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The National Arts Administration and Policy Publications Database

October 21st, 2016

The National Arts Administration and Policy Publications Database is a tool that enables users to access current and historical information on a multitude of topics related to arts administration and policy. Records in the database are classified into four types: Americans for the Arts archive, research abstracts, sample documents, and one pagers. The database contains over 7,000 records—providing arts administrators, policy researchers, and advocates with comprehensive information on arts policy and practice and arts administration resources and best practices. For more information: http://www.americansforthearts.org/by-program/reports-and-data/legislation-policy/national-arts-administration-and-policy-publications-database-naappd

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Get Some Of This: Various Funding Opportunities In the Arts

October 20th, 2016

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, 12/5/2016
The Artist as Activist Fellowship program provides up to $100,000 over two years to artists in support of an ambitious creative work that tackles the theme of racial justice, with a particular focus on mass incarceration. Eligible: US-based artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on a project. Webinar: 10/27 at 3PM.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 12/7/2016
Collaborative Research Grants support combinations of scholars, consultants and research assistants; project-related travel; field work; applications of information technology; and technical support and services. All grantees are expected to communicate the results of their work to the appropriate scholarly and public audiences.Eligible: Governments, nonprofits, academia, individuals Awards: $25,000 to $300,000

Anthony Quinn Foundation, 1/4/2017
The Arts Scholarship Program is focused on Visual Arts & Design, Dance, Theatre, Singing, Instrumental, Media Arts, and Literary Arts for young adults in high school. Funds will only support pre-college or summer intensive arts education programs.Eligible: Must be a young adult in high school who demonstrates exceptional talent, dedication, and a strong commitment to personal artistic growth who will benefit from financial support. Awards: $1,000 to $2,500

ASCAP Foundation, Multiple Deadlines
Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards require an original score or chart of one composition accompanied by a CD. A cash prize will be awarded to be shared equally among the co-writers of each musical work or composition Deadline 11/1/2016
Morton Gould Young Composer Awards encourages developing music creators during the earliest stages of their careers. Deadline: 2/2/2017
Eligible: Must be a US citizen or permanent resident, or enrolled as a student with a student visa; must be under age 30 as of 12/31/2016. Awards: A panel of ASCAP composer members will decide

New England Foundation for the Arts, Multiple deadlines
New England States Touring (NEST) Grant, 12/1/2016
Expeditions Touring Grant and Expeditions Tour Planning Grant, 2/13/2017
Creative City, 2/21/2017
National Theater Project Presentation Grant, Rolling
National Theater Project Presenter Travel, Rolling
New England Presenter Travel Fund, Rolling
Eligible: Artists, schools, nonprofits, government. Awards: Vary by funding category


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NEFA Call For Workshops Is Now Open

October 17th, 2016
Creative Communities Exchange (CCX)
June 8-9, 2017 | New London, CT | #CCX2017
Image: Creative Communities Exchange 2015 in Keene, NH, by Michael Moore
Are you engaged in projects that leverage your local creative sector for economic and community development?

Promote your community and share your creative economy strategies by leading a workshop at the next Creative Communities Exchange (CCX).

This fast-paced biennial event gathers New England leaders from various sectors for networking and practical workshops prepared by their peers. Submit your creative economy project to create the content for this unique peer-to-peer exchange. Read more about the CCX.
Deadline to apply: December 16, 2016
  • CCX workshop leaders receive discounted registration for the event, and are eligible for NEFA’s Creative Economy Award
  • Projects led by arts organizations, artists, planners, economic development, and municipal government are encouraged to apply (share with your non-arts networks!)
What do CCX workshops focus on?
Workshops discuss the specific strategies and steps taken by creative economy initiatives.These initiatives leverage local creative assets and cross-sector partnerships for community revitalization and growth. They might include: downtown revitalization, artists and civic engagement, impact data collection, planning, zoning, space development,and generally fall under these themes:
    Organizational leaders building capacity within their organizations and communities through strong partnerships with local stakeholders.
    Innovative events and projects that catalyze the creative community and draw visitors and life to the economic centers.
    Programs that use information and cultural plans to implement policy and zoning decisions that affect all citizens of their local community.
    Model projects that use technology, networking, and training to enhance the capacity of the creative sector’s connections to other sectors.
CCX 2017 will take place in New London, Connecticut, where arts and cross-sector leaders are forging strategic and surprising synergies across southeastern Connecticut to meet the economic and community development needs of today and plan for the future.

Local host:

Program Director, Research and Creative Economy


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Call for Artists – The Friends of East Greenwich Free Library

October 13th, 2016



6th Annual Juried Art Exhibit - Winter’s Eve

DECEMBER 5, 2016 – January 3, 2017

Opening reception: Thursday, December 8th 6pm – 8pm

FOR FULL PROSPECTUS, visit www.eastgreenwichlibrary.org (Winter’s Eve tab), or SEND REQUEST TO friendseglibrary@gmail.com.

Juror – RICHARD WHITTEN: Richard Whitten earned a B.A. in Economics from Yale University and a M.F.A. in Painting from the University of California at Davis where he studied with both Wayne Thiebaud and Robert Arneson. He is presently Chair of the Arts Dept and a Professor of Painting at Rhode Island College. Richard has participated in many solo, 2-person, and group exhibitions and is the recipient of a number of awards and fellowships. For more about Richard Whitten, visitwww.richardcwhitten.com.

