Register now for 2021 Arizona Poetry Out Loud!

Open to schools and individual Students

Registration closes Monday, November 23, 2020


With only a few short weeks remaining to register for 2021 Poetry Out Loud, we’re excited to share this video produced by the young creatives of RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center and Creative Youth of Arizona! I mean, we could talk all day about why we love this national poetry recitation competition, but why take our word for it when you can hear directly from some of the exceptional young people who participated in last year’s competition?

Arizona Poetry Out Loud video

New for 2021

  • This year, regional, state, and national finals will all be virtual events, hosted online with students participating from their home or classroom. Additionally, our amazing regional partners will offer coaching online for small groups and individual students and work closely with teachers to help them navigate this new approach to the competition.
  • For the first time, home-schooled students and students attending nonparticipating schools can register themselves for the competition. In lieu of a school-level competition, these students will compete against other individually registered students or advance automatically to the regional finals.

As in years past, schools wishing to participate are registered by the teacher administering the program. Students at registered schools do not need to register individually.

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Announcing the 2020-21 AZ Youth Arts Council Cohort

Young creatives from across the state are advising the State of Arizona on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people. The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced today the 13 young people selected to serve on the agency's AZ Youth Arts Council.

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A blurry image of video conference participants. A green banner reads "Teaching Artist Webinars, People to People"

Peer-to-Peer Teaching Artist Webinar: People to People

Presented by Rising Youth Theatre

Part 1: Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part 2: Thursday, November 12, 2020, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts and teaching artists from Rising Youth Theatre (RYT) for a free two-part webinar on structuring youth-driven spaces online. In part one, participants will learn skills and tools for structuring a youth-driven online space. In part two you’ll practice using these skills and tools in the virtual classroom (and beyond!)


Arts & Physical Education Digital Summit

The Arts & Physical Education Digital Summit is an event organized to meet the professional development needs of Arts & Physical Education teachers in the 2020-2021 school year. The event is scheduled for Saturday, November 14th when educators will have the opportunity to participate in 6 hours of discipline-specific professional development in 4 tracks related to the following themes: Social & Emotional Learning, Instructional Strategies, and Advocacy.

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NEA Big Read Grant Opportunity

Guidelines are now available for nonprofit organizations interested in applying for a grant to hold an NEA Big Read project between September 2021 and June 2022. Eligible applicants and partners include, but are not limited to: arts centers, arts councils, arts organizations, community service organizations, fairs and festivals, faith-based organizations, housing authorities, humanities councils, institutions of higher education, libraries, literary centers, museums, school districts, theater companies, and tribal governments.

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Rootwork | Grounding Community Arts Education Beyond the Pandemic National Guild for Community Arts Education

December 2, 2020 - February 24, 2021

Registration is now open! This series of online learning series is designed specifically for cultural workers in community arts education. The series will help you navigate the “new normal” and co-create programming by/with/for your communities towards a brighter future.

This series is open to all. You can register for the series as a whole, or for individual sessions.

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Executive Director

CALA Alliance

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

Reporting directly to the CALA Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for leading a multidisciplinary Latinx arts organization that engages diverse audiences in experiencing and learning about Latinx and Latin American arts and culture. 

Advancement & Marketing Coordinator

Rosie’s House

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

Rosie’s House is seeking a creative, driven and passionate Advancement & Marketing Coordinator who thrives in a high-paced and collaborative environment. The ideal candidate is bilingual Spanish/English.

Senior Program Coordinator of Volunteers

Free Arts

Phoenix, AZ

Apply by November 13, 2020

This position supports Free Arts programs by coordinating the implementation of volunteer mentor recruitment, supervision, training, and retention.


Elisa Radcliffe

Arts Learning Manager  

Anastasia Freyermuth

Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator 


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