The Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded $5,000 research & Development grants to 24 Arizona artists working to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.
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Jaime Dempsey will leave her current position as the agency’s Executive Director in June 2021 to take on the newly created role of Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives with the Arizona Community Foundation.
Aliyah Chutkan, a junior at Xavier College Prep in Phoenix, is Arizona’s 2021 Poetry Out Loud state champion. Next month, Chutkah will compete against high school students representing each US state and territory for the title of National Champion.
“The newly updated Arts Education Data Project is an incredible tool that helps highlight programs and classes that schools offer to students across our state,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.
Young creatives from across the state are advising the State of Arizona on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people. The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced today the 15 young people selected to serve on the agency’s AZ Youth Arts Council. The advisory group will work to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced today that long-time board member Ruben E. Alvarez has been appointed to the board of the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA), a professional association of the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies.
Across the state, federal relief funds are coming to Arizona communities to support nonprofit arts and culture organizations experiencing significant hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Since July 1, 107 grants totaling $1.72 million have been announced.
On Friday, July 3, 2020, Governor Doug Ducey announced that $2 million in relief funding from the State’s Crisis Contingency and Safety Net Fund will be delivered to Arizona’s arts and culture sector.
On April 29, 2020, a group of Arizona arts funders and service organizations announced they will provide $171,830 in emergency relief grants of up to $750 to 235 artists and arts professionals across the state.
As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.