Unlocking Arizona’s Creative Potential

This year, as the Arizona Commission on the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are proud to launch Next50, a visionary planning initiative designed to unleash the power of the arts in realizing Arizona’s brightest future.

Through innovative programs, strategic investment, exploration and convenings, Next50 will empower communities to activate creative assets and co-create ideas to fuel Arizona’s next 50 years.

Next50 activities put you at the center, focusing on…

  • LISTENING to your stories, your triumphs and aspirations;
  • LEARNING about your unique talents, and your community’s challenges and opportunities; and
  • LEVERAGING – lending our creative and collaborative skills to help Arizonans, and Arizona communities, achieve their most significant goals.

Arizona’s Next50 begins today. Let’s create it together.

This area of the website will become home to invitations and information related to Next50 community programming, research, and grantmaking, to result in innovative creative activities and products, intra- and cross-sector partnerships, publications, policy papers, interactive online tools, and an agency plan.

Visit this page for news and updates.



Next50 begins with you – your voice, your values, and your imagination. You live and learn and work here. You make things happen. You build, explore, and innovate. In so many ways, you are a creative Arizonan.

So we want to know: what, or where, is your creative spark?

Your stories, talent, and dreams drive Next50. We want to learn from and with you. Your Creative Spark submissions help us to better understand your perspectives and aspirations, and consider changes to our service in response.

Below are just a few submissions we’ve already received. We hope you’ll share yours!


Elena Thornton on Advancing Community through Arts and Culture

“Arizona Consortium for the Arts, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, all volunteer, community organization. The consortium’s vision is to establish a multicultural, multidisciplinary arts space/center. The center will provide a home for all activities and foster artistic growth for people of all ages through the participation in the arts.”

“Downtown Tucson Gazebo at la Placita Park” by Eric Jabloner

“From 2011 – 2014 a three year journey to document the architectural aspects of Tucson arizona. The Barrio to its landmarks. The joy of also inspiring other Tucson artists to do the same.”

“Driving by the fence in Agua Prieta” by M. Jenea Sanchez

“Creativity is always present in this place and it’s beautiful to witness the will of the artist claim this highly politicized border as a site for art practice.”

“Today” by Nadine Bobo

Nadine Bobo of Glendale shares a poem called “Today.”

“Hayden Flour Mill” by Ralph Michael Brekan

“Hand-crafted from color theatrical gels and coated in polymer resin, this one-of-a-kind cut and paste collage-painting is the latest fare from American Pop Artist Ralph Michael Brekan.”

“Thunder On The Mountain” by Jay Beckman

“Aviation has played and continues to play a large role in Arizona’s economy and documenting flight in the southwest is my creative spark.”

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