JUNE 2015
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts


The Arts Commission, along with Local Arts Agencies and Arts Organization partners, have developed a brief survey to collect important information about the current Arizona Teaching Artist field. This survey will help inform future support for the professional development and work of teaching artists. 

If you are providing learning opportunities through the arts for any age, in any setting, you are encouraged to complete this survey. Responses will be collected through Thursday, June 18, 2015. 


The Southwest Folklife Alliance, a nonprofit affiliate unit of the University of Arizona which is also the Arizona Commission on the Arts's official state partner for folk arts programming, recently launched the Master-Apprentice grant award program designed to serve all traditional artists in Arizona. Three awards of $3,000 will be given to selected pairs of traditional artists willing to engage in intimate, informal coaching in the traditional arts by an experienced master working with a less experienced apprentice.

Seeking Grant Review Panelists
Volunteer panelists are integral to the work we do at the Arts Commission. In recruiting panelists, we look for people who are willing to commit time and energy to the review process and who exhibit sensitivity in making constructive critical judgments. 

Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate
On Wednesday, June 10, 2015, The Library of Congress announced that the next U.S. Poet Laureate will be California writer Juan Felipe Herrera. He will be the first Latino poet to be appointed to the position.

Art Talk: Bob Booker
The Arts Beacon, a website devoted to promoting, exploring and documenting the art scene in Phoenix, recently published an interview with Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.  

Arts and Aging Blogathon
Barry's Blog, a source of "news, advice and opinion for arts administrators," is devoting a full week of entries to conversations about arts and aging. Among those sharing thoughts on the topic is our own Robert Booker. 

A Guide to Using Research to Build Arts Audiences
This guide, based on the experiences of arts organizations that took part in a Wallace Foundation audience-building initiative, describes three important uses of audience research: to learn about potential audiences; to develop more effective promotional materials; and to assess progress toward audience-building goals.

Get To Know GGO - An Introduction to Guide to Grants Online
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits' Guide to Grants Online is Arizona's premier resource for information about corporations and foundations that give in Arizona. This quick overview will include examples of what you can do with it, tips on how to do it, and ways to best leverage your results.

Call for Proposals: spark: Mesa's Festival of Creativity
spark! Mesa's Festival of Creativity seeks proposals from artists practicing in a variety of disciplines, to show/perform/facilitate existing or new works that are unique, creative and highly engaging for the 2016 festival being held on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19, 2016 at Mesa Arts Center. 

Important Dates
June 25 - Quarterly Commission Meeting
July 3 - Offices Closed for July Fourth


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