The Winter’s Eve 2016 “Juror’s Award” includes a SOLO 2017 Exhibit at the gallery.*

Howard Silverman Gallery . East Greenwich Free Library

82 Peirce Street . East Greenwich, Rhode Island

401-885-1699 . friendseglibrary@gmail.com


  • Exhibition:  Thursday, December 5 to Thursday, January 3, 2017
  • Opening reception: Thursday, December 8th, 6pm – 8pm
  • Delivery dates: FridayDec 2, 2-4pm AND Saturday, Dec 3, 10am–1pm
  • Pickup for declined work:  Monday, Dec 5, 4:00pm – 6:00pm

(artists will be notified via email no later than 12/4 of their acceptance/decline status)

  • Pickup of exhibited work:  Wednesday, January 4, 4pm – 6pm

ELIGIBILITY: Artists are invited to submit up to three pieces for consideration. A maximum of two pieces may be selected for hanging. No theme required.

No commission is required by the Friends of East Greenwich Free LibraryOver 400 patrons visit the Library daily! NFS acceptable.

*past Winter’s Eve Juror’s Award Winners: Cathy Chin, Reed McClaren, Marjorie Ball, Uli Brahmst, Lee Bergwall Hanks.

Questions?  Contact Paulette Miller 401-885-1699 . friendseglibrary@gmail.com


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Studio spaces available at the Shady Lea Mill, N. Kingston, RI (November)

October 13th, 2016

There will be 3 studios available for rent in November, just in time for the popular Open Studios Week-end, Dec 3rd and 4th.

Studios 104 (550 sq ft), 106 (656 sq ft) and 107 (722 sq ft) or any combination of first two, second two or all three, will be available.

Great spaces for Artist, Artisan or light industry.  These are all first floor spaces and Verizon Fios for HIGH SPEED INTERNET is available in all three. Check out the website www.themillatshadylea.com and Facebook page, The Mill At Shady Lea, to learn more. Contact them at 401-290-7548 for more information.  Viewings of the spaces can be arranged.



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RISCA is Hiring A New Individual Artists Program Director!

October 10th, 2016
Want to do exciting work supporting a growing community of individual artists in Rhode Island?  Join the RISCA team as our new Individual Artists Program Director.
This position will manage and oversee the agency’s support for individual artists.  In this capacity this person will provide technical assistance and support to current and potential applicants, and to artists who approach the agency for assistance. Our Individual Artists Program Director will work within state government and in the public to identify new opportunities to support artists and grow the arts and creative sector, provide educational support on issues related to support for artists who are presenting or producing art, and more.
This individual will also help to oversee the agency’s electronic communications and information activities (web site, blog, newsletter, artist directory, social media, etc.)
RISCA is an exciting place to work, and we’d love to have you on our team. The deadline for applications is October 22nd, so apply now.  Go to Apply RI for details and to submit a cover letter and an online application.
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Request for Qualifications: Sculpture / 3D Installation for Roger Williams Park Zoo’s new Rainforest Exhibit, Deadline 10/24/2016

October 10th, 2016

Oudoor Portion of Our New Rainforest Building (Scheduled to Open Spring 2018)

Providence, Rhode Island

Budget: TBD

Application Deadline: Ocbober 24, 2016

About the Rainforest Exhibit

Our new Rainforest Exhibit will seek to reveal the close connection that we have with this remote, exotic place that seems to exist a world away.

We want to present our audience with the opportunity to rethink the way we perceive our individual roles in the world, and to understand that we can and do in fact, impact the rainforest through our daily decisions and can make a difference.

About the Art Piece

The goal of this art piece is to represent the concept of perception shift or change in perspective. It will be located at the midway point of the exhibit, underscoring the shift in narrative between expected and unexpected stories of the Rainforest. Ideally, we are thinking of a sculptural piece, but would be willing to consider alternative approaches to the concept as well. This piece will serve as a clear transition point between two different parts of the exhibit experience. It should be contextual to the Rainforest, and resonate with our general Zoo visitor population.

The selected finalist will be designing and building the piece.

Physical Dimensions: The finished piece will live inside an approximate 8’ x 10’ footprint.

Other Considerations

The exhibit will feature graphic panels telling stories about the Rainforest. Initially, these stories will feature characters one would expect to see: indigenous people and exotic animals. At a certain point there will be a dramatic shift, and the characters in these stories will become unexpected: a man grilling steaks in his backyard, a girl buying coffee, and so on. The collective effect of these “unexpected” stories will be to create an opportunity for our audience to see just how much our everyday actions really do affect the Rainforest.

1000 Elmwood Avenue

Providence, RI 02907

Attn: Lynne McLain

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you

have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”

- Jane Goodall

Submission Requirements

Please note: This Request for Qualifications is the first step in the Roger Williams Park Zoo art selection process. YOU ARE NOT BEING ASKED TO SUBMIT A SPECIFIC PROPOSAL. This is a Request For Qualifications (RFQ), not a Request For Proposals (RFP).

At this preliminary selection stage, we are requesting submissions from artists or artist teams consisting of six (6) images representing current work (completed within the past five years) and resumes.

