PORTSMOUTH, R.I. \u2014 The PLACE in Portsmouth has won a $9,337 grant from the Rhode Island Foundation to support theater, dance and music performances and workshops, including yoga dance, expressive movement and sounding circle drumming. In addition, there are plans for an afterschool chorus program for school children and a women\u2019s choir.\n\u201cMany gifts of joy and personal healing come from exploring and experimenting with opportunities for creative expression,\u201d said The PLACE\u2019s Rose Escobar. \u201cOur goal here is to offer venues for increasing the wellbeing of our citizens through the expressive creative arts serving our community and beyond.\u201d\nThe\u00a0Place\u00a0competed with more than 100 organizations for the funding from the Foundation\u2019s competitive Community Foundation program. The maximum grant was $10,000.\u00a0Most of the work is expected to be underway before the end of the year.\n\u201cOur grants will create places to gather, make friendships and launch new collaborations that will build community connections everywhere,\u201d said Jessica David, the Foundation\u2019s executive vice president of strategy and community investments.\u00a0\u201cWe\u2019re excited about these ideas for making community happen in more and better ways at the local level. Supporting community-building will improve shared places and quality of life, promote collaboration and increase community engagement.\u201d\nThe Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $114 million and awarded $52 million in grants to organizations addressing the state\u2019s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2018.\nThrough leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential. For more information, visit\u00a0rifoundation.org.