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NEFA Resources for Touring Artists and Organizations

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA)

Tuesday, July 18, 2017 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (EDT)

Providence, RI

To register:


Professional artists, cultural nonprofit staff, and creative workers of all kinds are invited to join representatives from the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA) at Rhode Island State Council on the Arts.

Led by Nicholas Medvescek, CreativeGround’s website administrator, and Daniela Plotkin, NEFA’s presenting and touring program coordinator, this workshop will explore ways that you can use CreativeGround as a resource for building an online presence as a touring artist and access powerful touring resources through NEFA’s performing arts grant programs including New England States Touring (NEST), and New England Dance Fund.

You’ll also learn how to use CreativeGround to:

  • Create a free public profile and promote yourself or your New England enterprise’s activities, connections, and services to a broad audience.
  • Find potential collaborators and resources in the New England cultural community.
  • Explore and quantify the creative spaces, enterprises, and artists at work in your community.

For more information about NEFA, visit http://www.nefa.org.

For more information about CreativeGround, visit www.creativeground.org.

For directions to Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), visit


The event meeting space is accessible for individuals using wheelchairs.

Please contact Elena Calderón Patiño (401.222.9669) by July 17, if other accommodations are required.

Presented in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts


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ARTIST CALL OUT A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil March 21-April 21, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Wednesday, February 15th, 2017


A Clothesline to the Past: Rhode Island Takes on Brazil

March 21-April 21, 2017, RISCA Atrium Gallery

Monday-Friday, 8:30AM-4:30PM

Artist: Tiago Gualberto


The dialogues between the United States and Brazil are intense. They involve a shared past and common challenges for the future. In this exhibit, Tiago Gualberto proposes a conversation with the community of Rhode Island through images about the possible connections and disconnects between the two countries.


Gualberto is an Afro-Brazilian contemporary artist who frequently explores the fraying of identitarian, temporal and authorial notions in his artistic research. In this proposal entitled “A Clothesline to the Past”, the artist invites the entire community of Rhode Island to participate in a collaborative artistic experiment.


By his initiative, the artist proposes a showing of visual arts made up of multiple images that will result from his interventions upon images sent by those who make up this larger American community. Unlike traditional curation, this proposal will not be extended only to visual artists, but seeks to include any individual who shows interest in sending their images and agrees to participate in this project.


In order to participate, each participant should send maximum three digital, high-resolution images by February 19, 2017 to the following e-mail address: diversityartexhibit@gmail.com


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Wednesday, 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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Southern Exposure: Grants for performing arts of Latin America

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

APRIL 1, 2016
Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America program is a national initiative designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of the richness and diversity of Latin American cultures through the work of its contemporary and traditional performing artists. Southern Exposure provides fee support grants to nonprofit presenters located anywhere in the United States and its territories that contract performing artists from the annually curated Southern Exposure: Performing Arts of Latin America roster. All funded engagements are required to include a public performance and a community engagement activity that provides audiences direct interaction with the visiting artists. An emphasis is placed on funding engagements in communities that have little access to this type of work.
Southern Exposure is a program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (“MAAF”) made possible through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts (“NEA”).
for more information please visit http://southernexposurearts.org/booking

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Indigenous Fine Art Market, IFAM EAST May 20th -22, 2016 Pequot Museum Mashantucket, CT

Friday, January 29th, 2016

IFAM-East is a partnership between the Indigenous Fine Art Movement, Pequot Museum and Northeast
Indigenous Arts Alliance. This is a juried art show and all applicants to IFAM-East will get entered into
the jury process for our flagship show in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Jurying begins with the completion of
this application. These instructions will help you get through this process.

Please include a $25.00 nonrefundable application fee or you can call-in (505-819-3695) or visit our website (www.indigefam.org) to pay your application fee. Applications must be postmarked by February 5, 2016.

