RISCA hands out $128K in latest grant round to promote the arts

The R.I. State Council on the Arts awarded $128,212 in grants to Rhode Island schools, community centers and artists in its December 2013 round, the agency announced Wednesday. More

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RISCA hands out $128K in latest grant round to promote the arts

THE R.I. STATE Council on the Arts awarded $128,212 in grants at its December 2013 meeting, including 10 arts fellowships and project awards for educational and community arts development.
Posted 1/16/14

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. State Council on the Arts awarded $128,212 in grants to Rhode Island schools, community centers and artists in its December 2013 round, the agency announced Wednesday.

The 57 grants and fellowships awarded included one Investments in Arts & Culture grant of $1,400 to the Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy in Warwick. The Investments in Arts & Culture grants support organizations that produce annual programs in the arts and have received RISCA funding regularly for at least three years.

Jon Caserta of Pawtucket received a $6,000 Design Innovation Grant to develop a Web-based video player for long-form, content-rich videos such as interviews, symposia, lectures and documentaries. The video player would serve as an alternative to popular video players like YouTube and Vimeo, designed specifically for educators, artists, academics and government institutions, Caserta said.

RISCA also awarded eight Arts Access Grants, which are small awards of no more than $2,500 to fund new ventures and occasional arts programs that don’t qualify for Investments in Arts & Culture grants:

  • Alliance Francaise of Providence: $2,500 to support four concerts featuring French choral and instrumental music.
  • Educational Center for the Arts & Sciences in Providence: $2,500 to support ECAS International Theater Month, an annual series of performances, workshops and seminars in March.
  • Environmental Council of Rhode Island in Providence: $2,500 to support the seventh annual procession through the streets around Mashapaug Pond.
  • Rhode Island Latino Arts in Providence: $2,500 to support an art exhibition featuring authentic Puerto Rican wood carvings.
  • Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Warwick: $2,500 to support a theater performance developed by members of Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships relating their experiences as survivors of domestic violence.
  • Unitarian Universalist Congregation of South County in Wakefield: $2,500 to support the Music at Lily Pads concert series in South County.
  • Barrington Preservation Society: $1,312 to support an exhibition by visual artist Deborah Barona showcasing Barrington’s historic industries.
  • Ocean State Theatre Co. in Warwick: $1,000 to support a student-outreach project that actively involves students in theater through a performance of “The Diary of Anne Frank.”

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