Most Rhode Islanders are aware that our state's budget situation is grave, and that deficits are projected for the current and upcoming fiscal years. Because state agency budgets might not be known prior to the beginning of fiscal year 2011, the State Arts Council has elected to move forward with the grant programs that are of greatest value to arts organizations, individual artists and schools, preserving the integrity of the grant application and review process, as well as existing funding programs.
The Governor has recommended eliminating state funding for grants in the arts in the coming year. While federal funds are available for grants, if this recommendation is approved by the General Assembly our ability to fund projects or organizations will be seriously impacted, with current programs experiencing 60% reductions or more in available resources. It is important that all applicants or potential applicants be aware of this potential cut in public support for the arts.
While we will do our best to keep the arts community informed of our budget situation, the latest news and action alerts will be available from Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts, our statewide arts advocacy agency. Click here to sign up for their email alerts.