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Giving voice to our state's arts organizations
By Daniel Kertzner / October 12, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

Working to give voice to the range of diverse artists throughout the state, the Expansion Arts Program (EAP) – in partnership with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA) and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH) – supports community-based organizations which serve culturally-specific populations. Through grant funding and technical assistance, Expansion Arts nurtures small and emerging organizations to develop their audiences, manage their finances, and strengthen their governance practices. By convening participants regularly, EAP also fosters connections between and among these organizations, supporting cross-cultural programming and encouraging collaboration. 


Recently, the 2018 awardees were announced and recognized at a reception at the Foundation. The following four organizations will participate in the next three-year program:

EcoArts USA  supports, coordinates, and leads arts, cultural and educational exchange programs between artists from the United States (with a focus on Rhode Island), Cuba, and Latin America by cultivating, promoting and documenting their talent, creativity, and magic to tell their own stories and histories.

Korean American Association of Rhode Island was founded in 1975 with a mission of promoting friendship and welfare among members and also to inform and educate Rhode Islanders about Korean history, culture, and heritage. They serve as an organization representing the general interests and concerns of KAARI members, promote their heritage through various functions and activities, and network with other ethnic associations to facilitate the exchange of cultural resources and information.

Langston Hughes Community Poetry Reading Committee raises awareness of and program a yearly celebration with the community at large to commemorate the impact of the "Poet Laureate of Harlem," Langston Hughes.

Sankofa Community Connection cultivates leadership through a community-led initiative to increase education, health and economic equity in a thriving African American community in Newport County. Since its inception, they have led the way for positive change in the community, and are often sought out for expertise in culturally relevant programming, educational materials, and consultant services by community members, schools, and various organizations.

Through our unique funding partnership with RISCA and RICH, we are able to provide multi-year grant funding, as well as shared administrative support for these organizations, which typically run on only volunteer staff.

As a state, we are strengthened by the diversity and resilience of our communities. By recognizing and addressing the unique needs of the organizations that preserve a range of cultural traditions, we work to elevate the multiple voices and experiences that define and enrich our state’s cultural offerings.

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