June 22, 2023
General Operating Support for Artists
Application Deadline: Friday, June 30

General Operating Support for Artists (GOSA) provides grants of $6,000 per year, for three consecutive years (total of $18,000) for 3 artists to work toward large, specific, self-identified goals in their art practice. This funding is unrestricted, meaning artists can use the funds to support their goals however they need. This program includes a cohort community of current grantees with meetings and learning opportunities that are driven by and focused on the grantees’ needs. Three artists will be selected for this program, for a total of nine artists receiving yearly grants at any given time.

Do you need assistance with your application?
We are here to help.

Learn more about the program
Watch the pre-recorded grant workshop, click here.

Get one on one advice
Meet on Zoom with Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artist Program Director, Sign up here.

Get your questions answered
Drop into an office hours session:
Rhode Island Teaching Artist Roster
Application Deadline: Friday, June 30

The Teaching Roster is a list of Rhode Island teaching artists who have been reviewed by public panels both for their artistic merit and their ability to work in educational settings. RISCA is endorsing an individual’s teaching skills and credentials when they are approved by the panel process and added to the Roster. The Roster is also a widely used public resource by educational sites and individuals wishing to engage an artist for an arts learning project. To view the current Rhode Island Teaching Artist Roster, click here.

  • To apply, click here.

For more information and to get help with your application, reach out to Maggie.Anderson@arts.ri.gov.
Five organizations receive a total of $150,000 to
invest in their programs and leadership

Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program, a partnership with the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RI Humanities) is pleased to announce it's new cohort. The program targets organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse communities.

The new cohort includes:

  • Andean Cultural Center of Rhode Island
  • Cultural Society of East Bay
  • PVD World Music Institute
  • RAÍCES Rhode Island Folk and Cultural Association
  • Rhode Island Black Film Festival

In addition to the funding, the program provides opportunities for group learning, direct technical assistance and intercultural collaboration and tools and resources that can enhance the work of each organization.

RISCA and R.I. Department of Health shared the stage with the R.I. Philharmonic and Renée Fleming

On June 2, renowned opera singer Renée Fleming hosted a panel of experts for Music and the Mind, a free program exploring the power of the arts as it relates to health and the brain in connection with her performance. 
Panelists from RISCA, Rhode Island Department of Health, Brown University, Rhode Island Philharmonic and Music School, and World Health Organization joined Renée Fleming for a discussion that explored the power that the arts can play during key moments in our lives. Inspired by her work with the Kennedy Center and National Institutes Sound Health Initiative, Fleming developed Music and the Mind.

Applications for NEA's Largest Granting Program for Arts Projects is Now Open

Grants for Arts Projects is The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) largest grants program for organizations, providing comprehensive and expansive funding for communities. Through project-based funding, the program supports opportunities for public engagement with the arts and arts education, for the integration of the arts with strategies promoting the health and well-being of people and communities, and for the improvement of overall capacity and capabilities within the arts sector. The program is open to organizations of all disciplines.

Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

Part 1 - Submit to Grants.Gov by July 6.
Part 2 - Submit to Applicant Portal by July 11-18.

Attention Muralists!

Create or update your profile on New England’s celebrated artists directory, known as CreativeGround today! Once joining, you can ensure you will get noticed.

When working on your profile, you will need to provide the following:
  • Contact information.
  • Images of your work.
  • If you have a website, the URL.
  • For the “Artists Only” section, select "muralists.”

Need assistance or want to learn more, view this Webinar.
Assets for Artists’ Summer Workshops
Assets for Artists, a program of The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA), has announced free summer workshops for Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts artists. Two of the workshops are virtual, and one is in person in Hartford. All workshops are open to Rhode Island artists.

The Workshops

In Person

  • What’s My Wellness Plan? Starting the Process to Healthier Habits with Marisol Foumakoye
  • Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m.- 1 p.m., The 224 EcoSpace, 224 Farmington Ave, Hartford, Conn.
  • Open to Conn. and R.I. artists.


  • The Art of Teaching Artistry with Lanea Collins
  • Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Open to Conn. and R.I. artists.

  • Financial Well-Being Through Interdependence with Amy Smith
  • Wednesdays, Aug. 30, and Sept. 6, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
  • Open to Conn. and R.I. artists.

MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists is an artist-led and artist-centered program that marshals resources and strategies for creatives to pursue self-determined careers.
Space is limited! Sign up today!

401-222-3880 | www.arts.ri.gov