Beginning in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Arizona Commission on the Arts began hosting online conversations and convenings to provide a space for Arizona artists and creative sector workers to discuss challenges and opportunities, share resources and information, and generally support each other during a uniquely difficult time.

Some of these sessions were recorded and are shared below.

Additional sessions may be added as they are scheduled.


Artist Support Navigator Discussion: Contribute Your Talents to the Cause!

Facilitated by Rae Ellis
Presented on Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Presentation Slides: Contribute Your Talents to the Cause

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: How Artists Can Thrive in 2020 & Beyond

Facilitated by Jose Gonzalez
Presented on Monday, June 29, 2020

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: Navigating White Spaces: Support and Discussion for BIPOC

Facilitated by Giovana Aviles
Presented on Monday, June 29, 2020

As Creatives of Color, how do we show up as our authentic selves within predominantly White institutions? How can we work and thrive in spaces where we don’t always feel safe to speak up or share our experiences? Join us for an hour-long dialogue and community support as we discuss the challenges of navigating spaces not designed for Black and brown bodies.

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: Unemployment Benefits, Pt 2

Facilitated by Milta Ortiz
Presented on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Did you know that there’s now a new application for freelancers? Did you get denied because of low earnings? As of May 12, the Department of Economic Security is able to process freelance earnings with a new application designed for freelancers. Join us to find out more from someone who’s gone through the application process! We’d love to hear about your experience with Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: A Change in Practice

Facilitated by Rae Ellis
Presented on Thursday, May 21, 2020

Join us for a “Happy Hour Kick-back” facilitated by Phoenix-based musician Rae Ellis. Rae will share their recent experiences and insights about streaming performances online versus sharing their work in front of live audiences.

Our follow-up discussion and idea sharing session will focus on ways Arizona artists and art communities can change and adapt, not only their creative practices, but the ways they present their work to the world during the pandemic.

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: Arizona Utility Assistance Program

Facilitated by Giovana Aviles
Presented on Thursday, April 30, 2020

The Artist Support Navigator Discussion series is co-presented by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Arizona Commission on the Arts

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: Zoom Cafecito

Facilitated by Milta Ortiz
Presented on Friday, April 24, 2020

The Artist Support Navigator Discussion series is co-presented by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Arizona Commission on the Arts

Artist Support Navigator Discussion: Artists Helping Artists

Facilitated by Jose Gonzalez
Presented on Friday, April 24, 2020

The Artist Support Navigator Discussion series is co-presented by ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and Arizona Commission on the Arts

Peer-to-Peer Discussion for Young Artists (14-20)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020
4:30 – 5:30 pm
 

CLOSED

A peer to peer-driven conversation for Young Artists in Arizona to virtually check-in, share challenges and opportunities. This discussion will be led by the Arizona Youth Arts Council. This space is for and by young people. Adults are kindly asked not to participate.

A link and instructions for joining the session will be emailed to you upon registration.

Artist Community Check-in

Friday, April 17, 2020
5:30 – 6:30 pm
 

CLOSED

A conversation about strategies for staying connected to community during “social distancing” and imagining new ways to sustain your creative practice and share your craft during the coronavirus pandemic.

A link and instructions for joining the session will be emailed to you upon registration.

AZ Creative Aging Virtual Conversation

Friday, April 10, 2020
10:00 – 11:00 am
 

CLOSED

A peer to peer driven conversation for creative aging practitioners in Arizona to virtually check-in, share strategies, insights, tools, and resources relevant in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in this time of isolation for older adults.

A link and instructions for joining the session will be emailed to you upon registration.

Past Events

Arizona Teaching Artist Virtual Conversation

Thursday, April 9, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm 

CLOSED

A peer-to-peer driven conversation for Arizona Teaching Artists to virtually check-in, share strategies, insights, tools, and resources relevant in navigating the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A link and instructions for joining the session will be emailed to you upon registration.

Crisis Engagement: 12 Tasks to Sustain Donors in Turbulent Times

Thursday, April 9, 2020
10:00 – 10:30 am
 

CLOSED

Presented by Social Prosperity Partners, in partnership with City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts, this short webinar for leaders of nonprofit organizations offers substantive & actionable recommendations designed to help organizations sustain the support of their donors, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders.