The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced grant awards of more than $1.134 million to six Rhode Island-based arts and culture organizations. The allotment included $934,100 to the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) to support arts programs, services and activities associated with carrying out the agency’s NEA-approved strategic plan.
The other five R.I. grantees are:
  • Rhode Island Arts Foundation at Newport (Newport Classical), $20,000, to support artist fees and venue costs for Newport Classical’s annual summer festival.
  • AS220, Providence, $40,000, for multidisciplinary arts education programming and creative workforce development for youth.
  • Community MusicWorks (CMW), Providence, $70,000, to fund free music education and performance programs for children and youth from historically marginalized communities.
  •  FirstWorks, Providence, $60,000, to support a series of multidisciplinary arts commissions, presentations, residencies and related engagement activities.
  • LitArts RI (What Cheer Writers Club), Providence, $10,000, to offer free podcast training and recording for R.I.-based artists.