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Public Art enhances Public Transit project in Tucson

Katie_SelphThe following blog post was written by Katie Selph, currently the Communications Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Creative Writing.

Nancyplants Island3By linking distant locations and providing broad public access, mass transit systems unite communities and offer common ground for diverse populations to gather and commune (or commute, as the case may be). When well-placed, public art can serve a similar function.

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Arts-Based Community Development Projects in Phoenix and Ajo awarded Our Town Grants from the NEA

Katie_SelphThe following blog post was written by Katie Selph, currently the Communications Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Creative Writing.

neaourtownArt that not only captures the attention of, but directly involves the community around it has a resonating impact. An increasing number of arts organizations around the country are developing innovative and transformative community-focused projects. The National Endowment of the Arts (NEA) funds, promotes and supports many artistic disciplines that offer creative outlets and benefits for individuals and communities. Our Town is a grant program specifically designed by the NEA to support arts-based community development. Started in 2011, Our Town has awarded 256 grants totaling over $21 million all across the United States. This year alone, the NEA provided 66 organizations in 38 states over $5 million in funding through Our Town grants. (more…)

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture awards $805,346 to nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Grants Awarded

"Her Secret is Patience" by artist Janet Echelman. Photo credit: Craig Smith — at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space.

“Her Secret is Patience” by artist Janet Echelman. Photo credit: Craig Smith — at Downtown Phoenix Civic Space.

​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The Office of Arts and Culture will award a total of $805,346 to 47 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving the residents of Phoenix through arts and culture activities. Grant funds support the general operating costs of major, mid-size and small arts and culture organizations, specific arts projects related to festivals, as well as arts education activities. Funds also are allocated to a rental support program operated by the Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Phoenix Convention Center. (more…)

Chamber and Tourism Membership Grants: Now accepting applications

“Our membership in the Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce has played a vital role in the health of our organization. We co-op advertise together and our marketing and public relations pieces overlap. The Chamber plays a huge rule in promoting our programs and keeping us connected to our business community.”

-   Cathy Weiss, Executive Director of the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts,
Wickenburg, Arizona

Becoming a member of the business or tourism industry bureaus in your community offers a variety of benefits. There is the potential for new marketing opportunities, assistance with public affairs, professional development and new connections to get out in the community. (more…)

The Arts Commission Needs Your Feedback!

right_srvyThe Arizona Commission on the Arts is committed to fostering an Arizona where people broaden, deepen and diversify their engagement with the arts, as creators, audiences and supporters, in ways that are satisfying and integral to their lives. We are an agency of the State of Arizona whose mission is to create opportunities for all Arizonans to participate in and experience the arts.

0020_smlWe endeavor to continually improve the service and support we provide to Arizona’s arts sector. To this end, we invite your candid appraisal of the agency and its work in this confidential survey.  Information you provide will be used in the construction of annual reports to the Governor of Arizona and to the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as for internal performance measures.

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete, depending on the complexity of your comments. Please respond by Friday, August 22, 2014. Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences and feedback.

Click below to begin the survey.

Take the survey!

Announcing the Return of Arizona Art Tank

Last year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts took a chance on a funding initiative unlike any the agency had previously managed. In a departure from the usual application and panel review process, top applicants for this program were given six minutes each to pitch an innovative, “business unusual” venture to an expert panel and a live audience at one of four regional events. The highest scoring ventures at each event were awarded from $4,000 to $10,000 in seed-funding. In total, the Arts Commission invested $124,000 in 21 arts-based entrepreneurial ventures through the program. (more…)

Artist Research & Development Grants: Now Accepting Applications

Are you an artist looking for support to propel your project forward? The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for the Artist Research and Development Grants. Artist Research and Development Grants are designed as a way to support artists who are making an impact in Arizona’s communities, as well as in their artistic discipline. Funds awarded are to be an aid in artistic research and development. Applicants to this grant must be practicing artists and can come from any discipline. Applicants may include, but are not limited to, artists who are

  • developing new techniques or methodologies;
  • experimenting with new materials or technologies;
  • pioneering new works; or
  • conceiving of and advancing new strategies for engagement. (more…)

TumbleTees: Exclusive First Look at the Latest in Social Fashion

Katie_SelphThe following blog post was written by Katie Selph, currently the Communications Intern at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. She is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona with a degree in Creative Writing.

100_1796The social fashion movement pairs fashion with social change and introduces communities to challenging social issues through approachable vehicles. TumbleTees, a Phoenix-based, nonprofit, youth-in-business enterprise, is bringing social change and awareness through fashion. Tumbletees is a screen printing company that offers homeless youth between the ages of 16-25 an opportunity to learn and develop business skills, while also providing them a creative outlet, a wage and a way to get off the streets. Founded in 2009 alongside the Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, TumbleTees offers paid employment training and skill development to help street youths become more desirable and employable in today’s highly competitive job market.  (more…)

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