Young creatives from across the state are advising the State of Arizona on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people. The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced today the 15 young people selected to serve on the agency’s AZ Youth Arts Council. The advisory group will work to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy.

“We couldn’t be more excited to work with these exceptional young people,” said Elisa Radcliffe, Arts learning Manager at the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “Each brings to the table incredible passion, creativity, and lived experience. Their wisdom and insights will be invaluable as we seek to enhance and expand our service to young Arizonans.”

2020-21 AZ Youth Arts Council Members

  • Zia Anderson, Bisbee, AZ
  • Malcom Barrios, Tucson, AZ
  • Zoë Benavidez, Tucson, AZ
  • Chesed Chap, Patagonia, AZ
  • Brianna Fornoff, Wickenburg, AZ
  • Marilyn Garcia, Yuma, AZ
  • Jesus Guzman, Rio Rico, AZ
  • Samantha Irish, Globe, AZ
  • Tiana Lee, San Tan Valley, AZ
  • Sedona Ortega, Prescott, AZ
  • Zoya Page, Flagstaff, AZ
  • Lily Rochin, Glendale, AZ
  • Bella Swope, Phoenix, AZ
  • Ella Wang, Chandler, AZ
  • Margot Wilder, Flagstaff, AZ

AZ YAC Youth Coordinator

  • Jesús Galaviz Arreguín, Flagstaff, AZ

Established in 2019, the AZ Youth Arts Council advises the Arts Commission on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people. As they do so over the next 9 months, they will review issues related to arts and culture programs and services for young people and learn about policy related to equal access to the arts for all young people in Arizona.

The council will meet online every two weeks. During these meetings, council members will engage with young artists and arts professionals from throughout the state, build creative leadership skills, and gain valuable experience in and knowledge of public policy.

Each AZ Youth Arts Council member will receive a stipend, compensating them for their time and expertise.

For more information about the AZ Youth Arts Council and the young leaders serving on it, please visit https://azarts.gov/azyac/.