Newport Art Museum has been awarded a $21,468 grant from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) as it announced its first round of grant awards for the 2016-2017 season. 

Grant recipients in 2015 reported that over $134 million was spent by arts organizations and artists in that year in projects funded by the State Arts Council. Over $5 million individuals and visitors participated in grant-funded activities during that year. According to RISCA, state funding for the arts contributes significantly to Rhode Island’s economy and quality of life.

The latest round of grants have been funded through an appropriation from Governor Raimondo and the Rhode Island General Assembly and with federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. They support projects by individual artists, arts organizations, schools and educational organizations in communities throughout the state.

In their first round of grants for this year, the State Arts Council awarded a total of $777,212 to 139 non-profit organizations, schools and individuals for art and arts programming across Rhode Island in this latest round of grants. It received 302 applications with requests totaling $1,774,825 from artists, organizations and schools throughout the state. Grants ranged in size from $90,140 to Trinity Repertory Company for operating support, to $500 for several small community-based projects throughout the state.

Governor Gina Raimondo, in congratulating the artists, organizations and schools receiving support from the State Arts Council, noted that, “these grants invest in our economy and the livelihood of our communities. They generate jobs, attract tourist dollars and help provide for a quality education for all Rhode Islanders.”

“We’re particularly pleased with this round of grant awards,” said Randall Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. “Programs in arts education and projects that support the work of artists contribute to the economy and vitality of life in communities throughout our state.”

Norah Diedrich, Executive Director of the Newport Art Museum, noted “We thank RISCA for once again supporting the mission of the Newport Art Museum and recognizing the importance of the arts and culture sector to Rhode Island and the country.” The funds received from RISCA will aid the Museum in providing arts programming to the community. 

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