Arts Commission Awards Research and Development Grants to 18 Arizona Artists

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the Artist Research and Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2018. This year, thanks to the state’s continued additional investment in the arts for the current fiscal year, 18 Arizona artists received an award of up to $5,000 in funding—seven more than were awarded funding in 2016.

Perspectives: Thomas Eldridge

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“There is a kind of spirituality I find inside Madison. Since the first time I laid eyes on one of the murals, I feel that I’ve been chosen to tell its story. It’s like a voice, one that I must serve…. Inside Madison will be a testament to the confined human spirit in all of its anger, confusion, hope… and beauty.”

Perspectives: Amy Carpenter and Stacey Reed Hanlon

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Perspectives is an on ongoing series of interviews and check-ins with recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG). Today we speak with 2017 ARDG recipient Amy Carpenter and her creative partner Stacey Reed Hanlon.

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.