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Tucson Pima Arts Council Presents the 2012 Lumies

Tomorrow, Friday, June 15, the Tucson Pima Arts Council presents the 2012 Lumies Arts & Business Awards. The event will be held at El Casino Ballroom 437 E 26th St. in Tucson. Tickets are still available; click here for more information about the event and to purchase tickets.

The Tucson Pima Arts & Business Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that have made exceptional artistic achievements and contributions to the local economy that nurture and advance the arts through leadership, support, participation and advocacy.. (more…)

Arts Commission Now Hiring for Two Positions

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona’s state arts agency, is now hiring for two full-time positions; Grants and Operations Coordinator and Artist Services Coordinator. The deadline to apply is Thursday, June 28, 2012.

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Jaya Rao Leaving Arts Commission after 18 Years of Service

Jaya Rao, currently the Accessibility and Grants Coordinator at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, will be leaving the agency at the end of the current fiscal year. During her almost 19 years at the Arts Commission, Jaya worked in various areas of the agency, including arts education, performing arts, state and local partnerships, folk arts, grants and accessibility.

At different points during her time at the Arts Commission, she managed the APPLE Corps after-school grants through partnership with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, ethnic Festival Grants and Music Grants, and assisted with Artist-in-Residence grants for schools. She also coordinated the Artist Project Grant program and Quick Turnaround Grants, which included Artist Career Advancement Grants, Consultant Services Grants, Professional Development Grants and Sudden Opportunity Grants. (more…)

Arts and Civic Engagement at the 100th Arizona Town Hall

The following post is by Michelle Mac Lennan, Assistant Manager of the Chandler Center for the Artsin Chandler, AZ. She joined the Chandler Center for the Arts in 1999 as the Patron Services Coordinator, she was promoted to Programming & Event Director and to the Assistant Manager in 2005. She serves as the Vice-President of the Chandler Cultural Foundation. In addition to her duties at the center, Mrs. Mac Lennan serves as President for the Arizona Presenters Alliance and chair of the Programming & Cultural Participation committee for the the Holocaust Education Museum currently being built in Chandler, Arizona

I participated in the 100th Arizona Town Hall in April.  This was my first time attending and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my professional career.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Arizona Town Hall, it brings together a wide cross-section of approximately 150 prominent Arizona citizens to consider and discuss a topic of major concern to Arizona’s future.  The topic for the 100th town hall was Civic Engagement.  Civic Engagement describes how an active citizen participates in the life of a community in order to improve conditions for others or to help shape the community’s future. (more…)

Public Allies Arizona: Apply to be an Ally or a Partner Organization

Do you have a project that you would love to implement, but lack the staff capacity or other resources to bring it off the shelf? Or maybe you have a program that would benefit from an innovative and enthusiastic young leader…or maybe you are that innovative young leader, looking for an opportunity to play a role in a nonprofit organization? Consider the Public Allies Arizona program.

The following notice is from the Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Innovation. For more information about the Public Allies Arizona program, please visit (more…)

Faces in the Arts: An Interview with Artist Project Grant Recipient Heather Green

The following post is by Georgina Madrigal. Georgina is currently the Strategic Initiatives Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She holds a B.A. in Museum Studies and Art History from Arizona State University and has previously held internship positions with the Heard Museum, Tempe Public Art and Willo North Gallery.

Faces in the Arts is a blog series dedicated to highlighting the work of Artist Project Grant recipients. These grants have been known to springboard recipients into the next level of their careers as artists, whose business is researching, developing, marketing and delivering their creative product. Through their work with communities, in education and in partnership with local vendors, artists stimulate local economies and improve the quality of life across Arizona.

Vermilion Remains, Installation view, Mesa Contemporary Arts 2011

Heather Green received the Artist Project Grant the first time she submitted an application. The following bio is from her website: (more…)

Arizona Artists To Exhibit Works in 18th Biennale of Sydney

Postcommodity Do You Remember When?, 2009 (installation view) Site-specific intervention and mixed media installation (cut concrete, exposed earth, light, sound), dimensions variable Courtesy the artists Photograph: Jason Grubb

Postcommodity, the transdisciplinary artist collective based in Phoenix, AZ and Albuquerque NM, will be participating in the 18th Biennale of Sydney, entitled All Our Relations.  For the exhibition, the collective will be re-staging their sound and mixed media installation Do You Remember When? which was originally commissioned for the ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center during the fall 2009 Native Confluence: Sustaining Cultures exhibition, curated by Peter Held.

Postcommodity is comprised of members Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young. Two of the collective’s members are Arizona residents, with Twist residing in Phoenix and Martínez residing in Mesa, AZ.

Held every two years in Sydney, Australia, the Biennial has presented 17 critically acclaimed, popular and large-scale exhibitions featuring the work of over 1500 International and Australian artists. Alongside the Venice and São Paolo biennales and Documenta, it is one of the largest and longest running exhibitions of its kind.  The 2012 Biennale is curated by Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster and will run 27 June – 16 September 2012.

Postcommodity’s art functions as a shared Indigenous lens and voice to engage and respond to the assaultive manifestations of the global market and its supporting institutions, public perceptions, beliefs, and individual actions that comprise the ever-expanding, multinational, multiracial and multiethnic colonizing force that is defining the 21st Century through ever increasing velocities and complex forms of violence.

Postcommodity has exhibited nationally and internationally including: Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM; Adelaide International 2012, Adelaide, Australia; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA; 2011 Nuit Blanche, Toronto, Canada; Contour 2011, 5th Biennial of Moving Image, Mechelen, Belgium; Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, Canada; The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo Norway; and the Arizona State University Art Museum. Postcommodity have been the recipients of grants from Creative Capital, Joan Mitchell Foundation, Harpo Foundation, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

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Artists from Abroad: A Resource for Presenters, Artist Managers and Foreign Guest Artists

With funding and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the League of American Orchestras and Association of Performing Arts Presenters have created an online resource for foreign guest artists, their managers, and performing arts organizations. Immigration restrictions and tax issues are often barriers to presenting artists from abroad to American audiences. provides valuable resources and guidance to navigating the immigration and tax process.


International cultural engagement fuels creativity, supports diplomacy, and enriches artistic offerings in the United States and abroad. Navigating the process of obtaining nonimmigrant visas and understanding U.S. tax regulations can be challenging, but with the right information and careful planning, you can successfully present artists from abroad to American audiences.

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