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Zaskia Villa: 2015 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion

On April 27, Nogales High School senior Zasia Villa will represent Arizona at the National Poetry Out Loud finals competition in Washington, D.C.

For Arizona’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud state champion Zaskia Villa, the road to the National Finals got off to a bumpy start:

“My first time competing was my freshman year, but I didn’t do very well in the classroom competition because I had friends in the class that were making me laugh throughout my poem.” (more…)

Beyond the Pitch: The Bridge Initiative

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This past January, the Arizona Commission on the Arts invested $119,000 in 16 arts-focused ventures at regional fast-pitch events held in four Arizona cities. This month we’re checking in with some of those ventures to see how they’re progressing.

So far we’ve caught up with Gretchen Baer’s Paint Your Town!, ProMusica Arizona’s Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee and the Building careACTOR program, a partnership between Tucson’s Arts Express and Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB). Today, we hear from The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre. (more…)

Beyond the Pitch: Arts Express

This past January, the Arizona Commission on the Arts invested $119,000 in 16 arts-focused ventures at regional fast-pitch events held in four Arizona cities. This month we’re checking in with some of those ventures to see how they’re progressing.

So far we’ve caught up with Gretchen Baer’s Paint Your Town! and ProMusica Arizona’s Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee. Today, we get a peek behind the scenes of the Building careACTOR program, a partnership between Tucson’s Arts Express and Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB). (more…)

Beyond the Pitch: ProMusica Arizona

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This past January, the Arizona Commission on the Arts invested $119,000 in 16 arts-focused ventures at regional fast-pitch events held in four Arizona cities. Over the next two weeks we’ll be checking in with some of those ventures to see how they’re progressing.

Last week we caught up with Gretchen Baer’s Paint Your Town!. Today we look at one of the top grantees from the Eastern Region competition: ProMusica Arizona. (more…)

Special Announcement Regarding Funding and Future Initiatives

As reported in March, the State of Arizona’s fiscal year 2016 budget will not repeat the additional $1 million allocated to the Arizona Commission on the Arts for fiscal years 2014 and 2015.

The additional $1 million, derived from interest on the state’s Rainy Day Fund, was not available due to efforts to balance the FY2016 state budget amidst a significant revenue shortfall.

First allocated to the Arts Commission in FY2014, the $1 million was applied across all agency grant programs – to special-initiative grant programs, such as Arizona Art Tank and Community Catalyst grants, as well as grant programs which had recently undergone renovation, such as Community Investment, Arts Learning, and Festival grants.

Many have begun to ask how next fiscal year will differ from the previous two in light of this change to available funding. In keeping with the Arts Commission’s commitment to openness and transparency, it is our goal to answer these questions as directly as is currently possible. (more…)

Beyond the Pitch: Gretchen Baer

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This past January, the Arizona Commission on the Arts invested $119,000 in 16 arts-focused ventures at regional fast-pitch events held in four Arizona cities. Over the next two weeks we’ll be checking in with some of those ventures to see how they’re progressing.

First up is Gretchen Baer of Bisbee. (more…)

Grantmakers in the Arts Releases Historic Statement of Purpose on Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy

giaEarlier this month, the board of directors of Grantmakers in the Arts–a national network of private, public and corporate arts funders–approved a statement of purpose for their work in racial equity in arts philanthropy to increase arts funding for ALAANA (African, Latino(a), Asian, Arab, and Native American) artists, arts organizations, children, and adults.

Click here to read “Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy: Statement of Purpose” on the Grantmakers in the Arts website. (more…)

Governor’s Arts Awards 2015

On Tuesday, March 24, 2015, our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy network, hosted the 34th annual Governor’s Arts Awards.

Each year, Arizona Citizens for the Arts partners with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Governor’s Office to cast a spotlight on the organizations, businesses and individuals that best represent the excellence and diversity of Arizona’s arts and cultural community. (more…)

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