On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Arizona Commission on the Arts reported to grantees on an issue that has had a significant and unforeseen impact on the Arts Commission’s primary funding stream and current-year budget. For the last 6 months, the Arizona Arts Trust Fund’s monthly receipts have posted well below our conservative projections and at lower levels than ever reported in the fund’s 30-year history.
2019 Poetry Out Loud is now in full swing in language arts classrooms across the country. To help teachers incorporate the program into their curriculum, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers.
According to Arizonans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, a new report on a recent national poll, Arizonans exceed the national average in how positively they view the value of arts and arts education, as well as the contributions the arts make to the workplace, tourism, and livability of their communities.
On September 18, 2018, The Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) and the Arizona Commission on the Arts announced a joint effort to support Arizona artists, including additional funding from the recently established Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, an endowment held at ACF.