Friday, August 4, 2023

State Arts Council opens arts and cultural grant applications 

Applications are now open for grants to arts and culture organizations, folk and individual artists, and arts educators. If you are considering applying for a grant please take the time now to review the requirements and start your application in advance of the deadlines below.

Application Deadlines

  • Folk Arts Apprenticeships and Fellowships close on Friday, Sept. 15, at 11:59 p.m.
  • Grants for arts educators, organizations and individual artists close on Monday, Oct. 2 at 11:59 p.m.

We offer lots of help!

To assist in the application process and meet the deadlines, Arts Council staff members have scheduled virtual workshops and office hours throughout August, September and early October.

RSVP NOW! for RISCA's first Grant Overview and Grant Writing Workshop:

Thursday, Aug 17, at 11 a.m.

And Click here for a full listing of all dates and times for application assistance.

RSVP is required for all workshops and meetings.

The following grants are now accepting applications:

  • Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeships are designed to foster artistic skills between a mentor and an apprentice. The program creates an opportunity specifically for individuals who share a common cultural heritage.
  • Folk and Traditional Arts Fellowships support individual artists who demonstrate the highest level of skill and accomplishments in their craft.
  • Project Grants in Education offer support to schools, non-profit organizations, arts educators and teaching artists. Recipients engage students in rich and meaningful artistic experiences in dedicated learning environments.
  • Project Grants for Organizations provide up to $3,000 in support of arts and culture projects that are relevant and meaningful to R.I. communities.
  • Community Engaged Project Grants offer funding of up to $3,000 for artists or groups of artists to create arts and culture projects that are directly and actively engaged Rhode Island residents.
  • Make Art Grant provides grants of up to $3,000 for artists or groups of artists to create or continue specific artwork in any discipline. Projects have specific goals, although completion and public showing of the art is not required. Deadline: Monday, Oct. 2.

Learn more about our grants.

Call for Artists!

Block Island and T.F. Green International Airports Galleries

The call for artists for the 2024 exhibitions at the Block Island Airport Gallery and GREEN SPACE Gallery at Rhode Island’s T.F. Green International Airport is now open.


The deadline to apply is Monday, Oct. 9, at 11:59 p.m.

Click on forms to apply:


The call considers artists who work in all media. Applicants must be Rhode Island residents. Students are ineligible.


The selection of artists will be by a review panel, which includes practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in the 2024 exhibitions will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the program.

The galleries are a partnership with the R.I. Airport Corporation (RIAC). Read more about the Call. 

Open Call for the next State Poet of Rhode Island

On behalf of Gov. McKee, we have started the process of naming the next State Poet of Rhode Island. This position, created by law by the Rhode Island General Assembly in 1987, will be filled through a five-year appointment.

Our thanks go out to the current State Poet Tina Cane, who has gone above and beyond in her duties. She has focused her work on youth engagement, public art projects, and the Youth Poetry Ambassador program in collaboration with The Rhode Island Center for the Book. She was appointed to the post in 2016.

The application deadline is August 21.

For more information on the online application and selection process, click here.

In Person

Folk and Traditional Arts Info

Applications now open; Deadline Sept. 15

RISCA’s Arts and Cultural Sustainability Program Director, Elena Calderón Patiño, will be On the Road and onsite to provide assistance, information and answer any questions related to grants for folk and traditional apprenticeships or fellowships.

Folk and traditional arts are defined as artistic practices that are community- or family-based and express aesthetic heritage and tradition. The arts agency has two grant opportunities for folk and traditional artists, and they are:

  • Folk and Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grants foster the sharing of traditional/folk artistic skills between a mentor and an apprentice who is already familiar with the genre and share a common cultural heritage.
  • Folk and Traditional Arts Fellowship Grants provide support to individual traditional/folk artists who demonstrate the highest level of skill and accomplishments in their craft.

The information sessions are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Thurs., Aug. 10, 1-2 p.m., Sankofa Community Connection, 2 Broadway, Newport.
  • Fri., Aug. 11, noon-2 p.m., Rhode Island Indian Council, 807 Broad St., Providence.
  • Wed., Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Warwick Center for the Arts, 3259 Post Rd., Warwick.
  • Fri., Aug. 18, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Tomaquag Museum, 390A Summit Rd, Exeter.
  • Wed., Aug. 23, 1-3 p.m., South County Art Association, 2587 Kingstown Rd., Kingston.
  • Thurs., Aug. 24, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Blackstone River Theatre, 549 Broad St., Cumberland.
  • Wed., Aug. 30, noon-2 p.m., Refugee Dream, 747 Broad St., Providence.

Contact Elena Calderón Patiño for more information.

Be a RISCA Panelist

Our panelists provide a great service to the arts community by reviewing applications and helping to decide on grant awards. Panel members come from a diverse and wide range of artistic and cultural fields.

If you are interested in serving as a panelist, please fill out this nomination form: Click here to complete the form.

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