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

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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

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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

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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

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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…)

Arizona Commission on the Arts awards $161,840 in Arts Learning Grants

For Immediate Release
January 3, 2014
Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Arizona Commission on the Arts awards $161,840 in Arts Learning Grants

Phoenix, AZ (January 3, 2014). On December 12, 2013, the Governor-appointed board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded $30,220 to fourteen schools and community organizations in the second round of its annual Arts Learning Grants program. Combined with the first round of Arts Learning Grants awarded earlier this year, the Arts Commission has awarded a total of $161,840 to 66 schools and organizations for Fiscal Year 2014.  (more…)

Arts Commission Awards Artist Research and Development Grants to 11 Arizona Artists

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

Arts Commission Awards Artist Research and Development Grants to 11 Arizona Artists

PHOENIX, AZ (December 19, 2013). In December 2013, the Governor-appointed board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded Artist Research and Development Grants to artists from across Arizona, practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding to artists in support of project-related research and development. This year, 11 of 74 applicants were awarded $3,500. (more…)

Landmark Budget Allocation Translates Into New Grant Programs to Support Artist Entrepreneurs and Community Arts Programs

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2013
Contact: Steve Wilcox
602.771.6536
swilcox@azarts.gov

Landmark Budget Allocation Translates Into New Grant Programs to Support Artist Entrepreneurs and Community Arts Programs

PHOENIX, AZ (October 30, 2013). Thanks to successful bipartisan efforts at the State legislature, the Arizona Commission on the Arts received a one-time budget allocation of an additional $1 million for fiscal year 2014. In addition to supporting the Arts Commission’s existing statewide grantmaking activities that promote arts education and access to nonprofit arts organizations, this additional funding has provided for the creation of a pair of brand 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. (more…)

Arizona Commission on the Arts awards $52,000 for Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants

For Immediate Release
September 24, 2013
Contact: Alex Nelson
602.771.6521
anelson@azarts.gov

Arizona Commission on the Arts awards $52,000 for Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants

[Phoenix, AZ --September 20, 2013] In July 2013, the Governor-appointed board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded $52,000 to four Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants applicants in Phoenix, Avondale and Tucson.

The Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships program is designed to support school-based initiatives aimed at effecting change in Arizona “D” label schools, by strengthening teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration through school/community partnerships. The grantees must be partnerships of at least one school and one nonprofit arts organization or governmental entity; eligible schools must be Arizona “D” label schools (based on 2012-2013 accountability letter grade). The primary focus of this initiative is on programs that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration, and support ongoing school reform efforts. (more…)

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