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.

News and Updates

Improvisation Workshop for Youth on the Autistic Spectrum

Artist Research and Development Grant awardees Amy Carpenter and Stacey Hanlon will conduct a series of free improv workshops for teens on the Autism spectrum this Fall. Workshops are limited to 10 participants and will be held on September 16th, October 21st, November 18th and December 16th from 2:30 - 4:00 PM.

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AZ ArtWorker returns for a third year of artist-to-artist professional development and knowledge sharing! Join us on Saturday, September 23, for a free, interactive workshop on crafting a theatrical structure while working with community. The workshop will be led by Tucson playwright and theatre artist Milta Ortiz of Borderlands Theater and is presented in collaboration with CALA Alliance, Palabras Bilingual Bookstore, ASU - SFDT Performance in the Borderlands and Cultural Coalition, Inc.
Space is limited so advance registration is required.
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Theatricalizing Oral Histories in Community: Milta Ortiz

September 23, 2017, 10:00am - September 23, 2017, 2:00pm

Join us for an interactive writer's workshop with Tucson playwright and theatre artist Milta Ortiz. Using Milta Ortiz’s docudrama play Más as a case study, workshop participants will learn about ...

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