JOIN US, SEPTEMBER 16 National Core Arts Standards and You!

A great opportunity for Teaching Artists to learn how to design your programs based on the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS).  Spend a morning with arts education colleagues from around the state learning about the practical applications of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS). The RI Department of Education has officially endorsed the NCAS as Rhode Island's new arts standards. NCAS replaces the current Rhode Island Fine Arts Grade Span Expectations. Local education agencies should begin now to align curriculum to these standards and plan to fully implement NCAS aligned curriculum beginning in the 2019-2020 school year. 

http://www.ride.ri.gov/InstructionAssessment/OtherSubjects.aspx#37051373-about-the-national-core-arts-standards 

Event sponsored by the RI Arts Learning Network. Free, but REGISTRATION REQUIRED.
8:30 Check in and refreshments
9:00 Introductory remarks, Carol Blanchette, Chief for Teaching and Learning, RI Department of Education
9:30 Participatory Workshops by arts discipline (facilitated by the RI professional arts educator associations)
11:30 Panel discussion w Q and A
Special guest panelists:
Dennis Inhulsen, Chief Learning Officer, National Art Education Association
David Neves, Eastern Division Past President, National Association for Music Education
Susan McGreevy Nichols, CEO, National Dance Education Organization
 

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3rd Annual Healing Arts Conference at Butler Hospital September 29, 2017
REGISTER NOW!

This one-day conference focuses on applying arts interventions to promote well-being within specific populations andour communities.

Learn specific arts-based protocols to address therapeutic needs through break-out sessions.

Explore meaningful interventions to empower clients through self-expression.

Acquire real-life skills that can be implemented immediately in your work setting.

Continuing Education Credits offered for Nursing, LMHC and Social Work. All participants will receive attendance
certificates for 5.5 contact hours.

Breakfast and lunch are included.

RISCA in a Neighborhood Near You Providing Assistance

RISCA staff will be "on the road" in September to talk to individuals and organizations interested in applying for grants or the Teaching Artist Roster at our October 2nd deadline. These are similar to RISCA "Office Hours" - drop in and talk grant applications with RISCA staff.
 
Here's the schedule. Click for more information and to register.

Wednesday, August 30 from 3pm to 7pm at the Woonsocket Public Library
Wednesday, September 6 from 3pm to 7pm at the Westerly Public Library
Wednesday, September 13 from 3pm to 7pm at the Tiverton Public Library  

RISCA staff members Mollie Flanagan (individual artists), Dan Kahn(education), and Adrienne Adeyemi (organizations) Lynne DeBeer (Teaching Artists Roster) will be there to answer your questions. Anyone interested in opportunities for folk and traditional artists can contact Elena Calderon Patinovia email.

 

RISCA "Office Hours" Provide Application Assistance

Have a question, or need help as you're putting together a grant application for RISCA's October 2nd deadline? Drop in to the RISCA offices during "Office Hours", times you can schedule to sit down with RISCA staff members at the RISCA office in Providence.

Click here to register with Lynne DeBeer, RISCA's Education Associate to talk about Teaching Artists Roster Applications or support in marketing your practice.
 
Click here to register with Mollie Flanagan, RISCA's Individual Artists Program Director, to talk about Fellowship and Project Grants for Individuals.
 
Click here to talk with Dan Kahn, who handles RISCA's grants to schools along with our Arts in Healthcare grant program.
 
Click here to meet with Adrienne Adeyemi, who manages RISCA's Arts Access Grant program for organizations, along with our Open Studios Tour program.
 
See you soon

Attend RISCA's Social Media for Artists Workshop on September 12

 

Social media has evolved at a dizzying pace over the past few years. Facebook – once an online tool for a single American university, the ultimate social network is now used by one in nine people on this planet and accounts for 30 billion pieces of content shared each and every day. Twitter is adding half a million new accounts per day, Google+ has more than 25 million users and YouTube is generating a colossal 92 billion page views every month.
 
For artists, this represents a vast and growing audience just waiting to be tapped; alongside the additional social media sites that are specialized for promoting artists – whether performance, visual, literary and/or teaching.
 
Come to this workshop to learn about:

  • Evaluating the most effective social media to promote yourself as an individual artist.
  • Developing a phased plan and schedule to incorporate the social media that is right for you as a beginner, intermediate or experienced user. 
  • Targeting audiences
  • Measuring effectiveness
  • Efficiently maintaining your presence online – developing a maintenance plan that fits you and your lifestyle. 

