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A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
On Friday, March 11, 2016, ten Arizona high school students will compete for the title of Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Champion and the opportunity to represent Arizona at the national finals in Washington, D.C. in May. The event will take place at the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS beginning at 7:00pm, and is free and open to the public.

Creative Aging Workshop
Introduction and Approaches to Creative Aging: Prescott 
April 14, 2016 │ 1:30pm - 4:00pm
Prescott Meals on Wheels 
@ Rowle P. Simmons Community Center
Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Prescott Meals on Wheels for a workshop on creativity and aging with Gary Glazner, award winning poet and Founder/Director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. This fun, high-energy workshop is packed-full of simple techniques to help imagine high-quality arts programs for older adults. 

Who should attend? Anyone interested in the vital relationship between the arts and quality of life for older adults, including aging or healthcare service organization staff, caregivers, volunteers, teaching artists, and arts organizations.

Register for Creative Aging Workshop

Cost: Free. Advance registration is required.

New York Times on Creative Aging
AZ Central on Creative Aging
Using the Arts to Promote Healthy Aging
"The arts open people up, giving them new vehicles for self-expression, a chance to tell their stories," Ms. Tursini said. "The programs capitalize on assets that remain, not on what's been lost."

Art Makes Aging More Attractive
"The artist in my soul took a nap during those years when raising a family and making a living consumed 110 percent of my energy. Now I make the time for art. It's a personal decision. And it's deeply rewarding."
Wolftrap Arts Integration Brief
Carnegie Hall on Music and Child Development
Arts Integration: A Promising Approach to Improving Early Learning
Recently published by American Institute for Research, this study of Wolf Trap's Early STEM/Arts program found that arts-integrated early childhood strategies had a significant, positive impact on children's learning in math.

Why Making Music Matters: Music and Early Childhood Development
To better understand the effect of music in early childhood development, Carnegie Hall commissioned a new research paper from Dr. Dennie Palmer Wolf. The study points to several key reasons why investing in children early and often is critical to healthy development and a successful future.
Lincoln Center Education_ Summer Forum
Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
Lincoln Center Education's 2016 Summer Development Program for Teaching Artists
Application Deadline: April 8, 2016
This development program provides Teaching Artists with opportunities to hone their skills and deepen their experiences in such fundamental areas as lesson/workshop design, facilitation and environment, student engagement, inquiry-based instruction, reflection, collaborations/partnerships, leadership and advocacy. Participants will also explore different settings in which TAs work. 
Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: April 8, 2016
The National Guild for Community Arts Education is soliciting applications for the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). CAELI provides an intensive, transformative experience through which current and aspiring leaders advance their skills by engaging with top leadership trainers and nationally known practitioners. It is ideally suited for those in executive positions or preparing to move into such positions.

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Arts Commission Grants
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
Arizona Commission on the Arts Community Investment and Festival Grants
Deadline: March 17, 2016 
Community Investment Grants provide general operating support to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, and Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities. 
Community Foundation for Southern Arizona Endowment for the Arts Grants
Application Deadline: April 6, 2016 
This opportunity is available to 501(c)(3) arts organizations based in rural, southern Arizona communities with a population of 50,000 or less and an annual budget that does not exceed $150,000.

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College Board Award for Excellence
Tempe Vibrant City Grants
College Board Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts
Deadline: April 18, 2016
These annual awards recognize and celebrate the achievements of arts initiatives that serve students in grades 6-12 and that promote student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways. Awards will be given to model programs in three categories, Arts Integration, Equity Through Arts, and Civic Engagement/Professional Partnerships. 

City of Tempe Vibrant City Grants
Deadline: April 26, 2016
These grants are available to individual artists to help fund passing, short-lived, momentary, temporary, transitory, ephemeral projects that occur in Tempe in public spaces that are not traditionally associated with art. Applicants may request grant support up to a maximum of $4,000; requests may include services of artists and arts educators, supplies, stipends, production costs, space rental, marketing, printing and travel.

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To learn more about our programs and services at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit
Alex Nelson
Director of Arts Learning

417 West Roosevelt Street 
Phoenix AZ 85003-1326  
tel     (602) 771-6501
fax     (602) 256-0282

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