The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities is developing a new model of support for the public humanities sector titled Catalyzing Culture. A platform for the Council’s leadership in the state, Catalyzing Culture convenes organizations and citizens to address challenges and constraints, add value, and create the basis for resilient, sustainable, and innovative communities.
Catalyzing Newport, the first iteration of the project, grew out of a yearlong planning grant the Council received in 2012 from the van Beuren Charitable Foundation to assess the current limitations to, and possibilities for, developing a collaborative platform among cultural historical institutions in Newport.
The Council and the project’s key partners (at left), all of which have been Council grantees, collaborated from 2014 – 2017 on this initiative with the goals of seeding sustainable, long‐term, integrative solutions to addressing challenges, improving the outlook for Newport’s cultural institutions, and establishing broader audiences through meaningful dissemination, community engagement, and marketing.
Read the Catalyzing Newport Initiative Report to learn more about the outcomes of this program and plans for sustainability.