March 2015
Dr. Margaret Schmidt, 2015 Education Award winner, received "Something Ahead" by Rossitza Todorova. Photo by Elena Thornton.
2015 Governor's Arts Awards
Each year, Arizona Citizens for the Arts partners with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Governor's Office to cast a spotlight on the organizations, businesses and individuals that best represent the excellence and diversity of Arizona's arts and cultural community. 

Each year's honorees reflect the richness and diversity of Arizona's arts sector and fittingly, so do the awards. In lieu of a generic plaque or statuette, each honoree receives an actual work of art by a living Arizona artist. 

Children First Academy partnered with Free Arts in the pilot year of the program.
Call for Proposals: Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships
Developed in partnership with the Arizona Department of Education, the Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships program provides funding for substantial partnerships between arts organizations and Arizona "D" or "F" label schools. 

Schools and organizations interested in applying for Fiscal Year 2016 funding through this special initiative are invited to submit a Letter of Interest by 11:59pm on Thursday, April 16. Schools and organizations that have already applied for Fiscal Year 2016 Arts Learning Grants are eligible to apply for this program as well. 

Online Information Session
An online information session will be presented on Monday, April 6 at 12:00pm. Those interested in learning more about the program and the application process can register by clicking here

Fiscal Year 2014 Success Stories
In its pilot year, the Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships program funded four projects, each of which strenthens teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration, while uniquely contributing to the school's reform efforts and capacity-building initiatives. 

Zaskia Villa, State Senator Andrea Dalessandro and Representative Juan Mendez. Photo by Alonso Parra.
Poetry Out Loud
Zaskia Villa, a senior at Nogales High School in Nogales, Arizona, will represent Arizona at the 10th annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in Washington, D.C., in April. Zaskia claimed the title of 2015 Arizona State Champion on Thursday, March 12, at the State Finals competition in Phoenix.

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GIA Announces Racial Equity in Arts Philanthropy Statement of Purpose
At its recent meeting, the Grantmakers in the Arts board of directors approved a statement of purpose for their work in racial equity in arts philanthropy which will direct the work of the organization moving forward.

According to Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and GIA Board Chair, " My colleagues and I welcome this statement and the guidance and understanding it provides."

Southwest Invitational Returns in Spring 2015
For decades the Southwest Invitational presented Arizona's most exciting contemporary artists in galleries and venues throughout the state. After an extended hiatus, the annual touring exhibition will return this Spring.

NEA Invites Arizonans to "Share Your Stories"
This year, 2015, is the 50th anniversary of the creation of the National Endowment for the Arts. To better recount the story of the NEA and the arts in America, the NEA wants to share your story of how the arts have influenced your life.

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4th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts
May 8, 2015
Participants will explore the processes, outcomes, and impacts of new venture creation in the arts through hands-on workshops, speakers, pitch sessions and research presentations. Framed by an interactive workshop on creativity led by Elizabeth Long-Lingo and anchored by keynote speeches by Ruby Lerner, CEO of Creative Capital, and Steven J. Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. 

2015 Emerging Program Institute
April 21-23, 2015
Whether you are still in the early dreaming stage of creating an artist colony or working with an established institution that is developing a new residency program, the Emerging Program Institute will offer best practices, models for success, a community of peers, and access to residency leaders, funders and others. A "Nonprofit 101" day will be offered on April 21 for those still learning the nuts and bolts of forming a nonprofit, building a board and getting off the ground.

Dance/USA Institute for Leadership Training
Application Deadline: April 3, 2015
Participating members of the dance community will engage in the Leadership Training Institute, held during the Dance/USA Annual Conference, and a 6 month one-on-one mentorship experience. DILT emphasizes regular communication between these established leaders (mentors) and emerging leaders (mentees) to foster self-direction, self-reflection, and embracing challenge. 

RFQ: Consultant Services for Displaying Public Artwork
City of Surprise
The City of Surprise is seeking professional services related to identifying locations to display permanent and temporary (on loan) artwork in the interior of buildings located at the City Center. The first area to be considered will be the first floor of City Hall located at 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza. 

Insights and Lessons | Community Arts and College Arts
In a report for The Kresge Foundation, Ann McQueen and Julia Gittleman examine two pilot initiatives launched at the time of the Great Recession in the U.S. The qualitative analysis offers lessons about variations on the theme of art-based civic dialogue and community revitalization.
A Decade of Arts Engagement: Findings From the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, 2002-2012
This report synthesizes findings across several modes of arts participation (attending the visual and performing arts, reading literature, creating/performing art, using digital media to consume art, and learning within the arts) to show how many American adults--and from which backgrounds--have engaged in art.

Important Dates

March 26 - Quarterly Commission Meeting


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