In 2000, Nancy Gaucher-Thomas and Mark Simmons invited 42 known artists to become the founding members of Art League of Rhode Island (ALRI). Gaucher-Thomas, President Emerita, served as president for the first six years.
ALRI is an all-volunteer organization governed by a board of directors elected by the membership at the ALRI annual meeting. The business status is domestic nonprofit corporation registered in the state of RI ( 501(c)(3)).
Since its founding, ALRI has reached these milestones in developing a statewide presence in the arts community of Rhode Island:
- ALRI relocated business office to One Avenue of the Arts, Providence, RI – 2014
- Partnered with The VETS Foundation to bring a gallery and curated exhibits to the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Providence, RI – 2014
- Iona Blake Dobbins Scholarship Fund for the Visual Arts was established at the Rhode Island Foundation (RIF) – 2013
- Malcolm Grear, Malcolm Grear Designers, created ALRI logo – 2011
- ALRI, fiscal agent for and joint sponsor of the RI Art Archive Project (RIAAP), produced and directed by Artist Member Holly Gaboriault – 2010
- ALRI partnered with Executive Service Corps in the development of its second strategic plan – 2006
- ALRI receives Rhode Island Foundation grant to establish and coordinate a rotating exhibit in The Rhode Island Foundation Gallery and throughout its building – 2000-2006
- Two-year community outreach Boot Project initiated by Artist Member Johanna McKenzie. Timberland Company provided the boots and art supplies. Fourteen ALRI artists engaged 80 Central Falls High School (CFHS-RI) students over the course of two years in creating marvelous designs on the boots. The project yielded $6000 for scholarships in support of under-served students – 2005
- ALRI partnered with Business Volunteers for the Arts® in its first strategic plan – 2003
- Collaborated with South County Hospital in Wakefield, on a project similar to Hall of Masters – 2003
- Three-year mural project with Hasbro Children’s Hospital Oncology Unit–Hall of Masters, Past and Present created by ten ALRI Artist Members – 2001