National Endowment for the Arts Announces $190,000 in Grants to Arizona Arts Organizations

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On February 13, 2019, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced awards in three of the federal agency’s funding categories: Art Works, Challenge America, and Creative Writing Fellowships. Through these grants, the NEA supports local economies and preserves American heritage while embracing new forms of creative expression.

2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals

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Students across the state are competing now in school-level Poetry Out Loud competitions. In February, top students from each participating school will compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they’ll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.

Fiscal Year 2020 Grants for Organizations and Festivals

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The application period for Fiscal Year 2020 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants is now open! Learn more about our Community Investment Grant and Festival Grant programs at in-person and online information sessions.

Fiscal Year 2019 Arts Commission Funding Issue

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On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Arizona Commission on the Arts reported to grantees on an issue that has had a significant and unforeseen impact on the Arts Commission’s primary funding stream and current-year budget. For the last 6 months, the Arizona Arts Trust Fund’s monthly receipts have posted well below our conservative projections and at lower levels than ever reported in the fund’s 30-year history.

JAEC 2018: Creative Youth Develop Conference on Creative Youth Development

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“I hope that the attendees are able to learn about the different ways they can learn to better serve their students and understand the ways in which young people have to maneuver not only the educational system, but the world. And even though this is only a one day conference, [I hope] this will spark a conversation between young people and adults about power, shared leadership, and accountability.”

Poetry Out Loud Lesson Plans

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2019 Poetry Out Loud is now in full swing in language arts classrooms across the country. To help teachers incorporate the program into their curriculum, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have created a number of optional writing activities and lesson plans for teachers.

JAEC 2018: Creative Youth Development

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This year’s JAEC explores the principles, practices, and potential of creative youth development (CYD), a recent term for a longstanding theory of practice that integrates creative skill-building, inquiry, and expression with positive youth development principles, fueling young people’s imaginations and building critical learning and life skills.

Meet the Young People Planning JAEC 2018

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Composed entirely of young people from throughout the state, ages 15-18, the JAEC Youth Advisory Board is guiding Arts Commission and Department of Education staff in a collaborative effort to provide Arizona educators, administrators, and teaching artists an opportunity to explore the potential of student-centered learning and develop culturally responsive curriculum.

New Survey Reports Arizonans’ Strong Opinions about Value of Arts

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According to Arizonans Speak Out About the Arts in 2018, a new report on a recent national poll, Arizonans exceed the national average in how positively they view the value of arts and arts education, as well as the contributions the arts make to the workplace, tourism, and livability of their communities.

Meet the JAEC 2018 Keynote Speakers

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We are pleased to announce that Nicole Amri and Jon Hinojosa of San Antonio’s award-winning youth program SAY Sí, will provide the keynote addresses at JAEC 2018. Attendees will also hear from Thameenah “Ty” Muhammad, a Phoenix-based performer, teaching artist, and member of the JAEC 2018 Youth Advisory Board.