Applications for the National Dance Presenters Forum due March 28th

Jacob’s Pillow, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invites emerging dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience to:

  • Strengthen curatorial practice in dance
  • Discuss critical issues facing the dance field
  • Learn about and share audience engagement strategies
  • Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development
  • Strengthen professional networks

The Forum experience will take the shape of a learning cohort, wherein participants, facilitators, presenters, and virtual panelists will interrogate and contribute perspectives on the evolving state of 21st-century dance presenting. The cohort will use the lessons learned and the challenges and opportunities identified through recent initiatives and reports as launching points for discussion and reflection.

This forum is for individuals who have been presenting dance or are based at an organization that has been presenting dance for less than five years. 15 participants will be selected, receiving housing, meals, and Festival performance tickets. A limited number of travel stipends are available.

For more information and to apply, click here.


collaborative The Collaborative, an all-volunteer nonprofit arts organization, will be holding free art classes for middle and high school students during the month of March.  The classes will be held at the Mary V. Quirk School, 790 Main St., Warren in coordination with the Warren Parks & Recreation Department and funded by grants from Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the TACO White Family Foundation.

The classes will be presented in two sections and students can pick one class from each section. Section One runs on consecutive Sundays: March 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th, from 1pm-4pm and offers a class in functional sculpture and one in nontraditional & experimental techniques.  Section Two will take place on Friday March 23rd from 3pm-6pm and then on Saturday and Sunday, the 24th – 25th, from 9am-1pm. These classes will be in printmaking and filmmaking.  Four talented Rhode Island Arts Educators will teach the classes including Juliette Casselman, Lauren Enjeti, Adam Tracy and Tommy Whalen.

Since its inception, The Collaborative has always envisioned being less a gallery and more of an educational organization, bringing together art and education for people of all ages.  That’s why Executive Director of The Collaborative, Uriah Donnelly, is very excited about this particular event. “This program really follows our philosophy of using the arts to educate,” said Donnelly.

The two main goals of this program are to develop each student’s appreciation of the arts and to encourage self-esteem and confidence.  Since The Collaborative started, we have had many young artists exhibit in our gallery. We’ve had the pleasure of watching them grow and evolve into budding professionals.

At the conclusion of the classes, there will be showcases of the students’ work throughout the month of April at The Collaborative space, 498 Main Street Warren, RI.

These classes are free but are capped at ten and students must register through The Collaborative website: For more information email:

2018 Champions in Action Awards – Community Arts – Deadline Friday, August 18th

The deadline is fast approaching for the Champions in Action – Community Arts round of awards through Citizens Bank.  Please see full RFP below and apply by Friday, August 18th!  Additional details including the application and eligibility requirements can be found at –

Champions in Action

RISCA Grant Applications Now Open!

Our fall grant cycle applications are now open!

To apply for Project Grants for Individuals, Design Innovation Grant, and Fellowships in Painting, Drawing & Printmaking, Music Composition, Choreography, and New Genres, click here. For an overview of these grants and application guidelines, click here.

To apply for Arts Access Grants, Project Grants in Education, Arts in Healthcare Project Grants, Big Yellow School Bus, Open Artist Studio Tour, and Cultural Facilities Grants, click here. For an overview of organization grants and application guidelines, click here. For an overview of education grants and application guidelines, click here.

If you have any questions, or want advice about your application, contact the program staff member.

AS220 Accepting Applications for Practice//Practice, a Professional Development Program for Arts Administrators

Practice//Practice is AS220’s professional development program for arts administrators. The program offers the arts and culture field an intensive learning alternative to large scale conferences or semester-based higher-education courses.

WHEN? – Practice//Practice is a 4-day residency program that runs Spring and Fall sessions each year. Fall 2017 dates are November 1st through 4th.

WHERE? – Practice//Practice takes place on-site at AS220’s Campus in downtown Providence, Rhode Island, USA.

WHO? – Practice//Practice is for anyone who works in the arts and culture field regardless of position. From those who identify as arts managers, arts educators, socially engaged artists, program coordinators, community organizers, arts researchers, cultural producers, or any other given title, Practice//Practice seeks to bring a diverse group of practitioners together in a fertile environment to share and learn from each other. Each session, 15 to 20 participants are selected to represent a range of professional phases, from practitioners looking to start non-profits to those working in established organizations. Artistic disciplines represented by past residents include fibers, dance, graphic design, photography, filmmaking, printmaking, installation, making/fabrication music, performance/theatre, painting, sculpture, poetry and nonfiction.

Applications are due August 18th. For more information, and to apply, click here.

Building Bridges Program Accepting LOI’s Through September 8th

The Building Bridges 2017-18 Grants Program will support planning and implementation of programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences that advance relationships and understanding. Through this approach, the program’s larger aim is to contribute toward a more just civil society and greater well-being among people.

Proposed projects or programs should offer engaging, immersive and interactive experiences that may be conducted in collaboration with other organizations and are tailored to the needs and interests of the specific intended audience(s). There are many ways organizations might design, structure and implement programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations through literary-, media- and/or performing arts-based experiences to foster relationships and understanding between communities. Organizations are encouraged to draw upon their core capabilities, audience knowledge and resources in the creation of their proposals. Grants range in amounts of $25,000 to $300,000 awarded over one to three years. For more information, click here.

Performing Arts Japan offers Funding for Touring and Collaboration

The Japan Foundation is now accepting project proposals for Performing Arts Japan (PAJ) touring and collaboration grants for the 2018 – 2019 fiscal year. Application deadline is 5:00 p.m. EST, October 31, 2017.


This program is designed to provide financial assistance for non-profit organizations in the US and Canada that aim to introduce Japanese performing arts to local audiences. PAJ Touring Grants help present Japanese performing arts at multiple locations in the United States and Canada, with an emphasis on locations outside major metropolitan areas. PAJ Collaboration Grants help Japanese and American/Canadian artists develop a new work, which will further an appreciation of Japanese culture when presented to American/Canadian audiences. The grants are made to nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Canada only. For more information, click here.