In FY2022, the Arts Commission formally established its foundational Tribal Consultation Policy, a first-of-its-kind policy among the nation’s 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, and, in FY2023,created a new Tribal Relations Manager position to create and develop stronger relationships in service of the 22 Tribal Nations within the boundaries of Arizona.

Through Tribal Consultations and other outreach done by the department, the agency calls for input from Tribal Nations and Native communities into how they are being affected by the work of the Arts Commission, what arts and culture is and envisioned to be in their communities, and what we as an agency can improve on in service of their needs.

Tribal Consultation Policy

Description: In A.R.S §41-2051, Subsection (C), the statute outlines what each agency of the State of Arizona is mandated to do, which includes the creation and updating of a Tribal Consultation Policy. The Tribal Consultation Policy is kept up-to-date and is also available on the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations’ website.

Tribal Consultation Policy

Annual Tribal Consultation Reports

Description: Each year, the agency is required to submit to the Governor’s Office on Tribal Relations a report of the engagements we have had with Tribal Nations and Native American communities. These reports are compiled and shared with legislators and Tribal leaders at the start of each legislative session.

FY2023 Report

FY2022 Report

Resources & Opportunities for Tribal Nations, Native organizations, and Native individuals

General Operational Funding for Organizations & Cultural Departments

Creative Capacity Grant

Funding for Festivals/Arts & Cultural Events

Festival Grant

Youth Programming & Opportunities

Youth Arts Engagement Grant

Youth Arts Council

Creative Youth Grant

Poetry Out Loud

Elder Programming & Opportunities

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant

Creative Aging

Individual Artists & Cultural Practitioners

Artist Opportunity Grant

Research & Development Grant

Folk and Traditional Arts

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.

Master-Apprentice Award

Other Resources

Federal Resources for Native Arts & Cultural Activities

This resource guide from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a consolidation of opportunities offered by federal agencies for organizations and Tribal government departments looking for funding and other resources to support Native arts and culture activities. Updated every two years.

National Heritage Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts

The NEA National Heritage Fellowships is the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Each year since 1982, the program recognizes recipients’ artistic excellence, lifetime achievement, and contributions to our nation’s traditional arts heritage. Nominations can be submitted through this form.

Resources for Developing a Native Arts & Cultural Council

This website features resources and tools to help Native communities develop Arts & Culture Councils. It is funded by the Ford Foundation and administered by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM). New resources are added frequently.