APRIL 2016
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
New Grants Support Arts Learning in Schools and Creative Engagement for All Ages
Cycle A Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 5, 2016
For projects taking place between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017.
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants enhance the work of community and social service organizations/ governmental entities through partnership projects with professional teaching artists and/or arts organizations.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of arts educators, classroom teachers and school-based arts programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school, after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

To allow applicants maximum flexibility, each of these grant programs will be on a convenient multiple deadline application cycle. The first deadline is May 5, 2016. 

National Poetry Month
National Poetry Month
In 1996, the Academy of American Poets established April as National Poetry Month. To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of this annual celebration of the poets and their work, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is throwing a spotlight on recent recipients of our Artist Research and Development Grant. 

Meanwhile, Hunter Hazelton, Arizona's 2016 Poetry Out Loud state champion, is preparing for the 2016 Poetry Out Loud national finals. Hazelton will face-off against 52 other state and jurisdictional champions in Washington, D.C., May 3-4, 2016. Before the main event, Hazelton will appear at Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture's Poetry at the Melrose Curve event on April 29. 

The Arizona Poetry Out Loud state finals were held last month at the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. This month, Arizona PBS broadcast a half-hour special featuring highlights from the event.
Governor Ducey
Governor Ducey Proclaims April 30 International Jazz Day  
Governor Doug Ducey has issued a proclamation declaring April 30, 2016, "International Jazz Day."  With this proclamation, Arizona joins a worldwide celebration recognizing jazz and its significant role in cultural diplomacy. The proclamation will be presented at Arizona's International Jazz Day Celebration to be held on April 30 at 4:00 pm at CityScape in downtown Phoenix. 

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Arizona Citizens for the Arts Video
Grant Review Panel
Arizona Citizens for the Arts Celebrate Arizona Arts Sector in New Video
Among the highlights of last month's Governor's Arts Awards was a new video produced by Arizona Citizens for the Arts highlighting Arizona's arts sector. Now the video is available for everyone to enjoy!

Community Investment Grants Panel Review Dates
Each year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts convenes volunteer panelists from across the state to review applications for Community Investment Grants. These meetings are open to the public.

Havana street scene. Photo by Victoria Hutter.
State Appropriations to the Arts
US Government Sends Cultural Delagation to Cuba
Less than a month after the historic visit by President Barack Obama, a delegation of some of America's most distinguished writers, artists, musicians, as well as arts and cultural leaders will visit Cuba to "identify greater opportunities for people-to-people artistic and cultural collaborations."

Explore Per Capita Appropriations to State Arts Agencies
Curious how Arizona stacks up against other states when it comes to public funding for the arts? The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) provides a handy tool for exploring the funding of all 56 of the nation's State and Jurisdictional Arts Agencies.

Southwest Folklife Alliance
2016 Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Award
Application Deadline: June 1, 2016
The SFA Master-Apprentice Award is designed to support the teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices. The goal of this award is to strengthen the transmission of community-based traditions throughout the Southwestern United States. The award supports a master artist or tradition bearer who has identified a qualified apprentice (or group of apprentices), to engage in a relationship that includes intensive learning, one-on-one mentorship and hands-on experience in his/her traditional artistic practice.

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Mesa Arts Center
AZ Humanities
Mesa Arts Center Offers In-Kind Rental Grant Opportunity
Application Deadline: May 13, 2016
The City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture Creative Economy Fund will support reduced rental rates at Mesa Arts Center for non-profit organizations presenting an arts project, event, activity, workshop or a series of any of the above. Applicants must be a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization based in Arizona. 

Arizona Humanities Seeking Candidates for its Board of Directors
Application Deadline: April 30, 2016 
Do you want to enhance cultural life in Arizona? Are you interested in creating a just and civil society?  Arizona Humanities is seeking candidates to serve on its Board of Directors whose background and expertise provide the tools Arizona Humanities needs to remain a successful and dynamic organization.

Phoenix Office of Arts _ Culture
Arizona Citizens for the Arts
SAVVY: Should You Be a Nonprofit?
Monday, May 16, 8:30am - 1:00pm
Having an idea, gathering some collaborators, gaining resources, then becoming a non-profit seems like "the path," but what if this traditional model doesn't fit your organization? Or you're unsure if it does? This workshop will allow you the time to ask questions of speakers who discuss the pros and cons of their decision. 

Arts Administration & Policy Internship
Application Deadline: April 29, 2016
Arizona Citizens for the Arts seeks a summer intern. The intern will be tasked with updating and administering candidate surveys, preparing voter education information to be shared through email software and on our website as well as other tasks

This monthly online newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts contains updates on agency programs and services, upcoming grant opportunities and application deadlines, news about Arizona's arts sector, and much more.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting.

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