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$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…)

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…)

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