Dance in the Desert 2019

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Latinx dancemakers, arts administrators, and scholars from throughout the region and across the country will gather in Phoenix from April 26-28, 2018, for the inaugural convening of Dance in the Desert, a unique opportunity for the Latinx dance community to come together, deepen relationships, and expand research for the field.

Edgardo Aguilar: 2019 AZ Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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Students across the state are competing now in school-level Poetry Out Loud competitions. In February, top students from each participating school will compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Edgardo Aguilar is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 30-May 1, 2019. Aguilar’s achievement is all the more impressive considering this is his first year participating in Poetry Out Loud.

2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

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On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals competition at Burton Barr Central Library in downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. 10 high school students from throughout the state will compete in the poetry recitation contest for an opportunity to represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C. 

National Endowment for the Arts Announces $190,000 in Grants to Arizona Arts Organizations

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On February 13, 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced awards in three of the federal agency’s funding categories: Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the NEA supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.

2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals

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Students across the state are competing now in school-level Poetry Out Loud competitions. In February, top students from each participating school will compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Fiscal Year 2020 Grants for Organizations and Festivals

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The application period for Fiscal Year 2020 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants is now open! Learn more about our Community Investment Grant and Festival Grant programs at in-person and online information sessions.

Fiscal Year 2019 Arts Commission Funding Issue

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On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Arizona Commission on the Arts reported to grantees on an issue that has had a significant and unforeseen impact on the Arts Commission’s primary funding stream and current-year budget. For the last 6 months, the Arizona Arts Trust Fund’s monthly receipts have posted well below our conservative projections and at lower levels than ever reported in the fund’s 30-year history.

JAEC 2018: Creative Youth Develop Conference on Creative Youth Development

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“I hope that the attendees are able to learn about the different ways they can learn to better serve their students and understand the ways in which young people have to maneuver not only the educational system, but the world. And even though this is only a one day conference, [I hope] this will spark a conversation between young people and adults about power, shared leadership, and accountability.”

Poetry Out Loud Lesson Plans

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2019 Poetry Out Loud is now in full swing in language arts classrooms across the country. To help teachers incorporate the program into their curriculum, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers.