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Call for Proposals: Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships

Arts Commission Launches New Funding Initiative for School/Community Partnerships

The Arizona Commission on the Arts, in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, is pleased to announce a unique funding initiative to support school-based efforts aimed at effecting change in “D” label schools. Funding will be awarded to school/community partnerships that demonstrate potential to build a school’s capacity and to strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration.

The Arts Commission is now accepting letters of interest from eligible applicant partnerships.

Partnerships must include one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be Arizona “D” label schools (based on 2012-2013 accountability letter grade). Proposed programming must take place in Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014).

Grant awards range from $10,000-15,000, and must be matched on a 1:1 basis.

View the 2011-2012 A-F Letter Grades for All Schools list on the Arizona Department of Education website at:

Guidelines are now posted to the Arts Commission’s website. Deadline for letters of interest: 5:00pm, Monday, April 22, 2013.

For more information, contact Alex Nelson, Director of Arts Learning, at, or 602-771-6521.

Arizona Poetry Out Loud 2013: Save the Date(s)!

Arizona Poetry Out Loud, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts that helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage, is now underway in high school classrooms across the state. Celebrate the successes of these students at the regional and/or state competitions; mark your calendar for an unforgettable experience.

Arizona Poetry Out Loud, Regional Competitions
Northern Region: Saturday, March 2, 2013, Arizona State University *
Central Region: Saturday, March 2, 2013, Arizona State University
Southern Region: Saturday, March 2, 2013, University of Arizona Poetry Center

Arizona Poetry Out Loud, State Finals
Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals: Wednesday, March 20, 2013, Eight, Arizona PBS

More about Arizona Poetry Out Loud, here.

* Due to hazardous weather conditions, the Poetry Out Loud Northern Region Competition, originally scheduled for February 20th, has been cancelled and rescheduled for March 2, 2013 at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Serve as a Review Panelist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts

Would you like to hone your grantwriting skills? Are you curious about the grant application review process? Do you have expertise or experience in an arts discipline, arts education, nonprofit management or community-based arts projects? Nominate yourself (or someone you know) to serve as a volunteer panelist for the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

One of the most effective ways to gain insight into the funding process is to serve as a review panelist for a grantmaking agency. The Arts Commission is currently looking for volunteer panelists for the review of the 2013-2014, Fiscal Year 2014 Grants to Arizona Organizations and Schools.

Interested? Submit your information to the Arts Commission, here.*

*Please note: Panelist nominations are received by the Arts Commission year round. Nominees will be considered for panel positions based on background and experience. Being nominated does not guarantee panel service.

Upcoming Grants Workshops and Online Q & A Sessions

The Arts Commission’s annual cycle of grants to organizations and schools is open and GO!EGOR, the new online application system, is accepting applications. Over 300 people have participated in the Arts Commission’s grants workshops leading up to the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) grants deadline and many organizations have started the process of submitting an application.

It’s not too late to learn about funding opportunities available in this cycle of grants. The Arts Commission has a number of scheduled events remaining this month, including two online chat sessions wherein staff will be available to answer specific questions regarding the application process, and to provide technical assistance regarding the GO!EGOR application system.

Register now for workshops in Flagstaff, Bisbee and Wickenburg, and/or sign up to participate in the moderated online chat session. We look forward to answering your questions!

Register now.

See workshop descriptions.


National Endowment for the Arts Accepting Nominations for 2013 National Medal of Arts

Is there an Arizona artist, arts organization or arts patron you think deserves national recognition? The National Endowment for the Arts is now accepting nominations for the 2013 National Medal of Arts. Submit a nomination via their website, at More information below. Deadline to submit nominations: April 5, 2013.

Link to full press release:

Link to nomination information:

Upcoming Grants Workshops and Online Chats

The Arts Commission is committed to offering technical assistance to potential grant applicants across the state. Since November 2012, over 250 people have participated in a variety of workshops offered by the Arts Commission and partners.

A special thank you to our hosts in Tempe, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott, Kingman, Bullhead City and Yuma. Four in-person workshops remain in February, in Show Low, Wickenburg and Bisbee, along with two online chats. For additional details and to register, click here.

  • Show Low, Monday, February 11: Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants and Information
  • Flagstaff, Wednesday, February 20: Arts Education Workshop, Common Core
  • Online Chat, Thursday, February 21: GO!EGOR and Grants Q & A Session
  • Bisbee, Monday, February 25: Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants and Information
  • Wickenburg, Wednesday, February 27: Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants and Information
  • Online Chat, Thursday, February 28: GO!EGOR and Grants Q & A Session

Register here.

Online Grant Application System, GO!EGOR, Now Accepting Applications

GO!EGOR, the new online application system of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, is now open to accept applications for the 2013-2014, fiscal year 2014 cycle of grants to organizations and schools.

All applicants to the Arts Commission’s grant programs will need to fill out organization and applicant profiles in the GO!EGOR online application system. This includes current and past grantees.

Organizations or schools may be eligible to apply to more than one grant program; however they may submit only one application during this cycle of grants to organizations and schools. Please refer to the eligibility chart for more information.

Guides to grants for the following grant programs are available on the Arts Commission’s website:

Applicants are encouraged to develop responses to narrative questions prior to opening an application in GO!EGOR. Narrative questions are available in the guides to grants documents.

Deadline to apply: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Please be advised: As a government agency, the Arts Commission is not able to offer any exceptions or extensions to the grants deadline.

2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards: Now Accepting Applications

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, invites applications for the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

In 2010 and 2012, Arizona arts organizations Arts for All Inc. in Tucson and Rosie’s House Music Academy for Children in Phoenix were identified as finalists for the awards. In 2011, the Native American Composers Apprentice Project, a program of the Grand Canyon Music Festival, was recognized as an awardee. (more…)

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