Rhode Island Foundation Grant Opportunities
Each program has different purposes, application requirements, and deadlines. Carefully review the guidelines provided for each funding opportunity. Read more about these grant opportunities or browse through frequently asked questions, click here.

Rhode Island Foundation raises $3.1 million to increase the number of teachers of color in Providence public schools
Providence Public Schools, RIDE will use the funding to hire more than 125 teachers of color over the next five years. Read more, click here.

Turning language barriers into opportunities
We are working with our grantee partners on efforts in economic security, education, and health that are aimed at eliminating inequality and racial disparities. Read more, click here.
Call for artists interested in painting former Governor and Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo’s official portrait

On behalf of RI's Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea, RISCA has issued a call for artists for the commission of the official painted portrait of the former Governor and current Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo.

If interested, visit the online application. Only applications submitted through CallforEntry.org, the web-based artist application portal, will be reviewed. Deadline is June 30. 

Artists are asked to submit through the CaFE online portal a resume and six digital images of previous work relevant to this commission.
Read more, click here.
Latest NEA funds to assist the vital arts economy and post-pandemic revitalization

In mid-May, the RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and three arts organizations were notified by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that they will be receiving $929,800 in grants. The NEA’s fiscal year 2021 partnership agreement grants address priorities in cultural tourism, community revitalization, economic development, education, and health and human services.
The award will be given to the following RI organizations:
  • AS220, $20,000
  • Community MusicWorks (aka CMW), $70,000
  • FirstWorks, $40,000
  • RISCA, $799,800
  • Total: $929,800
Read more, click here
In April, RISCA received $754,100 in the first round of federal funding through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) from the NEA. These emergency funds were designed to support and assist RI’s arts-related small businesses, artists, and arts and culture organizations as they recover from the devastating impact of COVID-19. Read more, click here
In mid-February, the NEA announced its first round of recommended awards for fiscal year 2021 of more than $27.5 million with $145,000 divided among seven Providence-based arts organizations. The NEA supported projects span 14 artistic disciplines in communities throughout the United States. Also, included in this announcement are the recipients of NEA Literature Fellowships in creative writing and translation and support for arts research projects. Read more, click here
National Endowment for the Humanities Virtual Grant Workshop
Join a live virtual workshop with National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) program staff to hear about NEH grant opportunities, deadlines, and application information. This is part of a series of virtual grant workshops which will be hosted Thursdays at 2:00 pm EST through June 3rd, 2021.
(The June 3rd workshop will provide a broad overview of NEH’s grant programs and provide an introductory view of the agency in Spanish.)
For more information and to register for these FREE workshops , click here.
100 Men for Gender Equity Launch
Women’s Fund of Rhode Island (WFRI), a leader in the movement to improve policies that impact women and girls in Rhode Island, announced the organization will be holding a fundraising launch event: 100 Men for Gender Equity.

The kickoff event features guest speaker, Ted Bunch, co-founder of A Call to Men. Mr. Bunch is an author, educator, activist, and lecturer working to end all forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. He has been internationally recognized for his efforts to prevent violence against women while promoting healthy, respectful manhood.
Women are leaving the workforce in record numbers AND women are picking up extra schooling, childcare, and home labor duties in addition to working full-time. How can men support their colleagues, partners, family, and children? Find out how by participating in our 100 Men for Gender Equity campaign kickoff and leave with actions you can take.

The 100 Men for Gender Equity campaign goal is to recruit 100 men raising $100 each for a total of $10,000 towards achieving gender equity through systemic change.

Community Event: June 9th, 2021 / 5:15-6:30 pm
For more information and to register for this FREE event, click here.

“Our organization, Oasis International, has been around for 28 years. A pillar of our program is culture and the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program with its coordination from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and Rhode Island Foundation has helped us grow as an organization. We could not have done this without RIEAP being there to help with our development.”

- Muraina Akinfolarin
Executive Director
Spotlight Conversation with Muraina Akinfolarin, Executive Director of Oasis International Inc.
Muraina Akinfolarin is a retired Resident Engineer for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, managing the construction of roads and bridges. He brings both a world of experience from management and engineering that drives a powerful vision on how non-profits can serve their communities. 

Mr. Akinfolarin is the Executive Director of Oasis International, previously serving as the Program’s Director for many years. Muraina gave shape to the formation and idea of Oasis International along with a community based Federal Credit Union. As the Co-Founder of Oasis International, he was inducted to the Martin Luther King Jr. Hall of Fame in 2017. He has served on the Board of Directors of Oasis International for many years and the State Certification Review Board.

RIEAP: Tell us about Oasis International and your involvement with the Community of Rhode Island.
Muraina: Oasis International is a non-profit, 501(c) (3), organization serving the African immigrant community and the low-income neighborhood of the West End, Elmwood, Upper Southwest Providence, Lower Southwest Providence, and Washington Park. Our mission is to “promote cultural awareness, health wellness and facilitate community economic empowerment with an emphasis on youth leadership development”.

Oasis International started in 1992 as an effort to identify and maintain an infrastructure for the professional development of its members. Through the exchange of technical information, general business assistance, and the promotion of cultural activities, we have evolved into a non-profit organization dedicated to long-term social exchange as well as cultural and economic development within our neighborhoods. Understanding the limitations to capital and the absence of economic development, Oasis strives to eliminate the barriers that limit access for immigrants and the low-income residents within our community. 

