Announcing Two New Arts Commission Grant Programs: Community Catalyst and Arizona Art Tank

Thanks to successful bipartisan efforts at the State legislature, the Arts Commission received a one-time budget allocation of an additional $1 million for fiscal year 2014. This landmark funding was applied to the Arts Commission’s statewide grantmaking activities, including the development of Community Catalyst Grants and Arizona Art Tank. On October 30th the Arizona Commission on the Arts will launch this pair of brand new grant programs designed to support innovative initiatives, catalytic collaborations, and ventures that reflect a business unusual approach to the arts.

Community Catalyst Grants support partnerships between arts organizations and non-arts organizations in small and rural Arizona communities with populations under 100,000. Whether your organizations are working together for the first time or you’re seeking new funding for an ongoing collaborative project, this grant is designed to help you implement arts-based initiatives or programming that can be a catalyst for community, civic, and social change.

Arizona Art Tank invites artists and arts organizations with an entrepreneurial spirit to jump into the deep end, swim with the sharks, and face The Panel in a grant program unlike any you’ve ever experienced. Competing head-to-head against fellow artrepreneurs, you’ll pitch your innovative arts venture to a live audience and a panel of experts at one of five Art Tank events across the state. Deliver the best pitch and you could walk away with up to $10,000 in seed funding. Have you got what it takes to survive the Tank?

Grant Guidelines will be available at on October 30, 2013. The application deadline for both new programs is Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Don’t miss your chance!

Arts Commission staff will be providing information sessions throughout November to explain these new programs and answer your questions. The first of these will be an online chat on Thursday, October 31, 2013. Register here.


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