newslogo - new
Welcome to our October edition. There's lots of interesting news in this month's newsletter.  As we reported in last month's RISCAnews, the new arts lottery ticket was formally unveiled on October 1st.  See how it's selling in the story below.  We'll be celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Rhode Island Arts Learning Network this month.  Scenes of Rhode Island, our collaboration with the Governor's Office, is coming up, and the deadline for applications is November 5th.  And Dan in Real Life, the latest "Made in Rhode Island" major motion picture (thanks to the RI Film & TV Office, a part of the State Arts Council), will premiere nationally on October 26.  Leaves are turning pretty colors, and life is good.
Randy signature
How are the arts lottery tickets selling?
Arts Lottery ticketNot too bad, thank you very much!  As of October 18th, with just 18 days of sales statewide, we've sold 62,348 tickets.
But we can do a lot better!  Get your arts lottery ticket today!  See the story to the right for details.
Chart showing daily lottery ticket sales - cumulative
The Rhode Island Arts Learning Network is 5 years old!
grant dropoffThe Rhode Island Arts Learning Network (RIALN) is an energetic five-year old, working closely with our education partners to ensure that the arts are a basic part of our state's proficiency-based graduation plan.
It's been a busy five years.  Thanks to the advocacy efforts of the Arts Learning Network, the State Board of Regents has declared the arts a "core subject area" for all Rhode Island students, and students must "demonstrate proficiency" in one or more art forms in order to graduate from a Rhode Island high school.
student artist at workThe Arts Learning Network has helped to define what "proficiency in the arts" means, discipline by discipline (check out, for example, the section that shows proficiency in dance using video samples of student work), and to connect the resources to help make it happen.  Among its accomplishments include the Arts Passport program, which connects high school students with performances and arts activities in their community; the Arts Map, which helps Rhode Islanders locate arts learning in their area of the state; and through the use of student networks (check out mystudiospace, a student-run "myspace" site that encourages students to experience the local arts scene), along with a professional network of representatives in different regions of the state to identify arts resources and assist teachers, parents and peers support arts learning "in the home, the school and the community".
Congratulations to the RI Arts Learning Network, an initiative that includes the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education the State Office of Higher Education and many others.  
Scenes of Rhode Island deadline is Nov. 5th

grant dropoffGovernor Donald Carcieri and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts invite Rhode Island artists to submit work for the Scenes of Rhode Island Exhibit and Awards. This annual art show features two-dimensional artworks that in some way depict the Ocean State

The deadline for submitting an application and sample work is November 5th.  For more information go to

The Scenes of Rhode Island Exhibition and Awards is a partnership between the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Office of Governor Donald Carcieri, to help promote the artistic talent and aesthetic beauty of the state.

Dan in Real Life - the next "Made in Rhode Island" film to debut 
Dan in Real Life 
And be sure to visit your local movie theatre starting this weekend (October 26th) to see the latest in a series of "Made in Rhode Island" major motion pictures.  This time it's Dan in Real Life, starring Steve Carell and Juliet Binoche, and filmed mostly in Jamestown, Newport, East Greenwich and Providence, Rhode Island.
Enjoy.  See you next month!
October 2007
So where can I buy MY arts lottery ticket?

You ask, where can I buy MY arts lottery ticket?  The answer is simple:  anywhere that instant game lottery tickets are sold!  That includes hundreds of locations, from supermarkets to gas stations to convenience stores.

But the best way is to ask your favorite arts organization if they have tickets to sell.  Many of them do, and with your encouragement, more of them will make the move.

The arts community initiative to sell arts lottery tickets is sponsored by BankRI.  Click here for more information.

BankRI logo

Our Public Partners
National Endowment for the Arts

New England Foundation for the Arts
Join Our Mailing List