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National Endowment for the Arts Announces 2013 Art Works Grantees in Arizona

The National Endowment for the Arts and Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that the NEA will award 832 grants totaling $23.3 million through its Art Works funding category. Eight of those grants totaling $168,000 are to be awarded in Arizona. The staff and Commissioners of the Arizona Commission on the Arts offer congratulations to all the Arizona grantees.

“Through a rigorous peer-review panel process, the NEA ensures that projects recommended for funding are among the most creative, the most effective, and will make a real impact,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “I am proud to announce these 832 Art Works grants and 40 Creative Writing Fellowships and I look forward to seeing the projects come to fruition for the benefit of both the grantees and their communities across the country.”

For a complete list of grantees and more information about the NEA Art Works grant category, click here. See the list of Arizona grantees, below.


Arizona State University (on behalf of Bilingual Review Press)
Tempe, AZ $10,000
To support the publication of new titles by Latina/o writers Naomi Ayala and Edmundo Desnoes, as well as the conversion of backlist fiction titles to e-book formats. The press will convert books by such writers as Rolando Hinojosa, Ron Arias, Stella Pope Duarte, Rick Rivera, and Elva Trevino Hart.

Arizona State University (on behalf of Arizona State University Art Museum)
Tempe, AZ $45,000
To support an international residency program. As many as eight artists will be commissioned to develop new collaborative art projects while “embedded” in the Roosevelt Row Arts District in downtown Phoenix, working alongside scientists, technologists, social agencies, and other community members.

Borderlands Theater Teatro Fronterizo, Inc.
Tucson, AZ $10,000
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Theater and Musical Theater
To support the commission, development, and production of two plays: Two Frontiers by Arizona playwright Kara Hartzler and Dos Fronteras by Mexican playwright Medardo Travino. The plays represent the second and final phase of a bi-national project to commission and produce a trilogy of plays exploring the socioeconomic, political, cultural forces endemic to migration across the Mexico-Arizona border.

Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival
Grand Canyon, AZ $35,000
To support the Native American Composer Apprentice Project. Students from eight Navajo and Hopi Reservation schools and Salt River High School will study one-on-one with a composer-in-residence for up to four weeks and create original work that will be performed by the ETHEL and Catalyst string quartets.

Rosie’s House:  A Music Academy for Children
Phoenix, AZ $18,000
To support the Afterschool Music Program. Professional music educators  provide students with weekly, tuition-free music lessons in strings, winds, piano, and choir.

Scottsdale Cultural Council (on behalf of Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts)
Scottsdale, AZ $10,000
To support Discovery, a festival and performing arts initiative at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This program will focus on the arts and culture of India as well as local Arizona Native American tribes.

Tucson Symphony Society (aka Tucson Symphony Orchestra )
Tucson, AZ $10,000
To support the Young Composers Project. Students will learn to compose original works for orchestra and their training will culminate in a reading and recording of their pieces by the Tucson Symphony Chamber Orchestra or the Tucson String Quintet.

Tucson-Pima Arts Council, Inc.
Tucson, AZ $30,000
FIELD/DISCIPLINE: Local Arts Agencies
To support Field Services, a series of professional development opportunities for Southern Arizona arts organizations and artists. Field Services will address art leadership development within the region, including strategic planning for organizations and artist training in public art.

Number of Grants: 8          Total Amount: $168,000

Museum Association of Arizona Annual Conference: Call for Proposals

The Museum Association of Arizona (MAA) is seeking session proposals for their 2013 annual meeting. The theme of the conference is Keeping Our Balance: Innovation and Tradition. The MAA holds this convening annually, to bring together and offer professional development opportunities for those working in museums large and small. Proposal submissions are due January 15, 2013. More information  about the 2013 event, below.

Museum Association of Arizona Annual Meeting
2013 Call for Proposals

Doubletree Hotel, Reid Park, Tucson AZ
May 1-4, 2013

You are invited to submit session, workshop and individual presentation proposals for the 2013 Museum Association of Arizona Annual Meeting. Do you and your colleagues have an innovative solution to a problem faced by many? Are you doing research that others should know about? (more…)

Arizona Gives Day: How to Get Involved

In March of 2013, the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits and the Arizona Grantmakers Forum are partnering to present Arizona Gives Day, a day for Arizonans to come together to raise as much money as possible for the state’s nonprofits in 24 hours. The event is a statewide, online effort to “harness the giving power of the community to strengthen the fundraising capacity of Arizona nonprofits.”

Interested in learning how your nonprofit arts and culture organization can get involved? Find out how in an upcoming webinar hosted by the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits. Register here. (more…)

Nominate a Remarkable Individual or Organization for a 2013 Governor’s Arts Award!

Nominate a Remarkable Individual or Organization for a 2013 Governor’s Arts Award!

Do you know an extraordinary arts educator, organization or supporter? How about an individual artist or community organization involved in the arts? The Governor’s Arts Awards gives you, the public, a chance to nominate a noteworthy Arizonian or organization in Arizona that makes significant contributions to arts and culture in our state. With your nomination, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor can recognize the artists, arts educators and arts organizations that make Arizona a celebrated and diverse place to be involved in arts and culture. (more…)

Trends in Fundraising: Crowdfunding 101

In the past 5-6 years, crowdfunding platforms such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and United States Artists Projects have become increasingly popular. According to a 2012 survey conducted by Massolution, the amount of funds raised through crowdfunding platforms has increased by approximately 63% over the last 3 years. As public and private funding for the arts remains strained, many artists and arts organizations are turning to crowdfunding as a source of financial support for idea, project, and product development. This blog is the first in a series that will give you the in’s and out’s of crowdfunding. So to begin, let’s start with the basics.

What is Crowdfunding?

Wikipedia describes crowdfunding as, “the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their resources, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people or organizations.” In other words, crowdfunding is a way for artists and arts organizations to ask many individuals to make small investments that collectively, fund a project. The most popular crowdfunding resources are found on platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo. These platforms give users a simple webpage on which to build campaigns and promote work to potential funders. Some platforms even provide assistance in finding funders by featuring campaigns on their website or offering fundraisers which assist in seeking funds. Building a campaign is free, however if a campaign is successful in reaching its stated financial goal the host website takes a percentage (4-9%) of the earned money before passing it onto the recipient. Processing fees also take out an additional 4-5%. (more…)

A Hair-Brained Idea for the Arts

November has arrived. And, in honor of the fall, the arts and all manly traditions, the men of the Arizona Commission on the Arts have decided to participate in the time-honored tradition of No-Shave-November – also known as Noshember or Movember.


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…)

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