Improvisation Workshop for Youth on the Autistic Spectrum

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Artist Research and Development Grant awardees Amy Carpenter and Stacey Hanlon will conduct a series of free improv workshops for teens on the Autism spectrum this Fall. Workshops are limited to 10 participants and will be held on September 16th, October 21st, November 18th and December 16th from 2:30 – 4:00 PM.

Melissa Sevigny

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“In college, I disappeared into poetry classes as a distraction from the rigors of chemistry and microbiology. Soon I discovered writing wasn’t a distraction at all: it was my calling. By writing about science —with lyricism, passion and power—I had the potential to change the way my readers viewed the world around them.” Melissa Sevigny, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Ned Schaper

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“My work gives new purpose to unwanted items, bringing them back into the flow of creation. Continuation of purpose is the basis of all life as the same chemistry of the universe is endlessly recycled.” Ned Schaper, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Delisa Myles

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“Dance is the crucible where body and spirit join and something new comes to light. Chaos, confusion and catharsis transform into meaning, composition and communication. Art at its highest expression is a conduit for healing.” Delisa Myles, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Yvonne Montoya

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“I am a Latina/Xicana artist raised in the U.S. Southwest, the aesthetics of the region, including nonWestern aesthetics, inform the movements and themes of my work.” Yvonne Montoya, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Johanna Lundy

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“When you can take someone by the hand and help them navigate the huge world of symphonic, operatic, chamber, or solo music, it opens a whole new world to explore.” Johanna Lundy, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

2018 Artist Research and Development Grants: Now Accepting Applications

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The application period for Artist Research and Development Grants is now open. This highly-competitive grant program awards up to $5,000 to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. The application deadline is August 24, 2017.

Hakeem Khaaliq

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“These images attempt to bring the Black presence in Mexico from obscurity to light, from opacity to transparency, and from invisibility to tangibility in a way that respects the history and struggle while showcasing the beauty and strength of Black Mexico.” Hakeem Khaaliq, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Yanara Friedland

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“I see my work as that of crossing thresholds, bordering and bridging between often asymmetric or estranged places and fields of inquiry. My practices involve walking, divinatory work, qualitative research, creative methodologies of mapping, oral history and archival research, assemblage, erasure, translation and deep listening.” Yanara Friedland, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.

Sara Fraker

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“I am fascinated with the notion that music, art, dance, and other art forms can spur action and awareness of environmental issues through powerful multivalent connections to the heart, mind, and spirit. As a musician, above all, I believe in the power of music to communicate as a unique language, an incomparable energy, on its own terms.” Sara Fraker, 2017 Artist Research & Development Grant recipient.