A pair of AZ ArtWorker events have been scheduled for February 2016. Launched in August 2015 through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, AZ ArtWorker facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing between Arizona artists, their national and international artist peers, and residents of Arizona communities.
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In February 2016, Dr. Linda Essig, Director of Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Programs in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and founder of the Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at ASU, presented a two-day interactive workshop based on the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit–a comprehensive collection of digital tools designed to help artists support the business side of their practice.
On November 4, 2015, AZ ArtWorker presented a workshop with actor and playwright Anu Yadav in Phoenix. At this intimate workshop, participants learned about theatre as a tool for community organizing and used techniques based on Theatre of the Oppressed to explore how personal story can be used to engage social issues.
AZ ArtWorker launched in Douglas, AZ, during the weekend of October 10-11, 2015, presenting community events and artists workshops coordinated with the border community’s first bi-national art walk, a visit from internationally renowned artist Ana Teresa Fernández, and the debut of Repellent Fence, the largest bi-national land art installation ever exhibited at the US/Mexico border.
On October 10-11, AZ ArtWorker, a new artist-to-artist professional development program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, was launched in Douglas, AZ. In November, an AZ ArtWorker workshop will be offered in Phoenix.
Our new artist-to-artist professional development program AZ ArtWorker will be featured on 8 Arizona PBS’ Arizona Horizon at 5:30pm, Tuesday, October 6, 2015. The Arts Commission’s Artist Programs Coordinator will be joined by Douglas, AZ artist M. Jenea Sanchez to discuss AZ ArtWorker.
“As initiatives, AZ Creative Aging and AZ ArtWorker maximize two of the arts sector’s distinctive talents: to power the development of imaginative solutions to community challenges, and to leverage creative partnerships for mutually-beneficial outcomes.” Robert Booker, Executive Director, Arizona Commission on the Arts