Poetry Out Loud: Reflections of a State Champion


Poetry Out Loud (POL) brings the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into high school classrooms throughout Arizona. A program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, administered in Arizona by the Arizona Commission on the Arts in partnership with University of Arizona Poetry Center and Phonetic Spit,… Read more »


Phoenix Honors the Arts with 2016 Mayor’s Arts Awards


Phoenix’s annual Mayor’s Arts Awards ceremony was held at the Margaret T. Hance Park Urban Plaza on Thursday, October 13, 2016. Awards were given in six categories, honoring “outstanding leaders” in the cities arts sector.


Free DataArts Workshops in Arizona


The Arizona Commission on the Arts will be hosting DataArts’ (formerly Cultural Data Project/CDP) upcoming workshops in October and November throughout Arizona. These free workshops are geared toward assisting arts and culture organizations better understand and utilize data collection and reporting.


AZ ArtWorker: Yadira De La Riva in Douglas


In October 2016, AZ ArtWorker will host a workshop and a binational performance led by visiting artist Yadira De La Riva in Douglas, Arizona. Participants will develop short dramatic works focused on reclaiming community narratives, some of which will be featured in a binational performance on October 22. 


Creative Aging Workshop in Flagstaff


Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Flagstaff Arts Council to learn more about Creative Aging, an exciting national movement to advance understanding of the vital relationship between creative expression and healthy aging. Guest artist Elizabeth Johnson will provide an interactive exploration of the different approaches used across the continuum of care, and the brain/body… Read more »


Arizona Poet Laureate Contributes Poem for National Park Service Centennial


In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the Academy of American Poets commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. This project is part of Imagine Your Parks, a grant initiative from the National Endowment for the Arts created in partnership with the National Park Service to… Read more »


National Endowment for the Arts Warns Public about Grant Scam


In a press release issued on September 27, 2016, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reported it is the subject of a scam and is alerting the public not to respond to fraudulent notifications. “Through this scam, perpetrators claiming to be NEA employees are contacting the public via Facebook, email, or phone to inform them that… Read more »


Arts Learning Collaboration Grants and Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants


To ensure that our grantmaking in the area of Arts Learning continues to serve the sector’s evolving needs, reach applicants where they are, and direct essential funding support to the most diverse range of programs and projects, the Arts Learning Grant program has been substantially renovated for Fiscal Year 2017.


National Arts in Education Week is September 11 – 17, 2016!


National Arts in Education Week is September 11 – 17, 2016. The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education… Read more »


Remembering Carolyn Allen


The board and staff of the Arizona Commission on the Arts lost a colleague and dear friend this past weekend: Carolyn Allen, vice chair of the Commission’s governing board and a former state legislator.