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Nourishing artistic and cultural traditions
By Daniel Kertzner / November 21, 2016
Collaborating with the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Expansion Arts program targets emerging organizations whose programs and missions center on the cultural practices and traditions of Rhode Island’s diverse communities.

Advancing cultural equity in the arts
By Daniel Kertzner / November 2, 2015
Honoring Rhode Island's late U.S. States Senator Claiborne Pell - who was instrumental in the development of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities - the 2015 Pell Lecture challenged us to develop a more equitable arts ecosystem.

The MacColl Johnson Fellowships: Celebrating Ten Years
By Connie Grosch / January 23, 2015
With the rapidly approaching announcement of the winners of this year’s MacColl Johnson Fellowships – now in its 10th year - we talk with six of the 27 composers, writers and visual artists who have been awarded the fellowships over the past decade. Hear what they have to say about its impact on their work and careers.

Providence CityArts celebratory flash party
By Connie Grosch / November 14, 2014
Providence CityArts celebrates its National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award with a flash party bus tour with a stop at Providence City Hall to thank the Rhode Island Foundation for its support.

Keeping traditions alive
By Connie Grosch / October 30, 2014
A joint effort between the Rhode Island Foundation, the RI Council for the Humanities, and the RI State Council on the Arts, the Expansion Arts Program focuses on small and emerging arts and humanities organizations run by and serving communities of color.

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