In the last twenty-seven years, Oasis International has conducted a series of successful educational and cultural activities including: Youth Education and Development Programs (i.e. Mentoring and STEM partnerships and Youth Spring Break Programs), annual African Summer Bash activities and the Cultural & African Gala fundraising events. These combined programs offer opportunities for economic literacy education, health education and culture awareness for all attendees.

Read the rest of the interview with Muraina Akinfolarin and learn about the grant that Oasis International recently received from the Champlin Foundation and the City of Providence for a new expansion, that includes several offices and a multi-purpose hall for community/private events, visit the Rhode Island Expansion Arts website click here.
To visit Oasis International Inc. website click here.
Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program alumnus Chief Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, along with Denise Barge, hosted a workshop for the 2019-2022 RIEAP Cohort on April 21st. They brought with them insightful knowledge and guidance on LLC’s, nonprofits, and alternative business. Workshops such as theirs are specifically designed to meet the needs of individual organizations within the RIEAP Cohort.
Daryl Black Eagle Jamieson, a RIEAP Alumni Consultant, is the Clan Chief of the Pocasset Wampanoag Tribe of the Pokanoket Nation. The Pocasset Tribe’s reservation called Wattupa is based in Fall River. Chief Jamieson has been the Drum Director of the Eastern Medicine Singers and the CEO of Eastern Medicine Cultural LLC.
Denise Barge is the proprietor of Barge & Associates, LLC, (established in 2009) which provides planning, management and operational consulting to nonprofits and small business owners seeking assistance in starting, growing or sustaining their organizations and companies.
Rhode Island Expansion Arts Alumni Consultant Program was developed to recognize the important role the alumni play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development. Having gone through the program, the alumni continue their leadership role as culturally sensitive consultants who share their knowledge while mentoring the new cohort to become future leaders. It also serves as a professional development opportunity for the alumni. This program becomes an incubator for consultants of color from Africa, Latinx, Arab, Asian, and Native American (ALAANA) communities.  Read more, click here.
Puerto Rican Institute for Arts and Advocacy, Inc. (PRIAA)
Promotes Puerto Rican and Latino civic culture in Rhode Island and New England through the performing arts, visual arts, literature, crafts, fine arts and to the Creative Arts Workshop as integration arts academic development fostering 21st century leaders.

For more information and to check out their 2021 events that include Bomba, Plena, Wood Carving Workshops, Vejigantes Masks Making and Live Music click here.
Sankofa Community Connection of Newport partnered with the Newport Art Museum to welcome acclaimed artist Bisa Butler for a virtual artist talk that was held on May 6th. Sankofa Community Connection's mission includes working towards school curriculums that recognize and celebrate the cultural heritage of African Americans of colonial Newport.
Read more about the Newport Art Museum click here.
Learn about Sankofa Community Connection click here.
Bisa Butler: Pride and Presence
A quilt is a potent object. Made by hand, even the most minimal quilt design is a material record of the life, inspirations, tastes, history, and beliefs of the maker and recipient. Bisa Butler’s glorious contemporary quilts utilize the medium to lift up the stories of African American individuals both known and unknown. The vibrant colors and patterns of African fabrics from her ancestral Ghana, batiks from Nigeria, and prints from South Africa create a visual cacophony, a blissed-out intensity, brilliant beauty and feeling of celebration. Her textile portraits immortalize cultural figures and anonymous individuals alike. Dignified and regal, their unapologetic maximalism finally makes looking away, ignoring, or forgetting them, an impossibility.
The National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures turned 32, on May 1, 2021.
Deep values of cultural equity, organizing and advocacy have been part of the nonprofit's DNA since its founding in 1989. NALAC believes that art and culture are at the core of bridging divides and sustaining our communities. For more information about NALAC click here.
Art League RI's 2021 Elected Artist application process is now open and they are seeking applicants for this year's Juried selection process.
Please consider applying. All information can be found here including an application form.
Applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 10 images and an artist statement, along with the application. Elected Artists will be selected by an independent panel of 5 jurors. Rhode Island artists, as well as non-Rhode Island artists, are welcome to apply. The link below will take you to Art League's website where more information, including an application form, is available.
To learn more about this click here.

Deadline for Elected Artist Applications is May 15, 2021.
Artwork featured above: Victor Rosari (EA2019) Living Beings (extract)
Arts Administrators of Color Network is proud to present Art Accordingly, a monthly podcast that highlights artists and arts leaders of color, while interrogating systemic and institutional issues of equity, inclusion, and access in the arts from a decolonizing framework.
The podcast is hosted by Quanice G. Floyd and Joshua Henry Jenkins. The episodes are produced by Joshua Henry Jenkins. 

The podcast has been presented live at the following conferences:
  • National Performance Network Conference
  • Theatre Communications Group Conference
  • Arts Equity Summit
  • Association of Arts Administration Educators Conference
  • Maryland Arts Summit
  • SphinxConnect
Read more about the Arts Administrators of Color and listen to their podcast click here.
RHODE ISLAND EXPANSION ARTS PROGRAM is supported by a collaboration between Rhode Island Foundation (RIF), the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based, culturally diverse arts and cultural organizations. RIEAP is committed to supporting small organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse peoples. RIEAP provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, the RIEAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.
If you have any upcoming events in 2021 that you like to share with the
Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program and its alumni in our next newsletter
or for more information on RIEAP send an email to Elena Calderón Patiño, Director of the Community Arts Program Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, Elena.patino@arts.ri.gov