Applications will be reviewed by the Roger Williams Park Zoo Art Selection Panel to assess the quality and appropriateness of the artist’s work and the artist’s ability to carry out a substantial art commission. The RFQ process is mainly about the panel’s initial response to the artist’s images.

If selected as a finalist, artists will craft detailed proposals including an itemized budget, scale models and renderings, and an in-depth project description. For this they will each be paid an honorarium of $500.

Digital or hard copy materials will be accepted for this call. Hard copy submissions should be mailed to:

Estimated Timeline

October 24, 2016 at 5:00pm (E.S.T.): Deadline for submissions

November 23, 2016: Panel meeting for selection of finalists; artist notification:

xxxx 2016: Finalist site visits

February 2017: Finalist presentations to selection panel

Each application must include:

1. A current resume for each artist. If you are applying as a team, include all team member resumes within one document.

2. Six digital images of relevant artwork. In the Description of Image, accompanying image annotation must list media, size, title, date of completion and a brief description of the artwork if necessary. Please do not present more than one view of artwork per image. If you wish to show a “detail”, include it within the six (6) artwork images.

Roger Williams Park Zoo

1000 Elmwood Avenue

Providence, RI 02907 Attn: Lynne McLain

Emailed submissions may be sent to lmclain@rwpzoo.org.

Finalist’s site-specific proposals should convey artist’s ideas and plans through designs, renderings and/or scale models with a statement that describes the project’s intent, proposed materials, fabrication and installation methods, and an itemized budget. Finalists are also asked to explain how their artwork will be sourced and fabricated. They will be supplied with plans, photographs, and specific information about the Roger Williams Park Zoo Rainforest Exhibit.

A site visit will be scheduled for the finalists. An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the finalists following presentation of their proposals. The proposals will remain the property of the artist. However, Roger Williams Park Zoo reserves the right to retain proposals for up to one year for display purposes and the right to reproduce final proposals for documentation and public information purposes.

The Art Selection Panel reserves the right to determine which proposal will be funded and the extent of funding. The panel also reserves the right to not accept any final proposal submitted. If the Art Selection Panel’s recommendations are approved by Roger Williams Park Zoo, the selected artist/s will enter into contract with Roger Williams Park Zoo for the selected commission. The accepted artwork will be owned and maintained by Roger Williams Park Zoo.

Selection Criteria

The panel will select the artist based on the following criteria:

• High artistic quality and suitability of the final proposal in relation to the project description, program goals and site descriptions.

• Ability of the Artist’s Team: The artist’s ability to carry out the commission, to keep the project within budget, and to complete and install the work on schedule.

• Value: The quality and scope of the proposed completed work in relation to the commission and fees paid to the artist’s team.

• Permanence and durability of materials for this heavily used public space: It is the artist’s responsibility to ensure that all artwork meets safety standards, adheres to building codes and other state regulations. Artworks must be durable and require minimal maintenance.

• Collaborative Spirit: Willingness of the artist to consult with the Zoo’s employees, architects, landscape architects, civil engineers, general contractors and building staff (or designated representatives) to assure smooth integration of the artwork into the site and to make necessary adjustments in relation to building codes and other construction issues.

Artist Eligibility

This call is open to all artists. Applications may be submitted individually or in collaboration with others. The panel will not discriminate against any applicant artist on the basis of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin or physical challenges. Excluded from participation are RWPZ staff and their family members as well as the Art Selection Panel members and


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The Public Art Archive Seeks Program Manager In Denver, CO

October 10th, 2016
WESTAF (The Western States Arts Federation), located in Denver, Colorado, is now accepting applications for the position of Program Manager of the Public Art Archive
Position Summary
This position provides leadership for the further development of the Public Art Archive.  The Archive is a 7 year old ongoing project that seeks to acquire and make available for both public and administrative use images and data related to installed works of public art across the United States and beyond. Public Art Archive Program Manager works with the senior management team at WESTAF to build the Archive into a comprehensive and financially self-sustainable resource. The position is a full-time, salaried opportunity at WESTAF’s lower downtown Denver office.
The Organizational Culture
WESTAF is operated by a staff of 30 employees many of whom have arts or creative backgrounds. The highly entrepreneurial organization is committed to building a diverse, inclusive and mission-oriented staff and applicants from underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates will thrive in a setting where the day-to-day tasks vary, collaboration is critical, and employees are able to work as part of a team but are empowered to manage their workload and execute tasks independently.
Key Duties
The Public Art Archive Manager is responsible for the following key duties:
  • Collaborates with experts in the public art field to further develop and enact an ambitious vision for the Public Art Archive
  • Ensures that the current Public Art Archive site remains available to the public at a high standard of reliability and accuracy
  • Develops and maintains relationships with experts in the public art field in order to ensure that the development of the site reflects best practices
  • Manages the project in a way that guides it to a state of financial self sufficiency
  • Directs contractors in the task of validating, vetting and importing content
  • Works to relate the capabilities of the Archive to other WESTAF technology projects to take advantage of potential synergies
  • Represents the Public Art Archive at professional gatherings
  • Manages the Archive’s e-newsletter and the social media presence
Minimum General Qualifications
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a master’s degree preferred
  • Aptitude for completing work objectives under limited supervision
  • Proven entrepreneurial ability
  • Knowledge of the visual arts field
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A knowledge of the visual arts
Minimum Technology Qualifications
  • Knowledge of the basic architecture and processes of mid-level web sites, or the ability to quickly learn such basics
  • Proficient computer skills on both Mac and PC platforms
  • An understanding of basic social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
The position has the following compensation and benefits:
  • An annual salary in the range of $43,000 to $46,000
  • Eligibility for an annual bonus at the conclusion of one year of work
  • Three weeks of paid vacation (10 hours/month)
  • Paid sick leave earned at the rate of eight hours per month
  • Eleven paid holidays per year
  • Health insurance
  • Dental coverage
  • An RTD Ecopass
  • A retirement plan with 403(b) matching opportunities after one year of employment
To Apply
To apply for this position, submit a cover letter that details how your education and experience will allow you to successfully complete the key duties of the position noted above.  In addition, please submit a resume that outlines your general qualifications for the position along with three professional references. Please send your application materials to Laurel Sherman at Laurel.Sherman@WESTAF.org. Questions about the positions should also be directed to Ms. Sherman. The position will remain open until it is filled.

