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Rhode Island Jobs in the Arts Receive Stimulus Funding

Posted on April 14, 2009

A new round of federal stimulus money will help create and save arts jobs in Rhode Island. Click here to see more Rhode Island jobs.

The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced that $19.8 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants would be awarded to state arts agencies and regional arts organizations to help support the economy’s arts sector.

The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is expected to receive $291,500, which will be given to non-profit organizations with significant arts programs through the Arts Jobs: Solutions for the Ocean State program. Non-profit organizations with a significant arts program can apply for stimulus funding through May 1.

“We are pleased to participate in a program that acknowledges the role that the arts play in our state and national recovery, and helps employ artists and arts administrators during this difficult time,” Randall Rosenbaum, Rhode Island Arts Council executive director, said in a press release.

The Rhode Island Arts council has set up a Web site to provide information on the grant opportunities. The council also is working with the state’s Office of Economic Recovery and Reinvestment.

State and regional partners throughout the country will invest the funds in projects that help arts organizations retain critical staff, artists and other contractual personnel. The staff will help to enhance the ability of arts organizations to reach their artistic and public service goals.

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