Oct. 10, 2023

This Thursday!

Arts and Humanities Month event

Arts Equity, RISD Museum and RISCA

invite you to

Celebrate the life and work of Jeannine Chartier

Jeannine Chartier, E.D., Arts Equity (formerly VSA Arts RI), tireless lifelong advocate for the visibility, rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.

Thursday, Oct. 12, 2023

RISD Museum

20 North Main St.


5 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

5 p.m. Panel Discussion


  • Charles G. Baldwin, Program Officer, Cultural Equity and Access Initiatives, Mass Cultural Council.
  • Conor Moynihan, Assistant Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, RISD Museum.
  • Dominic Quagliozzi, Multimedia Artist with a focus on drawing, painting and performance.
  • Casey Weibust, Art Director at Out of the Box Studio & Gallery.

6:15-7:30 p.m. Creative Celebration

Doors Open at 5 p.m.


For accessibility accommodations: Contact Todd Trebour by Wed., Oct. 11. For more information, email: RISCA.contact@arts.ri.gov. ASL Interpretation will be provided.

Arts and Humanities Month

Governor McKee and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) are proud to celebrate October's Arts and Humanities Month. We have planned exhibits and programs that explore arts and culture’s key role in strengthening, developing and creating healthier communities and individual wellbeing throughout the state.

Read Governor McKee's Proclamation Declaring October Arts and Humanities Month

This year, the theme Collective Responsibility references the way in which the arts community serves our state through education, investment in youth development and lifelong learning. Rhode Island's artists, culture bearers, and arts and culture organizations contribute to our quality of life daily. We have activities planned that will spark conversation and ideas centered on creating social connections, driving economic opportunities, improving health outcomes, and imagining new visions for the future.

Join us for these events!

  • Arts and Health Conversation: A Community Primer on Arts and Health, Online, Wed., Oct. 11, noon-1 p.m. RSVP.
  • Celebrating the Life and Work of Jeannine Chartier at the Rhode Island School of Design Museum: In-Person, Thurs., Oct. 12, 5-7:30 p.m., RISD Museum, 20 N. Main St., Providence. The event is co-hosted by Arts Equity, the RISD Museum and RISCA. RSVP. More details below.
  • R.I. Arts Data Dashboard for Community Based Organizations: Online, Wed, Oct. 25, 10-11 a.m. RSVP.
  • Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, Providence, Opening Reception, Solo Exhibition with works by Angel Beth Smith: In-Person, Thurs., Nov. 9, 4-7 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Check out RISCA's Calendar for updates and more information on Arts & Humanities Month events!

Read the press release about Arts and Humanities Month.

Calling All Portrait Artists!

Every year RISCA receives requests for referrals. We are looking to build a comprehensive statewide roster of artists working in different disciplines as a resource. This month we are focusing on artists who specialize in Portraiture.

Create or update your CreativeGround profile today!

Please remember to provide your Rhode Island address, contact information, images of your work, website if available, and most importantly include the word "Portraits" in the description field.

CreativeGround is New England’s community-generated, free, online arts and culture directory that provides visibility, connection, and information to support a region-wide creative network. Completely free to use.

This is a great tool for artists to showcase their work and indicate what jobs, gigs, commissions they are available for.

CreativeGround is operated by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), our regional arts agency. NEFA has created an introductory video to help get you started. If you want assistance in creating or updating your profile, you can schedule a virtual 30-minute meeting, click here.

Artworks by Angel Beth Smith to be on display at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill

The latest exhibit at the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill, Providence, opens on Oct. 27. The Gallery will feature works by Indigenous artist Angel Beth Smith's weavings and drawings inspired by nature.

The Opening Reception is on Thursday, Nov. 9, 4-7 p.m., in the Atrium Gallery, first floor of the state’s Administration Building, One Capitol Hill, Providence.

Meet the Artist is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 7, noon-1 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

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

  • Essentials of Digital Marketing with Francesca Olsen: Monday, Oct. 16, 2-4 p.m., Conn., R.I. & Essex County, Mass.
  • Fostering Relationships with Galleries and Museums with Kristen Becker: Thursdays, Oct. 19 & 26, 2-4 p.m., Conn. and R.I. 
  • Photographing Your Artwork with Mercedes Jelinek: Monday, Nov. 6, 2-4 p.m., R.I.
  • Creating A Sustainable Financial Ecosystem As An Artist: Hadassah Damien: Thursday, Nov. 16, noon-2 p.m., Conn. and R.I. 
  • An Introduction to Cooperatives in the Arts with Daniel Park: Thursday, Dec. 14, 2-5 p.m., Conn. and R.I.

"Studios" Residency at Mass MoCA closes, Nov. 8

The deadline is nearing for applications for a residency at the Studios at MASS MoCA, from June to December 2024. Artists receive space and time for their work.

Financial aid and fellowship opportunities are available. 

To apply and learn more.

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