Grants awarded to 120 arts and culture programs, schools and folk artist for FY21

Jan. 21, 2021
Arts and culture organizations, arts education programs, teaching artists in healthcare, folk artists and related community projects to benefit from $750,192 in grants distributed by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA). These 120 grants, approved by the Arts Council’s Board in December, will support arts and cultural activities throughout the state during this fiscal year.
These grants depend on support from the Rhode Island General Assembly and federally funded National Endowment for the Arts, in addition to matching dollars raised through contributions from businesses, individuals and earned income from ticket sales and admissions.
The grants fall into the following categories:
  • Folk Arts Apprenticeships and Folk Arts Fellowships.
  • Arts Access Grants.
  • Project Grants for Education.
  • Project Grants in Healthcare.
Read more about the grants, click here.
View a listing of grant recipients, click here.
Click here to learn more about RISCA’s folk arts grants.
Join Matthew Spoerh, Lead Economic Development Specialist at the RI branch of the SBA, for an overview on Zoom of the Shuttered Venue Operators Grants and the current Payroll Protection Program. With a focus on arts organizations and artists that may qualify for both programs, on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 1 p.m., Matt will share as much information as is currently available, with plenty of time for Q&A.
In partnership with Assets for Artists, we have started offering free workshops to RI-based artists.
They are all currently on Zoom, and registration is required. Click here, for more information and to register.
A request for qualifications for a new public art commission for the Garrahy Judicial Complex parking garage has been posted. Located at 1 Dorrance St., Providence, it is within the downtown historic district and adjacent to the high-visibility Providence Innovation and Design District.
A public art selection panel will review the applications. Without belying the dignity of the court, artwork that is colorful, bright, cheerful, calming and/or soothing would be appropriate. The application is free; the deadline is Feb. 15.
The application can be found online at by clicking here.
If you have questions regarding the qualifications request, contact