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January 16 Arts Behind the Scenes with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

January 16 Arts Behind the Scenes with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Learn about RISCA grant opportunities and RISCA’s year-long strategic thinking and planning process

with Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, Maggie Anderson, Director, Arts in Education and Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director

Wednesday, January 16th from 6-8pm
Salvation Café’s Post & Beam Room
140 Broadway, Newport

The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Newport County’s monthly networking event, Arts Around the Fire, will be at Salvation Café on Wednesday, January 16th from 6-8pm at the Post & Beam room at 140 Broadway in Newport.

The Alliance’s guests will be RI State Council on the Art’s Todd Trebour, Organizations Program Director, Maggie Anderson, Director, Arts in Education and Mollie Flanagan, Individual Artists Program Director, who will be sharing information about RISCA grant opportunities as well as their year-long strategic thinking and planning process. Join them in a discussion of RISCA’s mission to support RI’s arts and cultural community.

Arts Around the Fire is an opportunity for artists, writers, performers and audiences to engage with colleagues about events affecting the cultural community and learn about new ideas and good work being done. Arts Around the Fire features a cash bar, complimentary hors d’oeuvres donated by Salvation Café and an informal atmosphere where artists and art lovers can connect. The Alliance thanks Salvation Café for their hospitality. Sign up for an artists membership or become a supporting member of the Alliance, a coalition of individuals and non-profits committed to the advancement of arts and culture in Newport County. Please join us, free, utterly informal, no reservations needed.

Launch Event: Arts & Culture Research Network

Monday March 28th, 2016 at 4:00pm
The Providence Biltmore, The Garden Room – 11 Dorrance Street Providence, RI 02903

(Seating for this event is limited, so please be sure to RSVP early)

A new initiative of the College & University Research Collaborative (The Collaborative) and the Rhode Island State Council On The Arts (RISCA) designed to explore the role that arts & culture plays in Rhode Island and learn more about a new research grant opportunity.

Topics for discussion will include the role of arts & culture in Rhode Island’s: Economy, Education, Healthcare, Community Development, Environment

They will announce the first grant opportunity through this initiative for Rhode Island scholars who are interested in examining the impact of the State’s investment in cultural facilities, part of the $35 million bond initiative approved by the voters in November 2014.

NEA Chairman Jane Chu in Newport, October 16

Senator Jack Reed and RISCA cordially invite you to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts with Jane Chu Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts in Newport, Rhode Island

Join us at a Reception for Chairman Chu on Friday, October 16, 2015 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm at the Newport Art Museum, 76 Bellevue Avenue, Newport, Rhode Island. Open to the public but RSVPs are required.

This is an opportunity to gather with others from the Rhode Island arts community to welcome the new leader of our federal partner to the Ocean State. We hope you can join us!

• Jane Chu, chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
• U.S. Senator Jack Reed
• U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse
• M. Teresa Paiva Weed, Rhode Island Senate President
• Newport Mayor Jeanne-Marie Napolitano
• Clay Pell, grandson of U.S. Senator Claiborne Pell
• Norah Diedrich, director, Newport Art Museum
• Nancy McAuliffe, president, Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County
• Randall Rosenbaum, executive director, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

Click here to register for this reception.
Click here to view NEA’s special anniversary web page.

About Jane Chu
Jan-ChuJane Chu is the eleventh chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. With a background in arts administration and philanthropy, Chairman Chu is also an accomplished artist and musician. She leads a dedicated and passionate group of people to support and fund the arts and creative activities in communities across the nation.

Chu was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, but was raised in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the daughter of Chinese immigrants. She studied music growing up, eventually receiving bachelor’s degrees in piano performance and music education from Ouachita Baptist University, and master’s degrees in music and piano pedagogy from Southern Methodist University. Additionally, Chu holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rockhurst University and a PhD in philanthropic studies from Indiana University.

In addition to awarding $116 million in grants during her tenure to-date, Chu has issued new research reports on arts participation and the impact of the arts and cultural industries on the nation’s gross domestic product; announced a leadership initiative called Creativity Connects; and in celebration of the agency’s upcoming 50th anniversary, launched the Tell Us Your Story project.

“We have an opportunity to start a new dialogue on the ways in which the arts-and the ways the NEA supports the arts-are an essential component of our everyday lives,” says Chu. “Although many may not realize it, the arts actively intersect with areas such as the economy, human development, and community vitality. The arts and artists who are funded and supported by the NEA are an integral part of the solution to the challenges we face in all parts of our society.”

In the fall of 2015, Chairman Chu will announce the details of her signature leadership initiative, Creativity Connects. The program will show how central the arts are to the country’s creativity ecosystem; investigate how support systems for the arts have changed; and explore how the arts connect with other industries.

Chu has a deep understanding of and commitment to the arts. From 2006 to 2014, Chu served as the president and CEO of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, overseeing a $413-million campaign to build the center. She was a fund executive at the Kauffman Fund for Kansas City from 2004 to 2006, and vice president of external relations for Union Station Kansas City from 2002 to 2004. Previously, she was vice president of community investment for the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation from 1997 to 2002.

