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Arts Commission Hosts Online Chats: Join Us for an Introduction to Changes to Grants for Organizations and Schools

Join the Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts in a live chat during the month of November. Get an orientation to existing and new funding programs to be launched in the FY14 granting cycle, and ask questions of Arts commission staff.

During three scheduled live online chats, Arts Commission staff will provide detailed information about changes and updates to existing grant programs, and will be available to answer questions about new programs.

To register for one of the following chats, click here. (more…)

Make a Nomination for the Inaugural Arizona Poet Laureate! Deadline November 9, 2012

Arizona is home to a wealth of distinguished and diverse literary artists who, through their work and service, represent Arizona’s values, storied history and boundless potential.

The Arizona Poet Laureate is a Governor’s appointee whose purpose is to champion the art of American poetry, inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and educate Arizonans about poets and authors who have influenced our state through creative literary expression. (more…)

Grant Programs at the Arts Commission to Focus on Community Engagement, Fiscal Management, and Quality Programming and Services for Arizonans

In response to economic realities and national funding trends in the nonprofit arts and culture sector, the Arts Commission is re-imagining its investment in arts organizations and schools, to align with the agency’s grantmaking objectives, strategic plan and enabling statutes.


  1. To refocus agency grantmaking such that the primary constituents meant to benefit from the State’s investment in the arts and culture sector are the citizens of Arizona, the taxpaying public.
  2. To incentivize best practices and innovative strategies which prioritize fiscal ingenuity and encourage broad community participation and engagement.
  3. To ensure that the state’s investment in the arts and culture sector reflects Arizona’s diverse population and evolving demographics.

As part of this restructuring, two new project grant categories will be introduced in the 2013-2014, fiscal year 2014 granting cycle. Organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and nonprofit healthcare agencies will be able to apply for funding to provide participatory arts programming for veterans, servicemembers and their families. And, arts and culture organizations will have the opportunity to apply for funding to partner with schools on projects that deliver arts programming in support of school reform efforts. (more…)

‘Tis the Season: Arizona Centennial Commission Seeking Artist-made Ornaments for the Capitol Christmas Tree

The following post is by Aubree Jacobs. A senior at Arizona State University, Aubree is currently the Public Relations Intern at the Arizona Commission. She will  complete a B.A. in Art History in December, 2012. She is most interested in creating social good and community revitalization through arts and culture.

Arizona has a reason to celebrate this year: 2012 marks the 100th anniversary of our statehood. To conclude this significant year spent in celebration of Arizona and its entrance into statehood, the Arizona Centennial Commission is calling on Arizona artists to make this 2012 holiday season an exceptional one. To honor and celebrate Arizona’s long and unique history, Arizona artists are encouraged to create ornaments to adorn the Capitol Christmas Tree. Ornaments used to decorate the tree will then be donated to the Arizona Capitol Museum following the holiday season. (more…)

Americans for the Arts Introduces the 2013 Local Arts Classroom

Americans for the Arts recently launched their Local Arts Classroom series for 2013. See the details, below, and consider applying for this unique opportunity.

Americans for the Arts recently launched registration for the 2013 Local Arts Classroom, back by popular demand!  This five-month virtual leadership development series, running January through May 2013, provides an opportunity for emerging local arts leaders to master foundational concepts and build skills through exposure to current practice in the core areas of local arts development.  The program is designed to serve arts professionals with less than 10 years of experience in the arts field, including current undergraduate or graduate students and those who are transitioning into the field from another sector. (more…)

Our Town Grant Guidelines Released from the National Endowment for the Arts

The National Endowment for the Arts recently posted guidelines and application materials for their creative placemaking grant program, Our Town. Grant amounts range from $25,000 to $200,000. To date, four Our Town grants have been recieved in Arizona:

  • Ajo: The International Sonoran Desert Alliance (2011)
  • Flagstaff: Flagstaff Cultural Partners (2012)
  • Phoenix: City of Phoenix (2012)
  • Tucson: Tucson Pima Arts Council (2011)

See information posted below from the National Endowment for the Arts for 2013 guidelines and more information. (more…)

Two Days Remain to Register for the Joint Arts Education Conference Next Week

Join us at the Joint Arts Education Conference next Monday, October 15th. The daylong conference provides professional development and networking opportunities for teaching artists, educators, arts administrators, and arts education advocates.

Be inspired by opening speaker Dr. Peter Boonshaft and reconnect with the reasons you teach in the arts in the first place. Envision what the future can look like for our students, including programs that connect the arts to Arizona’s Common Core Standards. Discuss changes affecting the way we build value for our work and how we can leverage those changes into avenues of opportunity. Close out the day with David Dik, and dialogue about how each of us can move forward with more informed and proactive practice to benefit our students and our communities.

For a full conference agenda and to register, visit (more…)

National Arts and Humanities Month Brings National Arts Education Leaders to Arizona

Educators lead extremely busy lives. Our work is gratifying but demanding, and rarely leaves time for professional development. But we know how important it is to take time to reflect, share, listen and learn, for our students and for ourselves. This October offers two excellent chances to do just that.

On October 13th, the Phoenix Art Museum’s Education Department will host Dr. Shari Tishman, Director of Harvard Project Zero. Project Zero is an educational research group at the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, whose mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking, and creativity in the arts, as well as humanistic and scientific disciplines, at the individual and institutional levels. Read more about this opportunity to engage with a leading institution in arts education in the guest blog post below.

And on October 15th, the Arts Commission and the Arizona Department of Education will present the second Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) at the Mesa Arts Center. Be inspired by opening keynote speaker Dr. Peter Boonshaft and reconnect with the reasons you teach in the arts in the first place; engage in reflective and exciting dialogue with your statewide colleagues; learn more about the intersection between the arts and Common Core standards; join closing keynote David Dik to discuss how each of us can move forward with a more informed, engaged and proactive practice to benefit our students and our communities. (more…)

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