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Provide Your Feedback on the Draft Arizona Arts Standards!

Revisions to Arizona’s state standards in the Arts are currently under way, and on Monday, October 20th, the Arizona Department of Education released draft 2015 Arizona Arts Standards for review by the field.

If you would like to review the draft standards and provide your feedback in their development, you can respond in one of two ways: (more…)

Art Installation Brightens Halls and Lightens Spirits in Children’s Hospital

We recently received the following press release from Fiscal Year 2014 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient Pete Goldlust, providing an update on his funded project, “Polyjellies.” Through a separate Community Catalyst Grant, Arts for Border Children (Douglas, AZ) and the Chiricahua Community Health Centers’ Pediatric Center of Excellence (PCE) were able to significantly expand the scope of the project.

Bisbee, Arizona-based artist Pete Goldlust has created an elaborate sculptural installation for the Chiricahua Community Health Centers’ Pediatric Center of Excellence (PCE).

P1030179_LowResThis work, created entirely from recycled plasticware, includes dozens of brightly-colored sculptures. These translucent plastic materials–bowls, cups, pitchers and other plastic thrift store finds are assembled to create a swirling multicolored mass that evokes a school of jellyfish, a fleet of futuristic spacecraft or a swarm of benevolent micro-organisms.

The work is installed overhead in the PCE lobby–the bell tower of this renovated former school building. The sculptures refract light from windows above, casting small pools of colored light on the walls and floor below, at various times of day.

The “Polyjellies” project was funded and made possible by two grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts: a Community Catalyst Grant awarded to Arts for Border Children (ABC), and an Artist Research and Development Grant awarded to the artist.

Polyjellies_room02The alliance between a youth arts education organization (ABC) and a pediatric center (PCE) serving the same Douglas-centered region was viewed as a natural fit. Both Arts for Border Children and the Chiricahua Community Health Centers’ Pediatric Center of Excellence are keystone community organizations in the region. Both serve the same underserved, broad-based community, across the geographically expansive southeastern Arizona border region. While the two organizations serve very different functions, they share the core value of promoting holisitic, comprehensive health and education, at the individual, family and community levels.

pete headshotPete Goldlust would like to thank the following for their assistance, guidance and support throughout the “Polyjellies” Project: the Arizona Commission on the Arts; Jill Japan, Project Manager; Karen Husted, Director of Arts for Border Children; Jonathan Melk, Chief Medical Officer of the Pediatric Center for Excellence; and Richard Paun, Art Instructor at Douglas High School and his Advanced Art course students.

A public dedication ceremony will be held at the Pediatric Center this Thursday, October 23, 2014:

Polyjellies sculptural installation by Pete Goldlust
Thursday, October 23, 2014 12:00 pm
Chiricahua Community Health Centers Inc. / Pediatric Center of Excellence
815 15th Street, Douglas, AZ 85607

Joint Arts Education Conference 2014

2014 jaec final logoThe biennial Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) convened at the Phoenix Art Museum on Monday, October 20. Presented through a partnership between the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education, the conference attracted over 170 attendees, including arts educators, school administrators, teaching artists, and arts learning professionals from across the state. (more…)

MusicaNova Orchestra: Looking Beyond “Greatest Hits” to the Future of Symphonic Music

“It really is the belief that there is great music in addition to the standard ‘greatest hits’ repertoire that needs to be played and heard and appreciated that keeps us going.”

- Bob Altizer, President, Board of Directors, MusicaNova Orchestra

At a time when symphony orchestras across the country are struggling to make ends meet, some of the nation’s most venerable institutions are closing their doors, and pundits are questioning the continued vitality of classical music, one Phoenix-based symphony orchestra is betting on the future.

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Joint Arts Education Conference: Meet Your Keynote Speakers

There are thousands of reasons to attend the Joint Arts Education Conference this year. Conference attendees will:

  • be the first to see updated census data about access to arts education in our state,
  • have hands-on opportunities to explore how arts learning is impacted by Arizona’s College and Career Ready Standards,
  • have a voice in the current revisions to Arizona’s State Arts Standards,
  • learn about successful national models, program evaluation, teacher assessment/evaluation, arts education leadership strategies and more.

Today, however, we’d like to cast the spotlight on two of the best reasons to attend: John Abodeely and Mary Luehrsen, JAEC’s keynote speakers. (more…)

How will you celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month?

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National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM) is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America, designed to encourage all Americans to explore new facets of the arts and humanities in their lives and to begin a lifelong habit of active participation in the arts. How will you celebrate? The possibilities are endless, but here are a few suggestions: (more…)

Application Deadline Approaching for Professional Development and Arts Learning Grants

The deadline to apply for cycle B funding in our Professional Development Grant and Arts Learning Grant programs is 11:59pm, Thursday, October 2, 2014. To better meet the needs of potential applicants, the annual funding period for each of these programs has been divided into multiple cycles: for Arts Learning Grants, Cycle B funds projects taking place between January 1, 2015 and June 30, 2015. For Professional Development Grants, Cycle B funds activities taking place between November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2015. (more…)

ArtPlace and NEA Offer Funding Support for Creative Placemaking

A pair of national funding initiatives focused on art-based community development projects are now accepting applications.

ArtPlace America is now accepting applications for the fifth round of its National Grants Program. According to ArtPlace, the program is “designed to invest in creative placemaking projects that involve cross-sector partners committed to strengthening the social, physical and economic fabric of their communities.” Non-profit organizations and for-profit organizations, local and tribal governing bodies, and individual artists/designers are invited to apply, though applicants who do not currently have nonprofit status or federally recognized designation as a local governing body will need to apply through a nonprofit fiscal agent. (more…)

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