March 21, 2024

Last-Minute Application Assistance

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RISCA staff is hosting office hours to assist you with the grant application process.


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Grant Help Sessions


Portsmouth Abbey's Jennifer Shon Wins Poetry Out Loud R.I.

With the recitation of Say Grace by Emily Jungmin Yoon, Jennifer Shon, a junior at the Portsmouth Abbey School, was named the 19th R.I. Poetry Out Loud State Champion. Shon, who is from Seoul, Korea, will represent Rhode Island in the national competition in Washington, D.C., April 30-May 2.

Classical High School’s Kylie Tiemeyer, Providence, placed second and Regan Clark, Charlestown, Chariho Regional High School, was third. Honorable mentions went to Zoey Evora, East Providence High School, East Providence, and Jayden Wirawan, Central High School, Providence.

More than 1,400 students representing 32 schools from around the state, competed in the arts education competition on March 10 at the Greenwich Odeum in East Greenwich. Prior to the championship the competitors spent most of the school year studying poetry through learning, memorization, and performance.

More on Poetry Out Loud

Drop-in Hours Scheduled to Learn More About Call for Art for Rhode Island College

RIC's Craig-Lee Hall

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The Arts Council seeks artists for a new artwork to be commissioned for Rhode Island College’s Craig-Lee Hall. The Call is through the state’s public art law, which mandates that 1% of all state capital construction and renovation funds be allocated to artwork for public facilities. The deadline is April 15.

Optional drop-in hours to ask questions and discuss the opportunity will be in the lobby of the Craig-Lee Hall on the RIC campus, 600 Mt. Pleasant Ave., Providence, on Sunday, March 24, noon-2 p.m., and Thursday, March 28, 5-7 p.m. If interested, please stop by.

Eligibility: This Call is open to all artists regionally from the states of Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut, New York, and Maine. Those currently enrolled in undergraduate-level programs are ineligible to apply. 

The budget for acquisition of artwork is $100,000. The building offers opportunities for both interior and exterior works.

Contact: Molly Dickinson for questions.

View the Call

Arts Education in the Schools Month Celebration

In Rhode Island, March is Arts Education in the Schools Month. On March 7, art students and educators spread the importance of arts education. Student art displays were set up on the second floor near and around the entrance to the House and Senate chambers.

Before the legislative session for the day started, selected R.I. students performed in the Senate Lounge in front of friends and family. Welcoming the guests to the event were Rep. Lauren Carson, RISCA's Lynne McCormack and RIDE's Lisa Odom-Vilella. Later Sen. Hanna Gallo met with RIDE and RISCA officials in the Senate chamber.

At the start of the legislative session, resolutions were read simultaneously in the House (HB 8034) by Rep. Carson, and in the Senate (SB 2728) by Sen. Gallo. Additionally, the Governor signed a proclamation declaring March Arts in the Schools Month.

Read the Proclamation.

Photos of Arts Education Day

Arts Education Curriculum Framework

The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has developed an arts curriculum framework. Available on the RIDE website, the arts curriculum provides guidance for Local Education Agencies and educators on the implementation of National Core Arts Standards, which define the artistic processes and high-quality K-12 arts learning for the state.

Some of what the newly developed curriculum arts framework accomplishes:

  • Details information on selecting curriculum resources and designing assessments.
  • Encourages real-world applications.
  • Avoids the perpetuation of gender, cultural, ethnic, or racial stereotypes.
  • Presents specific, pedagogical approaches and strategies to meet the academic and nonacademic needs of multilingual learners. 

The framework was developed by an interdisciplinary team via an open and consultative process, which includes feedback from a racially and ethnically diverse group of stakeholders. In addition to RISCA, educators, students, families, the general public, and community partners contributed to the framework. 

For more information and questions, contact

Read the Arts Framework

Meet the Artist:

Rolle-Johnson's Artworks on Exhibit in the Atrium Gallery

The latest exhibit in the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill features mixed-media paintings on wood and canvas in vivid colors with expressionistic imagery by Monique Rolle-Johnson, Cranston.

Stop by the Atrium and visit with Artist Rolle-Johnson

Thursday, March 28, noon-1 p.m.

Free and open to the public

Official Bio (provided by the artist)

A figurative colorist who skillfully utilizes color, depth, and design, Rolle-Johnson’s trademarks are etched in her artistic flamboyance and rich, ethnic heritage. Affectionately penned, The Artistic Diva, her talents range from drawing, to printmaking, illustration to her signature bold paintings, and interior designs to curatorial oversight. Rolle-Johnson’s works are in private and gallery collections both nationally and internationally.

 More on the Exhibit

R.I. Artists!

Time to Update or Register for CreativeGround

It's that time of year again when we "spring forward," and that means registering or updating your profile on CreativeGround


Signing up for CreativeGround and/or keeping your profile current helps us provide a state-wide roster of artists in all disciplines.

As a reminder, this is an invaluable resource for companies, organizations, schools, and individuals to find and fill artistic needs. 

You can register at CreativeGround and/or check your profile.


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