State support for the arts is crucial, and depends on your help.
Please acknowledge the support you receive from RISCA by including a program Ad in your concert programs, exhibition handouts or other printed materials. Click on the links below to access pages where you can download full size, half size and quarter size ads.
RISCA Program Ads – Theme: Creating Jobs and the Economy
RISCA Program Ads – Theme: Education and Access
photos left to right: Kingston Chamber Music Festival; Trinity Repertory Company (by Mark Turek).; The Steel Yard (by Force 4 Photography).
The arts create jobs, and not just for artists.
The arts are an important part of the Rhode Island economy. Over 12,000 people work in our state’s arts sector, and according to Americans for the Arts, Rhode Island is third in the nation in the number of arts related businesses per capita, exceeded only by California and New York. That’s important news for the Rhode Island economy, because when the arts are thriving, Rhode Island businesses thrive as well. The arts help keep our restaurants and parking garages full, and our retail stores busy. Local businesses employ thousands of Rhode Islanders whose livelihood depends, in large measure, on the arts.
photo courtesy of RI Philharmonic – photographer Ray Larson
Shouldn’t all Rhode Islanders have access to the arts?
For young people, the arts are a path to success. The arts contribute to achievement in school, particularly among disadvantaged students. For cities and towns, the arts promote civic engagement and encourage neighborhood and downtown revitalization. They make our communities more liveable. With all that’s good about the arts, shouldn’t all Rhode Islanders be able to enjoy and participate in what our state has to offer?
Rhode Island’s investment in the arts is small (just 6/100ths of 1% of our state budget), but RISCA-funded programs and services reach millions of Rhode Islanders and visitors each year, pumping hundreds of millions of dollars into the Rhode Island economy. With all the economic energy that comes from an active arts community, let’s ensure that Rhode Island continues to benefit from the arts.