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 – 29, 2020. This was Sylvia’s third year competing at the state level.

New podcast series showcases creativity at work in Arizona communities

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In AZ Creative Voices, producer Regina Revazova introduces listeners to eight teams working with artists to create solutions to complex community challenges. Along the way Revazova explores the challenges and successes of this creative partnership; the potential of community-engaged work; and the many discoveries as participants strengthened their collaborative skills.

New Data Sheds Light on Access to Arts Education in Arizona Schools

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“This data helps highlight all of the incredible programs and classes that schools offer to students across our state,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman. “I’m thrilled to see such an increase and to know that more and more of Arizona’s students have access to opportunities to engage in the arts. We must continue to expand access to arts education so all students are able to develop their creative muscles and reap the benefits that come from doing so.”

Arizona Commission on the Arts announces departure of Kristen Pierce Kent

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“In her work, she provided insightful, thorough, and compassionate service to hundreds of arts organizations and thousands of individuals advancing the work of arts and culture in Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods. We know Kristen will bring the same kind of thoughtful engagement to her next endeavor, and we are excited to watch her take this next step.”