Open Scholarships

Merit Scholarships

Three (3) merit-based scholarships are available. These Merit Scholarships are intended to help emerging artists improve their skills. All instruction will be done in a one-on-one, in-person setting that adheres to all current Covid-19 guidelines and restrictions. Instruction will be customized, private art instruction conducted by Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon, owner/operator of HeARTSpot Art Center & Gallery. Hours will be divided up in a mutually agreed upon manner. There is no fee to apply for these grants. Funding is provided by the East Providence Arts Council (EPAC).

Award: Three (3) Emerging Artist Scholarships are being offered for one-on-one customized private art instruction (8 contact hours each).


  1. Emerging artists with some experience who are seeking guidance in improving their craft.
  2. Those who draw in various mediums, use acrylic paint, or sculpt (no ceramics) will be considered.
  3. Adults looking to improve their practice purely for pleasure, or who are looking to begin selling work are encouraged to apply.
  4. Teens in need of guidance in building a portfolio for college are urged to apply.

Award determinations:

  • Applicants must upload five (5) images of artwork, and provide a short essay response on their application.
  • The EPAC Scholarship Subcommittee will review all submissions and notify applicants of their award status no later than one week post deadline.
  • If your initial application is denied, we encourage you to apply again.

Apply here:

Deadlines: 3 awards will be made each funding cycle. 

Deadline 1: October 30, 2020; decision made no later than November 8, 2020

Deadline 2: February 28, 2021; decision made no later than March 8, 2021.

Deadline 3: May 31, 2021; decision made no later than June 8, 2021.


HeARTspot Scholars 

A needs-based scholarship for East Providence students in grades 1-12. 

Award: Scholarships will be awarded for single day workshops or multi-week classes, as requested. 

Eligibility: Students who qualify for free lunch are eligible for free tuition. Students who qualify for reduced lunch are eligible for ½ off tuition costs. Students must be enrolled in the EP school system, and must provide proof of current eligibility for the 2019-2020 school year. 

Apply: Contact Jennifer Gillooly Cahoon at  

Deadline: None. Scholarship money will be dispensed on a rolling basis.