WESTAF’s mission is to strengthen the financial, organizational, and policy infrastructure of the arts. In its work, the organization strives to reflect the values, insights, spirit and knowledge of communities of color, indigenous peoples, and other marginalized ethnic communities in the West and ensure its programs and initiatives incorporate the diverse perspectives of the region. For more information about the work of WESTAF please go to www.westaf.org. Information about the Public Art Archive can be found at www.publicartarchive.org.
Issued September 28, 2016


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Chazan Gallery Call for Proposals – Deadline: Dec 1

October 6th, 2016



The Chazan Gallery at Wheeler is accepting artists’ proposals for solo and group shows for the 2017-2019 exhibition season.

Deadline: December 1, 2016

Please send proposals to submissions@chazangallery.org including:

-  15 digital images of your work (# 1- 5 will be juried in the 1st round)

  • Images must be numbered and listed accordingly on an image list with titles, dates, medium and size
  • Digital images should be in JPEG format, 72dpi and no bigger than 1.5 MB per image

-  A brief proposal

-  An up-to-date CV

-  Please name every file submitted with your name      (e.g. johnsmith_CV.doc, johnsmith_image01.jpeg)

Please contact elenalledo@chazangallery.org with any questions.


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Studio space Available for Rent in Pawtucket, RI

October 6th, 2016

For Rent:
Studio space at 80 Fountain Street in Pawtucket, RI. This is a large brick mill that has been rehabilitated into space for artists of all types. We have sculptors, glass artists, metal artists, painters, digital artists, multi-media artists, 3D Printers, Micro Welders, Jewelry Designers, Photographers, Architects, and more. We have established artists, RISD students, and Professors.
The building is very secure with key fob entry, camera surveillance, and an ability to buzz in your guests with your cell phone. Bathrooms are new and clean and the building is cleaned on an ongoing daily basis.
The rent includes all utilities (heat and electric).

Unit 301
515 square feet with two windows. Lots of light. $475 per month (utilities included).
For more information, or to arrange a visit, please call Jim at 401-465-4031 or send an email to 80fountainstreet@gmail.com

Unit 210
578 square feet with two windows. Lots of light. $500 per month (utilities included).
This unit has a separate room within the unit for use as an office, storage, or just a private space. People love this feature.
For more information, or to arrange a visit, please call Jim at 401-465-4031 or send an email to 80fountainstreet@gmail.com

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Riverzedge Arts Seeks Bi-Lingual Assistant Program Coordinator VISTA

October 5th, 2016

Job Title:                Riverzedge Arts Bi-Lingual Assistant Program Coordinator VISTA

Organization:         Riverzedge Arts

Location:                Woonsocket, RI

Salary:                    $11,880 total living stipend for twelve months of service

Start Date:             10/31/2016

Terms:                   Full Time Temporary


Job Description


Launched in 2002, Riverzedge Arts is built on the philosophy that art is a powerful force for social change.  Riverzedge’s mission – “to help individuals and communities reach their full potential through art, design, and creative social enterprise” – is realized through award-winning teen enrichment and job training programs, high-end experiential arts learning in K-12 settings, and community arts and economic development initiatives that convene residents and artists to improve places and quality of life. More information at riverzedgearts.org or facebook/riverzedgearts.


Riverzedge is seeking a full-time AmeriCorps VISTA member for a one-year service commitment from October 31, 2016 to October 30, 2017 for which members receive a monthly stipend, health care and other member benefits through the Corporation for National and Community Service.  The Grad Nation VISTA Volunteer will support applied STEAM (STEM + Art) learning programs for at-risk teens, helping to expand pipeline opportunities such as credit-sharing with higher education, and improving options for drop out youth and other vulnerable populations.


The AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer will increase graduation rates as part of programs that are nationally recognized for their innovation and impact. This position is especially critical to our organization’s and city’s goals to increase graduation rates at the high school with the lowest graduation performance in the state of Rhode Island. The member will support community empowerment by expanding leadership, engagement, performance, post-secondary access and career supports, and by building capacity for high impact alternative pathways to graduation and post-secondary success.


Fluency in Spanish is mandatory.