 

Click here for more information and to register

 

Teaching Artist Roster Application Deadline October 2, 2018

The next deadline to apply for the RI Teaching Artists Roster is October 2, 2017.  RISCA's Education Roster is a list of Rhode Island teaching artists who have been reviewed by public panels both for their artistic quality and their ability to work in educational settings. Artists are listed by discipline and are recommended for participation in Project Grants in Education (PGE). The Roster is also widely used as public resource by educational sites and individuals. Artists can renew their listings annually, provided they are active professionally as teaching artists. Those working in schools are also asked to complete a yearly BCI background check in accordance with Rhode Island law.

RISCA's Education Roster is part of New England Foundation of the Arts' CreativeGround website, which provides even broader opportunities for RI Teaching Artists regionally. For more information on this move, please contact Lynne DeBeer at lynne.debeer@arts.ri.gov or 401-524-6504 or visit during Office Hours on Tuesday afternoon.  Contact Lynne to make an Office Hours appointment.

Get inspired! Samples of Funded RISCA Project Grants in Education

Get inspired!  Samples of Funded RISCA Project Grants in Education

Connecting for Children & Families received $6,200 for “Woonsocket High School After School Arts”. This program taught by roster teaching artists and qualified instructors, will increase access to arts learning and improve related fine arts skills for up to 100 at-risk students in the 2016-2017 academic year. Program offerings will include: Dance, Visual Art, Jewelry Design, Weaving & Theatre.
 
At Paul Cuffee Charter School in Providence, roster teaching artist Keith Munslow will join lower school for “Monday Morning Song” throughout the school year.  The $3,250 grant will also allow the artist to work, in collaboration with classroom teachers, on children's songs, folktales and puppets to teach them story-telling skills.
 
South Kingstown CARES received $5,000 for “From the Ground Up”, an original, multi-disciplinary performance at Peace Dale Elementary School.The entire learning community will explore geology, archeology, paleontology and earth science subjects through the arts. Working with GEMS-NET and GEAR Productions (with roster teaching artist Beth Berry) the school will create an exciting new show keyed to the Next Generation Science Standards. 
 
WHAT DO FUNDED EDUCATION PROPOSALS HAVE IN COMMON?  Artists with a proven track record of artistic quality and working in schools (either from the RISCA Education roster or strong supporting materials); Evidence of thorough planning involving the artist and many facets of the school community; Evidence of integration with the curriculum; Clear and realistic goals for the project; A preliminary timeline/schedule for the project; A process of evaluation.
Remember the “5-C’s”: CLARITY; CURRICULUM; COLLABORATION; CREATIVITY; CONSULTATION
 
Any school or educational entity may apply for these matching grants.  For more information contact Dan Kahn @ 401/222-1146 or daniel.kahn@arts.ri.gov.  For information on Folk/Community Arts and artists contact Elena Calderon Patiño @ 401/222-6996 or  Elena.Patiño@arts.ri.gov

Over 120 RI Teaching Artists Hired in Fiscal Year 2017 Reaching Over 3,250 Learners

 

Between July 1, 2016-June 30th, 2017 RISCA's Project Grants in Education funded 30 projects for $95,000 (matched value $190,000). Over 120 artists participated and approximately 3,250 learners were served by these collaborative programs between teaching artists and educators.  

See the following article for a sample of some of the projects that were funded.

For a complete list of all grants awarded by RISCA as of January 1, 2017 click here.  This is a great way to see what's going on , see which schools are hiring artists, and get inspiration for partnering with an organization to submit a grant.  The October 2, 2017 deadline provides funds for January 1 - June 30, 2018.  

OFFICE HOURS FOR TEACHING ARTISTS at RISCA! Help is here.

Just a reminder that every Tuesday afternoon we are available at the RI State Council on the Arts, Providence, RI to meet with you and offer support in many areas:

  • Grantwriting
  • Roster Applications
  • Marketing Yourself to the Education & Healthcare Communities
  • Websites, Social Media and all that jazz!

Lynne DeBeer

Email me or call to make an appointment: lynne.debeer@arts.ri.gov 401-524-6504 Mobile               401-222-1794  Office

 

RI State Council on the Arts Grants Recipients 2017

Want to see what kinds of projects are being funded.  Here's a list of all the grants awarded to artists, arts organizations, community centers, schools, teaching artists etc.  
 

