Another $29,000 Awarded at Northern Arizona Art Tank Event in Prescott

A third batch of Arizona Art Tank grants were awarded last night at the Crossroads Center on the campus of Prescott College. Arizona Art Tank is a funding initiative of the Arts Commission that makes strategic investments in Arizona’s best arts-based entrepreneurial ventures. At live events in four Arizona communities, top applicants pitch their innovative ventures to a distinguished panel and a live audience from the community. 

Six applicants pitched their ideas to the panel and audience in Prescott. Ventures were evaluated on their impact, responsiveness and visibility.  The panelists selected their top four finalists and an audience vote determined the “audience choice award.” After a brief intermission, awards were announced.

The awards are as follows:

$10,000 – Flagstaff Cultural Partners

$7,500 – Prescott Center for the Arts

$6,000 – Caryn Bopp

$5,000 – Smoki Museum

$500.00 (Audience Choice Award) – Smoki Museum

Last night’s panelists included Dr. Ray Everett of Prescott, Commissioner for the Arizona Commission on the Arts; Diane Prescott of Cottonwood, a former Commissioner; Joel Hiller of Prescott, former president of Prescott College; and Jason Hasenbank of Flagstaff, managing director of Flagstaff Photography Center.

The event was emceed by local writer, radio host, and cultural event coordinator Andrew Johnson-Schmit. Uncle John’s Band provided musical entertainment throughout the evening.

Earlier in the week, Arizona Art Tank events were held in Peoria and Chandler. A fourth and final Arizona Art Tank event will be held on Monday, February 3rd, at Tucson’s El Casino Ballroom. Details can be found below:

Arizona Art Tank: South

Monday, February 3, 2014, 6:30 – 9:00pm
El Casino Ballroom
437 E 26th St, Tucson, AZ 85713

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 48-year-old agency of the State of Arizona which supports a statewide arts network. Through the delivery of professional development, services and grants, the Arts Commission supports access to quality arts and arts education opportunities for all Arizonans; the cultivation and retention of statewide jobs in the nonprofit arts, culture and education sectors; and increased economic impact in local communities through arts-based partnerships which develop tax and small business revenue.

For more information about Arizona Art Tank and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit

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