December 2006
In This Issue
Latest Round of Grants Announced
A community activity by Community MusicWorks of Providence

Grants to support poetry slams, chamber music concerts, theatre instruction in youth treatment facilities, school residencies, performances, exhibitions, film series, installations and community arts activities are all part of the latest round of State Arts Council grant awards.

The Arts Council awarded a total of $236,485 to 84 applicants in this latest round of grants. It received 200 applications from artists, organizations and schools throughout the state, with requests totaling $1,004,188. Grants ranged in size from $10,000 to support the Community Musicworks of Providence (pictured above) to several smaller grants, including $2,500 to the Academy Players of East Greenwich, a community theatre group, and $3,000 to the Laotian Community Center of RI in Smithfield for a project to help preserve the Laotian culture.

In announcing the awards, State Arts Council director Randall Rosenbaum said that the agency received a large number of applications, and was able to support a number of exciting projects. "The arts are an important part of the life of every Rhode Islander, and our mission is to see that every Rhode Islander has access to the best our state has to offer, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Through these grants we have supported activity in practically every part of the state, where the arts contribute to the quality of life, the education of our young, and the vitality of our economy."

The next application deadline is April 1, and guidelines and application forms can be obtained from the Arts Council web site. Go to "Quick Links" for a link to our guidelines and forms. Click below to see a list of recent grant awards.

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Happy Holidays! Welcome to our December newsletter! In this issue we're announcing our latest round of grant awards. You can learn about the January "Scenes of Rhode Island" show, and lots of other exciting projects and collaborations.

From all of us at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, a happy, healthy and art-ful holiday season.

Holiday Concerts at the State House

Dan Kahn from RISCA introduces the Ponagansett Choir to the audience

During the month of December the Rhode Island State House has been rocking with holiday concerts, organized by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts in cooperation with the Governor's Office. These concerts feature student musicians from twenty-four school ensembles from throughout the state. They are an excellent way to share the musical abilities and artistic talent of students and arts education programs in the Ocean State.

Scenes of Rhode Island 2007

Governor and Mrs. Carcieri with previous winner Gail Armstrong

The Arts Council, in cooperation with Governor Carcieri's office, will shortly announce the artists and their work to be included in the third annual Scenes of Rhode Island show!

The Scenes of Rhode Island show, an initiative of Governor Donald Carcieri and The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, will take place in January 2007, and will feature two-dimensional representational works of art depicting scenes from around the Ocean State. A special reception with Governor and Mrs. Carcieri, open to all, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 23 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Atrium Gallery.

The curated show is designed to showcase the artistic talent of Rhode Island artists and the natural beauty of the state.

And, if you're still looking for a holiday gift, select CVS/Pharmacy locations are now carrying the 2007 “Governor’s Best: Scenes of Rhode Island” desk calendar -- images from last year's competition. Proceeds from the sale of the calendar benefit the Healing Arts Program at Lifespan hospitals.

Currently in the Atrium Gallery

Samples from the Atrium Gallery exhibit in December

Through a program funded by RISCA, the artwork of several refugees studying at the Genesis Center in Providence are on display in the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, a gallery run by the State Arts Council in the state's main administration building.

Adult literacy learners (Hmong from refugee camps in Thailand and Somalis from refugee camps in Kenya, along with women from Liberia) have been participating in weekly painting workshops since January 2005, with support from the State Arts Council. Part of the project involves work with this group in the process of making art, guiding them in working with the children at the Genesis Center childcare program so that they will be able to work with their own children in making art.

The Atrium Gallery is in One Capitol Hill, the state’s main administration building. It is located diagonally across Smith Street from the State House. The gallery and its monthly art shows are a joint project of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island State Department of Administration. The gallery space is open weekdays from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

NEA funds American Masterpiece performance in RI

performer from the Kevin Locke Native American Dance Ensemble

Rhode Island celebrated a true "American Masterpiece" when the Kevin Locke Native Dance Ensemble performed The Drum Is the Thunder, the Flute Is the Wind in public performance, and gave three workshop performances to Rhode Island schoolchildren including one at the Nuweetooun School, a small school in Exeter that focuses on Native culture and history.

This program was funded through a national initiative, American Masterpieces, from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. American Masterpieces is designed to introduce Americans to the best of their cultural and artistic legacy

FirstWorks presented this "American Master" in collaboration with RISCA.

NEA funds several Rhode Island projects

NEA 40th anniversary logo

In its first major grant announcement of fiscal year 2007, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced $19.4 million in funding to 848 grants.

In Rhode Island, grants were awarded totalling $53,000, to three arts organizations.

RISCA - Steelyard Collaboration

photo from Steelyard by Howie Snieder

RISCA and The Steelyard, an arts education center located at the historic Providence Steel and Iron site, along the Woonasquatucket River in the heart of Providence's industrial Valley neighborhood, are collaborating on a series of apprenticeships in traditional occupational arts.

This program, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, is designed to foster the sharing of skills between masters and apprentices in occupational art forms like blacksmithing, welding, glass and bronze casting and ceramics.

We received several applications in blacksmithing, timber framing, lost wax casting, stain glass, and ceramics; four master artists received funding and will share their skills with apprentices at the Steelyard. Each one of these projects is culminating with a public component at various locations around the state. An announcement regarding awards will be made shortly.

Public Art at the New Traffic Tribunal Building

Artist Joe Kievett with flower section

Portland, ME artist Joe Kievitt is currently transforming the interior of the new Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Cranston, per Rhode Island's Allocation for Art for Public Facilities Act or "The 1% for Art Law." The 1% for Art Law mandates that new state construction and renovation projects must include public art in order to foster an environment "of distinction, enjoyment, and pride for all citizens."

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts has worked with the RI Judiciary to conclude a lengthy call to artists and review process with the selection of Mr. Kievitt's proposal for a glass tile mosaic. Mr. Kievitt's work is influenced by Japanese prints and depicts the natural world. The selection panel chose his colorful, graceful forms with confidence that they would respect the formality of judicial proceedings, yet lend an air of relief and charm to the Tribunal's often stressful environment.

The new Traffic Tribunal building is located at 670 New London Avenue in the John O. Pastore Government Center. The building will be open for operations in January. Opening events will be announced soon.

See you next year!


Randall Rosenbaum
Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

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