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Nominate for the BCA 10: What Are the Best Companies Supporting the Arts in Arizona?

The BCA 10, a program of Americans for the Arts, recognizes businesses of all sizes for their exceptional involvement with the arts that enrich the workplace, education, and the community. These companies set the standard of excellence and serve as role models for others to follow.

Do you know of an Arizona business with outstanding arts support? Work for One? Nominate a company for The BCA 10 today. Nominations are open for The BCA 10 2013.

Who can nominate a company? Anyone can do it—an individual, an arts organization, or company employee.

Which companies are eligible? Companies large and small that support the arts in the United States are eligible. Tax-exempt nonprofit organizations are ineligible.

What information is needed to nominate a company? You are asked to submit a 600-word nomination statement. This statement should address how the company supports the arts including: leadership, long-term commitment, impact, addressing community needs, employee and customer involvement, and encouraging other companies to support the arts.

Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2013

More here.  

National Endowment for the Arts Announces Funding Guidelines for Fiscal Year 2014

See the following message from the National Endowment for the Arts; grant guidelines are now available for Fiscal Year 2014. A schedule of available webinars is listed below the message.

New NEA Guidelines

Application guidelines for the next round of Grants for Arts Projects are now available on the NEA’s website. To view the guidelines, go to, select the field or discipline most relevant to your project, and choose Grants for Arts Projects from the list of funding opportunities. (more…)

Guides to Grants for 2013-2014 (Fiscal Year 2014) Now Available

Organizations and schools interested in applying for funding from the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the Fiscal Year 2014 (July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014) granting cycle can now download the guides to grants from the Arts Commission’s website.

Guidelines for the following grant programs are now available:

  • Community Investment Grants
  • Arts Learning Grants
  • Festival Grants
  • Honoring Our Servicemembers Grants

Deadline to submit applications: 11:59pm, Thursday, March 21, 2013.*

Applicants are strongly encouraged to begin preparing application narratives and materials now. Please be aware that GO!EGOR – the online system used by applicants for grant application submission – will open to receive Fiscal Year 2014 applications no later than the first week of February, 2013. The link to access GO!EGOR will be made available as soon the application system is open.

*The Arts Learning Grant program has two deadlines:
Deadline Cycle A: 11:59pm, Thursday, March 21, 2013
(for projects taking place between July 1, 2013 and June 30, 2014)
Deadline Cycle B: 11:59pm, Thursday, October 3, 2013
(for projects taking place between January 1, 2014 and June 30, 2014)

Questions? Contact the Arts Commission at 602-771-6502 or

2012 End of Year Message from the Arts Commission

On behalf of the Staff and Commissioners of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, we thank you for your support in 2012. Your ongoing collaboration with us to ensure all Arizonans have meaningful opportunities to participate in and experience the arts continues to drive our work on behalf of Arizona’s arts and culture sector. (more…)

Arts Commission to Host Community Grants Workshops Across the State

The Arts Commission’s annual cycle of grants to organizations and schools opens in January 2013. Get the latest information regarding the fiscal year 2014 (FY14) granting cycle by attending one of the many workshops scheduled throughout the state during the months of January and February.

During facilitated grants information sessions, Arts Commission staff will offer critical information and training related to our updated and new grant programs, GO!EGOR, and the Arizona Cultural Data Project. Joining the Arts Commission along the way will be Lora Gordon from Cultural Data Project and Lynn Tuttle from the Arizona Department of Education. See workshop details and descriptions below for more information. (more…)

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…)

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