RISCA Applauds Federal Announcement of Support for Arts Programs in Rhode Island

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Community MusicWorks, one of the Rhode Island recipients of a recent grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts today announced that five Rhode Island organizations, including the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will receive $878,700 in federal grants through the National Endowment for t­­­he Arts (NEA). These grants will support activities in communities throughout Rhode Island that affect our state’s economy, quality of life and educational programs.

Governor Gina M. Raimondo expressed appreciation for the federal investment in Rhode Island’s cultural sector. “We’re grateful for the NEA’s support of arts programming and activities in our state,” said Governor Raimondo. “Every dollar that goes to support the arts results in more jobs for Rhode Islanders, an economy and cultural life that makes our state an exciting destination for visitors and business alike, and innovative arts education programs like RISD’s Project Open Door, that helps Rhode Island high school students prepare for exciting opportunities in the arts.”

In announcing the grants, National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu said, “The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations. I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, applauded the federal arts funding agency for its support. “We have seen clear evidence that the arts contribute dramatically to the Rhode Island economy and to the education of our children,” Rosenbaum said. “This federal support, matched with state dollars, helps to ensure that we continue to be a creative state, able to compete on the national stage with young people who learn through the arts to be the imaginative thinkers and problem-solvers of the twenty-first century.”

Rhode Island’s Congressional delegation is also very supportive of the federal investment in the arts in Rhode Island.

Senator Jack Reed said, “I am pleased to have led efforts to secure this federal funding to support arts education and boost our arts economy.  By combining federal grants with state and local funds and private donations, we can ensure that more Rhode Islanders have access to free and affordable concerts, performances, and opportunities for cultural enrichment.” Senator Jack Reed is a member of the Appropriations subcommittee that oversees the NEA’s budget, and he brought NEA Chairman Jane Chu to Rhode Island on two separate occasions.  Reed noted that White House budget for FY 2018 calls for an elimination of the NEA, among other cultural agencies like the National Endowment for the Humanities. “The arts may not have a place in the President’s budget, but they have a home in Rhode Island and I will continue to champion federal support for the arts nationwide.”

“Rhode Island punches well above our weight in the arts, thanks in part to smart federal investments like these,” said U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.  “While funding for the arts and humanities represents only a small sliver of the federal budget, those dollars are put to work creating jobs and contributing to the quality of life we enjoy in Rhode Island. I’ll keep fighting to protect our creative sector from the extreme funding cuts proposed by President Trump.”

Congressman David Cicilline also expressed his support for the NEA and its work in Rhode Island. “The arts are critical to our quality of life and play an essential role in Rhode Island’s economy,” said Cicilline. “These grants will help students and artists across our community develop their talents and enhance our state’s reputation as a center of creativity and entrepreneurship. I am proud to be a strong supporter of these types of federal investments to help make Rhode Island more vibrant and economically prosperous.”

“Rhode Island is known for its arts community, and this federal investment will enable local organizations to continue building our state’s vibrant, world-class arts scene,” said Congressman Jim Langevin. “The arts enhance the quality of life for Rhode Islanders and serve as an important economic driver within our state. I’m pleased these funds will be used help to support jobs in the arts, bolster education and ensure the Ocean State remains an exciting place to live, work, and visit.”

A list of the projects receiving funding is below:

Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

$718,700 Providence, RI

Partnerships (State & Regional)

To support Partnership Agreement activities associated with carrying out your NEA-approved State strategic plan.

Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre (aka The Gamm)

$50,000 Pawtucket, RI

Our Town – Design

To support The Gamm’s design of a cultural anchor for Pawtucket. The project will center on the community engagement and design phase of a plan to restore a Pawtucket building into a cultural facility that will be the new Gamm Theatre. The Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre will partner with the City of Pawtucket and additional community partners on the design process. The facility will serve an estimated 71,000 residents of the city as an anchor for a newly revitalized downtown.

Community Musicworks (aka CMW)

$65,000 Providence, RI

Art Works – Music

To support free music educational and performance programs for at-risk children and youth. Resident musicians in the program will provide instrumental lessons as well as instruction in subjects such as music theory and improvisation. Other activities will include a leadership development program for advanced students, performance opportunities for students, and professional concerts by resident musicians.

