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Report: Access to Arts Education in Arizona Has Increased but Improvement is Needed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

December 15, 2014

Contact:
Arizona Department of Education
Sally Stewart, Public Information Officer
Sally.Stewart@azed.gov
602-542-5072       

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Steve Wilcox, Communications and Research Director
swilcox@azarts.gov
602-771-6536

 Report: Access to Arts Education in Arizona Has Increased but Improvement is Needed

More than 115,000 Arizona students lack access to arts instruction provided by highly qualified arts teachers 

PHOENIX, Ariz. (December 15, 2014) – An update to a 2010 census on access to arts education in Arizona schools reports that while the number of students without access to any arts education has declined, more than 115,000 students still lack access to arts instruction by highly qualified arts teachers. (more…)

Arts Commission Announces Recent Staff Departures and New Hires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

September 22, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

 Arts Commission Announces Recent Staff Departures and New Hires

PHOENIX (September 22, 2014). The Arizona Commission on the Arts today announced the addition of two new staff members to fill vacancies left by recent departures. (more…)

Arizona Commission on the Arts Announces $1,874,910 in Grants to Catalyze Arts and Culture Experiences across the State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 10, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arizona Commission on the Arts Announces $1,874,910 in Grants to Catalyze Arts and Culture Experiences across the State

Phoenix (July 10, 2014). On July 10, 2014, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced 256 grants to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools and community organizations across the state of Arizona in the categories of Community Investment, Arts Learning and Festivals. In total, $1,874,910 was invested through the annual competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015).

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Arizona Commission on the Arts Annual Grant Review Panels Open to Public

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 12, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arizona Commission on the Arts Annual Grant Review Panels Open to Public
153 applications to be panel-reviewed during public meetings, May 19th-May 22nd

Phoenix, AZ (May 12, 2014). The Arizona Commission on the Arts will hold review panels for its Fiscal Year 2015 annual grants to organizations and schools between May 19th and May 22nd, 2014. The panels will convene from 10am to approximately 5pm each day at the Arizona State University Mercado building (502 East Monroe Street, Building C, Phoenix, AZ 85004). All panel meetings are open to the general public, including grant applicants. (more…)

Arizona Commission on the Arts Announces 2014 Poetry Out Loud State Champion

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

 Arizona Commission on the Arts Announces 2014 Poetry Out Loud State Champion
13,000 Arizona high school students participated in Arizona Poetry Out Loud

PHOENIX, AZ (March 18, 2014) – Out of nearly 13,000 Arizona high school competitors, Matthew Kaplan, a junior at Tesseract School in Phoenix, Arizona, was selected as the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the finals event held on March 15, 2014 in Tucson. Arizona Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, facilitated in partnership with the Young Writers Program at Arizona State University and The Poetry Center at the University of Arizona. Kaplan will represent Arizona at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in late April. (more…)

Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals: March 15 in Tucson

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 12, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals: March 15 in Tucson
Nine Arizona High School Students to Compete in Statewide Poetry Recitation Contest

Tucson, Arizona (March 12, 2014). Arizona’s ninth annual Poetry Out Loud recitation competition state finals will be held on Saturday, March 15, at the Social Sciences Auditorium on the University of Arizona campus in Tucson. Students representing 9 Arizona high schools will meet in competition to determine the 2014 Arizona Poetry Out Loud state champion. The state champion will move on to compete for a $20,000 scholarship at the national finals in Washington D.C. in April. (more…)

Arizona Arts Commission Invests $124,000 in Entrepreneurial Arts-based Ventures through Innovative Funding Initiative

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 6, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arizona Arts Commission Invests $124,000 in Entrepreneurial Arts-based Ventures through Innovative Funding Initiative

PHOENIX, AZ (February 6, 2014) – Between January 28 and February 3, 2014, the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded a total of $124,000 in seed-funding grants to 21 arts-based ventures through its innovative Arizona Art Tank funding initiative, which celebrates the creativity, resilience and entrepreneurial drive of Arizona’s artists and arts organizations. (more…)

Arts Commission Invests $111,000 in Grants to Arts Organizations in Small & Rural Arizona Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014
Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arts Commission Invests $111,000 in Grants to Arts Organizations in Small & Rural Arizona Communities

PHOENIX, AZ (January 22, 2014). In January 2014, the Governor-appointed board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded $111,000 in Community Catalyst Grants to 13 arts organizations based in small and rural communities throughout the state. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding of up to $10,000 to support community-focused partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations in Arizona towns and cities with populations under 100,000. (more…)

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