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Spring and Summer Internship Opportunities at the Arts Commission

Are you interested in pursuing a career in the arts and culture field? Curious about public funding for nonprofit arts organizations? Looking for experience in arts administration? Consider applying for an internship with the Arizona Commission on the Arts for spring and/or summer, 2012.

Development associate, marketing coordinator, executive director, artistic director, editor, teacher. These are just a few of the positions former interns now hold, in local, state, regional and national organizations in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

Interns with the Arts Commission become an integral part of the team, and gain valuable experience in the arts and culture field. Interested in this opportunity? See the Call for Interns to learn more. (more…)

P.A.V.E Program Series: Arts Entrepreneurs to Speak ASU Tempe Campus

Digital filmmaker Jon Reiss and musician David Cutler slated for free talks on ASU campus

Where: Lyceum Theatre, 901. S. Forest Mall, ASU Tempe campus.
: Feb. 21 and March 26 at 4:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
Public Contact: School of Theatre and Film. 480.965.5337
For more information:  ASU p.a.v.e. initiative

Who: The ASU Herberger Institute School of Theatre and Film p.a.v.e program in arts entrepreneurship will bring digital filmmaker Jon Reiss and musician David Cutler to campus this spring to explore marketing and distribution in the arts. (more…)

Former Commission Chair Darryl Dobras to be Recognized with Shelley Award; Governor’s Arts Awards Tickets Now Available

Former Chair of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and long-time arts advocate, Darryl Dobras, will be honored at this year’s Governor’s Arts Awards event, on March 27, 2012. Dobras will be recognized as the Shelley Award recipient for his support of and service to the Arizona arts and culture sector.

The Shelley Award is named for former Arizona Commission on the Arts Executive Director, Shelley Cohn, and is presented to “an individual who has advanced the arts through strategic and innovative work in creating or supporting public policy beneficial to the arts in Arizona.” (more…)

WESTAF Visual Arts Exhibition Touring Program: Funding Available

The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) Visual Arts Exhibition Touring Program (VAT) is a competitive grant program for visual arts organizations to support tours of visual art exhibitions of important regional artists. The standard VAT grant cycle awards grants of up to $50,000. To qualify for funding, the exhibition must tour to two venues outside of its originating state and within the WESTAF region between October 1 of the application and award year and September 30 of the following year. Funds must be matched; however, an in-kind match is acceptable. (more…)

Arts Commission’s Reauthorization Bill Passes out of Committee with Unanimous Approval

Arts Commission’s Reauthorization Bill Passes out of Committee with Unanimous Approval

We are very pleased to report that the bill to reauthorize the Arizona Commission on the Arts for ten years received unanimous support from the Arizona House Commerce Committee on Wednesday, February 8, 2012.

As many are aware, the Arts Commission must be reauthorized in order to continue its services past fiscal year 2012, the current fiscal year. This process is not unique to the Arts Commission; all state agencies move through a “sunset review process,” typically every ten years (though agencies can be required to engage in sunset reviews at intervals fewer than ten years). (more…)

Celebrate Arizona’s 100th Year Through the Arts

Happy Birthday Arizona!
Celebrations are synonymous with the arts; music and dancing set the mood, images and photography capture the occasion, readings and stories recall and commemorate treasured past memories, all while looking ahead to hopes and dreams for the future. Arizona’s 100th year celebration offers a time for Arizonans to revel in the many ways the arts capture the spirit of our state.

In almost every city and town, Arizonans will attend festivals, perform plays, read stories, create visual pieces, dance and sing in honor of the Centennial year. In fact, how would we celebrate this historic year, and the pivotal moments of our collective history, without the arts? (more…)

Grants Cycle for Organizations and Schools Now Open, Important information regarding the AZ Cultural Data Project

The Arizona Cultural Data Project took flight a year ago this February. How time flies! Over the course of the last 12 months the Arizona Commission on the Arts worked with local funders, arts organizations and the staff of the Pew Charitable Trusts to provide comprehensive training and awareness of the many features the Arizona Cultural Data Project provides to arts organizations. We received an overwhelming positive response and have maintained a steady pattern of growth in registrations for the program. The time has finally come for the program to merge with the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ online grant system – EGOR.

Arts organizations applying to the General Operating Support, Festival, Organizational Development, Basic and Locals Aid grant categories are now required to submit their financial information using the Arizona Cultural Data Project. Specific instructions on how to register with the Cultural Data Project are available in the Arts Commission’s recently published grant guides. Additionally, you can visit for more information about the program and how to get started. (more…)

Creative Capital: Info Sessions in AZ and Upcoming Deadlines

Creative Capital is now accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. The deadline for submitting inquiries is March 1 at 4:00pm EST. Visit to learn more about the application process, read the grant guidelines and access the Inquiry Form.

Creative Capital provides integrated financial and advisory support to artists pursuing innovative and adventurous projects. Acting as a catalyst for the development of exceptional and imaginative ideas, they support artists whose work is provocative, timely and relevant; who are deeply engaged with their art forms and demonstrate a rigorous commitment to their craft; who are boldly original and push the boundaries of their genre; and who create work that carries the potential to reshape the cultural landscape. Selected grantees receive up to $50,000 in direct support for their project and advisory services valued at more than $40,000. (more…)

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