State Government Press Releases

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04/29/2021
Critical funds to help badly hurt creative sector recover from COVID-19 The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced today that the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) will receive $754,100 in the first round of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP). These...
04/21/2021
Semifinals and national competitions to be virtual, May 2 and May 27 Chariho Regional High School's Virginia Keister of Hope Valley represents Rhode Island in the national Poetry Out Loud memorization and recitation competition. She competes in the semifinals, Sunday, May 2, at noon, and if...
04/21/2021
Face mask art celebrates creativity and protection against COVID-19 Providence, RI—An exhibition of artwork in the shape of a face mask is now on display at the Atrium Gallery on the main floor of the state's Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence. The Conceal/Reveal Mask...
04/01/2021
'Reopening RI for the Arts: Live Webinar with Q and A,' April 9 'Rhode Island Taxes, State & Federal Pandemic Relief' with tax expert Amy Smith, April 13 RI's State Council on the Arts (RISCA) announced two free online webinars to assist artists, and arts and culture organizations address...
03/23/2021
The gallery at the Block Island Airport, a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC), announced the opening of its spring exhibit featuring works by contemporary artist Kate Aitchison. Aitchison's art focuses on print...
03/22/2021
Champion to participate in national and regional poetry competitions Chariho Regional High School's Virginia Keister is the 2021 winner of the Poetry Out Loud state championship held Sunday, March 21, on YouTube. In announcing the winner, Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of RI State...
03/16/2021
Rhode Island photographer Stephanie Izzo, North Kingstown, took charge of the striking nautical-themed fy2022 budget book cover, Hope - Bowen's Wharf, Newport, R.I. The cover is a longtime partnership between the State Budget Office and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to feature...
03/11/2021
Champion to participate in the national poetry recitation contest High school students from seven Rhode Island schools will perform during the virtual 16th annual Poetry Out Loud Rhode Island state finals on Sunday, March 21, at 1 p.m., presented via Facebook live. Seven schools...
03/07/2021
SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE or I LOVE DEMOCRACY By Tina Cane RI State Poet The sun rose up this morning same as every other day but today we sensed her presence differently the way faint rays breaking through a crown of clouds gained...
02/22/2021
March is Youth Art Month, and as the month begins the RI Council on the Arts (RISCA) is partnering with arts educators throughout Rhode Island to kick off a national campaign to punctuate the ongoing value of arts education for pre-K-12 students. Entitled Arts ARE Education, the goal of this...