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

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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
24
Fri
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Dec 24 all-day
Dec
31
Fri
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Dec 31 all-day
Jan
15
Sat
Panel Review Meeting: Youth Arts Engagement Grants, Cycle B
Jan 15 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
Jan
17
Mon
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Jan 17 all-day
Feb
10
Thu
Online Info Session: Creative Capacity Grants
Feb 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Program manager Claudio Dicochea will walk attendees through the grant guidelines and application process and answer participant questions.

REGISTER

 

 

Feb
17
Thu
Deadline: Artist Opportunity Grant
Feb 17 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

Artist Opportunity Grant supports Arizona artists as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional growth.

As this grant is available to artists working in all disciplines and at any stage in their career, a wide array of opportunities could be considered eligible. Proposed opportunities may be self-generated or by invitation and must have potential for significant impact in one or more of these three categories:

  • Introduce Your Work to New Audiences: An opportunity to present your work in a significant way that will expose your work to new audiences or raise your artistic profile.
  • Develop New Skills: An opportunity to develop new artistic skills though participation in activities such as conferences, artist residencies, workshops, fellowships, master classes, or apprenticeships.
  • Develop Your Artistic Entrepreneurship: An opportunity to engage in entrepreneurial activities directly related to the advancement of your work. Such activities may include production of marketing materials, website development, payment of professional fees (lawyers, accountants, etc.), and any practice-related capital expenses (like equipment purchases, materials, services, rental fees for equipment or facility, etc.)

Keep in mind you will be asked to describe how engaging in the opportunity will advance your work. Further, the opportunity should not duplicate previous work or experiences, but should represent a new or further developing professional endeavor.

Funding Period

Eligible opportunities must take place during the funding period dates of the cycle in which they are submitted.

Application Cycles


Application Due
November 4, 2021, 11:59 pm
Funding Period
September 15, 2021 – June 30, 2022

Application Due
February 17, 2022, 11:59 pm
Funding Period
January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022

Award Amount

Artists may request between $500 and $1,500 in funding. The number of grants awarded is dependent upon the amount of funds available. No match is required.

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used for any of the following (this list is not comprehensive):

  • Equipment purchases, materials, or services needed to fulfill/engage in the opportunity
  • Rental fees, including equipment, instruments, facility (including short-term space and studio rentals), etc., which support the artistic opportunity
  • Preparation, freight, and/or shipping costs
  • Costs associated with documentation of the opportunity
  • Travel necessary to engage in the opportunity* (see Funding Restrictions for more information)
  • Registration fees
  • Professional fees which support the artistic opportunity

When you’re ready, click on the “Apply Now” button below. This will take you to a website called Submittable where you’ll submit your application materials.

CLOSED


Narrative Proposal Details


Answer each of these questions.

You can type up your proposal narrative (1000 words),

or

You can upload it in a video or audio recording (no more than 6 minutes in length).

  1. Describe the opportunity you will engage in with the grant funds. What are your specific proposed activities? (250 words)
  2. Tell us about your artistic practice and why this opportunity is appropriate and vital to your work at this stage of your career. (250 words)
  3. How will engaging in this opportunity address at least one of the eligible opportunity categories (introduce your work to new audiences, develop new skills, or develop your artistic entrepreneurship)? (250 words)
  4. Why are you excited about this opportunity? What is this going to make possible? (250 words)

If you share your proposal narrative in a video or audio recording keep it simple and to the point. The recording should be just you, describing your proposal and answering the four questions listed above.

Please do not include edits of your work samples or special effects. Production quality of this recording will not be considered in your review. Just make sure we can hear and understand you and keep editing and post-production embellishment to a minimum.


Timeline of Proposed Activities

Provide a timeline that details the proposed activities related to your opportunity.

Please format the timeline as “Date/Month Year: Name of Activity.” Indicate which dates are finalized with an asterisk at the end of the Name of the Activity.

This may be a single date, such as “April 12, 2022: Day of Workshop*” or a bullet point list like the following:

  • January-February 2022: Preparing Sheet Music for Printing & Rehearsing Flute Solo.
  • March 3-5, 2022: Record with Jane Doe at AZArtsy Recording Studio Solo Pieces*
  • March 6-8, 2022: Record with Jane Doe at AZArtsy Recording Studio Finalized Group Compositions*

Work Samples

Submit work samples you’ve completed within the last 10 years which are relevant to the opportunity. From the list to the right, please choose the most appropriate artistic work sample format to represent your discipline:

Applicant work samples

  • 3 minutes of recorded audio
  • 3 minutes of recorded video
  • 6 images
  • 5 pages of double-spaced text or 3-5 poems
  • Combination of materials listed above: Please edit accordingly for no more than a total of 3 minutes of reviewing time (2 images=1 min)

Please do not submit promotional materials. Panelists can’t assess your work based on an exhibition poster, an event program, or a published review. Remember to test your work samples as you upload them.


Work Sample Descriptions

Provide a brief description explaining how the submitted work sample(s) relate to your proposal. Why did you choose them? (150 words)

  • Title of the work
  • Date completed/premiered
  • Location/site of exhibition or presentation
  • Dimensions and medium of the work



Experience List

Provide 5 to 10 professional arts-based experiences you have engaged in over the past 5 to 10 years and briefly describe how each experience demonstrates progression of your artistic career. The experience list helps the panel situate the opportunity you propose in a broader context; please briefly describe the relevancy of the experiences you listed to the opportunity. (up to 200 words)


Expenses List

List eligible expenses ONLY (equipment, materials, services, rental fees, facility fees, preparation, freight, shipping, documentation, travel, professional fees, etc.) related to your proposal.