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Now Hiring: Michigan Latino Arts – Program Associate, NALAC

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

Investing in the Michigan Latino Arts Community
With support from the Kellogg Foundation, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) is making strategic investments in Michigan to bolster leadership development, grow networks and partnerships locally, regionally and nationally and provide financial resources for artists and organizations involved in effecting change through arts and culture. Please view and share the job opportunities below to work with NALAC on this exciting initiative.

Now Hiring: Michigan Latino Arts – Program Associate, NALAC
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Open until filled.
Apply today. http://www.nalac.org/opportunities/jobs-available/1672-nalac-michigan-latino-arts-research-associate

NALAC is currently recruiting an experienced Program Associate to manage and produce a multi-faceted capacity building initiative throughout the state of Michigan. The Associate will work alongside NALAC’s Director of Programs, Research Associate and other NALAC staff to co-design, implement and assess tools and events that meet the needs of the Michigan Latina/o arts and culture communities, including organizational and career development, policy and advocacy, design/implementation, and community organizing. In this position the Program Associate will support research, convening, events, coordination and handle other corresponding administrative responsibilities. Review the job posting and apply.

Now Hiring: Michigan Latino Arts – Research Associate, NALAC
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Open until filled. Apply today.

NALAC is currently recruiting an experienced Research Associate to identify the existing ecosystem of Latina/o arts communities and efforts throughout the State of Michigan, conduct asset mapping, and consequently expand the Latina/o voice in the region. The Researcher will prepare surveys, conduct interviews, create data visualizations and conduct analyses. The data is meant to serve as a tool for research, advocacy, and policymaking. This person will work as an advisor to NALAC in assessing regional needs and understanding policies that impact Latina/os in Michigan. The Associate will work alongside NALAC’s Director of Programs, Michigan Program Associate and other NALAC staff. Review the job posting and apply.

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TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference- February 25-27, 2016 at Boston University

Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Join the not-to-be missed, international event that brings together artists, curators, scientists, gallery owners, funders, critics, artist-in-residency directors and those from other fields looking to work with artists. TransCultural Exchange’s 2016 International Conference on Opportunities in the Arts offers exciting options for artists to embrace different cultures, mindsets and technologies. Panelists will speak about their international residency programs, provide practical advice, discuss how art can play a vital role in social and political interventions and promote ways for artists to collaborate with those in other disciplines, including medicine, architecture, conservation and engineering. Round Table discussions will give artists with similar interests the chance to meet, network and talk about their work; and portfolio reviews with the speakers, gallery owners and critics will supply additional venues for artists to showcase their work.

Boston University, February 25-27, 2016
TransCultural Exchange: Your Connection to the World.


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National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC)Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) Deadline is January 26, 2017

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Applications must be submitted electronically via Submittable (ALI Online Application), as per the ALI Guidelines no later than deadline to apply: January 26, 2017

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field. Highlights of the NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute include: meetings with noted political leaders on Capitol Hill and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus as well as meetings with senior staff at the National Endowment for the Arts, the White House Office of Public Engagement and Smithsonian Latino Center. All artists and cultural workers are eligible to apply.

The 2017 NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute (ALI) is a three-day intensive, hands-on training that builds advocacy skills and knowledge about the role of government and public institutions in the arts field. A group of 10-15 participants will be selected to attend the ALI in Washington, D.C., where Congressional Staff and experienced arts advocates will impart skills to enhance efforts on behalf of Latino arts and culture. The goals of this advanced institute are to:
◦cultivate a deeper understanding of the frameworks involved in shaping cultural policy, and its impact on Latino artistic production and social justice;
◦provide research and instruction on advocacy protocols and strategies;
◦deliver immersion training via preparatory research and assignments, instruction, site visits and consultations;
◦develop competencies for meaningful communication with local and state elected officials, and with national congressional representatives and staff;
◦build relationships and initiate dialogue with policy makers to promote understanding of the Latino arts sector’s needs while asserting the role of the arts in sustaining viable communities;
◦equip Fellows with the necessary tools to lead proactive efforts in their respective communities, and to deliver effective messages that will help broaden support for the arts; and,
◦nurture Fellows as an engaged group of active Latino arts sector advocates.

