Bob Booker, our executive director, was strolling through the grounds of the Audubon Center in Phoenix when he met an artist selling her artwork. She proceeded to tell him about the Professional Development Grant that she had received, which made it possible for her to attend a workshop with a mentor and learn new techniques that she had incorporated into her repertoire – she pointed to a sample – that had in turn led to increased sales.
We are always delighted to learn about the pivotal impact these mini-grants have on the careers of artists, arts administrators and art educators in Arizona. We continue to support individuals by annually offering a limited number of Professional Development Grants (a subset of the Quick Turnaround Grants) with January 13, 2012 being the last of two deadlines for the current fiscal year. This spans opportunities occurring in the period between January 1 through June 30, 2012. (more…)
By Robert C. Booker
Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts
In early December, the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) convened a group of state arts agency leaders, board chairs, advocates and representatives from advocacy organizations to meet with our congressional senators and representatives. Every time we are convened in this way, I am always inspired by my fellow leaders in the field. This convening was no exception. Allow me to share some of the information from that gathering that was particularly motivating to me as an arts advocate. (more…)
The National Endowment for the Arts recently announced its FY2012 Art Works and Challenge America Fast-Track grant recipients. Eight Arizona arts organizations received funding from these two programs, totaling $85,000.
Four Arizona organizations received Art Works grants; Arizona State University, Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival, Tucson Symphony Society, and the Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts (aka Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts).
Four Arizona organizations received Challenge America Fast-Track Review Grants; Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc., Cochise County Community College District (aka Cochise College), Tucson Sino Choir, and the West Valley Fine Arts Council.
Arizona grant recipients of the Art Works and Fast-Track funding make up 8 of the 985 grants awarded. Bob Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, urges Arizona arts organizations to apply in the upcoming application cycles of the National Endowment for the Arts: “After serving on a review panel for the NEA myself, it is clear that Arizona arts nonprofits would be strong competitors for these national arts grants. But we continue to hear from our federal partners that Arizona arts organizations are not applying in significant numbers. Arts Commission staff is available to provide technical support and to answer questions curious organizations might have about the National Endowment for the Arts’ application processes, and we encourage all potential Arizona applicants to use us as a resource. We know Arizona’s arts nonprofits are contributing brilliant work and service to their communities, and could make great use of NEA grant funds – but to even have a chance at accessing those funds, they must first apply.” (more…)
2012 Governor’s Arts Awards Nominations
December 21, 2011
The Governor’s Arts Awards are presented annually by the Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Office of the Governor.
Now accepting nominations for the 2012 Governor’s Arts Awards in the following categories; Artist, Arts in Education (Individual), Arts in Education (Organization), Business, Community and Individual. All nominees will be recognized at the award event, and one nominee in each category will receive the Governor’s Art Award. Click here to submit your nomination. (more…)
In celebration of our Arizona’s 100th year of statehood, celebrations are taking place all across the state. Tomorrow evening, catch the premiere of the Arizona Centennial Overture, one of two pieces commissioned by the Arizona Commission on the Arts for statewide celebrations of our state’s Centennial. Aligned with the Arts Commission’s mission, to Imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts, the two pieces – one instrumental and one for choir – are available to be performed by community bands, high schools, faith-based music groups, choirs, professional music ensembles and more. The pieces are available free for download at the Arts Commission’s website: http://www.azarts.gov/arizonacentennial.
Arizona Centennial Overture
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Composed by Sy Brandon, performed by the Hamilton High School Band at Hamilton High School in Chandler.
3700 South Arizona Avenue Chandler, AZ 85248
The performance of the Arizona Centennial Overture will be conducted by the composer, Sy Brandon.
This is an official Legacy Project, sanctioned by the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission to leave a lasting legacy in honor of the Centennial.
Grantmakers in the Arts has put together an online forum for the month of December, to generate dialogue around trends in funding for the arts. In a time when funding is especially precarious, this forum provides valuable insight from leaders in various positions related to funding for the arts. The first day of the series was yesterday, December 6. Read on to learn more, and click through to begin browsing posts. Among the authors in the first series of posts is Arizona’s own Roberto Bedoya, Executive Director of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, Mario Garcia Durham, President and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, and Aaron Dorfman, Executive Director of the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy.
Online Forum on Equity in Arts Funding
Grantmakers in the Arts designed the Forum to expand the dialogue around funding equity in the arts and to encourage a response to the systemic issues of equity identified during sessions at the recent GIA national conference and in Fusing Arts, Culture and Social Change, a 2011 report published by the National Committee on Responsive Philanthropy. Bloggers represent an exciting cross section of the country’s arts funding, service, and equity thought leaders.
Beginning December 6, new blogs will be posted and announced daily. The Forum is designed to run through December 16 and the discussion is open to all who wish to participate.
stART 2012: Professional Development and Networking Opportunities for Teaching Artists and Educators
stART events are coming to a city near you!
The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites you to attend upcoming workshops on the topic of interactive marketing and social media basics, presented through a unique collaboration with the Arizona Office of Tourism. Workshops will be held in Prescott and Benson, followed by a webinar at a later date. The workshops are part of the Arizona Tourism University (ATU) workshop series, and attendance is free and open to the public. (more…)