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RISCA

Rhode Island State Council On the Arts

One Capitol Hill
Third floor
The RI's main administration bldg
located diagonally across the
street from the State House
Phone 401-222-3880
Fax 401-222-3018
Email info@risca.state.ri.us
http://www.arts.ri.gov/index.php
http://www.risca.state.ri.us
RISCA WEBLOG
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Randy Rosenbaum
Executive Director
401-222-3883
Email: randy@risca.state.ri.us
Winnie Lambrecht
Director of Folk and Traditional Arts
401-222-6996
Email: winnie@risca.state.ri.us
Estelle T Verte
Grants Coordinator
401-222-3882
Email: estelle@risca.state.ri.us
Cristina Di Chiera
Director of Individual Artists Services
401-222-3881
Email: cristina@arts.ri.gov

WORKSHOPS
DEADLINES
GRANTS
FELLOWSHIPS
FOLK ART APPRENTICESHIP


The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a big, big reason Rhode Island is awash in the arts. A state agency, run by the outstanding Randy Rosenbaum along with his band of fanatically devoted art advocates, is supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. RISCA provides small grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments.

GRANT & FELLOWSHIP DEADLINES

FELLOWSHIP & PROJECT GRANTS OVERVIEW (IN PDF)
October 1 is the deadline for RI individual artists, arts organizations, educational and non-profit organizations to apply for funding to support arts projects under the Request for Proposals grant category which supports arts projects and arts in education projects. Individual Fellowship grant applications will be accepted from individual creative artists working in the disciplines of:
Choreography
Design
Drawing & Printmaking
Music Composition
New Genres
Painting
April 1 is the deadline for RI individual artists, arts organizations, educational and non-profit organizations to apply for funding to support arts projects under the Request for Proposals grant category which supports arts projects and arts in education projects. Individual Fellowship grant applications will be accepted from individual creative artists working in the disciplines of:
Crafts
Film & Video
Folk Arts (includes dance)
Fiction
Poetry
Playwriting/screenwriting
Photography
Three-dimensional art

GRANT & FELLOWSHIP WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, March 1, 2006
4 pm to 6pm
Atrium Gallery
One Capitol Hill
Providence RI
Located diagonally across Smith Street from the Rhode Island State House
Please call 401-222-3882 to register
Thursday, March 2, 2006
4pm to 6pm
Wickford Art Association Gallery
36 Beach Street
Wickford RI 02852
Please call 401-222-3882 to register
To Register for Workshops:
Phone: 401-222-3880
TTD: 401-222-7808
Email: estelle@arts.ri.gov
On Line Registration

  • Applying for an organizational grant is rather daunting, but RISCA understands that many artists are not facile at bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo so they have kept their Fellowship application very basic. You will, however, benefit a great deal from taking one of their free workshops. There you will learn what RISCA is looking for and how to fill out the forms. October 1 is the deadline for the Individual Artist Fellowship in Choreography ($5000.00). RiDance highly recommends that if you want to apply, take a workshop at least six months beforehand. A one month lead between workshop and deadline, won't give you much time to prepare. You should also take a workshop (or two) if you think that someday you might want to apply. They will give you an understanding of how the process works, what RISCA is looking for and help to alleviate grant anxiety.

  • The workshops provide information on grants for individual artists, nonprofit organizations, and schools. Council staff will review the grant guidelines and application process, and will provide grant writing tips. (the RISCA staff does a great job explaining the sometimes arcane details.) Grant workshop sites are accessible for people with disabilities. There is no charge for these workshops. Grant guidelines, application forms, and further information may be obtained at the Council office, online at the Council's web site http://www.arts.ri.gov/deadlines.htm (your browser should be Explorer or the latest Netscape), at one of many distribution sites throughout the state or at the workshops.
FELLOWSHIPS
FELLOWSHIP & PROJECT GRANTS OVERVIEW (IN PDF)
FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES (in PDF)
FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION (in PDF)
Fellowships encourage the creative development of artists by enabling them to set aside time to pursue their work and achieve specific career goals. Only one full Fellowship per category is awarded annually. The recipient receives a stipend of $5000.00. Occasionally Runner Up Fellowships are awarded in a category and sometimes no Fellowship is awarded. The application form is one page and easy to fill out and you must also submit slides, videos or some documentation of work you have done in the last 3 years. Fellowships aren't easy to get, but since Rhode Island is a small state and awardees must be RI citizens, your chance is much better here than almost anywhere else in the country, and a fellowship adds a certain cache to your resume. Expect to be turned down the first time you apply, but keep trying. Fellowships are offered in the following fields:
OCTOBER 1st
Choreography - You must submit a video (do not submit your original) showing two or three pieces.
Design
Drawing & Printmaking
Music Composition
New Genres
Painting
Crafts
Film & Video
APRIL 1st
Folk Arts
(includes folk dance)
Fiction
Poetry
Playwriting/screenwriting
Photography
Three-dimensional art
GRANTS
GRANTS OVERVIEW wt APPLICATION LINKS
RISCA makes direct grants to Rhode Island artists, schools and nonprofit organizations. These grants help insure that artists are employed and that arts performances, exhibitions, workshops, festivals, and special events of high quality are available to Rhode Island citizens. Grant awards are determined by a peer panel review process based on published criteria. Grants to organizations and schools require at least a dollar for dollar cash match. There is no requirement for matching funds from individuals. Expect to be turned down the first time you apply, but keep trying.
Requests for Proposals offers support to non-profit organizations, schools and individuals in the following focus areas:
  • Advocacy - What can you as an artist or arts organization do to strengthen support for the arts or make the arts a more visible part of your community?
  • Cultural Collaborations - What can you as an artist or arts organization do to bring about collaborations between artists with different cultural backgrounds?
  • New Audiences - In what ways can you as an artist or arts organization bring your work to new or expanded audiences?
  • Creative Alternatives - In what ways can you as an artist use new techniques or recycled materials in the creation of your work?
  • Education - In what ways can schools, artists, and arts organizations collaborate to increase access to arts education for all students, foster the professional development of artists and educators, and increase participation of community members in arts learning?
FOLK ARTS APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM
FOLK ART GUIDELINES & APPLICATION (in PDF)
Rhode Island master teachers who wish to pass on their TRADITIONAL aesthetic skills to members of the same cultural comunity are encouraged to apply to the Folk/Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program at The Arts Council. Artists who wish to participate in an in-depth study of a folk/traditional art form are encouraged to seek a master teacher to pursue their study. RISCA provides competitive grants to master artists willing to teach in an apprenticeship situation. The program encourages the preservation and perpetuation of traditional community-based art forms that are part of the cultural tapestry found in Rhode Island and Southern New England.
The deadline for Rhode Island grant applications to this annual program is October 1. The deadline for apprenticeship involving Southern New England artists is mid-October. For more information call Winnie Lambrecht, RISCA's Director of Folk and Traditional Arts, at 401-222-6996 or see www.arts.ri.gov/folk.htm

GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT
General Operating Support is designed to provide partial operating costs to the state's arts producing or presenting organizations with proven histories of maintaining high artistic standards and that can demonstrate sound planning, a capacity to support or assist artists, and serve a statewide audience or a particular constituency. (Recipient organizations usually have already been recipients of RISCA grants and have worked extensively with RISCA.)

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