Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of Arizona Commission on the Arts, accepts new position at Arizona Community Foundation

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced today that Jaime Dempsey will leave her current position as the agency‚Äôs Executive Director in June 2021 to take on the newly created role of Senior Vice President for Philanthropic Initiatives with the Arizona Community Foundation. ‚ÄúJaime is a true professional,… Read more »

New Reporting Paints Picture of Arts Access in Arizona Schools

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‚ÄúThe newly updated Arts Education Data Project is an incredible tool that helps highlight programs and classes that schools offer to students across our state,‚ÄĚ said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman.

Announcing the 2020-21 AZ Youth Arts Council Cohort

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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.

Federal CARES Act Funds provide relief to Arizona arts organizations

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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.

Announcing Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

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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.

Sylvia Dale is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

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Sylvia Dale, a senior at Ganado High School in Apache County, will represent Arizona at the 15th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, DC, April 27 ‚Äď 29, 2020. This was Sylvia’s third year competing at the state level.