AZ CARES: Now Accepting Applications

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The Arizona Commission on the Arts will administer $428,700 in CARES Act funding via the AZ CARES Grant program in support of arts and culture organizations across Arizona.

Virtual Conversations & Convenings

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In the coming weeks, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will host or cohost several online conversations and convenings. We will add to the list below as new events are scheduled.

April 6, 2020: Update on Emergency Relief Fund

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Initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $25,000 from other partners, the fund can provide approximately 150 grants. More than 500 applications were submitted in the 8 hours the application portal was open.

Announcing Emergency Relief Grants for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals

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As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to artists and arts professionals experiencing cancelled events and residencies or terminated contracts due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

March 27, 2020: Update from the Arizona Commission on the Arts

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The Federal relief package includes direct support for both nonprofit cultural organizations and state and local arts and humanities agencies, as well as economic relief provisions for independent contractors, “gig economy” workers, artists, entrepreneurs, and small businesses working in the creative economy.

March 23, 2020: Update from the Arizona Commission on the Arts

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During this period of rapid change and uncertainty, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will be in contact more frequently to provide information on evolving resources and developments, to let you know how the Arts Commission is responding, and to invite you to engage with us—such that your perspectives guide us—as we navigate the current crisis together.

COVID-19 Resources

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A collection of resources that may be relevant to you and/or the artists, arts professionals, and organizations with whom you work. We will continue to update this page for as long as it may be useful.