Rhose Island State Council on the Arts Grants Recipients FY2017

 

 

 

 

NEA Research Labs Looking for Proposals to focus on value and impact of arts

National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs seeks to support a series of transdisciplinary research partnerships, grounded in the social and behavioral sciences, to produce and report empirical insights about the arts for the benefit of arts and non-arts sectors alike. Proposals are due July 18!



Program Solicitation: National Endowment for the Arts Research Labs | NEA
In recent years, the National Endowment for the Arts’ research agenda has focused on yielding new knowledge about the value and impact of the arts. Through the…
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2017 Arts Education Partnerships Annual Convening on Sept. 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2017 AEP Annual Convening on Sept. 6-7 at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.! The 2017 AEP Annual Convening will explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s youth have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts by addressing the priority areas outlined in AEP’s Action Agenda. Register now!

New Partnership with RI Latino Arts Makes Great Connections for Teaching Artists

This 6 x6 experimented with a new addition to the format. As part of the six minute presentations,each of the 6 artist presenters created a canvas (12 x 12) that focused on the question “What is most on your mind right now?”  Artists could use the canvas however they wished—with visual, performing, or literary arts.  The themes ranged from the pain of the immigrant to the layers of culture within individuals.  The canvases will be on display at La Galleria del Pueblo.   The presenting artists made connections with educators and members of the RI healthcare community that will lead to collaborations in the schools and with the medical community. 


Presenting were:

Ana Areylis Cruz Cabrera      Poet, Author, Spoken Word Artist  & Songwriter.

Carolina Artentsen   Visual Artist/Painter

Marleny Luna            Actress, Spoken Word Poet,TV/radio Host
Evans Molina            Musician, Dancer, Visual Artist 
Pablo Youngs            Visual Artist
Sue Borhorquez        Visual Artist

For more information on each artist or to be listed on the Directory as a member, visit the Directory at RI Latino Artists.  

Our thanks to Latino Arts for being a RITAC partner for the 6 x 6. 

RISCA's new Arts in Healthcare Program Grants April 3 Deadline

 

Non-profit health care organizations are eligible to apply for a new RISCA Education program grant category: Arts in Healthcare. Arts in Healthcare grants are matching grants for projects that connect the arts with healthcare in hospitals and other healthcare settings. Grants must include children and youth up to the age of 21 as primary participants, but may also include adults. As with our school-based Education project grants where teaching artists partner with certified teachers to plan the project, in the Arts In Healthcare category, teaching artists need to partner with one or more licensed healthcare providers to develop the project. Professional development with a variety of staff at the healthcare facility is also strongly encouraged, with a priority placed on experiential learning and job-embedded experiences where possible. As with regular Education project grants, funds can support artists’ fees, mileage and supplies and materials.

The Arts In Healthcare grant category recognizes the new partnership among the RI State Council on the Arts, the RI Department of Health, and the RI Teaching Artists Center.

This partnership addresses the multiple benefits of the arts in health, as well as the increasing number of teaching artists’ activities taking place in hospitals and health care settings.

Click here for the Arts in Healthcare Guidelines

Providence Business News Puts a Focus on RI Teaching Artists & Healthcare

Five Questions With: Sherilyn Brown

Posted: Monday, February 13, 2017 4:55 am

BY NANCY KIRSCH
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
PROVIDENCE BUSINESS NEWS

Sherilyn Brown is education director at the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, which, with the R.I. Department of Health, recently partnered to create the Arts & Health Advisory Group, which grew out of Rhode Island artists’ experiences working in the fields of health and healing. Brown talked recently with Providence Business News about the Arts & Health Advisory Group and its membership, focus and goals.

PBN: When did the Arts & Health Advisory Group get established, what is its purpose and who is funding it?

BROWN: The Arts & Health Advisory Group grew out of the passion and experience that Rhode Island artists have for working in the field of health and healing. The R.I. Teaching Artists Center held a sold-out conference two years ago on the topic. Additionally, the opportunities and practices here in Rhode Island have been expanding over the last several years as part of a much larger arts and health movement nationally, through organizations such as the National Organization for Arts in Health, which is hosting its first annual conference, in conjunction with the 30th Healthcare Facilities and Design Symposium and Exposition in September 2017 in Austin, Texas, and Rhode Island School of Design.

Given the power of the arts to address needs in the health sector, the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts approached the R.I. Department of Health for a potential partnership. The conversation yielded possible areas where artists could further the initiatives of the DOH, such as Health Equity Zones or community health workers. Additionally, national research makes clear a wide variety of possible focus areas for an arts and health initiative, including such areas as patient care, healing environments and health care provider education.