Member activities will include: identifying potential collaborators and coordinating meetings; helping to improve program performance through effective referrals and diversion placements, and creating credit pipelines for high-risk teens; helping to establish or improve intra-organization communication, project management and data information systems implemented at scale; helping to secure commitments among partners through formalized partnerships with MOUs, etc…; and improve and expand existing and new youth empowerment programs.


Other desired skills and attributes:

  • Creative self-starter who produces and documents results
  • Well-organized and professional in diverse settings
  • Works well independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with project management
  • Strong research, writing and presentation skills
  • Experience working with urban youth and communities


Note:  AmeriCorps VISTA is a national service program under the Corporation for National and Community Service designed specifically to fight poverty. The VISTA member commits to serve full-time for one full year at a nonprofit organization and receives an $11,880 total living stipend for those twelve months of service. Upon successful completion of the term of service, the Member also receives either an education award of $5,775 or cash award $1,500. For more information on AmeriCorps VISTA, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-vista


How to Apply


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Education Director Karen Barbosa at karen@riverzedgearts.org. Interested parties should apply asap-decisions will be made on a rolling basis.






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Trinity Repertory Company Seeks Director of Marketing & Public Relations

October 5th, 2016


Trinity Repertory Company, the Tony Award-winning State Theater of Rhode Island, seeks a strategic, collaborative and experienced Director of Marketing & Public Relations to plan, lead and grow its marketing and patron services activities, including subscription, single, group, and student ticket sales. As an integral member of the senior leadership team reporting to the Executive Director, this position oversees a full-time staff of seven and is responsible for developing and implementing audience development strategies and programs that result in patron acquisition, loyalty, conversion, retention and exceptional service. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills; be skilled in traditional and digital marketing, sales, communications and media relations; demonstrate a track record of success achieving substantial income growth, while managing budgets and resources efficiently; and have the proven ability to prioritize and manage projects and deadlines effectively. Minimum requirements include: bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred), seven years of successful marketing and management experience with particular strength in analytics and data-driven decision making, and a passion for or previous involvement in theater. Complete posting at www.trinityrep.com (Get Involved/Work with Us). To apply, submit cover letter/resume to jobs@trinityrep.com. Trinity Repertory Company is an equal opportunity employer.

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City of Providence – Arts, Culture + Tourism Seeks Project Manager

October 5th, 2016

City of Providence
Department of Human Resources
Arts, Culture & Tourism
Project Manager


The City of Providence Arts, Culture & Tourism (ACT) Department strengthens neighborhoods by embedding arts and cultural strategies within the City’s community development initiatives. Grant-funded creative place-making projects further this work which advances the Creative Providence cultural plan. The Project Manager reports to the ACT Director, and serves as liaison to grant funders, consultants and community partners.

This is a temporary grant funded position with the possibility of becoming permanent.

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: June 30, 2017 (dependent on grant-funding)

Duties & Responsibilities

1. Assist AC+T staff in managing the Department’s major grant-funded strategic initiatives.

2. Assist with development, implementation, evaluation, and documentation of projects.

3. Provide limited technical assistance to community partners.

4. Act as liaison for community partners, consultants, and funders on special projects.

5. Recruit and supervise interns.

6. Other duties at the discretion of the Director.


1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

2. 3-5 years of arts administration / project management experience.

3. Passion for Providence’s arts, cultural diversity and creativity.

4. Ability to work independently and to retain enthusiasm and good humor in an exciting but busy work environment.

5. Understanding of creative placemaking movement.

6. Experience with project planning and management including: community outreach, creative and cultural sector interaction, and interdepartmental work.

7. Preference given to candidates with demonstrated experience engaging diverse communities and/or implementing place-based strategies.

8. Ability to manage the needs the of multiple stakeholders and projects simultaneously.

9. Excellent organizational skills.

10. Strong writing and editing skills.

11. Preference given to bilingual candidates able to read, write and speak Spanish proficiently.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS: Please send resume and cover letter to jobs@providenceri.gov with “Project Manager” in the subject line.

Human Resources
25 Dorrance Street
Providence, RI 02903


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Public Art Selection Mtg For The Virks Building, Thursday, 10/6, 9:00 am

October 4th, 2016


The Rhode Island State Council On the Arts Selection Committee Meeting

For Public Art For the Virks Building, Pastore Center, Cranston, RI

Thursday, October 6, 2016, 9:00 am

Meeting To Be Held At the RI State Council On the Arts Offices,

1 Capitol Hill, 3rd fl, Providence, RI, 02908

9:00 – Introductions, description of the process, questions

9:15 – Initial run through of top-ranking artist applicants by last name

9:30 – Discussion of preferences, winnowing of applicants

10:45 – Opportunity for public comment. Please let a RISCA employee know if you wish to speak.

11:00 – Selection of 3 finalists



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RISD Museum Artist Development Day, 10/15, 1:00 – 4:30 pm

October 4th, 2016

To be held in the Metcalf Auditorium and Museum Galleries.

An afternoon of professional development workshops, panels, and collegial dialogue for artists and designers is presented in collaboration with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. Practical tips and critical conversation on contemporary creative practice benefit individuals in every stage of professional practice—from emerging to established.

Fee: $15. Register by October 5 to receive a $5 early-bird discount.

