NEA Publishes New Report on Arts Participation and Healthy Aging

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On September 7, 2017, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) published Staying Engaged: Health Patterns of Older Americans Who Engage in the Arts, the first detailed look at arts participation habits, attitudes toward the arts, and related health characteristics of adults aged 55 and older.

Perspectives: Johanna Lundy

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Perspectives is an on ongoing series of interviews and check-ins with recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG). Today we speak with 2017 ARDG recipient Johanna Lundy of Tucson.

AZ ArtWorker: Milta Ortiz

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Join us on Saturday, September 23, 2017, 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. 

Great Job, Bob

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On Monday, August 7, Robert C. Booker retired from the position he has held since 2006, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a 40-year career in the arts field. Booker spent his career in service to one of our nation’s greatest resources: creativity.

Call for Teaching Artists: AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for the AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute. The AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute will be highly experiential, allowing participants to observe and practice activities and processes.

Jaime Dempsey Receives Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award

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On July 20, 2017, the Center for the Future of Arizona awarded the 2017 Gabe Zimmerman Award for Public Service in the emerging leader category to Jaime Dempsey, Deputy Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. The honors were presented at a luncheon on Thursday, July 20, 2017, at the Arizona City/County Management Association Summer Conference.

Update Regarding NEA Funding for Fiscal Year 2018

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On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $145 million. This completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks. Still to come is the U.S. Senate’s proposal expected after Labor Day. 

Arizona Commission on the Arts Awards $2,354,500 in Grants Statewide

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On July 20, 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced 234 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools, and community organizations. In total, the competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2018 resulted in an aggregate investment of $2,354,500.

Annual Satisfaction Survey and Sweepstakes

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It’s that time again! Each year the Arizona Commission on the Arts invites Arizonans to let us know how we’re doing in our efforts to serve Arizona’s communities. This year, we’ve added an additional incentive to participate in the survey: the AZArts Signal Boost Sweepstakes!