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A tribute to those who strengthen our cultural diversity in the arts
By Daniel Kertzner / December 31, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

The 2016-2018 Expansion Arts cohort – comprised of RI Cape Verdean Heritage, Colombian American Cultural Society, India Association of Rhode Island, and Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island  – came together recently at the Atrium Gallery to celebrate their successes upon graduation from the program.

Supported by collaboration between Rhode Island Foundation, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), and the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (RICH), the Rhode Island Expansion Arts Program (RIEAP) offers funding and organizational assistance to community-based organizations whose missions and programs reflect the diversity of the state's peoples.

RIEAP provides the skills and tools these organizations need to grow as equal partners in the Rhode Island arts and cultural community. Priority is given to newly emerging groups and those with little history of grant funding. In seeking to build the capacity of these organizations, the RIEAP recognizes the broader role they play in strengthening their communities including cultural preservation, education, and youth development.

"We congratulate the four graduating organizations – they will
always be connected as alumni of Expansion Arts.  And we wish
them continued success in accomplishing their goals that contribute
so much to Rhode Island."
                                       — Elena Calderón Patiño, Director
                                           Community Arts Program, RISCA

To read about the 2019 – 2021 cohort that was recently announced, click here.

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