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Funding strengthens arts jobs in Rhode Island

Posted on March 5, 2019

A round of funding is going towards arts jobs in Rhode Island.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced that it has awarded grants totaling $145,000 to seven arts organizations and agencies in Rhode Island.

These federal grants support projects by some of Rhode Island’s major arts institutions. In addition, the Endowment works in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to ensure that the people of Rhode Island have access to the arts.

In announcing the grants, National Endowment for the Arts Acting Chairman Mary Anne Carter said, “The arts enhance our communities and our lives, and we look forward to seeing these projects take place throughout the country, giving Americans opportunities to learn, to create, to heal, and to celebrate.”

Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, said, “we are delighted that the National Endowment for the Arts has supported these important Rhode Island arts institutions with direct grants. These grants will help thousands of Rhode Islanders experience the finest our state’s cultural institutions have to offer. In addition, the National Endowment for the Arts works to ensure that people throughout the country have access to the arts, in their communities and as part of their educational and life experiences. Every grant that we make at the state level is a reflection of that national effort to make the arts available to all of our citizens, and as such is enormously important. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is proud to work with our federal partner in that effort.”

Here is the list of grants recently announced by the National Endowment for the Arts:

Rhode Island Number of Grants: 7 Total Dollar Amount: $145,000

Alliance of Artists Communities $25,000 Providence, RI Art Works — Artist Communities To support an initiative to strengthen the artist communities field by identifying and expanding opportunities for performing artists.

DownCity Design $35,000 Providence, RI Art Works — Design To support Access Providence, a free design education program for Providence youth.

Everett $15,000 Providence, RI Art Works — Presenting & Multidisciplinary Works To support the presentation of the dance-theater work Good Grief.

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