 

The purpose of the group is to develop a statewide plan for arts and health, aligned with the state’s current health care initiatives. The planning process is being funded by a grant from the Rhode Island Foundation, and is being facilitated by Brown University’s School of Public Health. The group serves as an advisory group to DOH Director Dr. Nicole Alexander-Scott and Elizabeth Roberts, secretary of the R.I. Office of Health and Human Services. A draft plan is due in summer 2017.

PBN: You’ve talked about the passion and experience that artists in Rhode Island have for their work in the fields of health and healing. Can you describe what kinds of experiences participating artists have had and what kinds of artists – painters, musicians, dancers or others – are involved?

BROWN: Artists across all arts disciplines work in health care settings, from hospitals to long-term care facilities to hospice. Members of the group also emphasize that artists often engage people in activities that promote physical and emotional health, and don’t just treat patients with a diagnosis.

Some examples of arts in health care work include dance for people with Parkinson’s and theater to help young people in partial hospitalization settings tell their stories. The intentional design of spaces and communities that use color and other design elements to support the well-being of people in treatment or in their daily lives is becoming more common. Singers provide bedside support to those at the end of their lives, and visual artists engage children and adults in viewing, discussing and creating paintings during their hospital stays. There are many wonderful articles about the ways that the arts can engage with health, healing and health care, including a sampling created by the National Endowment for the Arts. Anyone interested in this topic will find more information about the intersection of arts and health through an online search. Our final report will also provide detailed information on research.

PBN: Who is eligible to be a member of the Arts & Health Advisory Group? Is the group seeking additional members?

BROWN: The Arts & Health Advisory Group is comprised of a variety of people working professionally in the fields of arts and health, with experience in one or both of those sectors. The group is comprised of 30 members, from artists in all disciplines to DOH staff, nurses, physicians and other members of the community. The group is not seeking new members at this time, as it is currently a working group in process. However, it is seeking input from the larger community as part of the planning design and research protocol.

PBN: Do artists bring a different sensibility to the healing process? How can they play a unique role in furthering the goals and objectives of the DOH, such as the Health Equity Zones?

BROWN: My work in education makes me think about how the arts and teaching artists uniquely address the development of the whole child, the whole person – emotionally, physically and, it is often said, spiritually. The same can be said for the role of the arts in health. We are whole beings with individual stories, not a bundle of symptoms, diagnoses or body parts. Tapping into our creativity reminds of our humanity, our natural life-giving energy and the strength of our thoughts, feelings and ideas. The arts are empowering, whether you are a physician learning to be more observant and hear a patient’s story more fully, or you are an elder struggling with maintaining a sense of worth.

The issue of health equity is critical. So, for example, as Health Equity Zones are implementing their work plans, the inclusion and consideration of the arts can put everyone on an equal footing as creative beings who can improve the design and health of their communities. Rhode Island’s Health Equity Zone initiative is a project that is empowering people and organizations to come together and implement solutions to the unique, community-level obstacles to health that exist in their neighborhoods.

PBN: What are the group’s goals and objectives for the next 12-18 months?

BROWN: Our immediate goals are gathering research and information, listening to informants, understanding how we fit into the larger health care policy picture, and putting together a plan that helps the state innovate and improve its health and health care. We are a creative state and deserve innovative solutions that serve the community – children, adults, patients, seniors, caregivers and health care providers. Our wealth of talented artists and creative citizens positions us well for this task.

Attendees "Gain Insight" from 6 x 6 Inclusion Event

"Event was an awesome way to see what is happening in Rhode Island and the connection of artists to the history and culture of our state--as well as how they contribute to both healing and learning.  It gave me lots of ideas of  how I can incorporate artists into my workplace as a tool for enrichment and growth."    Administrator/Educator

Post 6x6 presentations; attendees enjoy fellowship and swapping ideas.  Held at the Gamm Theatre February 6, 2017.

Post 6x6 presentations; attendees enjoy fellowship and swapping ideas.  Held at the Gamm Theatre February 6, 2017.

On February 6, artists, community members, teachers, and healthcare professionals gathered at the Gamm Theatre for the 4th in a series of 6x6 events.  6 x 6 is a fast-paced educational event where 6 teaching artists present for 6 minutes each. We gathered at 5:30 for some snacks, then at 6 heard the wonderful variety of presentations, had time for Q & A with each presenter, and then rounded out the evening till 8 with conversation and networking.  This month’s topic was inclusion. Each presenter added his or her unique perspective on topics such as:

  • the dramatic reading of a letter written by a young person in an institution,
  • thoughts about language,
  • what ability or disability means
  • being welcomed to the land of the Narragansett people.

