AZ Arts Best of 2017 (as determined by you!)

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On December 18, 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will publish the AZ Arts Best of 2017 list, but we need your help to pull it together! Share your personal favorite or most memorable Arizona arts experience for 2017 through our simple online form! Gotta a picture or video? You can share those too!

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Grants for Organizations and Individuals

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Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the NEA supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America.

AZ ArtWorker: Historias del taller escritura creativa en español

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Join us at Palabras Bilingual Bookstore in downtown Phoenix, on First Friday, December 1, 2017, for a public reception featuring participants of a Spanish-language creative writing workshop series led by local writer Ofelia Montelongo and sponsored by the Arts Commission’s AZ ArtWorker initiative.

Perspectives: Thomas Eldridge

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“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.”

New Research Highlights Economic Impact of the Arts in Rural Communities

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Published by the National Endowment for the Arts in November 2017, “Rural Arts, Design, & Innovation in America: Research Findings from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey” provides hitherto unavailable insights into how arts and design can beautify a place and attract new residents and businesses.

Arizona Literary Artists Awarded NEA Fellowships

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On November 16, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the Fiscal Year 2018 recipients of their Creative Writing and Literary Translation Fellowships. Among the recipients are three Arizonans: Jane Armstrong of Flagstaff, Elizabeth Evans of Tucson, and Todd Fredson of Scottsdale.

Community Conversations: Arts Education in Arizona Schools

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is partnering with Arizona the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to engage communities in conversations about arts education in Arizona schools during a statewide tour this Winter.

Free DataArts Workshops in Arizona

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts will be hosting DataArts’ (formerly Cultural Data Project/CDP) upcoming workshops in Phoenix and Tucson. These free workshops are geared toward assisting arts and culture organizations better understand and utilize data collection and reporting.

2017 Arizona State Champion Kellen Vu talks about his Poetry Out Loud experience

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“All too soon, my English teacher beckoned me to the podium, but I was glued to my seat, desperately trying to remember how to breathe. I could already feel the stares piercing mercilessly through my soul. Then I recalled an adage my dad once told me: ‘Nobody is brave every minute of every day; you only need five seconds of courage at a time to make the change you want to see.'”

Alexandra Nelson Promoted to Deputy Director

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce that Alexandra Nelson has been promoted to the position of Deputy Director. The position was most recently held by Jaime Dempsey, who was promoted to Executive Director in August following the retirement of Robert C. Booker.