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.

Image of Yuma Arts Center, courtesy

NEA Research Offers Insights into Arts Participation


On Tuesday, August 30, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) released new research on how Americans participate in the arts. The new research comes in the form of two “arts data profiles,” NEA collections of statistics, graphics, and summary results from data-mining about the arts.


Arizona Arts Organizations Celebrate Additional Funding for the Arts


Over the past few weeks, Arizona nonprofit arts organizations have been letting Arizona know how they feel about this year’s additional investment in the arts, sharing photos and animated gifs on social media with the hashtag #azartsyay. Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorites.


AZ ArtWorker: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process


On Saturday, Septmber 17, 2016, Join Macarthur “Genius Grant” recipient Liz Lerman for an introductory workshop on her Critical Response Process (CRP), a facilitated structure for giving and getting feedback on artistic works in progress.


AZ Creative Aging Generation(s) Lab: Call for Applications


Generation(s) Lab is an incubator program for arts organizations with a serious and committed interest in better serving Arizona’s older adults by strengthening existing programs and/or developing new initiatives. The Arizona Commission on the Arts is seeking up to 11 arts organizations throughout Maricopa County to participate in this new program of the AZ Creative… Read more »


Register Your School for Arizona Poetry Out Loud


Registration is now open for 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.


NEA Chairman Visits Arizona


In August, 2016, the Arizona Commission on the Arts was honored to host National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu and State and Regional Partnership Director Laura Scanlan. During a brief, two day tour, Chairman Chu visited several nonprofit arts organizations, spoke with local artists and participated in a town hall conversation.


Inside the App: Work Samples


Welcome to the fifth and final installment of Inside the App, a weekly five-part series designed to walk prospective applicants through the Artist Research and Development Grant application and outline some general principles of effective grant writing for artists.