Susan Woythaler welcomed members and friends of the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County on Oct. 26 to the first “Arts Around the Fire” event since the onset of the pandemic.
The arts alliance provides support to fund projects and programs like “Arts Behind the Scene,” along with grants, including a recently added LeRoy White Soul and Conscience Award.
Two grant recipients were in attendance. Last spring, Katie Moorhead received funds for her “Casual + Connected” project, which features the improvised live work of an artist and musician in a public space. The dancer said the grant provides audiences an opportunity to see how artists work together.
Fall grant winner and sculptor Tim Hetland invited the room to follow his process as he developed a calming “metalism.” He said the grant was a handsome boost to start a project celebrating his Norwegian background.
Lynne McCormack, the evening’s speaker and the new executive director of the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), shared plans of RISCA recasting its strategic plan to activate arts in other areas of the state and to be inclusive to communities that have been excluded from the grant making process.
The next “Arts Around the Fire” will be held on Nov. 16. For more information, visit newportarts.org.