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Workshop: Accessibility and Beyond 
Accessibility and Beyond_ ADA Workshops
Is your organization ADA compliant? Are you ready to move beyond mere compliance with the law and begin the exciting work of reaching new audiences and serving the community in new ways?

Presented in partnership with the Sedona International Film Festival,   Tubac Center of the Arts, and  Tempe Center for the Arts, the Arts Commission is offering a pair of ADA focused workshops with Eileen Bagnall, Executive Director of VSA Arizona and ADA policy expert.

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Tubac,  February 1, 2016
Register for Tubac ADA workshops
Sedona,  February 2, 201 6
Register for Sedona ADA workshops
Tempe,  February 11, 2016
Register for Tempe ADA workshop
AZ ArtWorker Returns with Workshops in Tucson and Phoenix
AZ ArtWorker workshops in Phoenix and Tucson
A pair of AZ ArtWorker events have been scheduled for February 2016. Launched in August 2015 through a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, AZ ArtWorker facilitates dialogue and knowledge-sharing between Arizona artists, their national and international artist peers, and residents of Arizona communities.

A two-day professional development workshop with Linda Essig 
Learn how to improve the business operations of your creative practice in this two-day artist professional development workshop led by Dr. Linda Essig. Participants will learn how to develop a more entrepreneurial approach to their creative practice and will receive a free copy of the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit. The toolkit puts resources, step-by-step instructions, and templates in one place to help artists support the business side of their creative practice.
With an introduction by artist and culture leader Fatimah Halim
Presenting Partners: ASU Performance in the Borderlands and Black Theatre Troupe
Join theatre artist Asantewa Sunni-Ali as she leads participants through storytelling, creative writing, and Image Theatre exercises designed to create liberating stories that question dominant paradigms and reclaim community narratives.
Register for Solo Performance Workshop in Phoenix
AZ Creative Aging Kick-off Event
AZ Creative Aging Kick-off.
On Friday, January 15, 2016, the Arizona Commission on the Arts officially kicked-off its AZ Creative Aging initiative with a morning event at Phoenix Art Museum. Introduction to Creative Aging: Myths of Aging and the Power of the Arts was attended by over 130 individuals from all across the state, and featured a talk on healthy aging from Dr. Walter Nieri, Director of the Center for Health Aging at Banner Sun Health Research Institute, and a keynote address from Jorge Merced, Associate Artistic Director of New York-based Pregones Theater and a pioneering practitioner of creative aging principles and techniques.

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PS: Be sure to check out next week's Arts Learning Newsletter for news on an AZ Creative Aging event in Tucson! 
Artist Research & Development Grants Announced
2016 Artist Research _ development Grant recipients
On January 11, 2016, the Arizona Commission on the Arts  announced the recipients of Artist Research and Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2016. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. This year, 10 of 100 applicants received an award of up to $5,000 in funding.

2015 year in review
Online Information Session
2015 Year in Review
From Arizona Art Tank: 2015, to the launch of two new major initiatives, to the NEA visiting Tucson, 2015 was a big year. Before leaping into 2016, we took a look back on some of our favorite 2015 stories with an interactive timeline. 

Grant Info Sessions
Prior to the March 17 application deadline for Community Investment Grants and Festival grants, Arts Commission staff will present online information sessions to help applicants prepare their application materials. Register now!

Governor_s Arts Awards Nominees
Arts Congress
Governor's Arts Awards
On Friday, January 22, 2016, Arizona Citizens for the Arts announced the nominees for the 2016 Arizona Governor's Arts Awards. The Arizona Commission on the Arts congratulates each of these worthy individuals, organizations and institutions. 

Arizona Arts Congress
Each February our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts visit the capitol to meet with legislators and describe the impact of public funding for the arts in their communities. This year's event is Thursday, February 4, 2016. Click below to register.

2016 Viola Awards Nominees
Lodestar Survey
Viola Awards
The Flagstaff Arts Council has officially announced the nominees for their 8th annual Viola Awards Gala. Described as "Flagstaff's Oscars for the arts," the Gala will be presented on March 5, 2016, at the High County Conference Center in Flagstaff. 

Nonprofit Comp & Benefits Survey
ASU Lodestar's Nonprofit Compensation and Benefits Survey provides valuable compensation data, as well as findings on employee retirement, paid time off, and other benefits, helping nonprofits make informed decisions. Take the survey today.

Click here to take the survey

SAVVY Professional Development Workshops
Register for SAVVY_ Grant Writing Workshop
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has partnered with Arizona Citizens for the Arts, Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University to offer SAVVY, a professional development series that offers emerging artists and small arts organizations a space to learn capacity building techniques.

Step-by-Step Grant Writing Workshop
February 5, 2016 
Join Sarah Sullivan, Development Manager of Childsplay and co-founder of Rising Youth Theatre for an interactive grantwriting workshop. Sullivan will demonstrate her step-by-step process in writing a grant: identifying the important pieces of a grant application, where to store grant writing files, estimating how long an application will take to complete, and more.
Register for SAVVY workshop
3 Million Stories: Special Registration Rate for Arizona Creatives
3 Million Stories Conference
The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University and the National Endowment for the Arts have presented the Arts Commission with a unique opportunity, allowing us to offer Arizona's arts and culture workers a drastically discounted registration rate for the 3 Million Stories conference.

Members of Arizona's arts and culture community are invited to register for the full conference for $75 - an 80% discount from the standard rate. 

Informed by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project, the conference will feature interactive design roundtables, dynamic breakout sessions and stimulating presentations by thought leaders working at the intersections of art, education and economy. 
Professional Development Grants
Arizona Gives Day
Professional Development Grant
Deadline: 11:59pm, February 4, 2016
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. 

Arizona Gives Day 2016
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. For those new to the process, or returning after closing a previous account, the Alliance has provided an FAQ. 

NALAC Leadership Institute
2016 NALAC Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: February 25, 2016
The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. 

NEA Grants Webinars
The NEA has scheduled webinars covering the basics of the Art Works and Challenge America funding categories, how to apply to the NEA, how to select work samples, and how to prepare a strong application. After each presentation, there will be time for Q&A with NEA staff.

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2015 Contemporary Forum Grantees
PAve Program in Arts Entrepreneurship
Contemporary Forum Artists Grants Awards
Contemporary Forum of Phoenix Art Museum is accepting applications from emerging Arizona artists for the annual Artists Grants competition. The selection committee will award up to seven grants of $1500 each. 

Pave Biennial Speakers Series: New Venture Creation in the Arts
The Pave Program sponsors a series of public talks and a biennial symposium on creativity and new venture creation in the arts. All events are open to the public and many events are free. This year's speakers include Roberto Bedoya.

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Important Dates
February 1 ADA Workshop, Tubac
February 2 -  ADA Workshop, Sedona
February 4 - Arts Congress, Phoenix
February 11 -   ADA Workshop, Tempe
February 15 - Presidents Day, Office Closed
February 20-21 - AZ ArtWorker, Tucson
February 24  -  AZ ArtWorker, Phoenix
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