A Letter from Our Executive Director Regarding the Future of Federal Support for the Arts

On March 16, 2017, the White House released a budget blueprint for Fiscal Year 2018. This proposal calls for reductions to a range of government programs, including the elimination of federal support for the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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AZ ArtWorker: Betsabeé Romero

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.

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Kellen Vu of Arizona School for the Arts is 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion

Kellen Vu, a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, will represent Arizona at the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, D.C., April 25-26, 2017. The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held on Saturday, March 12, 2017, at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix.

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2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

On Saturday, March 11, 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present the 12th Annual Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals competition at the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. 10 high school students from throughout the state will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent Arizona at the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

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28 Arizona Artists You Should Know

Each year the Arizona Commission on the awards Arts Artist Research and Development Grants to artists in all disciplines in support of the advancement of artistic research, the development of artistic work, and in recognition of the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities. Today, March 8, 2017, we're proud to feature these 28 grantees from the past three years.

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Big week for our Executive Director, Bob Booker. On Thursday, he was interviewed on KJZZ Phoenix and then went to Mesa Arts Center to interview Cheech Marin! Today, he was in Tucson convening with his colleagues from Hermosillo on the Sonora Arizona Commission Arts & Culture Committee / Comité Arte y Cultura, Comisión Sonora Arizona. ... See MoreSee Less

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At long last, a recording of the virtual roundtable we convened in Tucson on March 3, 2017, is available to view online. It's a great conversation that covers a lot of ground. Featured voices include Adriana Gallego of National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, Stanlyn Brevé of National Performance Network / Visual Artists Network, Ashley Walden Davis of Alternate ROOTS, Jason Tseng of Fractured Atlas, and Gibran Villalobos of Chicago Architecture Biennial. Learn more about the presenters at azarts.gov/az-artworker/az-artworker-roundtable-moderated-adriana-gallego/ ... See MoreSee Less

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