Supported by a collaboration between the Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Expansion Arts offers funding and technical assistance to community-based arts and humanities organizations in the form of consultation time, administrative support, and peer group work.
Organizations accepted into the program can expect to grow capacity in areas of governance, financial management, marketing and audience development, documentation and evaluation, leadership development, and strategic collaborations. Organizations build and learn together over time, share resources, and build valuable long-term relationships.
The four organizations selected to participate and the three-year program beginning in January 2019 include:
ECOArts USA which supports, coordinates, and leads arts, cultural, and educational exchange programs between artists from the United States (with a focus on Rhode Island), Cuba, and Latin America by cultivating, promoting, and documenting their talent, creativity, and magic to tell their own stories and histories.
Korean American Association of Rhode Island which was founded in 1975 with a mission to promote friendship and welfare among members and also to inform and educate Rhode Islanders about Korean history, culture, and heritage. They serve as an organization representing the general interests and concerns of KAARI members, promote their heritage through various functions and activities, and network with other ethnic associations to facilitate the exchange of cultural resources and information.
Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee which raises awareness of the “Poet Laureate of Harlem,” Langston Hughes by programming a yearly celebration in his honor with the community at large to celebrate the impact and continued relevance of Hughes’ work.
Sankofa Community Connection which cultivates leadership through a community-led initiative to increase education, health, and economic equity in a thriving African American community in Newport County. Since its inception, they have led the way for positive change in the community, and are often sought out for expertise in culturally relevant programming, educational materials, and consultant services by community members, schools, and other organizations.
To learn more and apply for the next stage of the Expansion Arts program, visit the Rhode Island Foundation website.
New Intercultural Collaboration Grants:
In 2018, the RI Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) sought proposals from current and alumni grantees of RIEAP for projects, programs, or planning that bring together people and organizations across cultures to share cultural ideas, traditions, and heritages. RIEAP seeking to support creative and innovative partnerships and collaborations that strengthen our state’s cultural ecosystem, create sustainable connections between cultural organizations, and come from Rhode Island’s diverse communities. By investing in connections, this opportunity has the potential to highlight the state’s cultural assets, challenge assumptions, and bring communities together across differences.
RIEAP is pleased to announce five seed grants of $5,000 each to the RIEAP grantee and alumni projects listed below:
The Rhode Island Indian Council and Rhode Island Latino Arts
RI Black Storytellers and the Laotian Community Center of RI
Oasis International and RI Cape Verdean Subcommittee
Puerto Rican Arts and Advocacy and the Colombian American Cultural Society
The India Association of Rhode Island and Hmong United Association of Rhode Island