New Report: Arts and Culture Contribute $9 Billion to Arizona’s Economy

According to new data released on March 6, 2018, by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Arizona’s arts and culture industries contribute $9 Billion to the state’s economy, employing 90,000 Arizonans who earned a combined $4.9 Billion in Fiscal Year 2015, contributing more to the State’s economy than mining, agriculture, and forestry combined.

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Coconino High School's Sophie Weinzinger is Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud State Champion

The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix on Saturday, March 3. After three rounds of recitations, Sophie Weinzinger, a junior at Coconino High School, was named State Champion while Antonio Juarez, a senior at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, was named first runner-up.

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2018 Poetry Out Loud State Finals return to AZ PBS Studios

On Saturday, March 3, 2018, 9 high school students from all across the state will step onto the stage and into the spotlight to recite poems for a live audience and Arizona PBS's TV cameras. In April, Arizona PBS and Arizona Public Media will televise a half-hour special featuring highlights from the competition! 

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Arizona Department of Education Proclaims “Arizona Youth Art Month”

Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arizona, has officially proclaimed March 2018 as Arizona Youth Art Month, urging Arizona residents to "give their full support to quality school arts programs for our youth."

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Alberto Álvaro Ríos Named 2018 Shelley Award Honoree

"Alberto Ríos' contributions to Arizona's arts and cultural landscape, legacy and diversity are deep and important. His impact is particularly compelling when you see how he has created an understanding and appreciation for poetry throughout the state and how he integrates discussions of literature into the conversation."

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This month we're touring the state with Arizona Department of Education to host a series of community conversations about arts education in Arizona schools. Thanks to all who came out this week and lent their voices to conversations in South Tucson, Tucson, and Peoria and big thanks to our hosts, Santa Rosa Library, The Historic Y, and Peoria Center for the Performing Arts! Next up:
3/21: Community Conversation: Arts Education in East Valley at Art Intersection, Gilbert
3/22: Community Conversation: Arts Education in Globe-Miami at Cobre Valley Center for the Arts, Globe
3/28: Community Conversation: Arts Education in Pinal County at Central Arizona College, Coolidge
3/29: Community Conversation: Arts Education in Phoenix at Heard Museum, Phoenix
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