Arizona Commission on the Arts Maintains Level Funding in FY2018 Budget

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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.

2018 Artist Research and Development Grants: Now Accepting Applications

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The application period for Artist Research and Development Grants is now open. This highly-competitive grant program awards up to $5,000 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. The application deadline is August 24, 2017.

Show Arizona the Impact of a Grant

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites individuals and organizations that received grants in the past year to show Arizona what public funding for the arts can accomplish. By sharing photos of your grant at work you can help the Arts Commission tell the story of Arizona’s arts sector and its statewide impact.

Register Your School for Arizona Poetry Out Loud

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Registration is now open for 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register their schools for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.

Create/Change: Cultural Perspectives on Creative Aging

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Join us for Create/Change: Cultural Perspectives on Creative Aging, the opening plenary of the Create/Change: AZ Institute, for a conversation about arts and aging across communities and cultures.

Cultural Memory: Celebrating Wisdom Through Story

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Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts at Grand Central Coffee Company in downtown Phoenix for an evening of story sharing from Lakota performer Charlene O’Rourke and an introduction to Anne Basting’s new storytelling project.

Update Regarding NEA Funding for Fiscal Year 2017

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On Monday, May 1, congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached to continue funding of the federal government through September 30, 2017, the end of its current Fiscal Year (FY2017). Congress is expected to begin working on an aggressive schedule on appropriations legislation for FY2018.

2017 Governor’s Arts Awards Artworks Revealed

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Each year, our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts partner with the Governor’s office to celebrate the best in Arizona’s arts and culture community and the magnificent contributions they’ve made to our state’s arts and cultural heritage. Since 1981, over 175 distinguished Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals have been recognized for… Read more »

AZ ArtWorker: Betsabeé Romero

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CALA Alliance and AZ ArtWorker, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, are pleased to welcome renowned contemporary Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero for an artist residency in Phoenix, Arizona.

Grant Panel Livestream

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Between Wednesday, May 18, and Thursday, May 26, panels made up of artists, arts professionals, educators, and community members will review grant applications from nearly 100 nonprofit arts organizations, large and small, from every corner of the state. These panel review meetings are open to the public and this year, you can listen-in live, from the comfort of your own home or office.