Providence Performing Arts Center announces ARTS scholarship program

Providence, RIThe Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) Community Outreach Committee is pleased to announce that nominations for the ARTS The 2022 scholarship program will be available on Friday January 7, 2022; applications will then be accepted until Friday March 4, 2022 at 4P.

the ARTS The 2022 Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Textron Charitable Trust and PPAC Annual Fund donors with support from WPRI 12, awards up to $ 500 in financial assistance to each of the 30 talented Rhode Island students selected as recipients. Qualified students must be between the ages of 11 and 14 as of June 1, 2022, and reside and attend school in Rhode Island. These scholarships provide young artists with the opportunity to participate in local summer arts education programs that will broaden each student’s experience in their chosen field of study.

From Friday January 7, 2022, links to ARTS Scholarship applications and guidelines in English and Spanish will be available online at To ensure the safety of applicants and PPAC staff at this time, applications and supporting documents can only be submitted electronically through Google Forms and OneDrive portal links displayed on the PPAC website. No hard copy of entries or original illustrations will be accepted.

All applications and supporting documents must be submitted electronically no later than 4P on Friday March 4, 2022. For more information, please visit or contact Ricky Gresh, Director of Special Projects / Assistant to the President, at [email protected] or 401.574.3105

In 1996, with a portion of the proceeds from the First Annual Greater Providence Gospel Fest (a Providence Performing Arts Center production that featured volunteer local gospel choirs), PPAC’s Marketing Department, in partnership with the Community Outreach Committee , created the ARTS Scholarship program. This scholarship fund has been set aside to help students interested in studying the arts.

“The talents and interests of our fellows must be nurtured and developed as they begin to explore their individual potential,” said PJ Prokop, PPAC Marketing Director. “When we started the ARTS Scholarship program 26 years ago, we could not have predicted its impact and success in supporting arts education in our state – by spring 2022 the number will be over 700 scholarships.

Previous scholarship recipients have attended summer programs at the Rhode Island School of Design, University of Rhode Island String Camp, Festival Ballet Providence, Mount Saint Charles Academy, Newport Art Museum, Next Stop Broadway®, The Rhode Island Philharmonic Music School , Rhode Island Latino Arts, among others.

The Community Outreach Committee is a committee of the board of directors of the Providence Performing Arts Center and is made up of PPAC directors, educators, artists, and community leaders in Rhode Island with an interest in the arts and youth. The mission of the committee is to develop artistic education opportunities for the youth of Rhode Island and to make the Providence Performing Arts Center accessible to the diverse populations of Rhode Island. This committee oversees the ARTS Scholarship program.