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.