Arts Commission Launches New Grant Programs: Arizona Art Tank & Community Catalyst

Today, October 30, 2013, the Arizona Commission on the Arts launches a pair of new grant programs designed to support innovative initiatives, catalytic collaborations, and ventures that reflect a business unusual approach to the arts: Community Catalyst and Arizona Art Tank.

Community Catalyst Grants support collaborations between local arts organizations and non-arts organizations in small and rural Arizona communities with populations under 100,000. United in a common goal and leveraging their combined skills, knowledge, and resources, arts organizations partnered with local for-profit or nonprofit businesses and institutions will be awarded between $5,000 and $10,000 to help them realize an art-based project or program designed to enrich their community. The power of the arts to bring people together, bolster economic development through tourism and outside investment, and enhance a community’s sense of cultural identity are well-documented. With these grants, the Arts Commission hopes to jumpstart initiatives with significant potential for real and lasting positive impact.

Arizona Art Tank employs an innovative review process to award grants of up to $10,000 to innovative artists and arts organizations. At public events presented in five cities across the state, top applicants will pitch innovative and entrepreneurial artistic ventures to a live audience and a panel of expert judges who will rank them based on such factors as creativity of approach, strategic soundness, and viability of envisioned outcomes. As arts funding models have shifted and new modes of production, distribution, and sale have emerged, artists have increasingly adopted the methods of the independent business person. Arizona Art Tank reflects these changes and celebrates a new class of artist: the artist entrepreneur.

Complete applications for both Arizona Art Tank and Community Catalyst must be submitted online no later than 11:59pm Tuesday, December 10th, 2013.

Official guidelines for both programs can be found here. In addition, Arts Commission staff will host a series of information sessions throughout November in cities across the state and online. A complete schedule of these public events and registration information can be found here.

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