May 12, 2014

Contact: Steve Wilcox

153 applications to be panel-reviewed during public meetings, May 19th-May 22nd

Phoenix, AZ (May 12, 2014). The Arizona Commission on the Arts will hold review panels for its Fiscal Year 2015 annual grants to organizations and schools between May 19th and May 22nd, 2014. The panels will convene from 10am to approximately 5pm each day at the Arizona State University Mercado building (502 East Monroe Street, Building C, Phoenix, AZ 85004). All panel meetings are open to the general public, including grant applicants.

In total, 153 applications are scheduled for panel review this year. Programs subject to panel review include Community Investment Grants (CIG), Arts Learning Grants and Festival Grants. Applications are evaluated based upon such factors as investment in the community, quality of programming, fiscal ingenuity and stewardship of public funds.

The public is welcome to attend these meetings to observe the panel process, but will not be allowed to take part in the grant discussions.

Chaired by the agency’s Governor-appointed Commissioners, panels are made up of community members, arts professionals, educators, artists and others actively involved in the nonprofit and service sectors. Panelists are selected to ensure statewide geographic representation as well as diversity of expertise, and serve by reviewing applications and advising the Arts Commission on grantmaking policies.

Panel recommendations will be shared with the Arts Commission’s Board of Commissioners at their quarterly meeting in June 2014, wherein final funding decisions will be made for the upcoming fiscal year.

Panelists serve in a volunteer capacity. The Arts Commission uses both internal and external nomination processes to identify potential panelists. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.

PanelChartFor specific information about the panel schedule or which applications will be reviewed during each session, please contact Kristen Pierce at 602-771-6517 or

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts

One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 47-year-old agency of the State of Arizona charged with supporting a statewide arts and culture sector. The agency is governed by a 15-member Governor-appointed Commission and a professional staff grounded in the arts. The Arts Commission receives and administers funds from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts and directs this funding to programs which contribute to the growth and stabilization of the arts, impact student learning, nurture and develop artists’ craft and skills, preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities, and encourage participation by citizens of all ages and abilities.

For more information about the grants, services and programs of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit
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