The Agency awarded $224,663 in grants to 71 arts organizations, folk fellowships and apprentices, artists and arts educators. These grants will further advance arts and cultural activities throughout the state.
The Arts Council awards grants in two cycles. The next cycle opens Feb. 1 and will begin accepting applications for grants to arts and culture organizations, arts educators, folk and traditional artists, arts and health, and artists. The deadline to complete an application is Monday, April 1.
Applications have opened for the Big Yellow School Bus, a grant program that supports schools’ in-person arts and cultural field trips and provides engaging arts and cultural activities to R.I. students.
The program offers grants of $500 on a first come, first served basis to R.I. schools or school-affiliated nonprofit organizations. The grant closes on April 15 or when all funds are awarded.
Judy Cooney (above) has joined RISCA’s Film and TV Office as its new Administrative Assistant. She will primarily be working on issuing film permits and completing books as projects are submitted and ended.
Before joining the R.I. Film and TV Office, she worked in beverage distribution as a member of the customer service and sales department. She briefly held positions at a small boutique, a business office at a Country Club in Connecticut, and recently retired as a flight attendant.
One of the many highlights of 2023’s Arts and Humanities Month in Rhode Island was a community tribute to the life and work of Jeannine Chartier, Executive Director, Arts Equity (formerly VSA Arts Rhode Island). For more than 30 years, she was a tireless advocate for the visibility, rights and inclusion of people with disabilities in R.I.’s arts and culture community and American society broadly. Her work exemplified the value of collective responsibility, the theme of R.I.’s Arts and Humanities Month.
Held at the RISD Museum in October, more than 150 friends, colleagues and stakeholders joined a creative celebration, which, among many engaging moments, included:
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today the first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2024 of more than $32.22 million with $275,000 divided among 10 Rhode Island-based arts entities.
Nationally, 1,288 arts organizations from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico benefited from the recommended grants. The grants were given out in the following categories: Grants for Arts Projects, Challenge America, Research Grants in the Arts, Research Labs, and Literature Fellowships.
Rhode Island’s recipients were:
Newport String Project, Newport, $10,000 to support a series of concerts and community engagement activities.
Alliance of Artists Communities, Providence, $65,000 to offer a professional development program for the artist residency field focused on emergency preparedness and response.
AS220, Providence, $15,000, to provide arts education programming.
DownCity Design, Providence, $30,000 to implement a series of free design education programs for youth.
Elizabeth Rush, Providence, $25,000 to fund a creative writing fellowship.
New Urban Arts, Providence, $25,000, to provide free multidisciplinary arts program for students.
Providence College, Providence, $30,000 to commission a mural by Houston-based artist Trenton Doyle Hancock (b. 1974), and related public art programming.
Rhode Island Black Storytellers, Providence, $10,000 to support a festival celebrating Black storytelling and poetry.
Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, $50,000 to fund the exhibition and related programming for Nancy Elizabeth Prophet: I Will Not Bend an Inch.
Trinity Repertory Co., Providence, $15,000 to support the world premiere production of La Broa’ (Broad Street) by Orlando Hernández, based on the book Nuestras Raíces by Marta V. Martínez.
The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) announced its strategic planning process has started. You can help co-create the Plan by sharing thoughts and insights so the organization can work on developing more relevant, engaging, and impactful strategies.
NEFA believes that successful and solution-driven arts and culture development is best obtained by an assessment of readiness, development and implementation of quality plans, and ongoing stakeholder investments.