VSA Arizona: Increasing Access to the Arts for All

Estimates regarding the number of Americans with disabilities vary between 54 and 58 million. Of these, over 1 million reside in Arizona. Individuals may have various types and degrees of disability, and these may be temporary or permanent, and can affect anyone.

Sunday, July 26, marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA was passed in 1990, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, state and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation and telecommunications.

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Artist Research and Development Grant Recipients Featured in Arizona Biennial 2015

The Arizona Biennial 2015 opens July 25, 2015 at the Tucson Museum of Art. First organized in 1948, the Arizona Biennial is the oldest running juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists.

More than 1,490 works were submitted to Arizona Biennial 2015 and 50 pieces were selected from 33 Arizona artists representing a wide range of mediums, including painting, sculpture, video and installation art.

Among this year's featured artists are three recipients of Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Research and Development Grants: David Emitt Adams (2015), Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars (2015) and Patricia Sannit (2010).

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Take Our Annual Satisfaction Survey

The Arizona Commission on the Arts endeavors to continually improve the service and support it provides to Arizona's arts sector. To this end, the Arts Commission conducts an annual satisfaction survey. 

This is your chance to let the Arts Commission know how we're doing. What are we doing well? What could be improved? All feedback is welcome and everyone's response matters. 

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Seeking Grant Review Panelists: Have You Got What It Takes?

Last month, the Arizona Commission on the Arts convened panel review meetings for its Community Investment Grant, Arts Learning Grant and Festival Grant programs. Volunteer panelists traveled from as far as Lake Havasu City to the North and Yuma to the South to contribute their insights and expertise to the process. In total, 227 grant applications were reviewed over the course of 10 panel meetings. The Arizona Commission on the Arts will award grants based on the recommendations of the review panels.

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