Co-sponsored by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Register now

Full Schedule:

Panel: Economic Models & Resources for Individual Artists
While a variety of components are critical for maintaining Rhode Island’s vigorous creative landscape, individual practicing artists are at the heart of the arts ecosystem., Yet in recent decades, mechanisms of public support for this category of arts worker have shifted significantly, with private assistance often provided by for-profit galleries and a network of collectors. Artists working in the state today need to have an understanding of the assets and challenges of the current economic models. This panel brings together a variety of professionals to discuss:
* The role of a commercial gallery – professional approaches, norms, benchmarks, and commitments
* Alternative organizations to support business development
* How government, foundations, and institutions currently support individual artists and what more can be done

Panel: Partnerships
Individual artists and arts institutions rely on a network of formal and information partnerships. By sharing resources—from artistic and practical expertise to financial assistance—artists and arts organizations can envision and realize multifaceted projects. What makes a successful partnership? How can individual artists identify and maintain partnership opportunities that will advance their practice? This panel brings together a group of arts professionals to answer these questions and more, including Lorén Spears, executive director of the Tomaquag Museum; Elena Patiño, RISCA’s director of community arts programs; and artist Holly Ewald. Rebecca Noon, community engagement coordinator at Trinity Reperatory Company, moderates.

Presentation: Presenting Your Work to Curators
Jan Howard, chief curator, and Houghton P. Metcalf, Jr. Curator of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, and Dominic Molon, Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, discuss their experiences working with individual artists and offer advice on self-presentation.

Roundtable Discussion: Public Art
Public art commissions offer maximum exposure while demanding long-term commitment. In this roundtable discussion facilitated by Elizabeth Keithline, artist and public art program consultant at RISCA, and glass artist Paul Housberg (RISD BFA 1975 / MFA 1979), learn about the ins and outs of government- and corporate-funded public art opportunities and consider ways of integrating large-scale projects into your existing practice.

Roundtable Discussion: Maintaining a Practice as a Teaching Artist
How can artists support their practice through teaching? This roundtable discussion, facilitated by Anjel Newman, AS220 youth director; Nicholas Medvescek, the CreativeGround administrator at NEFA; and RISCA’s Lynne DeBeer and Daniel Kahn, addresses resources for connecting with organizations and schools, recommendations for working with a variety of audiences, and suggestions for developing teaching strategies.

Panelists and facilitators include:
Lynne DeBeer
Holly Ewald
Sarah Ganz Blythe
Paul Housberg
Jan Howard
Daniel Kahn
Elizabeth Keithline
Xander Marro
Nicholas Medvescek
Dominic Molon
Anjel Newman
Rebecca Noon
Elena Calderón Patiño
Loren Spears


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Steelyard Seeks Communications & Events Manager

September 29th, 2016

Communications and Events Manager (CEM)

REPORTS TO: Executive Director

TERMS: Full Time, On-going, Salary with benefits as outlined in personnel policies Occasional evenings/weekends required.

The Steel Yard, an award-winning industrial arts center, seeks a full-time, experienced individual to join our vibrant community and manage communications and community events. The (CEM) will be responsible for crafting and overseeing the primary messaging for the Steel Yard and is a key player in fund development, community engagement and event coordination activities. As the main contact for press inquiries, and social-media as well as public and private partnerships for events, it is essential that the CEM is a clear communicator, a team player and a true community steward.

The CEM will also be the driving force behind event marketing, management and community partnerships. The Steel Yard will host over 10,000 people for free and low-cost community events next year in partnership with dozens of local organizations and businesses. The CEM will be the organization’s face and representative to event partners and clients, writing and negotiating contracts, and taking a leadership role in the development of plans for program expansion.



• Plan contents for and manage contributions to monthly newsletter

• Monitor and respond to all Contact@thesteelyard.org emails

• Support program staff with marketing efforts

• Update steelyard.org website as needed

• Distribute materials to press contacts for special events and courses

• Manage and coordinate merchandise production for events

• Maintain social media contributions for different programs of the Yard

• Manage image database for the organization


• Manage all aspects of site-rental and participate in organizing all fundraiser events for the Steel Yard

• Maintain relationships with event vendors

• Prepare and execute contracts with site rental partners

• Coordinate deliveries and set-up with caterers and suppliers during events

• Is the primary representative for the organization with the city board of licensing, fire department and police in regards to events and rental activities

• Primary contact for renters during event planning and rentals

• Oversee HR needs for events including set-up, event staffing, management of community engagement coordinator, community volunteers as needed

• Delegate and organize tasks and responsibilities as required to staff and volunteers

• Recruit volunteers for event participation

General Administrative

• Promote the Steel Yard mission

• Participate in other organizational assignments as needed

• Regularly attend staff meetings and maintain an active office presence

• Develop best business practices for event management


Reports to the Executive Director and, as requested to the Development Director



Bachelor’s degree in a related field

Knowledge of Adobe Suite software for print and digital applications

Demonstrated experience in a non-profit or community event planning

Familiarity with security, liquor sales, event management and permitting

Ability to understand and manage a communications plan

Ability to multi task, manage time well and work under deadline


Experience coordinating groups of volunteers

Enthusiasm to work with numerous diverse artists and students

Interest in becoming an active Steel Yard community member

Familiarity with Olneyville, Providence and Rhode Island and local non-profits Bi-lingual / Spanish a plus


Full studio access

Discounts on Steel Yard courses

Paid vacation

Personal time and sick leave

Healthcare split

$32,000/year starting salary


The Steel Yard’s historic campus is a platform for professional artists, makers and the community to practice and learn the industrial arts. The organization fosters creative and economic opportunities, by providing workspace, tools, training and education, while forging lasting links to a local tradition of craftsmanship.

