Arts Commission Awards Research and Development Grants to 18 Arizona Artists

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the Artist Research and Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2018. This year, thanks to the state’s continued additional investment in the arts for the current fiscal year, 18 Arizona artists received an award of up to $5,000 in funding—seven more than were awarded funding in 2016.

Governor’s Arts Awards Nominees Announced

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Each year, our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy organization, partners with the Office of the Governor to honor artists, educators, community and business leaders, organizations and companies who have made significant contributions to Arizona’s arts and culture. On December 19, 2017, they announced the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards nominees!

FY2019 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts has published guidelines for Fiscal Year 2019 Community Investment Grants (CIG) and Festival Grants. We encourage prospective applicants to review these guidelines thoroughly and begin preparing application responses and materials as soon as possible. 

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

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Last month we sent the call out for Arizona residents to share their personal favorite or most memorable AZ Arts experiences of 2017. Entries came in from all over the state. We’ve collected some of our favorites here.

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.