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arts Initiative

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The Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) is launching an innovative, $5 million art education support effort. Under Art Reengages Talent in all Students, or the ARTS Initiative, funding is based on the number of students, and each district or charter school will receive a grant of at least $10,000 to support the arts in their schools as they see fit. Schools and districts will also be eligible to receive additional grants for the arts.

Research demonstrates that the link between involvement in the arts and engagement in school is strong and persistent. Coming out of the pandemic, RIDE is dedicated to supporting local schools as they rebuild and strengthen their arts programs. This is an opportunity for schools to connect with local artists and programs – and for students to re-connect with their schools.