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TopNEA Visits Tucson
This year, the National Endowment for the Arts is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. To highlight the agency's nationwide impact over the past half-century, the NEA is visiting communities in each state and producing short videos that provide a snapshot of the local arts and culture. Last month, they visited Tucson to witness the city's annual All Souls Procession and speak with State Senator/Public Artist Steve Farley, taiko drummer/teaching artist Karen Falkenstrom, and Arizona's Poet Laureate, Alberto Álvaro Ríos
Watch United States of Arts_ Arizona
Introduction to Creative Aging: Myths of Aging and the Power of the Arts
Introduction to Creative Aging Join us to learn about the myths of aging and how arts engagement benefits older adults. Jorge Merced, Associate Artistic Director of Pregones Theater, will provide a keynote on Creative Aging and an interactive exploration of the different approaches used across the continuum of care.  Thanks to the generous support of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust this event is presented at no cost to attendees, but registration is required. 
Register for Introduction to Creative Aging
Registration closes Tuesday, January 12, 2016.
Inside the Panel Review Process
Grant Panel Review Each year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts relies on the assistance of volunteers from all over the state to review grant applications and offer recommendations for funding to our Governor-appointed Board of Commissioners. Qualified individuals can recommend themselves or others for consideration via an online nomination form.

Welcomes and Farewells
Staff changes at the Arts Commission
The Arizona Commission on the Arts has hired Gabriela Muñoz for the position of Artist Programs Manager. Muñoz was hired by the Arts Commission following the recent departure of Casandra Hernandez, who has assumed the position of Curator of CALA Initiatives at the ASU Art Museum, a newly-established partnership between Phoenix-based Celebración Artística de las Américas and the Museum.

What you see when you look in the water
NEA Grants in Arizona
What You See When You Look in the Water
In honor of the 107th Arizona Town Hall, the Arizona Commission on the Arts produced a series of postcards featuring the words of Arizona's Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos and images created by Tucson-based artist (and 2014 Artist Research and Development Grant recipient) Kathleen Velo.

NEA Awards $185,000 in Grants to 13 Arizona Arts Programs
On Tuesday, December 8, 2015, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced the recipients of their latest round of grantmaking in the Art Works and Challenge America programs. 13 Arizona arts programs are among the recipients. Collectively they were awarded $185,000.

NEH Grants
Arts and Early Childhood Education
NEH Grants toward Preservation of Arizona Arts Assets
City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and University of Arizona Poetry Center were awarded Preservation Assistance Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) this month. These grants will "support projects that address major challenges in preserving or providing access to humanities collections and resources."

New Research on Arts and Early Childhood Development
In their first years, children experience rapid and important emotional, physical, and cognitive growth. What role do the arts play in early childhood development? A new report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at research on how the arts affect young children from birth to age eight. The news is good, but several research questions remain, according to this literature review.

Professional Development Grants
Arizona Gives Day
The next Arizona Gives Day has been officially scheduled for Tuesday, April 5, 2016, and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits invites all Arizona nonprofit organizations to register for this single-day fundraising event. 

Professional Development Grant
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.

Nea Grant Opportunities
Intern Opportunities
NEA Grant Opportunities
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has posted application guidelines for their Fiscal Year 2017 Art Works and Challenge America grant categories. In association with the federal agency's 50th anniversary initiative, the NEA is also launching a pilot grant opportunity called Creativity Connects.

Internship Opportunities
The Arizona Commission on the Arts Internship Program provides emerging leaders in the arts with the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of a state arts agency. Through a combination of learning experiences interns prepare to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit and cultural leaders.
Important Dates

Dec 25 Christmas Day (Office Closed)

Jan 1 - New Years Day (Office Closed)

Jan 18 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Office Closed)



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