The Choice is Art, a campaign for the arts in Arizona developed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, launched in November 2010. Since its ambitious beginning, the campaign has appeared in weekly newspapers across the state, in well-known publications like Phoenix Magazine, national blogs, such as Americans for the Arts, at AdVision Outdoor bus stops and in On Media playbills in Phoenix and Tucson. Click here to see the sponsors of the campaign.

The campaign also saw the commitment of a matched contribution to the privately-held Arizona ArtShare Endowment from the Arizona Community Foundation. Contributions of any amount made to the Arizona ArtShare Endowment will be matched by the Arizona Community Foundation, up to $50,000. Interest is distributed annually through the grantmaking activities of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, in the form of grants to statewide arts organizations and nonprofit community institutions which provide arts-based programs and services. Click here to visit the Arizona ArtShare Endowment at the Arizona Community Foundation.

In the summer of 2011, the donor-sponsored campaign public service announcement featuring professional basketball player and art collector, Grant Hill, launched on COX Media television stations and on Clear Channel Radio stations across the state. Grant believes in the power of arts education in the lives of young people, which is why he volunteered his time in support of the campaign. Click here to read the campaign spokesperson announcement.

Thank you to the many of you who have furthered the reach of the campaign by featuring ads, icons, campaign text in your newsletters, on your websites and programs over the last year.

As we look ahead to the next year of the campaign, we hope you will consider getting involved. Here’s a few ways you can play a role in sharing the message of the campaign:

  • Share the campaign with your friends and colleagues. The website offers a searchable directory of arts organizations across our state and a bank of resources to support arts education.
  • Tell us why your choice is art; submit a video to tell your story in the arts. See how the arts are important to the Mayor of Cave Creek, Vincent Francia. Hear from teaching artists, Sean Nevin and Renee Simms.
  • Place a campaign icon or ad on your website, blog, newsletter or facebook page. All of these are available on the The Choice is Art website.
  • Keep doing what you’re doing, creating opportunities for everyone to participate in and experience the arts in Arizona!

Thank you to the many organizations and sponsors who are supporting the campaign through donated ad space, contributions, in-kind support and more. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Arts Commission to learn more about the campaign and how you can get involved.