For more information, please visit our website ( http://www.thesteelyard.org ). If you are interested in learning more about the Steel Yard, Free Public Tours are hosted every Wednesday at noon. Tours meet in our office, located on the first floor of the street side of our campus in the two story brick building.

TO APPLY::: Interested candidates should submit a single PDF attachment that includes a cover letter, resume or CV and 5 – 10 images of relevant work if applicable.

The subject line of your email should be: CEM / your name. Please respond by October 15th, 2016

SEND TO::: jobs@thesteelyard.org

*** Thank you in advance for your interest in The Steel Yard. Due to the volume of applicants, only candidates who will be invited to interview will be contacted. Position is open until filled.

Learn more about the Steel Yard by visiting:

Event Rental Partnerships Press and Continued Reading

The Steel Yard is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.


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Call for Visual Artists to work with Crossroads population – deadline Sept 16

September 8th, 2016

Crossroads Rhode Island is the largest homeless services organization in Rhode Island, and it is seeking an artist or artists to work with their homeless population on visual arts instruction.  The program is described below, and the deadline for applications is September 16.

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Exhibition Opportunity- TF Green Airport, apply now!

September 7th, 2016

Call for Artists: GREEN SPACE Gallery at TF Green Airport

The GREEN SPACE Gallery at T.F. Green Airport is accepting art submissions for their 2017 exhibitions.  The gallery program is a partnership between RISCA and the Rhode Island Airport Corporation that promotes outstanding work by artists living and working in Rhode Island.  The spaces will present art to an ever-changing audience of local, national and international travelers.

Works in all media will be considered.  Note that GREEN SPACE includes several large walls and open spaces that are particularly suitable for large-scale works.

Eligibility:  All participating artists must be RI residents.  No students please.

Entry Deadline:  October 1, 2016

Selection:  Artists will be selected for the 2017 exhibitions by a review panel that will include practicing artists, arts professionals and community members. Artists included in the 2017 exhibitions will receive a $300 stipend for participating in the program.

Artists are encouraged to apply to the gallery, even if they have applied in previous years and not been selected. Artists who have exhibited previously are ineligible for new consideration for a period of two years.

To apply, please submit the following via email:

-A link to your current web site that includes images with captions (title, year, media, size), a current bio and artist’s statement;


-A link to a Flickr page showing images of one’s artwork with captions  (title, year, media, size) and attach to the email a current bio and artist’s statement.

To apply, please email submissions to AirportArtsRI@gmail.com. Please note “GREEN SPACE” in the subject line of the email. Note that GREEN SPACE selects nine artists to exhibit in three group shows per year.

If selected, artists agree to suitably frame, wire or otherwise prepare their artwork for display at their own expense. Artwork is hung at gallery coordinator’s discretion, and gallery coordinator reserves the right of final selection of artwork and approval of installation. Artwork is not insured by the galleries during exhibition; artists are encouraged to carry their own insurance. Artwork may be listed for sale if desired, and any sales are direct without commission to the galleries.

To learn more about this opportunity and view photos of the exhibition space, please visit: http://www.arts.ri.gov/public/airports/ and the Public Art Archive, http://www.publicartarchive.org/search/apachesolr_search/TF%20gReen%20airport?filters=im_work_coll_nid%3A77451 .

Please address any questions regarding this call to Molly Dickinson, Coordinator, at AirportArtsRI@gmail.com or 401-845-0890.


About RISCA:
The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a state agency supported by appropriations from the Rhode Island General Assembly and grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. RISCA provides grants, technical assistance and staff support to arts organizations and artists, schools, community centers, social service organizations and local governments to bring the arts into the lives of Rhode Islanders.

About RIAC:
The Rhode Island Airport Corporation operates T.F. Green Airport and is a supporter of the arts in Rhode Island and the five general aviation airports in Rhode Island.  A long-time supporter of public art in Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Airport Corporation has worked with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts on a number of public art commissions for T. F. Green Airport.


