June 18, 2024

RISCA welcomes new Council members

During the spring legislative session, Governor McKee announced that the Rhode Island Senate confirmed the following new appointments to the RISCA Board. These new Council members bring to RISCA a wealth of arts and culture knowledge. We look forward to their unique and fresh perspectives as we advance RISCA's mission. 

Read about the new appointees:

  • Mary K. Talbot, Barrington, who has been named Secretary for the Council. Talbot joins the Council for her second tenure. She is an accomplished media and marketing professional who is experienced in community relations, marketing communications, media relations, public affairs, and crisis communications in corporate, government, and nonprofit settings.
  • Blake Johnson, Esq., born and raised in Providence, she was a part of the 3+3 program at Roger Williams University with an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies and Philosophy, graduating cum laude in 2019. She is a member of the Rhode Island Women's Bar Association, a co-founder of the Cannabis Policy Coalition and is licensed to practice in New York, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
  • Amy Leidtke, Little Compton, principal of Leidtke Design, is an accomplished industrial designer, artist and educator with a standing record of success combining the disciplines of research, strategic and master planning, ideation and design development, participatory design workshops, in an inclusive professional design practice.
  • Elvys Ruiz, Providence, is the Business and Community Engagement Administrator for the Division of Developmental Disabilities at the R.I. Behavioral Healthcare Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals (BHDDH). He earned his Bachelor of Science Summa Cum Laude with a concentration in Human Services from the Springfield College.

A special thank you to outgoing Council members Kate Blacklock, former Chair; Loraine Hynes, former Vice Chair; Mary Kim Arnold, former Secretary; and Mohamad Farzan. Your leadership and tenure on the Council ensured that the arts and culture sector in Rhode Island continues to thrive.

Congratulations and welcome: Todd Trebour!

RISCA's Council voted, approved, and named Todd Trebour as RISCA's Executive Director.

Read More About Our Council Members

Applications due July 1 for artists and teaching roster sign-up

Reminder: July 1 marks the application deadline for two opportunities for artists.

They are:

  • Rhode Island Teaching Artist Roster is a directory of teaching artists who have been approved by public panels to work in educational settings. The State's Arts Council has endorsed the teaching artists' skills and credentials when they are added to the Roster. Educational sites and individuals use the Roster as a resource to engage an artist for an arts' learning project.

  • General Operating Support for Artists provides grants for artists to work toward larger, self-identified goals in their art practice. This funding is unrestricted, meaning artists can use the funds to support their goals however they need. This program includes a cohort community of current grantees, with meetings and learning opportunities that are focused on the grantees’ needs. Each year, three artists are selected for this program, for a total of nine artists receiving yearly grants at any given time.

GOSA Drop-In Online Grant Support (RSVP Required):

Learn About Our Grants

Meet Art Connection R.I.'s artists at the Atrium Gallery, 6/20

Currently on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, Providence, are works by Art Connection Rhode Island. The exhibition features original artworks from local and regional artist donors, and includes acrylic and oil paintings, mixed media, and collage work, photographs, prints, and monotypes.


Mark your calendar for Meet the Artists on Thursday, June 20, noon-1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public and are on the main floor of the state's Administration Building at One Capitol Hill, Providence.

Meet the Artist Information

Sign up for a financial workshop series for artists

Assets 4 Artists announced a complimentary online 4-part series of workshops for Rhode Island artists. Stage performers and tax specialists Amy Smith and Akeem Davis team up to dive into the financial building blocks necessary for artists. During the workshops, participants will learn the skills needed to make financial decisions.

Space is limited RSVP is required 

  • Understanding an Artist's Personal Finances with Amy Smith and Akeem Davis, July 1, 3, 8, and 10, 1 p.m.-3 p.m.
Assets 4 Artists Registration

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