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.

Congratulations to Karen Barbosa – new Executive Director of Riverzedge Arts

karenCongratulations and best wishes to Karen Barbosa on her appointment as the new Executive Director of Riverzedge Arts in Woonsocket.

Barbosa, who assumed the position on July 10, first joined Riverzedge as director of the expanded learning opportunities program. She most recently held the position of education and youth development director.

According to her bio on the Riverzedge website, “Karen Barbosa is a self-described “teacher-nerd”; she’s been in education for over a decade and can’t get enough. Her learning journey has taken her from Colorado, to Vermont, to Boston, Massachusetts, and now Rhode Island. She is a passionate supporter of experiential education and is excited to see Woonsocket serving as a model for innovative hands-on learning programming in the state and nation.”

Congratulations, Karen. We look forward to continuing our work with you.

RISCA’s Adrienne Adeyemi joins New Urban Arts Director on RIPR interview

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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City of Providence Seeks Program Director for Turnaround Arts

The City of Providence was selected by Turnaround Arts, a signature program of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to bring integrated arts education into three Providence public middle schools. Turnaround Arts leverages its network and coordinates with local artists and school arts teachers and principals for non-arts outcomes. Turnaround Arts also beautifies the school and invests in culture and climate improvements that, as research shows, contribute to academic improvements. This position reports to the ACT Director and will work closely with partners in Providence Schools and other constituencies to manage all aspects of the program including fundraising, stewarding partner and funder relationships, building-level implementation of Turnaround Arts: Providence, strategic planning, budgeting, staffing, systems management and compliance with the policies of Turnaround Arts: National. This is a full-time, dedicated position.

For more information, see the full posting here.

Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals Today (4/25/17) – Watch, Livestreamed!

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Rhode Island Poetry Out Loud 2017 Champion Simon Rabatin with VSA Arts Rhode Island Director Jeannine Chartier (left) and Rhode Island State Poet Tina Cane. Photo by Malcolm Greenaway.

If it’s Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017, then it’s the regional finals for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship in Washington, DC.  Competing for Rhode Island is Simon Rabatin, a senior from Moses Brown School in Providence.  Simon is in the group competing from 9am to 12noon on Tuesday morning.

Can’t make it to Washington?  No worries.  The regional finals will be livestreamed.  So will the final competition, scheduled for Wednesday evening, April 26th, starting at 7pm from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University.

Good luck, Simon!

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.

Do you have a “clean energy” story to tell? The RI Energy Office wants to know!

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The Rhode Island Office of Energy Resources is charged with leading Rhode Island to a secure, cost-effective and sustainable energy future, and they are interested in hearing how artists and arts organizations use clean energy or employ conservation efforts in their work.

If you have a story to tell, please share it with Robert Beadle (Robert.Beadle@energy.ri.gov), Communications Manager at the State’s Office of Energy Resources.  Or you can share your story with the world using the Twitter address @energyri and the hashtag #1000megawatts