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Established in 1967, the RI State Council on the Arts (RISCA) is charged by the state legislature to stimulate public interest and participation in the arts and to serve as the liaison to the state arts community. As set forth in the General Laws of Rhode Island, it is the responsibility of the Arts Council to:
The governing body of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts is a commission of thirteen members. These Council members are appointed by the Governor to serve three-year terms.
Funds for programs and services carried out by RISCA are provided by the Rhode Island State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
To meet its legislative mandate, the Arts Council administers competitive grants to RI artists, non-profit organizations, schools and units of municipal and state governments. In addition to grants, the Arts Council provides technical assistance, information services, a slide registry, and partnerships.