Artists invite us to dig deeper, shift our perspectives and experience our world in new ways. With their creative approaches to investigation, problem solving and social engagement, artists make vital contributions to the civic wellbeing, innovative capacity and cultural life of Arizona’s diverse communities. Through grants and programs, the Arizona Commission on the Arts partners with Arizona artists, nurturing their creative and professional development while leveraging their knowledge and talents in service to Arizonans.

Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support the advancement of artistic research, aid in the development of artistic work and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities.

To review the grant guidelines and learn more about how to apply for an Artist Research & Development Grant, please visit the grant page.

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Perspectives: Thomas Eldridge

"There is a kind of spirituality I find inside Madison. Since the first time I laid eyes on one of the murals, I feel that I've been chosen to tell its story. It's like a voice, one that I must serve.... Inside Madison will be a testament to the confined human spirit in all of its anger, confusion, hope... and beauty."

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2017 Artist Research & Development Grant Recipients
















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ArtPlaceAmerica just announced 23 projects to receive 2017 National Creative Placemaking Funds. Congrats to Southwest Folklife Alliance, who received a $350,000 grant in which folklorist, curator, and anthropologist Dr. Maribel Alvarez will lead a project to repurpose the former residence of Raul Casto, Arizona’s only Mexican-American governor to date, into a local arts incubator, which will create both workforce and economic development opportunities for youth in and around the Nogales, AZ community. ... See MoreSee Less

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