Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
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Established by Congress in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.
Two Arizona artists have been selected to participate in the NALAC Leadership Institute: Angelina Ramirez, a Flamenco artist from Tucson who now resides in Phoenix, and Alexandra Jimenez, a Tucson-based visual artist and printmaker.
“The American people are recognized for their innovative spirit and these grants represent the vision, energy, and talent of America’s artists and arts organizations,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “I am proud of the role the National Endowment for the Arts plays in helping advance the creative capacity of the United States.”
On June 7, 2017, ArtPlace America announced the projects that it will consider for its 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund. Among the 70 finalist are three Arizona-based projects.
In association with the application period for our Artist Research and Development Grant program, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will offer free workshops throughout the state designed to help artists craft superior grant applications.
A collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, the Blue Star Museums program offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
After more than a decade as the executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and a 40-year career in the field of arts administration, Robert C. Booker will retire from his current position on August 7, 2017. He will be succeeded by Jaime Dempsey, who has served as the Arts Commission’s Deputy Director since 2006.
On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the White House released its complete Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget request to Congress. In an email sent to their members Americans for the Arts provided a breakdown of proposed funding adjustments related to the arts and arts learning programs.
We are pleased to report that the $9.8 billion fiscal year 2018 budget signed last week by Governor Doug Ducey includes, for the second year in a row, a one-time $1.5 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. As we celebrate our 50th year as Arizona’s state arts agency, we are proud to have earned this bipartisan vote of support.