6 x 6 is designed to inform and motivate teaching artists, as well as the communities they work with--learning, making, inspiring and healing

Presenters included:

  • Rachel Balaban, Dance for People with Parkinson's Coordinator
  • Len Cabral, international storyteller and children's book author
  • Jeannine Chartier, Executive Director of VSA Arts Rhode Island, an organization promoting active inclusion of people with disabilities in the arts
  • Loren Spears, Executive Director of the Tomaquag Museum and author published in a variety of publications such as Dawnland Voices, An Anthology of Indigenous Writing of New England
  • Melodie Thompson, storyteller, special education teacher, Founding Director of Worship Arts Restoration
  • Valerie Tutson, Founding Member and Executive Director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers and director of FUNDA FEST.

BIG NEWS! The National Core Arts Standards are now the official K-12 arts standards for Rhode Island

Thanks to the support of RI Commissioner of Education, Dr. Kenneth Wagner, and the work of the four professional arts educator associations—RI Music Education Association, RI Art Education Association, Dance Alliance, RI Theater Education Association --- the National Core Arts Standards are now the official K-12 arts standards for Rhode Island.   The National Core Arts Standards are the latest generation arts standards, developed collaboratively by the national arts educator associations and teacher and teaching artist leaders from across the country.  They are becoming the commonly accepted standards nationally, with several states including Vermont already having adopted them, and many more states in the adoption pipeline.  Rhode Island's decision was made following surveys of the membership of the four arts educator associations, with a follow-up survey by RIDE to double check the initial results.  The results were clear across districts and arts disciplines in favor of the new national standards.  A key benefit of this approval is that media arts will be included for the first time.
 
Background on National Core Arts Standards
The  National Standards for dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts were created by seventy writers representing NCAS’s arts education member organizations.  More than 6,000 educators, teaching artists, parents, students and state and local focus groups offered input in four national reviews that helped shaped the final standards. Our own Marty Sprague of the RI Dance Alliance was involved in their development.  
The NCAS  PreK-12 grade-by-grade standards are intended to guide educators seeking to provide quality arts education for America’s students, define artistic literacy, and support 21st century skills and college and career readiness. A key feature of the interactive website is the option for teachers and other users to create customized standards handbooks that match their curriculum and students’ learning needs. 
The initiation of new national standards goes back to a comprehensive vision and project of SEADAE’s known as National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education (NELAE). 
The eight focus areas of National Expectations for Learning in Arts Education are:

  • ·         Student Learning
  • ·         Standards, curriculum, & assessment
  • ·         Teacher Practice
  • ·         Teacher preparation & professional development
  • ·         Educational Leadership
  • ·         Policy Development (national, state, local)
  • ·         Community Partnership
  • ·         Data Collection

To view the standards and explore the new website go to:www.nationalartsstandards.org
Please see Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the standards-writing history and process.

Welcome to the new Rhode Island Teaching Artists Center (RITAC) blog!

On this blog, we hope to provide you with further resources and updates on events that would be beneficial to you. In addition, we hope to feature some amazing artists from around the state. We want to encourage open discussion within the comments of this blog and to provide a platform to learn from and communicate with one another.

We want to hear from you!

This is not just a space for you to find resources but for you to discuss these ideas and perhaps come up with some ideas of your own. 

HEALING THROUGH THE ARTS: GROUP THEORY AND PRACTICE SEPTEMBER 30 REGISTER NOW!

Healing Through the Arts: Group Theory and Practice

September 30, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Ray Conference Center, Butler Hospital

We encourage you to share this news with your colleagues

 

The Healing Arts Committee at Butler Hospital is pleased to announce that online registration has opened for the one day educational seminar titled, “Healing through the Arts: Group Theory and Practice.” Held on Friday, September 30, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Ray Conference Center on the Butler Campus, conference attendees will learn the basics of group theory and the connection between art and healing, and practice skills for creating a healing environment. Featuring nationally acclaimed storyteller Len Cabral as the keynote speaker, the educational event also boasts a variety of break-out sessions that cover topics including dance and movement, visual arts, music, creative writing, yoga and more.

 

Continuing education credits are available for social workers and nurses. Discounted rates for students and professional will be applied. Register now online.