An invitation from Randy Rosenbaum, Executive Director of RISCA:
I'm happy to report that the Rhode Island Council on the Arts is planning to announce a major new grant initiative on Monday morning, January 25, at 9 AM in the lobby of the Providence Performing Arts Center, and I hope you will join us for this announcement.
During our planning process we heard from many people about the importance of arts education. All kids need access to quality arts education, and part of that education is being able to attend arts and cultural events. But schools are in dire financial straits, and field trips to concerts, museums, and other cultural programs have become exceedingly rare.
On Monday, RISCA will announce a new grant program to support the cost of school buses and coverage for classroom teachers which we hope will once again make it possible for students to attend cultural arts events.
U.S. Senator Senator Whitehouse will be there, along with State Commissioner of Education Deborah Gist, State Rep. Peter Kilmartin and Francisco Noya, resident conductor of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. The more people we can get to come, the better. So please attend, invite your staff, board members and supporters, and forward this message to others. We'll see you then.