FirstWorks

$30,000 Providence, RI

Art Works – Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works

To support a series of multidisciplinary presentations and accompanying outreach activities. Participating artists including Bandaloop, Chick Corea, Betsayda Machada, and Qryq Qyz will perform. FirstWorks will offer related engagement activities including local artist showcases, panel discussions, master classes, films, social dance events, experiential learning, and performances in community spaces.

Rhode Island School of Design (aka RISD)

$15,000 Providence, RI

Art Works – Arts Education

To support Project Open Door. The free, after-school and summer visual arts education program is intended to serve high school students and teachers from underserved communities. Participating youth will develop technical skills in the visual arts and prepare competitive college entrance portfolios. Graduate students supervised by RISD faculty will provide arts instruction in a variety of artistic media. Students will have the opportunity to work in an open studio, build portfolios of creative work, and make museum and gallery visits-including an annual visit to New York City.

About the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts is a public agency dedicated to supporting excellence in the arts, both new and established; bringing the arts to all Americans; and providing leadership in arts education. Established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government, the Endowment is the nation’s largest annual funder of the arts.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency, supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders. For more information on RISCA and its programs, please visit www.arts.ri.gov.

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

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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.

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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Ever wonder how the NEA (and RISCA) decide on grants?

The National Endowment for the Arts goes through a rigorous, multi-step process when it awards grants.  From the submission of an application through notification of a grant, the NEA and its panels of experts review applications for both quality of the work and impact of the project.

That’s pretty much what we do here at RISCA as well.  In fact, if you play the excellent video from the NEA (click above) and in your mind just substitute the words “Rhode Island State Council on the Arts” whenever you hear “National Endowment for the Arts”, then you get what we do as well.

 

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.

Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud Champion to Compete in DC Next Week

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Photo of RI Poetry Out Loud 2017 Champion Simon Rabatin by Malcolm Greenaway

Rhode Island’s Poetry Out Loud 2017 champion, Simon Rabatin, leaves early next week for Washington, DC, where he will compete with state champions from throughout the nation at the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

Rabatin, a senior at Moses Brown School in Providence, competed successfully against students from 15 schools from throughout Rhode Island on March 5th at the RISD Museum.  As State Champion, Rabatin received a $200 prize check and an all-expense-paid trip to compete at the National Finals from April 24th to April 26th in Washington, DC. Moses Brown School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

On Tuesday, April 25th, Simon will compete in a regional semifinal against state champions from the Eastern Seaboard and Ohio.  The regional semifinal will be held from 9am to noon, and will be livestreamed. The National Finals will be on Wednesday evening, April 26th, and will be livestreamed from the Lisner Auditorium on the campus of George Washington University from 7:00pm to 9:15pm.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts wishes Simon Rabatin all the best for the week that lies ahead!

Webinar will help nonprofit organizations prepare applications to NEA for Media Arts support

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NEA’s Media Arts staff will conduct a webinar on May 3, 2017, at 3:30 PM Eastern  which will focus on guidelines for the upcoming Art Works II: Media Arts July 13, 2017 deadline.

Participants will gain insight on crafting a compelling project proposal, eligible projects, resources, and examples of previously successful projects.

  • We accept applications from non-profit organizations of any discipline.
  • Additionally, organizations may submit more than one application to the Art Works II: Media Artscategory under the July 13, 2017, deadline.
  • Previous applicants to the Art Works I deadline in February 2017 also may submit more than one application to the Art Works II: Media Artscategory under the July 13, 2017, deadline.
  • The webinar is open to the public, the presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
  • Register for the webinar here.

Eligible project types for this Art Works II: Media Arts deadline:

  • Production of all genres and forms of media art as an artistic medium, or a medium to broaden arts appreciation and awareness (of any discipline)
  • Artistic tool-making (hardware or software)
  • Residencies, labs, or facilities access programs for media artists
  • Intergenerational workshops and educational activities
  • Conferences, field studies, and convenings
  • Media arts publications
  • Web portals, hubs, apps, or other innovative uses of technology to provide audiences with increased access to media artists and art works
  • View the complete list of eligible activities here.

You can listen to the webinar using your computer speakers or dial-in to 1-877-685-5350, participant code: 739587

An archive will be available a few days after the webinar at https://www.arts.gov/videos/webinars.

Visit our website for more details about the Art Works II: Media Arts – Deadline July 13, 2017