Arts in Academics

The Rhode Island Foundation is located at One Union Station in downtown Providence.
Thanks to our generous donor, the late Karel Greenblatt Gertsacov, third grade students at James H. Eldredge Elementary School in East Greenwich were able to visit the Rhode Island School of Design Museum of Art as part of their "Exploring Communities through Art" studies.

In 2004, retired Rhode Island art educator Karel Greenblatt Gertsacov endowed the Arts in Academics Fund to support educational projects that integrate art disciplines into other core academic subjects. Successful Arts in Academics projects create collaborations among artists and educators and promote the arts as an integral part of the learning process. This fund is not intended to support performances where students are passive participants. Literacy projects are generally not funded unless they are exceptionally creative and include other core academic subjects. 

Grant amounts range from $500 to $1,000. Potential projects might include:

  • Collaboration between artist and educator: An architect and a math teacher help students learn about scale by reading and using rulers when building a scale model.
  • Field trips: Students take a trip to the zoo to study symmetrical patterns as they relate to mathematics. (Trips may not be for entertainment purposes, but must serve an academic need.)
  • Professional training: A teacher attends a workshop or other course in critical/creative problem-solving to expand arts literacy skills and incorporate its principles into other core academic areas. 

Any K-12 public or charter school teacher, artist, or nonprofit organization is eligible to apply as long as the proposed project benefits Rhode Island public school children. Grants may be used for stipends, materials, equipment, honorariums, and other costs associated with implementing the project. (Funds may only be used to support performances or exhibitions that are the result of the grant project.) The project described in the proposal should take place between January and December of 2020. An evaluation of the project must be submitted at its conclusion. Please note: Applications will not be considered from organizations with overdue grant reports.

Review of Proposals 

Proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

  • Level of arts integration into core academic subject matter 
  • Innovativeness, creativeness and practicality of the project
  • Educational merit and academic excellence
  • Group size and impact on participating children and school
  • Access to other funding sources 

Application Deadline 

Applications must be submitted by midnight (EST) on October 25, 2019. Please note that no assistance will be available after 5 p.m. (EST).

To Apply

Please complete the online Arts in Academics grant application. *
(Applications are available six weeks prior to the deadline; all applications must be submitted through our online system.)

*If you already have started this online application, please log in to your account page to edit the application that is in progress.


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Providence, RI 02903


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