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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.

Ceramic tiles capture the spirit of one community
By Chris Barnett / October 4, 2016
Four different panels were created; each depicting colorful scenes of town life like playgrounds and boating. These panels will welcome visitors to Jamiel’s Park, a 13-acre waterfront park in the heart of downtown.

Celebrating the Foundation staff
By Connie Grosch / September 20, 2016
Warholian pop-art portraits introduce the people who help make the Rhode Island Foundation what it is.

Building community with music in the Park
By Chris Barnett / August 23, 2016
Nearly 5,000 people joined us at Roger Williams Park to celebrate our Centennial with a concert by the Rhode Island Philharmonic. It was a wonderful celebration of our 100th anniversary – bringing together one of our state’s cultural treasurers, one of our best-loved places, and many, many members of the community.

Visual artists invited to apply for $25,000 grants
By Chris Barnett / August 3, 2016
Rhode Island visual artists who dream of spending a year working on their craft have until Aug. 18 to apply for $25,000 fellowships from the Rhode Island Foundation.

TGIF at the Newport Jazz Festival
By Chris Barnett / July 27, 2016
There once again will be a third day of performances at the Newport Jazz Festival this year. Our $30,000 grant will help showcase emerging artists and future stars this Friday at Fort Adams State Park.

Centennial Community Conversations: Innovative and proven programs
By Jessica David / April 1, 2016
In 2016, the Rhode Island Foundation celebrates the 100th anniversary of our founding! This year our Civic Leadership Fund Community Conversations series will focus on the capacity, generosity, and innovation of our partners and how they help build our community.

Three local writers receive $25,000 fellowships
By Chris Barnett / March 1, 2016
Our MacColl Johnson Fellowships enable writers, musicians, and visual artists to spend more time making art and less time making ends meet.

Third quarter grants benefit Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly
By Jenny Pereira / November 18, 2015
Our grantmaking continued in the third quarter with more than $7 million awarded to organizations serving Rhode Islanders from Woonsocket to Westerly…and all our state’s cities and towns in-between.

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.

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