topArts Learning Newsletter
This online newsletter from the Arts Learning Department at the Arizona Commission on the Arts provides relevant, current and important information from the local, regional and national Arts Learning and Teaching Artist fields.
Guidelines for Grants to Organizations & Schools Now Available

Grant guidelines for Arts Learning Grants are now available online. Arts Learning Grants provide matching funds for quality arts learning projects which support lifelong learning in, through and/or about the arts. While applications will not be accepted until February, the Arts Commission encourages prospective applicants to review the guidelines and begin preparing their application materials as early as possible. The application deadline is Thursday, March 19, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the available grants and to download guidelines.

To help you prepare for the Fiscal Year 2016 grant application period, the Arts Commission will be holding in-person information sessions throughout the state over the next several weeks.
Click here for cities, dates and times. Additional online sessions will be added in February.

Save the Date for the Arizona Creative Aging Summit! 
On March 13, 2015 the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Mesa Arts Center will be holding a Creative Aging Summit to convene arts organizations, teaching artists and aging and healthcare service providers interested in the significant impact of the arts on quality of life for older adults. The Summit will take place at the Mesa Arts Center.

Details and registration information coming soon.

Arizona Arts Education Census Update Released
An update to a 2010 census on access to arts education in Arizona schools reports that while the number of students without access to any arts education has declined, more than 115,000 students still lack access to arts instruction by highly qualified arts teachers.
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2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium: March 21, 2015│Washington, DC

The Arts Education Partnership's 2015 Arts in Education State Policy Symposium will take place Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the NPR headquarters in Washington, DC. At this one-day event, arts and education leaders from around the country will explore the role and contribution of the arts in shaping key priorities, issues and actions.

Registration opens on Monday, January 12, 2015.
Click here to learn more

Arizona Dance Education Organization Annual High School Dance Festival: February 21, 2015Glendale

Early Registration Deadline: January 30, 2015
The 30th Annual High School Dance Festival provides an opportunity for dance students to participate in inspiring master classes and share in the experience of performing for and viewing fellow dance students from around the state in a morning and afternoon concert. Click here to register
2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application
Deadline: February 2, 2015 
The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is accepting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs are encouraged to apply.
Click here to apply
Expect More Arizona Arts & Culture Organizations Activity Sheets
Expect More Arizona and a group of arts and culture organizations from around the state have launched a unique project to highlight the many learning opportunities available all around us. Each organization has identified learning activities specific to their site, with a focus on things adults can do with children, and created activity sheets that are available to download online or in hard copy at each location.
Click here to learn more

Arizona Arts Congress | February 3, 2015

Arizona Citizens for the Arts' annual advocacy day, Arizona Arts Congress, will take place Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at the Arizona State Capitol.

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Professional Development Grants for Individuals

Deadline: February 5, 2015

These Arizona Commission on the Arts grants 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.

Click here to learn more

National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works Community-Based Arts Education Grants

DEADLINE: February 19, 2015

Art Works is the NEA's largest funding category, supporting the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts.
Click here to learn more

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Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

Patrick Fanning
Arts Learning and Special Projects Coordinator

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

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