The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites teenaged artists and creatives to join the AZ Youth Arts Council. The advisory group will work to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy. Creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts are encouraged to apply. The Arts Commission hopes to include young people representing each of the state’s 15 counties. Applications must be submitted by October 24, 2019.
Those selected to represent their community on the AZ Youth Arts Council will:
- Learn about policy to advocate for equal access to the arts for all young people in Arizona
- Advise the Arts Commission on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people
- Review issues related to arts and culture programs and services for young people
- Create arts and media projects highlighting the arts in their communities
Council members will enjoy opportunities to engage with young artists and arts professionals from throughout the state, build creative leadership skills, and gain valuable experience in and knowledge of public policy. Each AZ Youth Arts Council member will receive a stipend, compensating them for their time and expertise.
AZ Youth Arts Council members will be expected to participate in online council meetings every two weeks and attend an annual in-person AZ Youth Arts Council gathering. (Travel and lodging stipends will be provided for council members coming in from out of town.)
Approximately three weeks after the October 24 application due date, the Arts Commission will announce those selected to join the AZ Youth Arts Council. The council’s first online meeting will be held in early-December and continue, biweekly, through May 2020. The first annual statewide gathering of AZ Youth Arts Council members will convene in summer 2020.
An agency of the State of Arizona, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is dedicated to creating opportunities for all Arizonans to participate in and experience the arts. To that end, the agency, which receives funds from the state as well as the federal government, delivers grants and support to cultivate sustainable arts communities and promote statewide public access to arts and cultural activities. To learn more and submit an application, visit http://azarts.gov/programs/azyac.