This training is open to all artists, administrators and cultural practioners, including alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute and Intercultural Leadership Institute. Please also note that past attendees of the Advocacy Leadership Institutes are not eligible to apply. Ten to fifteen alumni of the NALAC Leadership Institute will be selected to attend through a panel review process.

At the time an application is submitted:
◦Applicant must be an Individual or Organizational Member of NALAC.
Visit www.nalactienda.org to renew or establish membership

The NALAC Advocacy Leadership Institute curriculum is based on developing the capacity and potential of Latino artists and cultural workers to shape arts policy on the national and international stage. This lens provides the framework for all Instititutes/alitute presentations, discussions, and exercises. Topics and activities include:

Art and Community Building
Congressional Hispanic Caucus Overview
Congressional Visits
Legislative Process Overview
National Advocacy Organizations
National Arts Advocacy Efforts
National Endowment for the Arts Meeting
Preparation and Advice for Congressional Visits
Successful Advocacy Models
White House Office of Public Engagement

For more information visit http://nalac.org/programs/nalac-institutes/ali

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“Cutting Stone: The Art and Life of Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, RI Black Sculptress,” examines Rhode Island School of Design’s first Black graduate in a series of three events.

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

RISD’s First Black Graduate, Nancy Elizabeth Prophet,
Examined through Three Exciting Programs

“Cutting Stone: The Art and Life of Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, RI Black Sculptress,” examines Rhode Island School of Design’s first Black graduate in a series of three events.
Sunday, April 13, 2:00pm, RISD Museum, 20 North Main Street, Providence, Power Street, Providence, Prominent actress Sylvia Ann Soares portrays Prophet sharing entries from her stunning 1920s Paris diaries. “Calm Assurance and Savage Pleasure” is a unique window into a Black female expatriate’s life in France during the Roaring Twenties. Followed by a gallery talk on RISD Museum’s three Prophet sculptures.

Thursday, April 17, 5:00pm, John Brown House, 52 Power Street, Providence, Opening reception: “Delicious Sensations of Rightness: Nancy Elizabeth Prophet, RI Black Artist.” The landmark interactive exhibit showcases never-before-seen art, photographs and memorabilia belonging to Prophet.
Friday, April 18, 5:00pm, Providence Athenaeum, 251 Benefit Street, Providence, well-known Providence art dealer Catherine Little Bert discusses Prophet’s sculptures in the market place, their rarity and desirability for private collectors, galleries and museums.
All events are free and open to the public, funded by the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, and sponsored by Opera Providence.
Nancy Elizabeth Prophet (1890-1960) was born in Warwick, RI. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design as its first student of color in 1918. Moving to Paris in 1922, where she remained for a decade, she studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts perfecting her artistry as a sculptress. Returning to the US, she exhibited at the Newport Art Museum, where she won best in show in 1932, and at Providence Public Library in 1945. An active participant in the Harlem Renaissance, she was an influential educator at Spelman College, a historically Black college in Atlanta. Few of her sculptures survive: three at the RISD Museum, two at the RI Black Heritage Society, and one at the Whitney Museum. According to project director Ray Rickman, “Prophet is one of those great Rhode Island icons that time and historians have mostly forgotten. This project reintroduces her to the public in new and exciting ways.”
Contact: Ray Rickman, Project Director: (401) 421-0606; rickman@rickmangroup.com

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William H. Johnson Foundation Invites Applications From African-American Artists for 2015 Johnson Prize

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

The William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts was established in 2001 in honor of William H. Johnson, an American artist known primarily for his Scandinavian landscapes and his witty and poignant depictions of African-American daily life.

Recognizing that minority artists often need economic assistance, the foundation seeks to encourage artists early in their careers by offering financial grants. To that end, the foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 William H. Johnson Prize.

The Johnson Prize is awarded annually to an early-career African-American artist in the areas of painting, photography, sculpture, printmaking, installation, and/or a new genre. For award purposes, “early career” is a flexible term that should be interpreted liberally to include artists who have finished their academic work within the last dozen years. Age is not determinative, and artists who have not earned BFAs or MFAs are still eligible so long as they have not been working as an artist for more than twelve years.

