The AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) offers small teams, made up of diverse members of your community, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact. AZ CCI teams are members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods.
In the first year of AZ CCI teams participated in:
- AZ CCI Learning Sessions: Four 2-day AZ CCI gatherings in the Phoenix area. Learning sessions were designed to provide each team with knowledge, skills, and tools to select and collaborate with an artist and implement creative community listening and engagement strategies.
- Embedded Artist Residency: A 5-month artist residency in their community. The focus and format of each artist residency was collaboratively-designed by the team and their artist resident.
- Targeted Trainings: Site visits in AZ CCI team communities, as well as interactive web-based training or mentorship calls supplemented the quarterly trainings, allowing each team an oppotuniry for one-on-one support and customized training to aid in goal implementation.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (ASU HIDA), with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance, are seeking applications from teams representing Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods to participate in the inaugural AZ Creative Communities Institute.
The AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) offers small teams, made up of diverse members of your community, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact.
AZ CCI teams will become members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods.
AZ CCI Call for Community Partners
The application period for the AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) is now closed. The Guidelines below are provided only for reference.
The application guidelines provide a complete overview of the AZ Creative Communities Institute, eligibility and team composition requirements, and step-by-step application instructions. Please review the application guidelines thoroughly before applying.
Maria Rosario Jackson
David Martinez III
Diverse teams representing Arizona cities/towns or neighborhoods, were invited to apply. Nine were selected to participate.
Our project will culminate with 3 "paint by number" murals placed in strategic areas of Yuma County including south county, the foothills and Yuma central. The murals will be created at unique events set up at each site and members of the greater Yuma community will receive "golden ticket" invitations (art summons) to attend the event an paint a portion of the mural.Read more
Tempe Playlist: Saturn Sessions is a locally-inspired audio project that will capture and celebrate the talents of local creatives (musicians, poets, spoken word artists, emcees, singers and storytellers) who live, work and/or study within the 85283 and 85284 zip codes. The objective of this project is to highlight the diverse sounds of these artists and connect them to a broader audience.Read more
Team South Phoenix's project will be an effort to strengthen our community by connecting local Artists with local organization and the demographics they serve in a joint effort to beautify their respective spaces. While doing so providing interested artists an introductory to working with grants and raising awareness to resources said organizations offer. Ten artists will be selected and paired with one of two locations based on their preference.Read more
Story Collection Project: Globe-Miami is full of interesting stories and exciting people. To help bridge social, racial and generational divides that keep our area from achieving its potential, the Globe Team has decided to launch a video story collection project. The story collection will begin with the painted rocks grassroots project “Globe Rocks” which involves painting and hiding rocks locally. Painted rock story jams will serve as prompts for story collection.Read more
A Flagstaff Team made up of employees from Coconino County Victim Witness,Coconino County Adult Probation, and Creative Spirits Art Studio is bringing the community beautiful art. Our team desires to obtain a greater understanding of what constitutes a healthy relationship and express that via art with community input.Read more
Sustainable brand creation in and of the historically rich Eastlake area by utilizing various art forms (walking/biking tour, community engagement jazz series, asset mapping and interactive website) to attract residents, Eastlake visitors and new audiences into the Eastlake areas to experience its cultural and historical assets, elevate positive perceptions and contribute to an inclusive and reimagined Eastlake.Read more
A community engagement process culminating in a festival of creative experiences located in Historic Downtown's Arts and Culture District. The festival experience will reflect the vision of the Creative Communities Team, artists and residents who participate in this process.Read more
AZ Creative Communities Institute is a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance
AZ Creative Communities is funded in part by a grant from the Surdna Foundation, awarded to the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University as part of its Thriving Cultures grant program.