The Robert and Margaret MacColl Johnson Fellowship Fund, established at The Rhode Island Foundation in 2003, provides up to three $25,000 artist fellowships each year, rotating among composers, writers, and visual artists on a three-year cycle. The Fellowships honor and enhance public recognition of Rhode Island artists producing work of high aesthetic quality. In each respective category, in keeping with the expressed intent of Robert Johnson, the founding donor, the fellowships will be awarded to emerging to mid-career artists whose work demonstrates exceptional creativity, rigorous dedication through consistent artistic practice, and significant artistic merit.
Fellowship grants acknowledge the work of Rhode Island's finest artists in a variety of arts disciplines.
According to RISCA: The Folk Arts Fellowship panel was impressed with this artist’s travels to Mali as part of his ongoing commitment to building his drumming skills. They also appreciated his work in sharing his art form with the community.
Since coming to RI in 2006, Sidy has made quite an impact on the local arts community.