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NEA Awards Art Works grants to 15 Arizona Organizations

This week, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) made their second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2015. Among the Art Works grants announced on May 6th, 15 were awarded to Arizona arts and culture organizations, representing a total investment of $435,000. For a complete list of Arizona grantees, project descriptions and award amounts, see the posted list, below.

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Commissioner Spotlight: Pam Hall

In the coming months we’ll be shining a spotlight on some people who are central to our work here at the Arts Commission–our Commissioners.

The Governing Commission consists of a board of fifteen members, including one chairperson, appointed by the Governor of Arizona. Commission members are chosen for their demonstrated ability, good judgment and experience in arts-related fields. In addition, they are selected to ensure geographic and ethnic representation of all areas of the state. Commission members attend quarterly board meetings, chair review panels, award grants and formulate policy consistent with enabling legislation.

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Panel Review Dates and Locations

Each year, the Arts Commission convenes volunteer panelists from across the state to review applications for its grants to organizations and schools.

These meetings are open to the public and offer a prime opportunity for current and prospective applicants to observe the panel review process and learn more about the qualities of successful, competitive grant applications.

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Beyond the Pitch: Teatro Bravo

This past January, the Arizona Commission on the Arts invested $119,000 in 16 arts-focused ventures at regional fast-pitch events held in four Arizona cities. This month we’re checking in with some of those ventures to see how they’re progressing.

So far we’ve caught up with Gretchen Baer’s Paint Your Town!, ProMusica Arizona’s Unpredictable Adventures of Henry Hicklebee, the Building careACTOR program, a partnership between Tucson’s Arts Express and Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB), and The Bridge Initiative: Women in Arizona Theatre. Today, we have an update on Teatro Bravo's Carpa Plays

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Zaskia Villa: 2015 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion

On April 27, Nogales High School senior Zasia Villa will represent Arizona at the National Poetry Out Loud finals competition in Washington, D.C.

For Arizona’s 2015 Poetry Out Loud state champion Zaskia Villa, the road to the National Finals got off to a bumpy start:

“My first time competing was my freshman year, but I didn't do very well in the classroom competition because I had friends in the class that were making me laugh throughout my poem.”

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