Apply Now: AZ Youth Arts Council

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites teen creatives to join the AZ Youth Arts Council to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy.

FY2022 Grants Update: Festivals and Arts Learning Grant Programs

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In June 2021 the Arizona Commission on the Arts will begin accepting applications for a trio of grant programs: Festival Grants will open on June 29, while Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and the new Youth Arts Engagement Grant program are open now.

Update: Executive Director Search

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts seeks applicants for the position of Executive Director. Applications will be accepted via the AZ State Jobs website beginning June 23, 2021.

Apply Now: Rural and BIPOC Creative Aging Communities Cohort

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The Rural and BIPOC Creative Aging Communities Cohort is a program for arts organizations with a serious and committed interest in better serving Arizona’s older adults by strengthening existing programs and/or developing new initiatives.

Special Announcement: Executive Director Search and Interim Executive Director Appointment

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In June 2021, Jaime Dempsey will leave her current position as the Arts Commission’s Executive Director after 15 years of service with the agency. That same month, the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed board will launch an open public search for the agency’s next Executive Director. Commissioners have appointed the agency’s current Deputy Director, Alex Nelson, to the role of Interim Executive Director.

NEA Awards Grants to 19 Arizona Arts Programs, Projects

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On May 12, 2021, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced more than $88 million in recommended grants to organizations in all 50 states and jurisdictions. 19 grants, totaling $568,500, were awarded to Arizona arts organizations and projects.

24 Arizona artists awarded Research & Development Grants

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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.

Arizona Economic Recovery Center | Local First Arizona

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The Arizona Economic Recovery Center aggregates federal, state, municipal, Tribal, and foundation funding opportunities into easy-to-read templates to distill information and help small nonprofit organizations—including arts organizations—access critical investments supporting relief and recovery.