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Poetry Out Loud: State Finals Judge Reflects on Her Years as a Participant


The 10th Annual Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals will be held on Thursday, March 12, at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. Of the 11,000 high school students from 47 schools statewide who participated in the poetry recitation competition this year, nine have advanced to this, the final state-level stage. On the Herberger’s Stage West, before a live audience and a panel of judges, these talented young people will compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in April.

One of this year’s judges has a better idea than most of what those nine students must be feeling right now, as they prepare for the big day. Not so long ago, Carly Bates was one of them.  (more…)

NEA Invites Arizonans to “Share Your Stories”

neaourtownThis year, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. To better recount the story of the NEA and the arts in America, the NEA wants to share your story of how the arts have influenced your life. (more…)

NALAC Leadership Institute: Critical Training for Latino Arts Leaders

Last July, I participated in one of the most powerful and invigorating professional development experiences of my career. I was part of an intergenerational group of 28 Latino artists, arts administrators and culture workers from fourteen states and Puerto Rico that attended the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture (NALAC) Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas. (more…)

Creative Aging: a New Approach to the Second Half of Life

When I first ask someone if they’re familiar with Creative Aging, the initial response is often a little tongue-in-cheek, but also perfectly appropriate:

How does one age creatively? (more…)

Governor’s Arts Awards Nominees

Governer's Arts AwardsEach year, Arizona Citizens for the Arts partners with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor to honor Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals that best represent the excellence and diversity of Arizona’s arts and cultural community. Since 1981, the Governor’s Arts Awards have provided the state an opportunity to gather and celebrate the best in Arizona’s arts and culture community and the contributions they make to our state’s arts and cultural heritage. (more…)

Now Accepting Applications for Grants to Organizations & Schools

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for the following grant programs:

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Reflections on the Occasion of Arts Congress, February 3, 2015

On Tuesday, February 3, 2015, arts advocates from across the state gathered at the State Capitol to meet with their legislators and share what public funding for the arts means to their communities. Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, addressed the assembled advocates at the event, sharing the following thoughts on the occasion.

Today we are not shy or timid.

We are united with a strong message about how public support for the arts makes positive change in communities throughout Arizona. (more…)

Registration for the 2015 Creative Aging Summit Now Open!

MIM_Erin_Miller-Community_Instrument_Workshops_at_MIMWhether experienced or new to the field of Creative Aging, join us on Friday, March 13, 2015 for Arizona’s first-ever summit on Creative Aging: Arts Across the Aging Spectrum! Creative Aging is a national movement aimed at fostering an understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. The Summit will bring together arts organizations, teaching artists and aging/healthcare service providers to learn more about the powerful potential of the arts to enhance quality of life for older adults throughout Arizona.

The Summit will take place at the Mesa Arts Center. Registration for the full day is just $15!

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