A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Commission on the Arts Launches Two New Initiatives
Last week the Arts Commission announced two new initiatives to serve Arizona's arts sector:

AZ Creative Aging, generously supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, is a comprehensive three-year initiative that will provide training to teaching artists, support the development of high-quality arts programs for older adults, and embed creative aging knowledge and best practices in the community. Click here to learn more

AZ ArtWorker, funded by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, is a new artist-to-artist professional development program that creates opportunities for Arizona artists to learn from national and international artists who are at the frontlines of contemporary art and community practice. Click here to learn more
Poetry Out Loud
2016 Arizona Poetry Out Loud School Registration Open
Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation contest for high schools that provides free classroom materials for teachers and scholarship opportunities for students. POL is open to all Arizona students, grades 9-12. Registration will be open through October 30, 2015. Click here to learn more
Register your school for Poetry out Loud 
Intern with the Arizona Commission on the Arts 
Deadline: Friday, September 11, 2015
The Arizona Commission on the Arts Internship Program provides emerging leaders in the arts with the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of a state arts agency. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, interns develop essential skills and acquire valuable arts administration experience. Click here to learn more
Arts in Education Week
Celebrate Arts in Education Week
National Arts in Education week, a national celebration recognizing the importance of the arts for a well-rounded education, is coming up September 13-19. Americans for the Arts has more information on National Arts in Education Week, and ways you can participate and join the celebration.
AZ Creative Aging on Arizona Horizon
Arizona Commission on the Arts Director of Arts Learning Alexandra Nelson appeared on Eight, Arizona PBS, to discuss the launch of AZ Creative Aging, an ambitious and comprehensive initiative that will build a creative aging infrastructure to enhance quality of life for older Arizonans.
Watch the video
University of Vermont College of Medicine Music and the Brain Study
A new study, one of the largest to investigate the effects of playing an instrument on brain development, finds that music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and behavioral maturation as well.
Click here to learn more

6 Ways to Know Your Arts Education Program Made a Difference
Writing for Americans for the Arts' ArtsBlog, Deborah Vaughn of Oregon Arts Commission outlines six practical techniques to determine whether your arts education program is achieving its aims or missing the target.
Click here to learn more
Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center's Partners in Education Program Accepting Applications
Deadline: October 30, 2015
The Kennedy Center's Partners in Education program is a national network of arts organizations and school districts that work together to provide professional learning in the arts for teachers. The program is based on the belief that teachers' professional learning is an essential component of any effort designed to increase the artistic literacy of young people.
Click here to learn more

2015-2016 Arizona Department of Education Student Artwork Competition
Deadlines: October 29 - November 6
The Arizona Department of Education has released guidelines for the 5th Annual Student Artwork Competition.  Entries are due October 29 - November 6, 2015. Students participate by entering one (1) artwork which is designed around the theme: "I am proud to be an Arizonan."
Professional Development Grant
Cycle B
Deadline: October 1, 2015
Professional Development Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists, arts administrators and arts educators for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to professional growth and career development.
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Artist Research & Development Grant
Deadline: September 17, 2015
Artist Research and Development Grants are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines by aiding in the development of artistic work, supporting the advancement of artistic research and recognizing the contributions artists make to Arizona's communities.
Field Trip Grants
Target Field Trip Grants
Target stores award Field Trip Grants to K-12 schools nationwide. Each grant is valued up to $700. Applications are accepted between August 1 and 11:59 p.m. (CT) October 1, 2015. 
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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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