The National Endowment for the Arts Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences. These programs include activities such as author readings, book discussions, art exhibits, lectures, film series, music or dance events, theatrical performances, panel discussions, and other events and activities related to the community’s chosen book.
Today the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced the recipients of its latest round of grants in support of arts learning programs throughout the state. Grants of up to $10,000 were awarded to 25 programs serving populations across the aging spectrum.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded $5,000 research & Development grants to 24 Arizona artists working to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.
According to new data released on March 30, 2021, by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Arizona’s arts and culture industries contributed $10.87 Billion to the state’s economy in 2019, employing nearly 89,033 Arizonans who earned a combined $5.59 Billion, contributing more to the State’s economy than mining, agriculture, and forestry combined.