work of the State Arts Council and the many artists and cultural organizations who contribute so much to the economic and cultural life of our state.”

According to the report, close to 18,000 Rhode Islanders were employed in the arts and cultural sector in 2014, representing 3.7% of all employment in the state. Rhode Island leads the New England region in the percentage of state employment attributed to the arts and culture and ranked No. 2 in the percentage of total state compensation credited to the arts (3.6%), following Massachusetts. Continue reading

RI Congressmen sign on to letter urging increased support for NEA


U.S. Representatives David Cicilline (RI-01) and Jim Langevin (RI-02) have signed onto a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on the Interior, urging them to increase funding for the National Endowment for the Arts to $155 million, an increase of about $7 million from its current level of about $148 million.  More than 150 Members of Congress have signed onto the letter.

“Few other federal investments have such a widespread impact and multiplying effect across the nation as does the Arts Endowment,” the letter reads. “For every one dollar spent on direct grants, nearly nine non-federal dollars are matched, generating $600 million in matching support while at the same time enriching our children and communities with access to the arts they might no otherwise have.”


RI Congressman Langevin Organized Floor Speeches in Support of NEA

On April 6th Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin (RI-02) organized an hour-long “Special Order” in the U.S. House of Representatives, with speeches from several Members of Congress centered around protecting the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities from elimination in President Trump’s budget outline for the coming year.

Here is the video from that hour-long event. Many thanks to Representative Langevin, his colleague Representative David Cicilline (RI-01), and others.