About the National Endowment for the Arts
Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

October is Arts & Humanities month!

National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Since 1985, the month of October has been designated to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives, and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts.

National Arts and Humanities Month’s four primary goals are to:
create a national, state and local focus on the arts and humanities through the media;
encourage the active participation of individuals, as well as arts, humanities and other interested organizations nationwide;
provide an opportunity for federal, state and local business, government and civic leaders to declare their support for the arts and humanities; and
establish a highly visible vehicle for raising public awareness about the arts and humanities.

The Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County will be involved in the following events during the month of October:
October 7th: Discover Newport’s Marketing Meeting at Newport Vineyards will include pianist Nick SanFilippo in recognition of Arts & Humanities month.
October 8th: Newport Gallery Night. Explore and experience the art of Newport and buy that special piece for the upcoming holidays TAX FREE! 5:00-8:00pm
October 16th: Chairman Chu of the National Endowment for the Arts and Senator Reed will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the NEA at the Newport Art Museum followed by a reception co-sponsored by RISCA and ACA. 2:30pm. Newport Art Museum. 76 Bellevue Ave. Newport. Click here for more details and to register.
October 17th: The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire features hands-on making, building & hacking, crafting, garage technology, arts and creativity for sale, and robots! Noon-7pm. Florence Gray Center, 1 York Street, Newport
October 20th: ACA’s Arts Around the Fire with special guest artist Ryan O’Sullivan. Local musician and entrepreneur, Ryan will speak briefly about his local music and art productions and the programs he runs which use art and music to build kids up and to encourage a drug-free lifestyle. Click here for more details.
October 24th: “Heifetz on Tour” Concert. Classical music as played by the incredible talents of the Heifetz International Music Institute. This program is an amazing opportunity for the region to experience world-class musicians in a meaningful way and in an intimate setting. Tickets are $30 General Admission and $15 for age 25 and under. Jamestown Arts Center, 7:30pm. Click here for more details and tickets.
October 29th: ACA’s Arts Behind the Scenes for glassblowing at Thames Glass. Click here for more details.
October 30th: Economic Impact of the Arts. The ACA joins with Senator Pavia Weed and the Newport County Chamber of Commerce for “A + B = C” (Arts plus Business = Community), a continental breakfast and panel discussion @ Honyman Hall at Trinity Church. 8:00-10:00am. Register here.
Local artists will be performing during the registration and networking at the beginning of the event. The event will begin with breakfast and networking followed by a welcome from RI Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed. Next, there will be keynote remarks from J.L. “Lynn” Singleton, President, Providence Performing Arts Center speaking on the Economic Impact of Providence Performing Arts Center.
Directly after the keynote speaker there will be a panel discussion moderated by Benedict Leca, Executive director of Redwood Library. The panel discussion will include Brenda Nienhouse, Executive Director of Newport Performance Art Center, Pebbles Wadsworth, Development Co-Chair & Past Board President, Jamestown Arts Center, Jay Sweet, Producer, Newport Festivals Foundation and Andrea van Beuren, Founder & Artistic Director, newportFILM. The panelist discussion will be responding to questions regarding the impact of each organization on the economy and vitality of Newport. Post event, attendees will be invited to tour the Opera House Theater.
Tickets are $10.00 per person for members of the Newport County Chamber of Commerce or the Arts & Cultural Alliance or $15.00 for non-members. Tickets will be sold in advance online at Register here.


Happy 50th Birthday to National Endowment for the Arts

Rhode Island isn’t just the birthplace of religious freedom or the American Industrial Revolution. Thanks to Senator Claiborne Pell, it’s also where the National Endowment for the Arts was born. Congratulations to the NEA on its 50th anniversary.

In collaboration with Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts looks at the arts and culture of Rhode Island. Developed as part of the NEA’s 50th Anniversary United States of Arts: Tell Us Your Art Story series.

RISCA Grants Deadline October 1st, 2015

Spread the Word!  October 1 Deadline for RISCA Grants and Fellowships

Spread the Word!

October 1 is the deadline for Project Grants for Education, Project Grants to Individuals (PGI), Fellowships in Choreography, Drawing & Printmaking, Music Composition, New Genres, and Painting, the Design Innovation Grant (DIG) and Arts Access (AAG) Grants.

Click here for complete RISCA Newsletter, September 2015
• October 1 RISCA Grants and Fellowships Deadline
• Scholarships for the Alliance for Artist Communities Conference
• Call to Artists for GREEN SPACE and Block Island Gallery
• NEFA Office Hours for CreativeGround
• Annual State Native American Art Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery
• New England Native American Culture Week
• Providence Book Fair/Feria del Libro y las Artes de Providence
• Annual Latin American Art Exhibit at the Atrium Gallery
• News and Events from RISCA Fellows and Grantees

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