To be announced in December 2015, the 2015 prize recipient will receive a $25,000 cash award.

For complete program guidelines, application instructions, and information about previous winners, see the William H. Johnson Foundation for the Arts website.


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American Folklore Society 2013 Annual Meeting, Providence, October 16-19

Monday, September 9th, 2013

The American Folklore Society’s 2013 annual meeting will be held on October 16-19 at the Omni Hotel in Providence, Rhode Island. The theme for the meeting, on which presentations were encouraged but not required, is “Cultural Sustainability“: The full program, including abstracts, is now available. Click here to download the pdf.

Pre-registration closed August 31. If you have not yet registered, you may still do so when you arrive at the meeting; click here for rates.

Join AFS to take advantage of member rates. Allow a few days for AFS to
process your new membership before registering for the Annual Meeting;
you will receive an email confirmation when your new membership is
active. Memberships purchased on site at the time of the meeting qualify
for on-site member registration rates.

AFS Membership rates:
Regular: $110
Student or Household Income less than $25,000: $40
New Professional, Independent, or Retired: $85
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RISCA Presents – CULTIVATING CREATIVE LIVES at the Attleboro Art Museum

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

 Creative Impact Series features programs and panel discussions designed for
artists and arts professionals in southern New England.  These programs
introduce attendees to curators, fellow artists, gallery owners, new creative
ideas, potential exhibition opportunities, and provide low-stress networking
You are invited to the third Creative Impact Series Program.  See below for
program details.  We look forward to seeing you!
Friday, April 1st, 2011
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Attleboro Arts Museum
86 Park Street, Attleboro, MA 508-222-2644
Free admission

With spring approaching, the Attleboro Arts Museum celebrates the color, warmth
and beauty of nature with its annual Flower Show. The Museum’s galleries are
transformed into live gardens by landscape and floral designers during this
special event – and the third Creative Impact Series program will be part of
this lush setting.
The evening will include relationship building and feature several special
guests from New England arts agencies and organizations including the
Massachusetts Cultural Council, Pawtucket Arts
Collaborative, and the Art League of RI.  Learn how these agencies and others
cultivate creative lives and work to grow art, culture and humanities programs
in our region.
With live performances by:
Mark Taber on piano and the Eastern Medicine Singers
Videographer- Besty McLaughlin
Free parking is available in the Museum parking lot.  Handicapped accessible.
To register, visit http://creativeimpactapril.eventbrite.com
Creative Impact Series coordinators:
Elena Calderón-Patiño, Community Art Program Director, RISCA
Mim Brooks Fawcett, Executive.Director, Attleboro Arts Museum,
Nancy Gaucher-Thomas, Artist/Founder, Art League of Rhode Island

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Newport Cultural Alliance Annual Meeting

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010


AT:             Newport Art Museum,  76 Bellevue, Newport

ON:             THURSDAY May 6, 2010             TIME: 6:00 pm


5:30     Doors open with music by Devon Mello, a jazz piano student, Rogers High School

6:00     Introduction: Cristina M. Offenberg, President

6:15      Board of Directors introduction and summary of ACA 2009/2010 accomplishments

6:40     Representative Member Organizations of ACA to state their year in review and 2010 plans


Lisa Carnaevale: Citizens for the Arts

Elizabeth Goddard; Newport Art museum

Jack Maytum: Firehouse Theater

Alison Vareika: Opera House Theater

lois Erhartic ; Portsmouth Art Guild

Kathy Staab:  Jane Pickens Theater

James R. Weir; Four Corners arts

Katie Dyer; Newport Gallery Night

Dominique Alfandre; Island Moving Company

Christine Bevilaqua; Newport Pottery Guild

Jack Renner; Newport Photo Guild

Peter Davis; Salve Regina Performing Arts Department

7:45     Cocktail reception

Reserve your seat by an RSVP to Cris Offenberg at 849-6200 or info@newportarts.org if you wish to attend this event.


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