Nov. 16, 2023

The "Initiating Equity" program will be led by Dr. Brea Heidelberg, Ph.D. in Arts Administration, Education & Policy and Founder of ISO Arts Consulting, DEI/Equity-Focused Consulting firm.

New Program Assists with Equity Planning

Free and open to non-profit arts organizations

The Initiating Equity Work program supports organizations to develop equity work plans and make them a reality to implement. This joint venture with the Rhode Island Foundation, we geared the program toward small and volunteer-led organizations, which generally have limited resources in the area. Read more.

Deadline to sign up is Dec. 21.

Registration form.

NEA Announces New Grant Program

Mark your calendar for the webinar, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m. 

Application deadline is Jan. 19

Through non-matching grants and peer learning opportunities, ArtsHERE will invest in organizations that have demonstrated a commitment to equity within their practices and programming -- with the goal of increasing arts participation for underserved groups/communities, and sharing insights that may inform similar funding programs in the future.

Managed by South Arts, ArtsHERE will award some 95 nonprofit organizations with non-matching grants of between $65,000 and $130,000. Applicants should propose a specific project that will strengthen and sustain the organization’s capacity for robust community engagement and support strategies to increase arts participation for underserved groups/communities. 

Sign up for the ArtsHERE webinar, Nov. 30 at 2 p.m.

Learn more

Image: Trumpet Mushrooms, 2023 colored pencil,12" x 12"/Angel Beth Smith

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Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill

Meet the Artist

 Thursday, Dec. 7, noon-1 p.m.

Free and open to the public

The latest exhibit, called The Natural, at the Atrium Gallery features nature-inspired weavings and drawings by Indigenous artist Angel Beth Smith.

“As an Indigenous artist there is within me a natural affinity to embrace that which comes from the earth as sacred," said Smith. "Because of this sacred affinity I often choose to work with media that complement the environment."

Official Bio (provided by artist)

Angel Beth Smith is the Creative Services Manager for the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation in the Public Affairs Department. She was born and raised in Providence and is a proud citizen of the Narragansett Tribe. From a young age, she was determined to become a professional artist and musician. Smith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with a concentration in textile design, from RISD. 

View the photo album from the Opening Reception for Angel Beth Smith's exhibit.

Read more.

Emergency Grants for Dancers

The Rauschenberg Dancer Emergency Grant has been updated to reflect the current, still challenging, working environment for dancers. It’s open to dancers who are in a dire financial emergency due to the loss or lack of recent/current live performance work.

The application deadline is Dec. 1.

For more information and to apply.

Assets for Artists Workshops

Sign up today; space is limited

Assets for Artists, a program of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), announced its free fall virtual workshops for Rhode Island, Connecticut and Massachusetts' artists.

Online Workshops

  • An Introduction to Cooperatives in the Arts with Daniel Park: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m., Conn. and R.I.


Applications Open for Big Read and Shakespeare in American Communities

Big Read: An initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in partnership with Arts Midwest, grants support community reading programs designed around a single Big Read book. The goal of this program is to inspire meaningful conversations, celebrate local creativity, elevate a wide variety of voices and perspectives, and build stronger connections in each community.

Grants Range: $5,000 to $20,000 each.

Intent to Apply: Jan. 10.

Final Applications: Jan. 24. 

Shakespeare in American Communities: Also, in partnership with the NEA and Arts Midwest, the matching-grant program supports high-quality productions and educational activities to engage young audiences throughout the United States.

Grants Range: $15,000 to $25,000.

Intent to Apply: Jan. 25.

Final Applications: Feb. 8.

Read more.

Creative Forces Community Engagement Grant Available Now

Deadline is Jan. 17

The Creative Forces Community Engagement grant program, a partnership between the NEA and Mid-American Arts Alliance, supports programming for military and Veteran populations—including family members and caregivers. Through the experience of art or art-making, participants can express themselves creatively while building resilience and social connectedness.

More information and to apply


Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is an initiative of the NEA in partnership with the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. It seeks to improve the health, well-being and quality of life for military and veteran populations exposed to trauma, as well as their families and caregivers. 

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