Grant Amount Requested

Indicate the grant amount you are requesting, based on eligible expenses, between $500 and $1,500.


Budget Narrative

If your eligible expenses exceed $1,500 please tell us how you will fund the rest of your proposed activities. (up to 200 words)

Anna Needham (Red Lake Ojibwe)
Artist Programs Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6526
Email: [email protected]

Submittable Technical Support
(855) 467-8264, ext. 2
[email protected]
help.submittable.com

Feb
21
Mon
State Holiday | Offices Closed
Feb 21 all-day
Feb
24
Thu
Online Info Session: Creative Capacity Grants
Feb 24 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Program manager Claudio Dicochea will walk attendees through the grant guidelines and application process and answer participant questions.

REGISTER

 

 

Online Info Session: Festival Grants
Feb 24 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will present an online information session.

Learn about the Festival Grant program for arts festivals in Arizona! Program manager Bradley DeBiase will walk you through the guidelines and application process and take any questions you might have.

Mar
10
Thu
Online Info Session: Creative Capacity Grants
Mar 10 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

To help organizations prepare their best application, Arts Commission staff will host multiple online information sessions. Program manager Claudio Dicochea will walk attendees through the grant guidelines and application process and answer participant questions.

REGISTER

 

 

Mar
11
Fri
Deadline: Creative Youth Grant
Mar 11 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

Administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ AZ Youth Arts Council, the Creative Youth Grant is a funding opportunity for young artists, arts organizations, collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs that are majority youth-led (20 years-old and under). Eligible applicants can apply in one of two categories: 

  • Individual: Funding for individual young artists.
  • Organization/School: Funding for schools, arts organizations, collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs.

What is it For?

Individuals

To support young artists as they develop new skills or advance their artistic practice outside the traditional school day. This may include paying for lessons, attending a workshop, or paying for supplies and equipment.

Organizations

For projects that support young people’s stories and ideas through creative expression. This may include youth led arts projects, workshops, or events that happen outside the traditional school day.

Individuals

  • Arizona artists under the age of 20 years-old.
  • For activities taking place January 1 – June 30, 2022.

Organizations

  • Project is majority youth-led. An adult’s role is as an ally or accomplice supporting and ensuring youth leadership and shared decision making.
  • Project provides an artistic experience for the direct benefit of young people under the age of 20 in Arizona.
  • For projects taking place through January 1 – June 30, 2022.
  • Applicant organizations must be Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, schools/ districts, or units of government who are majority youth-led (20 years-old and under). This may include collaboratives, youth arts councils or clubs. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible, may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor.

Award Amount

Individuals

Individuals can request between $250 and $750, based on eligible expenses.

Organizations

Applicants can request the following flat grant amounts: $500, $1,000, $1,500.

Eligible Expenses

Grant funds may be used for any of the following (this list is not comprehensive):  

Individuals

  • Fees for private lessons or workshops
  • Materials or supplies related to your artistic practice
  • Equipment, instruments or technology related to your artistic practice
  • Travel costs
  • Documentation

Organizations

  • Artist, consultant, and other fees
  • Materials or supplies
  • Travel costs
  • Equipment or technology which directly support the project activities
  • Space/rental fees
  • Documentation

When you’re ready, click on the “Apply Now” button below. This will take you to a website called Submittable where you’ll submit your application materials. Please note that late or incomplete applications will be ineligible for review or funding. 

The application period for Creative Youth Grants is now closed.


The Application

Narrative

Answer each of these questions. You can type up your proposal narrative (up to 1,000 words), or you can upload it in a video or audio recording (no more than 8 minutes in length).

If you share your proposal narrative in a video or audio recording keep it simple and to the point. The recording should be just you, describing your proposal and answering the questions listed above. Please do not include edits of your work samples or special effects. Production quality of this recording will not be considered in your review. Just make sure we can hear and understand you and keep editing and post-production embellishment to a minimum.

Individuals

  1. Describe how you will use the grant funds. What is this grant going to make possible?
  2. Tell us about your artistic practice and why these activities or purchases are appropriate and important to your work as a young artist.
  3. Provide a timeline that details the proposed activities. All project activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.

Organizations

  1. Provide a detailed description of your proposed project. What do you hope the project will achieve?
  2. Who are the collaborators involved in this project? What do they bring to the table?
  3. What does youth-led look like in this project? How will the collaborators ensure shared power and decision making?
  4. Who does this project serve and why is it important to that community?
  5. Describe the timeline for the activities that will take place. All project activities must be completed by June 30, 2022.


Project Budget

Individuals

  • Expenses: List all expenses related to your proposal and provide a short explanation of the expense.
  • Grant Amount Requested: Indicate the grant amount you are requesting, based on eligible expenses, between $250 and $750.
  • Budget Narrative: Use this space to bring your project budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Organizations

  • Project Expenses: List all project expenses and provide a short explanation of the expense.
  • Grant Amount Requested: Select which of the three flat grant amounts you are requesting for you project: $500, $1,000, or $1,500.
  • Budget Narrative: Use this space to bring your project budget to life, as if you were explaining it to the grant review panel.

Application Due Date

March 11, 2022

Grant Panel Convened

March 28, 2022

Grantees Notified

April 4, 2022

Funding Period 

January 1, 2022 — June 30, 2022 

Elisa Radcliffe

Arts Learning Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6528
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

For questions about Submittable:
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Web: https://help.submittable.com

Mar
24
Thu
Quarterly Commission Meeting
Mar 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Click here for public meeting notice.