New Initiatives Maximize Arts Sector's Distinctive Talents

This past spring the Arizona Commission on the Arts reported that the additional $1 million "Rainy-Day Fund" allocation that had bolstered our grantmaking budget for Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015 was not included in the state's budget for Fiscal Year 2016. At that time we reaffirmed our resolve to be "evermore strategic, diligent and creative in the deployment of the Arts Commission's resources."

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Announcing AZ Creative Aging

On August 25, Arizona Commission on the Arts Director of Arts Learning Alexandra Nelson appeared on Eight, Arizona PBS, to announce the launch of AZ Creative Aging, an ambitious and comprehensive initiative that will build a creative aging infrastructure to enhance quality of life for older Arizonans.

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Perspectives: Jonathan VanBallenberghe

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is currently accepting applications for Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG). This month we are speaking with 2015's ARDG recipients in a series called Perspectives. Today we speak with Jonathan VanBallenberghe of Tucson. 

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Last Chance: Annual Satisfaction Survey Closes Friday, August 21

The Arizona Commission on the Arts annual satisfaction survey will close at 11:59pm, Friday August 21. Don't miss your chance to let the Arts Commission know how we're doing.

What are we doing well? What programs and services mean most to you? What could be improved? All feedback is welcome and everyone's response matters. 

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Arts Commission Invests $45,000 in Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships

The Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships (SSTAP) grant program was launched in Fiscal Year 2014. In its pilot year, the grant program funded four projects that endeavored to strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration while uniquely contributing to the school’s reform efforts and capacity-building initiatives.

Recently, the Arts Commission announced that it will invest an additional $45,000 in support of substantive school/community partnerships that implement arts education and/or arts integration initiatives aimed at effecting change in low-performing schools (Arizona “D” and “F” label schools).

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Spread the word: Tonight's scheduled artist grants information session at Black Theatre Troupe has been rescheduled due to storm-related power outages in downtown Phoenix. The session will be held next Tuesday, September 8 from 5:30-7:30pm at black Theatre Troupe. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are deeply saddened by news of the passing of former Arts Commission Chair Gordon Murphy. He was a true friend to Arizona's arts sector.
In searching online for images to share in this post, we could find only two and both testify to his life of humble service: the first was taken on the occasion of his being honored as Valley Leadership's Man of the Year in 2006. The second was attached to a story about volunteers in Hospice of the Valley's Memory Corps program. You can see him below working with a patient.
Mr. Murphy will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure and privilege to know him. Our thoughts are with his family and friends.
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Due to a power outage, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is closed this morning. ... See MoreSee Less

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