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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Arts in Education Week: Conducted Stories Improv

This week, we’re joining the nationwide celebration of Arts in Education by looking at innovative arts-based programs that enrich and enhance education. Today, we look at a new program that uses improvisational theatre techniques to help teens on the autism spectrum develop social and communication skills. 

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2017 Arizona State Champion Kellen Vu talks about his Poetry Out Loud experience in an inspired essay.

Registration for 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud is open--once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge. Register your school by October 31.
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Do you have an idea for a humanities project in Arizona? Arizona Humanities Project Grants are competitive grants supporting public programming in the humanities. Organizations may request up to $10,000 to support their program implementation. All organizations must submit a Letter of Intent by November 1st in order to submit a full application. ... See MoreSee Less

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