27 Arizona Arts Organizations to Receive Critical Jobs Support

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PHOENIX, AZ (December 2, 2009) – The Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) have awarded one-time American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds provided by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support economic stimulus in Arizona’s creative sector.  In total, 27 Arizona arts organizations have or will… Read more »

Arizona Commission on the Arts Executive Director, Robert Booker, named as one of the Nonprofit Arts Sector’s 25 Most Powerful and Influential Leaders

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PHOENIX, AZ (November 20, 2009) – Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Robert Booker, was recently recognized as one of the 25 most powerful and influential leaders in the nonprofit arts sector.  Nominations are made by leaders from large and small organizations across the country, representing all artistic disciplines and demographics within… Read more »

Capitol Christmas Tree Juried Art Exhibition Celebrates Gift of Tree From Arizona to US Capitol; Features the work of Arizona Artists

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PHOENIX, AZ (October 19, 2009) –Every year since 1970, a Christmas tree has been presented to the United States Congress from a national forest and is known as “The People’s Tree.” This year, for the first time, the tree will be a gift from Arizona. In honor of this occasion, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests, Arizona… Read more »

Arts Commission Announces $2,238,052 in Statewide Grant Awards for Fiscal Year 2009-2010

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PHOENIX, AZ (July 26, 2010) – On June 18, 2009, the Governor-appointed members of the Arizona Commission on the Arts approved $2,238,052 in matching grants to arts and community organizations and schools for the 2009–2010 fiscal year. These grants are funded by the Arts Commission’s state appropriation, the Arizona Arts Trust Fund, the Arizona ArtShare… Read more »

Statewide Arts Organizations Cutting Progams, Exhibitions, Staff from Loss of Public Funding, Decreases in Donations and Attendance, Arts Commission Survey Shows

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PHOENIX, AZ (July 29, 2009) — More than 60 percent of Arizona arts organizations responding to an Arizona Commission on the Arts survey in May report that the current economic environment coupled with losses of both public and private funding will force cutbacks in programs and exhibitions. Organizations operating with volunteers and without paid staff… Read more »

Nonprofit Arts Industry Facing Crisis

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Phoenix, AZ (April 1, 2009) — Arizona arts organizations are feeling the effects of the economic downturn. In January 2009, the Arizona Commission on the Arts conducted a statewide survey to assess the effects of the changing economic winds on Arizona arts organizations. With Arizona in a deep recession and the second highest per-capita state… Read more »