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.

Creative Aging Workshop for Teaching Artists

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Join us for a day-long workshop on teaching artistry in the field of Creative Aging. Through panel discussions, interactive learning sessions, and dynamic presentations, facilitators will address a holistic approach to thinking about the fundamentals of Creative Aging, community health and the aging process.

Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge

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The Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge is a national competition for high school students who have a passion for writing songs that could be part of a musical theater production. Launched by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as a three-city pilot program in 2016, the Songwriting Challenge offers six semi-finalists mentorship opportunities with professional songwriters and musicians.

Perspectives: Amy Carpenter and Stacey Reed Hanlon

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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 Amy Carpenter and her creative partner Stacey Reed Hanlon.

Arts in Education Week: Poetry Out Loud

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This week we’re celebrating National Arts in Education Week. Yesterday we talked about some of our arts learning programs and today, we take a closer look at one of our favorites: Poetry Out Loud. Recently we spoke with Eleanor Billingsly, Program Manager at the NEA, about the program and its benefits to the students who participate and their communities.

Arts in Education Week: A National Spotlight for Arts Education

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This week, we’re joining the nationwide celebration of Arts in Education. In recent years, the scope of Arts in Education Week has expanded to encompass opportunities for lifelong learning in, through and about the arts. Over the course of this week, we’ll be looking at the benefits of arts in education across the aging spectrum.