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State Arts Council Announces Grant Workshops for April 1 Application Deadline

Arts Council ‘Open For Business’ Despite Possible Budget Cuts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced it will hold a series of grant workshops throughout the state for individual artists, non-profit organizations and schools interested in submitting grant applications for the Council's April 1 application deadline. These grant workshops are free and open to the public, and are being held despite concern over significant cuts proposed to the Arts Council in the coming year’s state budget.

“The arts are too important to our state’s economy and to the jobs of thousands of people who depend on an active arts community,” explained Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Executive Director Randall Rosenbaum. “The only message we can send to the many organizations, schools and individuals who depend on these small grants from the state is that the State Arts Council is ‘open for business’ and ready to support important programs throughout Rhode Island.”

Rosenbaum reported that the arts contribute an estimated $750 million annually to the Rhode Island economy, and employ over 11,500 people in our state, according to industry analysts at Dun & Bradstreet. The arts are a major contributor to the state’s economy, and thousands of other businesses and individuals depend on an active arts community for their livelihood.

Grant workshops for the April 1 deadline will be held in seven locations throughout the state:

  • Thursday, March 11 from 3pm to 5pm at Woonsocket City Hall, Woonsocket
  • Monday, March 15 from 4pm to 6pm at One Capitol Hill in Providence, as part of a workshop for individual artists on opportunities with Fractured Atlas, an artist service organization based in New York City
  • Monday, March 15 from 5pm to 7pm at the Artist Cooperative Gallery of Westerly, in Westerly RI
  • Tuesday, March 16 from 5pm to 6pm at the East Greenwich Free Library in East Greenwich
  • Tuesday, March 16 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Craftland in downtown Providence
  • Wednesday, March 17 from 5pm to 7pm at the International Institute of Rhode Island in Providence
  • Monday, March 22 from 5pm to 6pm at the Old Colony House in Newport

Arts Council staff will be present to review current grant guidelines, and will be available to provide information and assistance to those interested in applying for support.

The Arts Council's April 1 deadline offers opportunities for the support of individual artists, arts organizations, educational and non-profit organizations under the Project Grants category, which supports arts projects and arts in education projects. April 1 is also the deadline for grants to individuals in our Fellowship Program. At this deadline applications will be accepted from individual creative artists working in the disciplines of crafts, film & video, folk arts, fiction, poetry, playwriting/screenwriting, photography and three-dimensional art.

Those interested in attending should contact the State Arts Council offices at 401-222-3880 to reserve a space. All workshop locations are accessible to people with disabilities, but if any special accommodations are required people are encouraged to contact the Arts Council via phone or via email at at least 48 hours in advance of the meeting.

About the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

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  • Release date: 03-07-2010

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