May 10, 2024

Applications Open

Opportunities for artists are currently open, with a July 1 deadline to submit.

The opportunities 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.

Get ready for your application with these online events: (registration is recommended)

GOSA Application Walk Through


GOSA Drop-In Grant Support

Learn About Our Grants

Jennifer Shon wins first place for the Poetry Ourselves award at the National Poetry Out Loud Competition

Congratulations to Portsmouth Abbey’s Junior, Jennifer Shon, for winning the Poetry Ourselves award in the Spoken category for her original poem, "My Hanbando", at the National Poetry Outloud Competition. NEA Chair, Dr. Maria Rosario Jackson (featured above left) presented Jennifer Shon the award. This is the second year in a row where RI has won the original poetry competition component.


During the National Finals, state champions had the opportunity to showcase their creativity through an optional competition, Poetry Ourselves. The students could submit an original work of poetry in one of two categories: either a written poem or a video of a spoken poem, both of which were judged by poet José Olivarez. Watch the video performance of "My Hanbando" by Jennifer Shon.


Shon, R.I.'s 19th Poetry Out Loud State Champion, traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete with high school students throughout the country in the National Poetry Out Loud competition, April 30-May 2.


Photo credit: James Kegley

More About Poetry Out Loud

Art Connection R.I. on Display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill

Works by the Art Connection Rhode Island is currently on display through July 10 at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill. The exhibition features original artworks from local and/or regional artist donors and includes acrylic and oil paintings, mixed media and collage work, photographs, prints and monotypes.


Mark your calendar for the Opening Reception on Thursday, June 13, 5 p.m. -7 p.m., in the Atrium Gallery, first floor of the state’s Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence. There will be a Meet the Artist on Thursday, June 20, noon-1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.


The performers for the opening reception will be John Christopher Brooks, Providence, and John DeBossu, Pawtucket, of Brooks and DeBossu.

About Art Connection RI

Atrium Gallery

Call for Artists and Curators

RISCA announces a call for Rhode Island artists and curators who are interested in exhibiting their artwork at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill 2025 - 2026.


Solo Exhibitions

The Atrium Gallery hosts solo exhibitions each year displaying an array of mediums that includes but is not limited to paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, and installations. The public gallery features emerging and established artists who are interested in exploring and showcasing their creative vision through an exceptional body of work. (This call is open to all artists who are R.I. residents.)


State Employees Art Exhibition

The State Employees Art Exhibition is one of the year’s most popular shows in the state gallery, since it­ showcases the often-hidden artistic talents of state workers. (This call is open to all artists who are current or retired R.I. State Employees.)


New Visions/New Curators Exhibition

The Atrium Gallery encourages the development of new curators and gallery directors from diverse communities. Artists are provided logistical support to curate a show by defining a theme, professionally installing the artwork, and creating marketing materials that promotes the exhibit. Previous participants have curated exhibitions in local and regional galleries and museums. (This call is open to all artists who are R.I. residents interested in curating an exhibition.)

Visit the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill for more information and to apply. The deadline is Nov. 1, 2024. (There is no entry fee to apply, students are excluded.)

Apply Today

Help Shape FEMA's

New Rules for Artists and

Gig Workers!

The rollout of new FEMA rules, which expand assistance to artists and other self-employed people after a disaster, is progressing. You still can assist in creating the rules. Visit Help Shape FEMA's New Rules for Artists and Gig Workers! to find resources to assist you in creating your own comments.

You will find written documentation from NCAPER/CERF+, which you are free to use as a springboard. You may find there are other things you want to suggest based on what you know about your arts community. The more detail about your own constituents, the better FEMA will understand what needs to be updated or adjusted. The information is due by July 22.

 Resources on FEMA's Rules

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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