The calendar below features upcoming Arts Commission deadlines, events, information sessions and workshop opportunities. Times, dates and event details may be subject to change. For more information, please email [email protected].

Public Meeting Notice

It is the public policy of this state that meetings of public bodies be conducted openly and that notices and agendas be provided for such meetings which contain such information as is reasonably necessary to inform the public of the matters to be discussed or decided. Pursuant to A.R.S. § 34-431.02, all public bodies are required to maintain a Notice of Public Meeting section on their website. All public meeting notices of the Arizona Commission on the Arts can be found at https://publicmeetings.az.gov/ and a link will be posted within the calendar entry below.

Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits the Arizona Commission on the Arts from discrimination on the basis of disability. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Brad DeBiase at (602) 771-6534 or [email protected].

Persons who are deaf, hearing impaired or speech impaired can contact the Arts Commission through the Arizona Relay Service, 1-800-842-4681 Voice; or 1-800-367-8939 TTY. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation.


 

Dec
25
Fri
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Dec 25 all-day
Jan
1
Fri
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Jan 1 all-day
Jan
18
Mon
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Jan 18 all-day
Feb
13
Sat
Poetry Out Loud Central Region Semi Finals
Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing Eventbrite link to register and view the Poetry Out Loud Central Region Semifnals being broadcast.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/poetryoutloud-central-region-broadcast-tickets-141196507555

Feb
15
Mon
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Feb 15 all-day
Mar
6
Sat
Poetry Out Loud Northern Region Semi Finals
Mar 6 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

The Northern Region Semifinals Facebook Live! event will take place on Saturday 3/6 from 3:00-4:30 PM MST. We will be celebrating the participating Northern region students/schools, streaming the students’ recitations, and announcing the winners that will move on to the state competition!

The Facebook Event link is: https://fb.me/e/28iNHEfD7

Mar
19
Fri
Research and Development Grant Panel Review
Mar 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Due to precautions related to COVID-19, this public meeting will be held online rather than in our office, as originally planned. The public may listen to a livestream of the meeting at https://azarts.gov/panels/public-meetings/(link is external)

March 19, 2021  10 AM- 5 PM
Research and Development Grant Panel Review

Mar
25
Thu
Quarterly Commission Meeting
Mar 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Due to precautions related to COVID-19, this public meeting will be held online rather than in our office, as originally planned. The public may listen to a livestream of the meeting at https://azarts.gov/panels/public-meetings/

Mar
26
Fri
Governor’s Arts Awards
Mar 26 all-day

The 40th Annual Governor’s Arts Awards, a STATEWIDE CELEBRATION, will take place on Friday March 26th, 2021. Details coming soon on this hybrid-event.

The 2021 Governor’s Arts Awards, a Statewide Celebration, Presented by Billie Jo & Judd Herberger, will take place at 6:00 P.M. on March 26th, 2021. Arizona Citizens for the Arts will announce Shelley Award Honoree, winners, and it will include a silent auction.

For more information, visit https://aesaz.co/ELP/GAA2021/

May
1
Sat
SFA Master-Apprentice Award Nomination Deadline
May 1 @ 11:59 pm

Through the State Partnership Grant, the National Endowment for the Arts provides state arts agencies with support for stable, professionally-directed programs that are responsive to a state’s diverse folk and traditional arts heritage. Since 2014, the Arizona Commission on the Arts has partnered with the Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) to serve as the state’s official folk arts partner.

SFA is the first dedicated folklife organization along the US-Mexico border corridor focused solely on uplifting, supporting, and presenting the work of traditional artists year-round. Their mission is to build more equitable and vibrant communities by celebrating the everyday expressions of culture, heritage and diversity in the Greater Southwest.

Master-Apprentice Artist Award

These awards provide direct support for master traditional artists living in Arizona to pass on art, culture, and heritage practices to apprentice learners through the annual SFA Master-Apprentice Award. The award is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arizona Commission on the Arts.

The Master-Apprentice Artist supports a master artist or tradition bearer to work with a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices) to engage in a teaching-learning relationship that includes one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience. Our highest priority is to support apprentices to learn from master artists within their own cultural traditions. Funds can be used to help cover artist fees, offset costs of raw materials, and support any travel essential to the exchange. Traditional artists & culture bearers receive a $5,000; apprentices receive $500.

Visit the SFA website for more information.

Nominations Due: May 1, 2021

Application Notification: May 15, 2021

Application Due: July 31, 2021

Award Notification: September 30, 2021

Award disbursement: October 31, 2021

 

May
2
Sun
Poetry Out Loud National Semi Finals
May 2 all-day

On Sunday, May 2, 2021 beginning at 12pm ET, the Poetry Out Loud national semifinals will be broadcast through a one-time-only webcast at arts.gov/poetry-out-loudEach of the 55 champions submit in advance video recordings of their poetry recitations, which will be reviewed and scored by judges with expertise in poetry, performance, and the literary arts. The recitations from all 55 students will be broadcast on May 2 as part of one of three regional semifinals, and will include the announcement of the top nine students (three from each region) who will advance in the competition. Visit arts.gov/poetry-out-loud for the full semifinals schedule.

For the first time in the program’s 16-year history, the Poetry Out Loud™ national semifinals and finals will be held virtually this May. Each year, high school students nationwide experience Poetry Out Loud, memorizing and reciting classic and contemporary poetry and participating in local, regional, and state competitions. From the thousands of students who competed in 2020-2021, 55 finalists—one from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa—will advance to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals. The virtual finals will culminate in the announcement of the 2021 national champion, who will receive a grand prize of $20,000. Visit poetryoutloud.org for the list of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud state and jurisdictional champions and their high schools.

May
27
Thu
Poetry Out Loud National Finals
May 27 all-day

On Thursday, May 27 at 7:00 pm ET, actor and writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett will host the 2021 Poetry Out Loud national finals. Webcast at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud, the evening will feature pre-recorded recitations, live interviews with the top nine finalists, and the live announcement of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. The national finals judges will include Cathy Linh CheEduardo C. Corral, Gabriel CortezIdris GoodwinElisa New, and Branden Wellington.

For the first time in the program’s 16-year history, the Poetry Out Loud™ national semifinals and finals will be held virtually this May. Each year, high school students nationwide experience Poetry Out Loud, memorizing and reciting classic and contemporary poetry and participating in local, regional, and state competitions. From the thousands of students who competed in 2020-2021, 55 finalists—one from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa—will advance to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national finals. The virtual finals will culminate in the announcement of the 2021 national champion, who will receive a grand prize of $20,000. Visit poetryoutloud.org for the list of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud state and jurisdictional champions and their high schools.