August 2015
Top A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Photo by Alonso Parra
School Registration for Arizona Poetry Out Loud Now Open
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation contest for high schools that provides free classroom materials for teachers and scholarship opportunities for students. POL is open to all Arizona students, grades 9-12. Registration for the 2015-2016 season of Poetry Out Loud will be open through October 30, 2015.
Annual Satisfaction Survey
This is your chance to let the Arts Commission know how we're doing. All feedback is welcome and everyone's response matters. 
Please respond by 11:59pm, Friday, August 21, 2015. Thank you in advance for sharing your experiences and feedback.

Next50 Photo Contest
The Arts Commission invites photographers, amateur and professional, to submit original photographs capturing Arizona's spirit, beauty and potential.The featured photographer will receive a $500 award plus a prize package worth $150 from our contest sponsor Tempe Camera.
Innovation in Action: Three Case Studies from the Intersections of Arts and Social Justice
This new publication from EmcArts explores the contours and possibilities of innovation and adaptive change in organizations that sit at the juncture of arts and social justice.
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How Creativity Works in the Brain
A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts that explores the links between brain function and creativity, and how this knowledge can affect the way we learn, work, and thrive.
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Educator Preview Night at the Mesa Arts Center
August 20, 20154:30-6:30pm

At this free event, educators can preview upcoming shows, pre-register before the public for National Geographic Live! and Performing Live for Students, win prizes, and learn more about the range of arts and cultural experiences the Mesa Arts Center offers for elementary, junior high and high schools.
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Educator Arts Day and Resource Fair

August 22, 20159:00am-3:00pm

Hosted by the Phoenix Art Museum, this free event will provide hands-on professional development workshops in art, music and theatre in the morning, followed by an afternoon resource fair where educators can learn more about the opportunities offered by various arts and culture organizations. Event includes catered lunch, workshop materials, prize raffles, teaching resources, and continuing education credits.
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Free Adobe Software for Title I Schools
As part of President Obama's ConnectED initiative, Adobe is donating $300 million in software and professional development to Title I schools throughout the country-all with the goal of helping youth express their creativity and build skills for future success.
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Summary of the Summit on Creative Aging in America

The Summit on Creative Aging in America: A Pre-Conference to the 2015 White House Conference on Aging was co-hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Center for Creative Aging. The summary materials identify needs and barriers as well as possible solutions to the issues surrounding healthy aging and age-friendly community design.
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Artist Research and Development Grants

DEADLINE: September 17, 2015

Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines by aiding in the development of artistic work, supporting the advancement of artistic research and recognizing the contributions artists make to Arizona's communities.
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Professional Development Grant Cycle B

DEADLINE: October 1, 2015

Professional Development Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists, arts administrators and arts educators for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to professional growth and career development. 
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Feel free to send us your comments, suggestions or a story idea you'd like to see in the next issue. Email:
To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit
Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

417 West Roosevelt Street 
Phoenix AZ 85003-1326  
tel     (602) 771-6501
fax     (602) 256-0282

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