September 2016
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Carolyn Allen
Remembering Carolyn Allen  
The board and staff of the Arizona Commission on the Arts lost a colleague and dear friend this past weekend. Carolyn Allen, vice chair of the Commission's governing board and a former state legislator, died on Saturday, August 27, 2016, at the age of 78. 

"Carolyn has been an arts advocate throughout her long and distinguished career of public service. In addition to her wonderful sense of humor she was an insightful source of direction and strategy for the Arizona Commission on the Arts." 
- Mark Feldman, Commission Chair, Arizona Commission on the Arts

Joint Arts Education Conference
Joint Arts Education Conference: Register Today
Monday, October 24, 2016 | Herberger Theater Center, Phoenix
Designed to bring together Arizona's arts education community for a full day of professional development, the 2016 Joint Arts Education Conference focuses on connecting and responding to the New Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts, the evolution of Arizona's youth demographics, and the design, creation, and sharing of tools and resources to develop cultural competency, systemic equity, and increased access and participation across all artistic dimensions.

Registration Deadline: Monday, October 17, 2016.
Registration includes full day attendance, breakfast, lunch, and parking. 

Regular Rate - $120
Register with Credit Card Register with purchase order.
Student/Intern Rate - $75
Available August 15 - October 17, 2016
Register at student or intern rate. 
2017 Poetry Out Loud
2016-17 Poetry Out Loud: School Registration Now Open
Registration Deadline: Monday, October 31, 2016
Registration is now open for 2017 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation-free of charge.
Register for Poetry Out Loud
Grantee Paperwork Deadline
NEA Scam Alert
Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Award Agreement Paperwork Due
Deadline: Monday, October 17 
Organizations that received Fiscal Year 2017 Community Investment Grants (GIG) or Festival Grants must return their grant award agreement, signed and dated by an authorizing official, and State Substitute W-9 Form by Monday, October 17, 2016. 

National Endowment for the Arts Warns Public about Grant Scam
Scammers claiming to be National Endowment for the Arts employees are contacting the public via Facebook, email, or phone to inform them that they have received an NEA grant and must provide seed money to an account to release the grant funds.

Alberto Rios
Arizona Poet Laureate Contributes Poem for National Park Service Centennial
In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, the Academy of American Poets commissioned fifty poets to write poems about a park in each of the fifty states. Among those commissioned to contribute a poem to the project is Arizona's Poet Laureate, Alberto Álvaro Ríos. His poem, "Faithful Forest," was inspired by the Petrified Forest. 

Creativity Connects
"Creativity Connects: Trends and Conditions Affecting U.S. Artists"
Addressing the needs of artists in a world of accelerating change is the focus of a new report launched by the National Endowment for the Arts, in collaboration with the Center for Cultural Innovation. It examines issues familiar to the arts world such as funding and training, but also widens the lens to look at the effect of other forces shaping the work environment for artists including technology, the gig economy, student debt and the growth of cross-disciplinary work.

"Institutional Connections, Resources, and Working Across Disciplines
A study released by the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) provides new evidence that individuals with degrees in the arts from North American institutions are extremely satisfied with their arts education, with no substantive changes across income levels and employment status. The 2016 SNAAP Annual Report, analyzes data from more than 35,000 arts alumni of all ages who responded to the annual SNAAP survey in fall 2015.

Accessibility webinars
Why Should Government Support the Arts
Accessibility Webinar Recordings Now Available 
In September 2016 the Arizona Commission on the Arts and VSA Arizona presented a pair of webinars on ADA compliance for nonprofit arts organizations. Recordings of these sessions, designed for both those who are just getting started and those who are ready to move beyond mere compliance, are now available for viewing.

State Policy Briefs: Why Should Government Support the Arts 
Lawmakers may ask whether government has a legitimate role to play in the arts, or may ask whether the arts should receive funds when so many other needs are pressing. This document argues that the arts are a sound investment, helping states achieve both short-term and longterm policy goals.

Liz Lerman
Emerging Arts Leaders_ Phoenix
Liz Lerman's Critical Response Process: One Day Intensive
October 15, 2016 10am - 5pm
Mesa Arts Center, Music Studio  
Presented by [nueBOX], this one-day intensive with MacArthur Fellow Liz Lerman builds on September's Introduction to Lerman's Critical Response Process. Exercises offer skill-building in observation, discerning and managing our own responses, and forming powerful questions. Participants will explore variations useful in coaching, teaching, collaboration and creative process.  

Creative Conversation: Fate of the Arts 
October 21, 2016 6 - 9pm
Phoenix Center for the Arts  
Join Emerging Arts Leaders Phoenix for 6 Rapid Fire Speaker Features about living, working, and art-making in Phoenix. Key leaders from the Phoenix arts community will talk about what's happening now and what's next.  The Creative Conversation is a night celebrating the people that make and enjoy the arts in Phoenix. (Plus free food and cash bar!)

October 10 State holiday (Office Closed)
October 17 - Deadline: FY2017 Community Investment Grant & Festival Grant Award Agreement Paperwork Return
October 17 - Registration Deadline: Joint Arts Education Conference
October 24 - Joint Arts Education Conference
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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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