Workshops Offered for Teaching Artists and Arts Learning Professionals in Tucson

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PHOENIX, AZ (December 23, 2009) – The Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) and the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) will co-host stART – Tucson, a professional development and networking opportunity to connect Arizona teaching artists and educators in support of lifelong learning in and through the arts on Thursday, January 21, 3:00-6:00 pm. Workshops,… Read more »

6 Arizona Artists Awarded Arts Commission Project Grants to Create New Works

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PHOENIX, AZ (December 18, 2009) – In December 2009, the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded its prestigious Artist Project Grants to artists from across Arizona, practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines. Offered annually, these grants support the professional development of Arizona artists with awards of up to $5,000.

Arizona Teaching Artist Recognized for Achievements in Arts Learning

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PHOENIX, AZ (December 15, 2009) – In November 2009, teaching artist Josh Schachter received the inaugural Arizona Teaching Artist Award for outstanding achievements, innovation and leadership in the field of arts learning. The Arizona Commission on the Arts, the state’s arts agency, awarded Schachter with $2500 in recognition of his completed project, “Finding Voice.”

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 »

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 »