JULY 2016
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Annual Satisfaction Survey
Last Chance: We Need Your Feedback
Annual Satisfaction Survey closes Friday, August 12, 2016 
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 invites your candid appraisal of the agency and its work in this confidential survey. 

Already, comments and suggestions provided via this survey are helping to shape our plans for the coming year and informing changes to our grants and programs. It only takes a few minutes to complete the survey, but the feedback you provide can make a lasting impact.

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NEA Chairman Jane Chue
A Conversation with NEA Chairman Jane Chu  
Mesa Arts Center
Friday, August 12, 2016, 10:30am
The National Endowment for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Mesa Arts Center invite you to join us for a Town Hall conversation with NEA Chairman Jane Chu on Friday, August 12, 2016.

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is appreciated.
Artist Research and Development Grants
Artist Research and Development Grants  
Application Deadline: Thursday, August 25, 2016
Are you ready to apply for our Artist Research and Development Grant? To help prospective applicants prepare their best application, the Arts Commission is offering tips, resources, and inspiration all month long.

Online Information Session
Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 3:00pm
Facebook Live
This online information session will include discussion of ARDG application and eligibility requirements, a breakdown of the application components and a live Q&A with Artist Programs Manager Gabriela Muñoz. You can join via computer, smartphone or tablet. Simply visit our Facebook page at 3:00pm on Tuesday, August 2. Click here for more info.

Inside the App
Each Wednesday, be sure to check-in to the Arts Commission website for new installments of Inside the App--a weekly step-by-step walk-through of the ARDG application, including insider insights and pro-tips from grant writing experts and past grantees. Click here to check out the first two installments.
This summer, the staff and Commissioners of the Arizona Commission on the Arts said farewell to two longtime staff members:  Diana Udy  retired in May after 10 years with the agency, while  Ginny Berryhill concluded her 39-year career at the agency in July. With love and overwhelming gratitude we thank them for their service to Arizona's residents and arts sector and wish them all the best as they embark on their new adventures. 
Diana Udy
Ginny Berryhill
Diana Udy
"For more than ten years, Diana provided skilled support and frank counsel as the agency faced a multitude of recession-era challenges, including significant reductions to resources and staff," said Arts Commission Deputy Director, Jaime Dempsey. "She became a trusted professional ally for board members and other partners, and for staff, she became a champion and guide, in agency work and other life transitions. We will miss her, and we are excited to see what sorts of opportunities she explores next."
Ginny Berryhill
"The true impact of Ginny's contributions cannot be measured," said Arts Commission Executive Director, Robert Booker. "Nor can we fully express our gratitude for her thirty-nine years of service to Arizona's residents and arts sector. Ginny has long been the institutional memory of this agency, serving with meticulous care and good humor, shaping countless programs and processes over her tenure. We congratulate her on her retirement. The agency's work is better for all of the ways she has contributed to it."
Phoenix Arts and Culture
Americans Speak Out About the Arts
Arizona Arts Sector Benefits from Increases to Arts Funding
Earlier this month we announced 239 grants to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools and community organizations across the state. We weren't the only ones making a big investment in Arizona arts and culture in July. Flagstaff Arts Council and Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture both made significant announcements as well. 

Americans Speak Out About the Arts
New research by Americans for the Arts provides an in-depth look at perceptions and attitudes about the arts in the United States, with current insight on support for arts education and government arts funding, personal engagement in the arts, the personal benefits and well-being that come from engaging in the arts, and if/how those benefits extend more broadly to the community.

Viola Awards
Tucson Pima Arts Council Hosts the 2016 Lumies Arts and Business Awards
The annual Lumies Arts and Business Awards will be held on September 16, 2016 to celebrate those individuals, organizations and businesses that make Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. 

The nomination deadline is August 5.  

Flagstaff Arts Council Now Accepting Nominations for 2017 Violas
The Flagstaff Arts Council is accepting nominations throughout the year for the 2017 Viola Awards, celebrating excellence in the arts and sciences. The Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. 

As we approach the August 25 deadline for our Artist Research and Development Grant (ARDG) we're catching up with some previous recipients in a video series called Perspectives. So far this year, we've spoken with three grantees about their work, inspiration and process.
Alex Jimenez
P. Nosa
Wendy Burk
Alex! Jimenez
"My years of work as a researcher opened my eyes to the creativity that lies behind the scientific method." 

"There are no mistakes; creating a line is a balance between intention and recognizing the possibilities in the moment."

Wendy Burk
"Place-based writing is a knowledge maker, a creator of new inquiry, and a creative research method in its own right." 

_Windows to the Past_ Gateway to the Future_ by Steve Farley
Overtime Pay Regulations and Nonprofits
Best Practices for Public Art
Best Practices for Public Art Projects outlines professional methods for administrators and artists, as well as guidelines for drafting and executing public art policy. This project is a building block for future work that Americans for the Arts, PAN and the Council will use to develop addtional tools and resources as a means to assist those making public art happen in their communities.

Webinar on New Overtime Pay Rules
On July 26, 2016, Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits & McMinn HR™ sponsored a webinar on new Department of Labor overtime pay rules. A recording of the presentation is now available for review as are the presentation slides
A second live webinar will be presented on September 13, 2016.  Click here to register.

2016 Joint Arts Education Conference
Save the Date: October 24, 2016
Every two years, Arizona's teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and arts education advocates gather to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students. 

24th Annual Nonprofit Conference on Sustainability Strategies 
Now accepting Workshop Proposals 
ASU Lodestar is looking for exceptional conference presenters to provide workshops aligned with the conference theme of "Make It an Inside Job: Unlocking Success by Innovating from Within." The submission deadline for proposals is August 10, 2016.

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Professional Development Grants
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
To enhance and support arts learning in schools

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
To support creative engagement for all ages

Professional Development Grants
To support professional growth and career development

This monthly online newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts contains updates on agency programs and services, upcoming grant opportunities and application deadlines, news about Arizona's arts sector, and much more.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting.

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