Rhode Island Scholarships


Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Foundation, and Bank Rhode Island have generously provided conference underwriting to artists and arts-and-cultural workers in Rhode Island to attend a portion of the conference for free (see below for schedule).

Wednesday, October 20

8:30am - 2:30pm

Day of Service: Join a group of your peers and Habitat for Humanity on a community building project. You don't need any construction experience, just a good attitude, some sturdy shoes, and a desire to get your hands dirty and contribute to the community! Busses will leave from the Biltmore Hotel at 8:30am.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
The Peerless Building
150 Union Street

Opening Night Reception: Join us at The Peerless building, a stunning 1890s commercial-turned-residential building in the heart of downtown Providence. Beer/wine and light hors d'ouevres will be served. Special thanks to Cornish Associates and Narragansett Creamery for their sponsorship of this event.

Thursday, October 21

9:00am - 9:45am
Rhode Island School of Design – Chace Center Auditorium
20 North Main Street

Opening Address :: The Honorable David N. Cicilline, Mayor of Providence Mayor Cicilline, joined by Alliance Executive Director Caitlin Strokosch and Board Chair Hunter O'Hanian, will welcome us to Providence!

9:45am - 10:30am
RISD – Chace Center Auditorium
20 North Main Street

Keynote Address :: Anna Schuleit Anna Schuleit studied painting while a student at Rhode Island School of Design and has been an artist-in-residence and guest lecturer at MIT, Smith, Brown, and Bowdoin. In 2006 she was named a MacArthur Fellow. Her current work includes a commission for the University Gallery at UMass Amherst.

11:00am - 12:15pm
Breakout Sessions @ RISD – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

Culture Wars How the NEA's individual artist fellowships shaped a generation of artists, fueled the culture wars, and created a voice to be filled...and how we can be stronger advocates for individual artist support today. With Barbara Schaffer Bacon, Co-Director, Animating Democracy at Americans for the Arts; Howard Ben Tré, artist; Wayne Lawson, Director Emeritus, Ohio Arts Council; and Hunter O'Hanian, Board Chair, Alliance of Artists Communities (moderator). Location: Chace Center Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

Arts Envoys :: Partnerships for International Exchange Hear from arts organizations, cultural agencies, artists, and others working to bring artists into communities around the world – the challenges, the rewards, and the amazing work artists are undertaking away from home. With Clare Dowd, ArtsCorps, Inc.; Yvan Gauthier, CEO,Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec; Steve Whitten, Principal + Lead Consultant, Art of Funding; and Lori Wood, Director, Fes Medina (moderator). Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

We Want You! Matching artists with mission Selecting artists for grants, fellowships, and residencies doesn't follow a one-size-fits-all approach. How do we develop a process that cultivates the artists best-suited for the opportunities we have to offer, and how do we minimize the hassle and bureaocracy that applicants too often have to endure? With Linda Marston-Reid, Bellagio / The Rockefeller Foundation; Alix Refshauge, HUB-BUB; David White, ARTVENTURES New Hampshire; and Ann Brady, Atlantic Center for the Arts (moderator). Location: Upper Met - Room A, 50 Waterman Street

12:30pm - 1:30pm
RISD – Upper Met
50 Waterman Street

Lunch + Roundtables Sign-up sheets will be available for attendees who'd like to organize lunch roundtable discussions around a specific topic

1:45pm - 3:00pm
Breakout Sessions @ RISD – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

What Funders Want You to Know Hear from funders about making the case, being a partner, stewardship, and what you might be doing wrong – from government agencies, community foundations, corporate funders, and individual philanthropists. With Randy Rosenbaum, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (moderator); Sara Jane DeHoff, philanthropist; Mario Garcia Durham, National Endowment for the Arts; Holly Jensen, Fidelity Investments; Daniel Kertzner, The Rhode Island Foundation. Location: Chace Center Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

Engaging Artists :: Getting and Staying in Touch Explore how we build engagement with artists from the start, providing artists with opportunities and tools for engagement, and developing artist alumni as ambassadors and supporters. With Sara Archambault, LEF Foundation; Caroline Crumpacker, Millay Colony; Kate Haw, Skowhegan School of Painting + Sculpture (moderator); and Dejen Tesfagiorgis, ArtsApp. Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

Open Doors :: Creating opportunities for under-served artists This conversation will look at barriers, challenges, and opportunities for supporting under-served artists, and participants will work together to develop strategies for changing organizational culture to be more open and welcoming to new audiences. With Leslie King-Hammond, Maryland Institute College of Art (moderator); Pamela Winfrey, Exploratorium; and Jeannine Chartier, VSA arts Rhode Island. Location: Upper Met - Room A, 50 Waterman Street

3:30pm - 4:45pm
Breakout Sessions @ RISD – see individual session descriptions for specific locations

An Insider's Guide to Applying to the NEA Mario Garcia Durham, Director of Artist Communities + Presenting, National Endowment for the Arts, will lead a hands-on workshop on applying to the NEA, including understanding eligibility, planning ahead, and making your best case. Location: Chace Center Auditorium, 20 North Main Street

Arts + Ecology This discussion will include organizations who balance dual missions and support artists whose work engages the environment. We'll also hear from artists who address the intersections of the natural and built world and engage the public to examine our ecology in provocative ways. With Holly Ewald, multidisciplinary artist; Alicia Lehrer, Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council; Ama Rogan, A Studio in the Woods (moderator); Eric Vines, Sitka Center for Art + Ecology. Location: Upper Met - Room B, 50 Waterman Street

Progressive Partnerships :: Small organizations with large impact In the new economy, many organizations are building partnerships to increase their impact without increasing infrastructure. With Stephanie Gerson, instigator (moderator); Meri Jenkins, Program Manager, Massachusetts Cultural Council; Bruce Rodgers, Hermitage Artist Retreat; and David Wells, Edenfred. Location: Upper Met - Room A, 50 Waterman Street

Board Leadership in a New Economy In times of challenge and rapid change, a strong board is more important than ever, but board engagement can be difficult to sustain, especially after a crisis has passed. Explore ways of keeping boards invested, on track, and on mission. With James Baker, Pilchuck Glass School (moderator); Barbara Bloemink, Anderson Ranch Arts Center; Paul Hogan, retired, FleetBoston Financial; and Ed Shea, 2nd Story Theatre. Location: Upper Met - Room C, 50 Waterman Street

Saturday, October 23

9:30am - 10:15am
Johnson + Wales University

Keynote Address :: Elizabeth Streb Once called the Evel Knievel of dance, Elizabeth Streb's choreography intertwines the disciplines of dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, the circus, and Hollywood stunt-work. Elizabeth was awarded in 1997 a MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award and was a Master Artist-in-Residence at Atlantic Center for the Arts. Elizabeth established S.L.A.M. (STREB Lab for Action Mechanics) in Brooklyn in 2003.











The 2010 Conference is supported in part by grants from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Foundation, and Bank Rhode Island.

Words cannot express how much I grew as an artist and administrator at the Alliance conference. I was exposed to so much in so little time and had so much fun in the process, all in the name of sustaining artists and their contribution to our culture.

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