NextAZ begins with you – your voice, your values, and your imagination.

You live and learn and work here. You make things happen. You build, explore, and innovate. In so many ways, you are a creative Arizonan.

So we want to know: what, or where, is your creative spark?

Maybe you write music, paint, teach, or perform. You sing with your church choir and jam with your neighbors. You make beautiful, challenging, and useful things.

Or maybe your creative spark is a place, where people gather to dance, learn, or reflect. Maybe it is a place your ancestors or community built, or maybe you find inspiration in our wondrous desert, northern pines, or the calm following a monsoon storm. Inspiration lives in all of these places.

Show us where creativity thrives in your community, and share your creative spark.

Share an original photo, short video, or audio recording, a poem, or a brief message via the form below or by mail.

We can’t wait to discover what inspires you!

Your stories, talent, and dreams drive the NextAZ initiative. We want to learn from and with you. Your Creative Spark submissions help us to better understand your perspectives and aspirations, and consider changes to our service in response. Submissions may also be featured on the NextAZ website and in a variety of program materials. See submission form for complete details.

If you’d prefer to share your creative spark by mail, print and complete this form (if you are a minor, have your parent or guardian complete this form instead) and mail it along with your submission to

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Attn: Creative Spark
417 W Roosevelt St
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Please be aware that your submission will not be returned to you.

Looking for inspiration? Click here to see submissions from your fellow Arizonans!