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.

Volunteer panelists are integral to the work we do at the Arts Commission. In addition to our annual grant programs for organizations and schools, panels are also convened to review applications for our Artist Research & Development Grants and special funding initiatives, such as Arizona Art Tank.

panel2In recruiting panelists, we look for people who are willing to commit time and energy to the review process and who exhibit sensitivity in making constructive critical judgments. To help reflect the diversity of the state, the Arts Commission also considers gender, geographic representation and cultural background when appointing panelists. Finally, the agency seeks balance among the professional groups encompassed by the arts, such as practitioners, administrators and educators.

Panelists are appointed on a panel-by-panel basis and may only be reappointed to the same panel two consecutive years. That means we're always looking for new panelists.

The Arts Commission uses both an internal and external nomination process to identify potential panelists. Individuals interested in serving as a panelist may nominate themselves.

To nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on a grant review panel, complete the form below:


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Master-Apprentice Grants Promote "Everyday Genius"

The following post was contributed by Dr. Maribel Alvarez, Executive Program Director of Southwest Folklife Alliance. On Monday, June 15, 2015, Dr. Alvarez will present an information session on the Master-Apprentice Grant at the Arizona Commission on the Arts offices in Phoenix. Click here to learn more.

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State Board of Education Adopts New Arizona Arts Standards

On May 18, 2015 the Arizona State Board of Education adopted revised Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts. The recently approved Arts Standards will replace the June 2006 Arts Standards; the 2015-16 school year will be a transition year, with full implementation of the new standards during the 2016-17 school year.

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Tell the NEA Your Story of the Arts in Arizona

2015 is the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). To better recount the story of the federal agency's first 50 years, the NEA has issued a general invitation to all Americans: share your story of how the arts have influenced your life.

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Blue Star Museums Offer Free Admission to Military Families

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America, including 25 in Arizona. The program runs from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

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