National Endowment for the Arts grants $926K to R.I. art organizations, agencies

PROVIDENCE – Five Rhode Island arts organizations and agencies were awarded $925,800 in federal grants, the R.I. State Arts Council announced this week.

RISCA received a majority of the federal grant, which comes from the National Endowment for the Arts. The grants will be used to support arts programs, services and activities associated with the agency’s strategic plan.

“We are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported Rhode Island through these grants,” said Randall Rosenbaum, executive director of RISCA. “Thousands of Rhode Islanders will benefit from this federal support, matched by our state’s investment in the arts. … The return on this investment is significant. The arts represent close to $2 billion in direct economic activity annually in our small state, and many Rhode Island businesses depend on an active and vibrant arts community.”

National Endowment for the Arts grants in Rhode Island:

  • RISCA: $735,800 to support various Rhode Island arts programs
  • Community Musicworks: $70,000 to support free music education and performance programs for at-risk children
  • Providence, Mayor’s office: $40,000 to support Creative Providence 2020
  • FirstWorks: $40,000 to support a multidisciplinary performing arts series and related engagement activities
  • Rhode Island School of Design: $40,000 to support Raid the Icebox Now, an upcoming exhibition at the RISD Museum

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