topApril 2015
Grant Review Panels

Each year, the Arts Commission convenes volunteer panelists from across the state to review applications for its grants to organizations and schools. 


These meetings are open to the public and offer a prime opportunity for current and prospective applicants to observe the panel review process and learn more about the qualities of successful, competitive grant applications.

New Look, Enhanced Features, Same Great Content
If you've visited  this week, you may have wondered if you'd come to the right place. The Arizona Commission on the Arts website has been completely redesigned. We invite you to take a look around: Check out the "Dates to Remember" on the homepage for upcoming deadlines, public meetings and panel review dates. Finding current  Job and Arts Opportunities has never been easier. The new  Artists, Arts Learning and  Organizations pages provide unique points of entry, specific to your personal area of interest. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. We'll continue to add content and make adjustments throughout the coming months, so be sure to let us know what you think!

Professional Development Grants Now Available 
Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth. Applicants may request a minimum of $500 and a maximum of $750. All grants must be matched by a minimum contribution of 25% of the requested grant amount.

The deadline is 11:59pm Thursday, June 4, 2015 (For activities taking place between July 1, 2015 and October 31, 2015).

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Nogales High School Student Represents Arizona at Poetry Out Loud Nationals
On April 28th, Nogales High School Senior Zasia Villa represented Arizona at the National Poetry Out Loud finals competition in Washington, DC, advancing to the third round of the semi-finals. Before departing for Washington, Zaskia spoke with us about her experience. 
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Deadline Extended: Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnership Grants
The deadline has been extended for organizations to submit a Letter of Interest to apply to the Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnership grant program. Recipients of other Arts Commission grants may also apply for these funds. The deadline is 5:00pm, May 8, 2015.
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2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Finalists Announced!
Congratulations to Arts for All (Tucson) and Rosie's House (Phoenix) announced as finalists for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Programs Award!
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Recipients of the Nation's Highest Museum and Library Honor Announced
On April 21st, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced that the Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff) has received the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.
Arts Writers Grant Program
Designed to encourage and reward writing about contemporary art that is rigorous, passionate, eloquent and precise, as well as to create a broader audience for arts writing, the Arts Writers Grant Program aims to strengthen the field as a whole and to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. 
Transnational Cultural Remittances
Launched in 2008 with support from the Ford Foundation, the Transnational Cultural Remittances (TCR) grant program supports exemplary cultural exchanges that promote grassroots artistic collaboration and strengthen social networks between the United States, Mexico and Central America.
Creative Economy Fund--Mesa Arts Center Rent Reduction Program Applicants may submit proposals requesting reduction of rental costs for the use of Mesa Arts Center theaters, studios or Shadow Walk, or Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum lecture hall or courtyard for the purpose of presenting quality arts programs for the Mesa community and region.
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May 8-9, 2015
Participants will explore the processes, outcomes and impacts of new venture creation in the arts through hands-on workshops, speakers, pitch sessions and research presentations.
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May 15, 2015
All are welcome. Topics include:  Managing Your Organization's Cash Flow, Marketing Strategies and Resource Development for Generating Revenue.

Important Dates

May 8 - Deadline: Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships

May 13-15 - Grant Review Panels

May 18-21 - Grant Review Panels

June 2 - Grant Review Panels 

June 4 - Deadline: Professional Development Grants  


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