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FROM APRIL TO JULY, Rhode Island's creative industries lost 10,077 jobs and the loss in sales added up to more than $436 million, according to a new Brookings Institution report. / PBN FILE PHOTO

Brookings: R.I.’s arts sector lost over 10K jobs, $436M in sales...

PROVIDENCE – Arts and culture industries took a blow when the coronavirus pandemic hit America’s shores. In Rhode Island, home to the Creative Capital and where...

RISCA, R.I. Council for the Humanities to receive $840K from CARES...

PROVIDENCE – Two statewide arts and humanities agencies are receiving a financial boost from the federal government. Both the Rhode Island State Council on the...
VIRTUAL ACT: Brien Lang, right, and Dave Carney perform “Miss You Like Hell,” a musical adaptation of the movie “Roadhouse,” linked via Zoom with fellow Wilbury Theatre Group cast members for a 401Gives Day online performance on April 1 at the theater in Providence. / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN

Theater, arts scenes in R.I. show signs of life

Whoever coined the phrase “the show must go on” was not referring to the health and economic meltdown caused by the new ­coronavirus. Yet amid...
THE R.I. STATE COUNCIL on the Arts has granted $827,782 to 146 recipients in its fiscal year 2020 round of grants to support the arts in Rhode Island.

RISCA awards $828K to 146 recipients for the arts

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. State Council on the Arts has awarded $827,782 to 146 recipients in its fiscal year 2020 round of grants to...
THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT for the Arts granted Rhode Island organzaitions and agencies $925,800, including $735,800 to the R.I. State Council on the Arts.

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

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...
CHALLENGING WORK: Josef Blazar, co-owner and vice president of sales at YJ Contemporary Fine Art in East Greenwich, said the industry’s general dependence on a strong economy and creating customer awareness are the biggest challenges to increasing sales. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Even in good times, R.I. gallery owners are anxious. Would better...

On a late December afternoon, the 30,000 square feet of wall space at YJ Contemporary Fine Art displayed a spectrum of works by local...
MORE THAN $163,000 in 73 state arts grants were approved by the R.I. State Council on the Arts board Tuesday at a meeting in Cranston. / COURTESY RISCA

RISCA announces 73 grants in fall FY19 award round

PROVIDENCE – Seventy-three grants, totaling $163,181, were approved by the R.I. State Council on the Arts board Tuesday at the organization’s December meeting. Tuesday’s grants...
CELBRATING ­DIVERSITY: Bert Crenca, a Providence artist and founder of AS220, stands in front of “Types,” a series of five murals he painted on the historical façade of the Providence National Bank building at 35 Weybosset St, which is meant to celebrate the diversity of people. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO

Is Providence ready to make good on a 38-year-old commitment to...

As founder of AS220, Bert Crenca travels frequently. He often speaks to national audiences about the alternative-arts organization, one of the largest such nonprofits...
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts will hold four grant writing workshops in anticipation of its April 2 application deadline. / COURTESY RISCA

RISCA to host grant workshops prior to April application deadline

PROVIDENCE - In anticipation of its April 2 deadline, the R.I. State Council on the Arts publicized four dates on which it will hold...
ARTISTS AT THE STEEL YARD participate in their annual Iron Pour celebration. The organization is one of 38 recipients of $4.6 million in cultural preservation grants from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts and the Rhode Island Historical & Preservation Commission. / COURTESY THE STEEL YARD

$4.6M in state preservation grants awarded to 38 recipients

PROVIDENCE - More than $4.6 million in state cultural facilities grants and state preservation grants to 38 recipients were jointly announced by the Rhode Island...

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