As COVID-19 spread around the world and across the nation over the Spring of 2020, the Arizona Commission on the Arts endeavored to respond swiftly and efficiently to the rapidly changing needs of Arizona’s state’s arts sector. Established programs and services were either placed on hiatus or adapted to better meet the unique challenges of the current moment. The story of March 2020 to March 2021 is one of rapid response, agile development, strategic partnerships, and active listening.

Emergency Funding Allocation

The Arizona Commission on the Arts delivered emergency funds to artists, arts professionals, and arts organizations throughout the state.

Artists, Arts Professionals

Arts Organizations

Emergency Relief Fund AZ Cares Grants AZ ORG Grants
Arizona Community Foundation and a consortium of private and public entities CARES Act Funds, Nat’l Endowment for the Arts CARES Act Funds, State of Arizona




Emergency Funding Geographic Distribution

Emergency funds reached communities large and small, in every part of the state.