RISCA awards 93 grants totaling $452K to local artists, organizations

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. State Council on the Arts has issued 93 grants totaling $452,206 to local arts and cultural organizations, folk artists, individual artists and artists working in the health care sector, the council announced Tuesday.

The grants ranged from $500 to $25,000. The RiverzEdge Arts Project Inc. in Woonsocket, AS220 in Providence and Trinity Repertory Company each received the $25,000 maximum grant.

RiverzEdge Arts Project’s program has between 85-100 youth participants earn wages as they work alongside peers and professional artists in the areas of graphic design, printmaking, photography and media, and public art and fabrication to complete client commissions and grant-funded public art projects, RISCA said. AS220 plans to use the funds to provide arts and social justice education, mentorship, peer-to-peer learning and tools to create engaged creative projects for under-supported youth, the council said.

Trinity Rep’s grant will support its apprentice program, which RISCA says provides a 35-week season of early-career training in production and administration.

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A full list of the grants can be found here.

The council said that in addition to featuring restructured and updated grant programs, RISCA implemented a program supporting existing arts workforce development programs for arts and culture organizations, culturally specific organizations and secondary schools. RISCA said 14 arts workforce entities were awarded $218,000 in total grants, which were funded from American Rescue Plan Act funds.

“We are proud that included in this grant cycle is a program that ensures that recipients receive important funding to strengthen, formalize or begin careers in the arts with creative skills necessary for Rhode Island’s 21st century workforce,” RISCA Executive Director Lynne McCormack said in a statement.

RISCA also said that it will accept new grant applications from local organizations from Feb. 1 to April 3. Applications can be found on RISCA’s website.

James Bessette is the PBN special projects editor, and also covers the nonprofit and education sectors. You may reach him at Bessette@PBN.com. You may also follow him on Twitter at @James_Bessette.