6 Rhode Island arts organizations receiving nearly $1 million in federal grants

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This is an image of the Newport Folk Fest stage. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, RI (WLNE) — The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts announced Wednesday that they, along with five other arts organizations in the state, will receive $988,200 in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The following grants will be awarded to:

  • Newport Classic, $15,000
  • AS220, $15,000
  • Brown University, $20,000
  • MusicWorks Community, $60,000
  • First works, $20,000
  • RISCA, $858,200

Grants come from three categories of NEA funding, grants for arts projects, our city, and state and regional partnerships. In total, this round of NEA distributions represented more than $91 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 US states and jurisdictions.

“As a key economic driver, our arts sector is an important part of Rhode Island’s recovery,” Governor Dan McKee said. “On behalf of our state, I thank the National Endowment for the Arts for their support. These investments are essential to help rebuild a sector that plays an important role in our cities and towns.

Senator Jack Reed expressed his full support for these types of neighborhood programs.

“These not-for-profit organizations enrich our communities through the arts and help diversify our economy. I am pleased to support federal funding for these arts, culture and educational programs,” Reed said.

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