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!

Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Reports Impact of the Arts in Arizona Communities

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Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts’ fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry’s impact on the economy. It documents the economic contributions of the arts in 341 diverse communities and regions across the country, representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Two Arizona Artists Selected for NALAC Leadership Institute

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Two Arizona artists have been selected to participate in the NALAC Leadership Institute: Angelina Ramirez, a Flamenco artist from Tucson who now resides in Phoenix, and Alexandra Jimenez, a Tucson-based visual artist and printmaker.