March 4, 2024

Grant Application Assistance and Support

Be ready for the April 1 deadline!

RISCA staff is hosting information sessions, office hours, and application walk-throughs to assist with the grant application process. 

Join us in person on March 6

Mark your calendar for the next in-person Information Session, Wednesday, March 6, 6-7 p.m., at the Warwick Public Library, 600 Sandy Lane, Room 113, Warwick. RSVP required.

Other upcoming sessions

(RSVP is required)

Application Walk-Throughs

Drop-in Support Hours

Grant Help Sessions Schedule

Governor Names Colin Channer as Next State Poet Laureate

Appointed by Governor McKee, Colin Channer (above), has become Rhode Island’s seventh Poet Laureate. Channer is an internationally recognized poet, fiction writer, and editor. New Yorker Magazine recently called his latest book one of the Best Books of 2023. The appointment is for five years in the position created by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1987.

Channer was born in Jamaica, educated there, and in New York. His 10 books as fiction writer, poet and editor include Console (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2023) and is a finalist for a 2023 New England Book Award. His prose and poetry have appeared in The New YorkerThe Atlantic, Bomb, The Poetry ReviewHarvard Review, ConjunctionsAgni, Prairie Schooner and Virginia Quarterly, among other venues.

More about the State Poet

Read More About our Equity Work

In its latest online newsletter, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the nation's 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, featured our capacity-building equity partnership. The program, a collaboration with the Rhode Island Foundation, is called Initiating Equity Work for Small and Volunteer-Led Organizations Program.

The program is designed to address the unique challenges facing small and volunteer-led organizations interested in engaging in equity work. The aim is to help participating organizations create and sustain diverse, equitable, and inclusive environments among community-based organizations.

Led by Dr. Brea Heidelberg, ISO Arts Consulting, her sessions give specific guidance on engaging in equity work with sensitivity to resource limitations. At the end of the program, participants gain a foundation for developing equity work plans and will have started internal and external work to make the plans reality.

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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 on 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

Arts Education Data Dashboard

Online Tutorial

RISCA's Arts Education Data Dashboard allows users to view arts education data in R.I.'s K-12 public and public charter schools. Recently it has been updated with the latest data, which illustrates the current state of arts education in our schools.

To usher in March, which is Arts in the Schools Month, Carolyn Bennett, Arts Education Coordinator at the R.I. Department of Education, created a video tutorial on how to navigate the Dashboard. In the video, she also explains how arts and culture organizations can use the tool to make the case to stakeholders on the gaps in arts education and its importance to the state.

Arts Education Data Dashboard

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