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 Stacey Wong at (602) 771-6527 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.


 

Aug
19
Thu
Online Info Session: FY2022 Festival Grants
Aug 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Festival Grant program manager Brad DeBiase for this guide to the FY2022 Festival Grant application. Brad will walk attendees through the grant guidelines, eligibility requirements, application questions, and review criteria. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the grant.

REGISTER

Mar
25
Fri
Deadline: Festival Grant
Mar 25 @ 11:59 am – 11:59 am

The application period for FY2023 Festival Grants is now closed.

Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts and culture programming through festival activities and are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists and culture bearers (or their artistic work) with communities.

Festivals allow communities to share artistic and cultural traditions which can create vibrant opportunities and experiences for community members and visitors. A festival is often a person’s first experience and point of entry with the arts and can serve as a bridge to new kinds of arts attendance.

Festivals may be multidisciplinary in scope and often feature arts engagement opportunities. Festival activities can include various performing, visual and literary arts, food, and traditional demonstrations, but also may be specific to an artistic discipline.

Arizona nonprofit organizations with tax-exempt status, or units of government (local or Tribal) producing such festivals. For example, eligible organizations include local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments, and other nonprofit cultural and social service organizations. Unincorporated organizations who are otherwise eligible may apply with a nonprofit fiscal sponsor. 

For the purposes of this grant program, a Festival is defined as an event that is a periodic—often annual—gathering or celebration that happens in a condensed period of time, featuring a varied and curated program of events, having an easily identifiable and unifying theme or specified focus. Eligible festivals must demonstrate a thematic emphasis on arts and culture in their programming. 

Festival activities must last a minimum of one four-hour day and may only span the duration of two consecutive weekends. Seasonal series of presented works are eligible activities. For this grant program, festival activities can include juried processes, but scholarships, pageants or standalone award ceremonies are ineligible. Please see a more detailed list of ineligible expenses at the end of this document. 

Festival grants support both in-person and virtual festivals. 

Applicants may request grant award amounts ranging from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $5,000.

There is no cash match required for this grant opportunity, however applicants should use the narrative sections of the application to justify their requested award amounts. 

In-person Festivals

Award Range: $1,000 – $5,000

Eligible Expenses:

  • Contracted Artistic Services and Artist Fees: includes guest artist contractual fees including travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.
  • Production Expenses: includes insurance, sound, lighting, and equipment rental and operation for the artistic project only.
  • Space Rental: includes stage, space, or venue rental for the artistic project only.
  • Marketing/Promotion: includes contracted graphic design services the purchase of advertising space and creation of digital and printed promotional materials for the entire event.
  • Accessibility Services: includes closed captioning, interpretation, and translation services, visual enhancements, and listening guides. 
  • Public Health and Safety Compliance: includes personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation services, and equipment/structuring to support distancing.

Virtual Festivals

Award Range: $1,000 – $5,000

Eligible Expenses:

  • Contracted Artistic Services and Artist Fees: includes guest artist contractual fees including travel, lodging, and per diem expenses.
  • Production Expenses: includes insurance, sound, lighting, and equipment rental and operation for the artistic project only.
  • Space Rental: includes stage, space, or venue rental for the artistic project only.
  • Marketing/Promotion: includes contracted graphic design services the purchase of advertising space and creation of digital and printed promotional materials for the entire event.
  • Accessibility Services: includes closed captioning, interpretation, and translation services, visual enhancements, and listening guides.
  • Public Health and Safety Compliance: includes personal protective equipment, cleaning and sanitation services, and equipment/structuring to support distancing.
  • Digital Operations: includes fees related to video live-streaming services, access to webinar and conferencing platforms, closed captioning, translation and interpretation services, and digital ticketing/event management systems.

When you’re ready, click on “Apply Now” below. This will take you to the Submittable platform. You do not have to complete the application in one session; Submittable allows you to save a draft of your application and complete/submit it later.

The application period for FY2023 Festival Grants is now closed.

Please review the FY2023 Festival Grant Guidelines thoroughly before beginning your application.

Primary Staff Contact

Brad DeBiase
Programs and Grants Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6534
Email: [email protected]

Technical Support

Email: [email protected]
Phone: (855) 467-8264, ext. 2
Web: help.submittable.com

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

A recording of the session will be posted here on Monday, February 28.

Thursday, February 24
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

CLOSED

Recorded Info Session

Originally presented on February 24, 2022, this information session offers viewers an overview of the Festival Grant program, including eligibility requirements, application questions, and review criteria.