JULY 2015
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
TopAnnual Satisfaction Survey
The Arizona Commission on the Arts endeavors to continually improve the service and support it provides to Arizona's arts sector. To this end, the Arts Commission conducts an annual satisfaction survey. 

This is your chance to let the Arts Commission know how we're doing. What are we doing well? What could be improved? All feedback is welcome and everyone's response matters.
Arts Commission Announces $1,208,717 in Grant Investments
Baile Folklorico dance group performing at the Fiesta de Garibaldi during the Tucson International Mariachi Conference. La Frontera, 2014.
On July 1, 2015, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced 222 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools and community organizations in the categories of Community Investment, Arts Learning and Festival Grants. In total, $1,208,717 was invested through the competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2016.

Artist Research and Development Grants: Apply Now
Images: Excerpt from "Crash Landing in the Plaza of an Unknown City" by Jia Oak Baker; "Geometry of the West" by Geneva Foster Gluck, photo courtesy of Sugar Beast Circus; "Screenprint Letter A" by Alex! Jimenez
The Arts Commission is now accepting applications for the 2016 Artist Research and Development Grants. 

A rtist Research and Development Grants are designed to support the advancement of artistic research, aid in the development of artistic work and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona's communities.

Arizona Biennial 2015 
The Arizona Biennial 2015 opens July 25, 2015 at the Tucson Museum of Art. First organized in 1948, the Arizona Biennial is the oldest running juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists. Among this year's featured artists are three recipients of Artist Research and Development Grants.

Arizona Arts Programs Receive ArtPlace Grants
Two Arizona-based arts programs are among the 38 recipients of this year's ArtPlace National Grants. ART | ECO: Placemaking Patagonia and Desert View Inter-Tribal Cultural Heritage Center and Native Artists Program received $100,000 & $500,000 grants, respectively.

Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Awards $804,701 in Grants
Grant funds support the general operating costs of major, midsize, and small arts and culture organizations, specific arts projects related to festivals, as well as arts learning activities throughout Phoenix. Funds are also allocated to a rental support program.

AZ Humanities Accepting Nominations for 2015 Humanities Awards
Each year, Arizona Humanities (AH) honors individuals, organizations or businesses for their contribution and advancement of the humanities. The deadline for nomination submissions is September 1, 2015.

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. 

A Matter of Choice?
Arts Participation Patterns of Americans with Disabilities 
The latest NEA research offers the first, nationally representative analysis of arts-participation patterns among people with disabilities. 

2015 Emerging Leaders of Color Professional Development Program
The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) is currently seeking participants for this all-expenses-paid, fifth annual convening to be held October 26-28, 2015 in Denver, Colorado.

Artist Proposals Sought for Creative Catalysts Program
Creative Catalysts is an initiative of Mesa Arts Center founded in the belief that the arts not only build our social fabric, providing vibrancy and personal enrichment, but are critical ingredients for community and economic development. 

Tucson Pima Arts Council PLACE VI Grant Now Available
Deadline: August 12, 2015
Tucson Pima Arts Council's PLACE Initiative Grant is designed to leverage resources and talent within Tucson and Pima County to create arts-based civic engagement projects. 

2015 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference
Western Arts Alliance convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The conference features 175 exhibits, 150+ performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. 

Important Dates

August 18Final report deadline for Arizona Art Tank and Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships grantees.


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