NextAZ begins with you – your voice, your values, and your imagination.

So, what is your Creative Spark?

Show Arizona where creativity thrives in your community and share what sparks your creativity.

If you’d prefer to share your creative spark by mail, print and complete this form (if you are a minor, have your parent or guardian complete this form instead) and mail it along with your submission to

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Attn: Creative Spark
417 W Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Please be aware that your submission will not be returned to you.

Concrete Poem by Veronica Hosking

This is a concrete poem (shape poem) I wrote about Monsoon Season. It was featured in the Half New Year poetry series by Silver Birch Press in July 2014.

Sedona Arts Center’s Founders

“Sedona Arts Center’s founders gathered at our original location, the Art Barn, still home to our main programs, classes, lectures, cultural events, and staff: celebrating 60 years as one of Arizona’s most interesting and creative small town arts organizations…”

Domes of Casa Grande

“This particular afternoon all I took with me was my camera and a friend who had just moved to the area and wanted to see it. What struck me this day was how the sunset played with the color of the graffiti and the curvature of the domes created a very otherworldly, timeless sense of space. As my friend wandered, I attempted to stealthily catch images of him as he, almost childlike, explored the ruin.”

“Bridge Over a Bone River” by Lollie Butler

Lollie Butler of Tucson shares her poem, “Bridge Over a Bone River.”

David Emitt Adams

Photographer David Emitt Adams making a tintype portrait of Rebecca Ross.

Jason Hugger

“Painting for me is an exploration of time, perspective and light which allows me to enter into a space of my own creation. I enjoy these places as if I were visiting in person and it is my hope the viewer also feels this.”


“Aging in Arizona” from Tina Ferguson

“This amazing one hour program shares with the residents of Arizona the history, experience, and amazing stories of Artsy smartsy studens over the last seven years.”

“Community Theatre” by Linda Miller

“Each theatre represents friends and neighbors working together to enhance life in their community, create entertainment, provide education, build empathy, and support the local economy by circulating dollars back into neighborhood businesses.” Linda Miller, Prescott

“Desert Night” by Mark Hicks

“The magic of a quiet, moonlit desert night has always been a creative spark as well as a refuge for me. I sincerely hope to turn this inspiration into book someday when my illustration assignment and work schedule are lighter.” Mark Hicks of Phoenix.

“Christmas in Arizona” by Austin Davis

Austin Davis of Mesa shares his poem, “Christmas in Arizona.”