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September 7th, 2016

Adrienne Petrillo
Program Manager, Presenting & Touring
NEFA is working in partnership with CINARS, supported by the Québec Government Office in Boston and the Ministry of Culture, to develop ongoing relationships for international cultural exchange between artists and performing arts presenters in New England and Québec.
The exchange will:
• Aim to build an ongoing touring network between the two regions
• Increase participants’ knowledge of artists and presenters in each region
• Expand touring opportunities for artists from New England and Québec
NEFA will invite a diverse group of six to eight presenters and artists from New England to participate in two key events in November 2016. CINARS will host a counterpart delegation of six to eight arts presenters from Québec.
NEFA’s Idea Swap: November 2, 2016, in Worcester, MA
The Idea Swap is an annual one-day event for New England-based organizations that present artists to network and share project ideas that may qualify for funding from NEFA’s Expeditions grant program. Each year, NEFA’s Idea Swap attracts over 150 cultural organizations and performing artists. The Idea Swap stimulates opportunities for collaboration and partnerships in arts touring and presenting while raising awareness and support for arts projects and activities available to New England communities. The Idea Swap includes informal networking, five-minute presentations of projects available for New England-wide touring, a networking lunch, and facilitated small groups to discuss project ideas. A private follow up meeting for participants may be scheduled for November 3.
CINARS Biennale: November 14-19, 2016, in Montréal, Québec
Every two years in Montréal, CINARS organizes one of the most important international performing arts conferences in the world, with nearly 1,300 professionals hailing from 40 countries including 270 show presenters, some of whom are the most influential in the business. During one week, over a hundred shows from Québec, Canada, and abroad grace the stages while workshops, networking events, as well as an exhibition hall, are teeming with participants. After 14 editions, the CINARS Biennale has become a key worldwide event in performing arts touring.
Participants will have the opportunity to meet colleagues in Québec, see the work of artists with whom they may be unfamiliar, develop collaborative touring opportunities, and participate in a peer network.
NEFA will provide New England presenters with $800 in travel support for attendance at CINARS. Complimentary registration will be provided to attend CINARS and the Idea Swap. Presenters are expected to cover the balance of their expenses, attend both events, and participate in follow up discussions or meetings.
Presenters will be selected based on the following criteria:
• Interest in developing peer relationships with peers in Québec
• Interest in learning more about a diverse range of artists from Québec
• Relationships with peer presenters in New England and the capacity to share learning with regional colleagues
• Track record of creative collaborations with performing artists, including and especially with New England-based artists
NEFA intends to invite a diverse group of presenters and artists that represent a range of geographies, community sizes, and experiences with international exchange. All presenters interested in this opportunity are encouraged to apply regardless of budget size or experience with international exchange.
Artists will be invited to participate after the presenter participants have been confirmed. Artists interested in participating are welcome to contact Adrienne Petrillo to learn more about this initiative.
Applications are due by September 23, 2016; notifications will be made within two weeks after the deadline.


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The Providence Athenaeum seeks Director of Programs

September 6th, 2016

Director of Programs

The Providence Athenaeum, a private, nonprofit membership library dedicated to the promotion of the humanities, seeks a culturally-engaged, well-read, and enthusiastic Director of Programs to lead its expanding and nationally recognized public humanities-based programming.

Deadline for applications: September 30, 2016

Please send a cover letter and resume to:

Letters may be addressed to:

Matt Burriesci
Executive Director
Providence Athenaeum
251 Benefit Street
Providence, RI 02903

Principal Job Duties

The Director of Programs oversees the coordination and administration of ongoing programming at the Athenaeum, including planning, organizing, staffing, leading, and managing program activities. Principal duties include:

1. Program development. The Director of Programs plays a lead role on the Program Development team, and is essential in developing unique content for the Athenaeum’s salon series, book groups, member events, and other public programs.

2. Partner cultivation. The Director of Programs engages with the cultural and academic community of Providence and the surrounding area, and builds partnerships with academic institutions and departments, arts organizations, libraries, publishers, and other organizations to further the Athenaeum’s public mission.

3. Program logistics. The Director of Programs is responsible for the organization and execution of all public events, including securing speakers, arranging travel, lodging, and catering, volunteer management, and upward feedback mechanisms.

4. Budgeting. The Director of Programs develops and monitors an annual budget in coordination with the Executive Director and Business Manager.

5. Promotion and sponsorship. The Director of Programs seeks to serve and broaden Athenaeum constituencies, and to help secure support for public programming (in coordination with the Director of Membership & Development). The Director also manages the Athenaeum’s extensive “happenings around town” listings.

The ideal candidate would be:

• Culturally literate. Be aware of current trends in the arts and humanities, and be willing to understand the cultural milieu of Providence and the region. Ideal candidates would possess a humanities-based college degree.

• Intellectually curious. The Athenaeum develops events in the traditional humanities disciplines (literature, history, philosophy, and political science) as well as arts-based programs and programs dealing with politics, economics, and science and technology.

• Be enthusiastic about the role of humanities in the public arena! The Athenaeum believes in the transformative power of the arts and humanities. It is our mission to welcome and enrich the educational and cultural pursuits of our members and the community. We encourage a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation.

• Engaging and collegial. The Athenaeum is a membership library, and the Director should be able to establish and cultivate strong relations with members and donors, as well as partners, staff, board, and other Athenaeum constituencies.

• Be highly organized. Have familiarity with Excel or other spreadsheet/database concepts, be strong in advance planning, and be detail-oriented.

• Have experience with event management, especially in a nonprofit environment. The director should have 3-5 years of experience in event management.

Schedule and working environment
The Director of Programs is a full-time position (40 hrs/wk), but a flexible schedule is available, as this job requires some evening and weekend work (the programming season is typically September through May). The Providence Athenaeum is one of the most beautiful libraries in the world, located in the heart of downtown Providence, Rhode Island, just blocks from Brown University and RISD.

Salary and benefits
$50,000-$55,000, commensurate with experience. The Athenaeum offers an attractive benefits package, including health insurance, a 401K contribution, and four weeks of paid vacation.

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