2021 Poetry Out Loud Registration Now Open

Registration for 2021 Poetry Out Loud is now open! Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry - recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth.

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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.



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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Free Webinars: Teaching Arts Online

Last month, the Arizona Commission on the Arts presented a two-part webinar for teaching artists interested in taking their instruction online. Over two sessions, teaching artist Koryn Woodward Wasson lead an exploration of the tools, technology, and techniques available to help teaching artists provide effective online classes.

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Recordings of both webinars are now available for viewing. Click below to watch now!

Getting Ready to Teach Online

Art Instruction in the Online Classroom

2020 AEP Virtual Gathering - Arts Education Partnership

Last month, Arts Education Partnership (AEP) welcomed more than 600 participants to the 2020 AEP virtual gathering.

All available resources from this online event, including session video recordings, are now available for viewing.

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Below are some highlights of the conference:

Keynote: Promoting Racial Justice in Education

Guiding Principles in Co-designing Arts Spaces with Youth Leaders

Autism & Drama: Lessons from Integrated Residencies

Changing the Frame: Arts & Cultural Education as a Civil & Human Right



Pandemic Brings challenges (and Opportunities) for Arts Education

‚Äč"My theme today is adaptation," said Bahia Ramos, Wallace's director of the arts, on a recent webinar hosted by Grantmakers in the Arts (GIA). "By that I mean a special kind of change. A change that makes a practice better suited to its environment."

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Integrating the Arts to Ensure All Students Can Engage in Learning

In our uncertain times, it is critical for all students to have access to arts education - provided by a highly qualified arts-teaching workforce - including classroom teachers, arts specialists, teaching artists, higher education faculty or members of arts and cultural organizations who offer arts education programming.

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Museum Administrator

City of Mesa, Arizona Museum of Natural History

Mesa, AZ

Apply by November 2, 2020

The Museum Administrator performs administrative work involving planning, developing, coordinating, and supervising the activities and facilities (example: museum buildings, historic home, and archaeological sites) of the Arizona Museum of Natural History (AZMNH)

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. 

Teaching Artists

Laughing Pig Theatre



Laughing Pig Theatre is now hiring Teaching Artists for a virtual class and Masterclass series. They are looking for teaching artists in a variety of topics as well as arts disciplines.

Music Program Coordinator

One Step Beyond

Glendale, AZ

Open until filled

The Music Program Coordinator is responsible for the development and oversight of the Music program, including program curriculum, lessons, supplies, events and member development. 

Teaching Instructor Opportunities

Phoenix Center for the Arts

Phoenix, AZ


PCA maintains a robust database of teaching artists. When teaching artist opportunities arise, they draw from this database before putting out a public call. They currently only contract teaching artists from this list of qualified instructors to ensure quality of classes, programs, and events. 


Elisa Radcliffe

Arts Learning Manager  

Anastasia Freyermuth

Arts Learning and Evaluation Coordinator 


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A monthly curated list of opportunities for Arizona artists working in all disciplines.


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