The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to report that the Governor’s proposed balanced budget for FY2021 includes $2 million to fund grants in support of arts and arts education programs across the state. The board and staff of the Arts Commission are grateful to Governor Ducey for his support of the arts and those who contribute so much to the beauty, vitality, and identity of Arizona communities.
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“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”
The application period for Fiscal Year 2021 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants is now open! Community Investment Grants (CIG) provide unrestricted general operating support to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes. Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities.
“This data helps highlight all of the incredible programs and classes that schools offer to students across our state,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “I’m thrilled to see such an increase and to know that more and more of Arizona’s students have access to opportunities to engage in the arts. We must continue to expand access to arts education so all students are able to develop their creative muscles and reap the benefits that come from doing so.”
The transition from one decade into the next is traditionally a period of reflection on the past and planning for the future. In this spirit, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will ring in the 2020s with a community-engaged renovation of our flagship grant program, the Community Investment Grant.
The 2020-2021 guidelines for National Endowment for the Arts Big Read grants are now available. This National Endowment for the Arts initiative, in partnership with Arts Midwest, supports community reading programs across the country, each designed around a single NEA Big Read book.
This November, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, in partnership with the Flinn Foundation and Virginia G. Piper Trust, are pleased to offer regional, in-person training workshops to enrich your understanding of the data you submit to SMU DataArts’ Cultural Data Project.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced today the hire of Kesha Bruce to the position of Artist Programs Manager. Bruce joins Artist Programs Coordinator Anna Needham (Red Lake Ojibwe) who was hired this past February.
“In her work, she provided insightful, thorough, and compassionate service to hundreds of arts organizations and thousands of individuals advancing the work of arts and culture in Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods. We know Kristen will bring the same kind of thoughtful engagement to her next endeavor, and we are excited to watch her take this next step.”
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is inviting teen creatives to join the AZ Youth Arts Council to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy. We are seeking creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts and represent Arizona’s 15 counties.