The Responsibility in the Arts Foundation was formed for the purpose of supporting, enlisting support and assisting in creating, developing and promoting worthwhile and uplifting new artistic works. It is our hope to establish a means for individuals and organizations to obtain such support for wrothy projects in the arts. We adopt the phrase: "If there is anything virtuous, lovely or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
It is the Foundation's intention to offer grants and awards, sponsor and/or produce programs and projects, and offer support to various artists and establishments who may apply or who we seek out to recognize for new artistic porjects which embody traditional moral and ethical values.
The RITA Foundation is a valuable resource to new artists who wish to produce quality art of a higher standard in all disciplines including: Literary, Media, Performing, Visual, and Interdisciplinary Arts.
Each year applications will be reivewed and at least one performing arts project will be selected for the Sponsorship Program. Sponsoring may include producing, funding up-front production costs, securing a facility, publicizing, soliciting patrons and future producers for the project. The RITA Foundation may also contract with needed professionals to direct, design, construct, organize, and otherwise perpare the performance for presentation. Works of art may be commissioned under the Sponsorship program as well. All proceeds from sponosred events will be used to fund future RITA Foundation programs.
This will be a place where emerging artists can connect with the people and resources that can assist them in building their dreams. We believe it's "who you can reach" not just "who you know" that makes the difference.
Each year two grants will be offered to assist artists in completing wrothy projects--an Honor Grant and a Merit Grant. The Honor Grant is a self-perpetuating grant which requires a good-faith pledge by the recipient to repay the foundation the amount granted if and when the project brings a profit. The Merit Grant carries no such requirement.
Grants will be awarded to applicants chosen by a select panel of artistic experts from all disciplines. The panel will make its selection based on detailed criteria of artistic quality and uplifting content.
Building a broad membership base is one way in which we hope to strengthen our resources, along with personal solicitations, selective mailings and Internet and other awareness programs. The RITA Foundation also plans to host benefit dinners, concerts and performances as well as hold an annual art auction for the purpose of securing financial support for RITA programs.
Donations and revenue from RITA sponsored events will make it possible for us to set up an endowment fund to insure that the Foundation's purposes will carry on long into the future.
It is our goal to extend RITA's influence to help artists of all disciplines throughout the nation to reach their potential by involving individuals, businesses and communities in an effort to support positive, uplifting art for the betterment of society in our country.
If you would like to be apart of this worthy endeavor, please print and fill out the membership application and mail it to today with your membership fee and/or contribution to the RITA Foundation. The all-volunteer staff will see that every donation will driectly reach as many artists as possible, and help to bring more positive, uplifting art to the forefront. Through the generosity of good people everywhere, we feel confident that RITA will reach its goals.
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