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Nogales High School Student to Represent Arizona in National Poetry Recitation Competition

For Immediate Release
March 16, 2015
Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

 

Nogales High School Student to Represent Arizona in National Poetry Recitation Competition
Over 11,000 Arizona high school students participated in Arizona Poetry Out Loud

Phoenix, AZ (March 16, 2015) – Out of over 11,000 Arizona high school competitors from 47 participating schools, Zaskia Villa, a senior at Nogales High School in Nogales, Arizona, was selected as the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the state finals event held on March 12, 2015 at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix. As State Champion, Villa will represent Arizona at the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in Washington, D.C., in April. (more…)

Arizona High School Students to Compete at State Finals of National Poetry Recitation Contest

For Immediate Release
March 3, 2015
Contact: Steve Wilcox
602-771-6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arizona High School Students to Compete at State Finals of National Poetry Recitation Contest
Over 11,000 Arizona high school students participated in Poetry Out Loud in 2014-15

Phoenix, AZ (March 3, 2015) The Arizona Commission on the Arts will present the 10th Annual Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals competition at the Herberger Theater Center in Phoenix at 7:00pm on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Nine high school students from throughout the state will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent Arizona at the 10th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. (more…)

Show Low Playwright Appointed to the Arizona Commission on the Arts

For Immediate Release
February 19, 2015

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Show Low Playwright Appointed to the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Governor selects Lisa Jayne to replace Dr. Robert Breunig on 15-member governing commission

Phoenix (February 19, 2015). Show Low resident Lisa Jayne has been appointed to the governing board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Jayne will replace Dr. Robert Breunig of Flagstaff who completed his second 3-year term as a Commissioner in July 2014.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona charged with supporting a statewide arts and culture sector. The agency’s mission is to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts. (more…)

Tucson Poet Logan Phillips to read from new poetry collection at book release event in Phoenix

For Immediate Release
February 3, 2015
Contact: Casandra Hernandez
602.771.6530
chernandez@azarts.gov

 

Tucson Poet Logan Phillips to read from new poetry collection at book release event in Phoenix
Arizona Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos will make special appearance at release event presented by Arizona Commission on the Arts and Performance in the Borderlands

Phoenix, AZ (February 3, 2015). The Arizona Commission on the Arts and the ASU School of Theatre and Film’s Performance in the Borderlands will present an evening of poetry and performance commemorating the release of Sonoran Strange, a book-length poetry collection by Tucson poet Logan Phillips, on Wednesday, February 11, 2015. The event is sponsored by AZ Humanities.

Phillips’ work explores the deep contradictions of the landscape and culture of his homeland, the Arizona-Sonora Desert borderlands.

In addition to readings by Phillips, the evening will feature a special appearance by Arizona’s Poet Laureate, Alberto Álvaro Ríos who will read from his own award winning-work. (more…)

$119,000 Invested Statewide in Entrepreneurial Arts-Based Ventures through Arizona Art Tank

For Immediate Release
January 26, 2015

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

$119,000 Invested Statewide in Entrepreneurial Arts-Based Ventures through Arizona Art Tank
Artists and arts organizations awarded up to $10,000 in seed funding at four regional events

PHOENIX, AZ (January 26, 2015). Between January 12 and January 20, 2015, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, awarded grants to 16 arts-based ventures through the second year of its fast-pitch grant program, Arizona Art Tank.

Fast-Pitch for Seed Funding

At regional events held in four Arizona cities, artists and nonprofit arts organizations were given 6 minutes each to pitch an innovative project or program to a live audience and a panel of experts. At each event, the presentations that received the highest panelist scores were awarded between $5,000 and $10,000 in seed funding. (more…)

Arts Commission Awards Artist Research and Development Grants to 13 Arizona Artists

For Immediate Release
December 29, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

ARTS COMMISSION AWARDS ARTIST RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT GRANTS TO 13 ARIZONA ARTISTS

PHOENIX, AZ (December 29, 2014) – On December 29, 2014, the Arizona Commission on the Arts announced the recipients of Artist Research and Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2015. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. This year, 13 of 95 applicants received up to $5,000 in funding. (more…)

Executive Director of Arizona Commission on the Arts Elected Chairman of Grantmakers in the Arts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Executive Director of Arizona Commission on the Arts Elected Chairman of National Network of Arts Funders

Phoenix, AZ (December 19, 2014). The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce that the agency’s Executive Director, Robert Booker, has been elected as Chairman of Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA) for the 2015-2016 term.

A national network of private, public and corporate arts funders, GIA provides leadership and service that advances the use of philanthropic and governmental resources to support the growth of the arts and culture. GIA is the only national association of private and public funders making grants to artists and arts organizations in America. (more…)

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…)

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