Are you an artist looking for support to propel your project forward? The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for the Artist Research and Development Grants. Artist Research and Development Grants are designed as a way to support artists who are making an impact in Arizona’s communities, as well as in their artistic discipline. Funds awarded are to be an aid in artistic research and development. Applicants to this grant must be practicing artists and can come from any discipline. Applicants may include, but are not limited to, artists who are

  • developing new techniques or methodologies;
  • experimenting with new materials or technologies;
  • pioneering new works; or
  • conceiving of and advancing new strategies for engagement.

The deadline to apply for an Artist Research and Development Grants 2015 is Thursday, September 18, 2014.

If you are familiar with this program from previous years, you should be aware that there have been a couple of changes made to the program for this cycle. The maximum award amount is now $5,000 (raised from the maximum award of $3,500 of previous cycles). Another change to the program is that recipients of this grant can now reapply after 5 years instead of 10.

Last year, 11 artist were selected from a highly-competitive group of 74 applicants to receive grant funding. Two of those artists were Paul Mirocha from Tucson and Ann Morton from Phoenix.

paulmirochaPaul Mirocha is a children’s book illustrator and digital artist. He was awarded an Artist Research and Development Grant to support a project that combined both visual art and written essays. Paul’s focus was Tumamoc Hill – a butte west of Tucson – that serves as an important site for Tucson’s history and culture, for ecological and anthropologic research, and as an outlet for the people of Tucson.

annmortonAnn Morton is an artist and teacher at ASU and Paradise Valley Community College, as well as owner and creative director of her own graphic design companies. She was awarded an Artist Research and Development grant to support a project that is inspired by and directly linked to the homeless individuals she works with at the Human Services Campus in Phoenix. She will produce pieced-textile portraits of homeless individuals constructed from discarded clothing and assorted rubbish.

Learn more about all of the Fiscal Year 2014 ARDG recipients here.

If you are interested, we want to hear from you and encourage you to apply. To read more about the Artist Research and Development Grants, please visit our website and gather more information.
You can also review guidelines for the application here.

Remember: The deadline for Applications is Thursday, September 18, 2014.

You may also be interested in these other programs:

Arizona Art Tank
Professional Development Grants
Chamber & Tourism Membership Grants