A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Grant applciation deadline_ March 17_ 2016 The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2017 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants.  The application deadline is 11:59pm, March 17, 2016. 
If you missed the live online information sessions we presented earlier this month, you still still have a chance to register for our third and final session on Tuesday, March 1, 2016. You can also watch a recording of the January 20th session on YouTube.

Online Information Session
1:00 pm, March 1, 2016
Register for March 1 online info session.
Governor_s arts awards
Each year, the statewide arts advocacy organization Arizona Citizens for the Arts partners with the Office of the Governor to honor Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators and individuals that best represent the excellence and diversity of Arizona's arts and cultural community.
This year, the awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016, at Sheraton Grand Phoenix. As seating is limited, our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts encourage you to purchase your tickets as early as possible.
Buy tickets to Governor_s Arts Awards
Poetry Out Loud
Each year, thousands of students across the state compete in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition. This month, each participating school will send their champion to one of three regional competitions to determine which 10 students will vie for the title of state champion.

The results of the  Central and Northern regional events, held on February 13 and 20, respectively, have already been announced, while the Southern regional finals will be held on Saturday, February 27. 

This year, the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals will return to the studios of Arizona PBS. The event, which will be held on March 11, 2016, will be taped and broadcast to communities throughout the state that carry Eight, Arizona PBS programming.
Phoenix Chorale
Creativz website
Phoenix Chorale Wins Grammy
Proving once again their world-class status, Phoenix Chorale won the Grammy for Best Choral Performance at the 58th Annual Grammy Awards earlier this month. Congratulations!  

This month, the NEA launched the latest component of their Creativity Connects initiative: CREATIVZ, an online platform for an ongoing conversation about what artists need to sustain and strengthen their careers.

Arts _ Economic Growth report
NEA Report on Creative Aging Summit
Arts Contribute $704.2 Billion to the U.S. Economy
This month, the National Endowment for the Arts and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis released new estimates from their Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA). These latest estimates report that arts and cultural production contributed $704.2 Billion to the U.S. Economy in 2013.  

NEA Releases Report on the Arts and Healthy Aging
On February 3, 2016, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Center for Creative Aging (NCCA) released The Summit on Creativity and Aging, a report on the May 2015 summit of more than 70 experts co-presented by the NEA and NCCA that preceded the July 2015 White House Conference on Aging.

Teaching Artist Symposium
Photos (from left to right): Photo courtesy of Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona; photo by Alonso Parra, Lamp Left Media; photo by Annie Guthrie, courtesy of University of Arizona Poetry Center.
Saturday, February 27, 2016│9:00am - 12:30pm
Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum 
Join us for a half day symposium with Lincoln Center Education (LCE) to learn more about the current state of the teaching artist field nationally, to discuss Arizona's teaching artist survey results, help outline steps to move the field forward locally, and engage in breakout sessions led by LCE teaching artists. Presented by Arizona Commission on the Arts, Childsplay, Mesa Arts Center and Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.
Register for the Teaching Artist Symposium  
Pave Speaker Series
Spike Lee
Roberto Bedoya: Human Rights, Property Rights and PLACES
On March 24, ASU's Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship will present Roberto Bedoya as part of its spring speakers series: Arts Entrepreneurship in Marginalized Communities. The event is free and open to the public. 

3 Million Stories Conference/ Spike Lee Live Event
3 Million Stories Conference participants will receive free admission and VIP seating to hear Spike Lee live, presented by ASU Film Spark with support from ASU Gammage and the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.

Art Works_ Creativity Connects
Musical Instrument Museum_ a 2016 Challenge America Grant recipient
Creativity Connects Grants
Deadline: March 3, 2016
Creativity Connects grants support partnerships between arts organizations and organizations from non-arts sectors. Selected projects should demonstrate the value of working with the arts; support the infrastructure for the arts to work in new ways with new sectors; build bridges that create new relationships and constituencies; and create innovative partnership projects to advance common goals. 

Challenge America Grants
Deadline: April 14, 2016
The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations -- those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.

NEA Challenge America staff will conduct an  online workshop for potential applicants on March 9, 2016.

Important Dates

March 11 - Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals

March 17 - Deadline: Community Investment Grants & Festival Grants

March 24 - Quarterly Commission Meeting
May 5 - Deadline: Arts Learning Grants
May 18-26 - Grant Review Panels, Community Investment Grants
June 1-2 - Grant Review Panels, Festival Grants


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