Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships
Application Deadline: 11:59pm, June 1, 2018
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships (SSTAP) grants support substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.
Applications may focus on any number of effective models, but must utilize the proposed arts education and/or arts integration programming to address desired goals and outcomes aligned with at least one of the six principles in the school’s Comprehensive Needs Assessment, as developed by the Arizona Department of Education:

  • Effective Leadership
  • Effective Teachers and Instruction
  • Effective Organization of Time
  • Effective Curriculum
  • Conditions, Climate, and Culture
  • Family and Community Engagement
SSTAP 2016 & 2017 Evaluation Report
The Arts Commission recently published an evaluation report on the 2016 & 2017 SSTAP grantees. According to the report, prepared by an independent program evaluation firm, both programs delivered “an enhancement in teacher efficacy, a change in teaching practice, and an increase in student engagement.”

Arts Learning and Collaboration Grants
CYCLE A Deadline:
11:59pm, May 31, 2018*
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
CYCLE A Deadline:
11:59pm, May 31, 2018*
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Professional Development Grants
Cycle A Deadline:
11:59pm, May 31, 2018*
Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth.

*   Arts Learning Collaboration Grants,   Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants, and Professional Development Grants are offered throughout the year on a three-deadline cycle:

CYCLE A Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 31, 2018.
For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

CYCLE B Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 6, 2018.
For projects taking place between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

CYCLE C Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, January 31, 2019.
For projects taking place between March 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019.

Note: the application period for Cycle A ALCGs and LAEGs has been extended since the guidelines were originally published. The deadline provided above is the correct deadline.
Art Works Grants: Arts Education
National Endowment for the Arts
Application Deadline:
Part 1 - Submit SF-424 to Grants.gov: July 12, 2018
Part 2 - Submit Materials to Applicant Portal: July 17-24, 2018
The National Endowment for the Arts' vision for Arts Education is that every student is engaged and empowered through an excellent arts education. Arts Education funding is focused on students. Projects are for pre-K-12 students, the educators and artists who support them, and the schools and communities that serve them. All students are served when each level of the system is supported. Applicants should consider what role their proposed project plays within this system, and the impact their project has on students.

Images (left to right): Tucson International Mariachi Conference Performance during 2015 event (photo courtesy of La Frontera); stiltwalkers and fire dancers performing at the 2010 All Souls Procession (photo courtesy of Many Mouths One Stomach); Rudy Ramirez and Osiris Cuen star in Childsplay’s production of The Smartest Girl in the World (photo by Tim Trumble, courtesy of Childsplay).
NEA Grants Workshop | Mesa
National Endowment for the Arts
10:00 – 11:30am, May 11, 2018
Join Wendy Clark, Director of Museums, Visual Arts and Indemnity at the National Endowment for the Arts to learn best practices for nonprofits applying for grants. Light refreshments will be available.

Space is limited, please RSVP to Michelle.Coldwell@mail.house.gov.
Youth Arts + Culture Council
City of Phoenix
Deadline: May 9, 2018
Applications to be a part of the Youth Arts + Culture Council are NOW being accepted. In order to qualify, you must be 15-19 years old and live/work/or go to school in the city of Phoenix. Be a part of a civically-engaged, creative group of young leaders who advocate for and support youth representation in Phoenix.

New York State Considers Arts Assessment Option for High School Graduation
As New York continues to work toward expanding high school graduation options , the state is exploring options to assess students’ knowledge in arts disciplines. State officials are discussing potential models for an arts assessment, which could require students to submit a portfolio of work or take an arts test that would include performance evaluation.  

Pilot Arts Program Brings Arts Education to Detroit Schools
The Heidelberg Project is piloting a new program in four Detroit schools that creates access to arts education for students, either during the school day or after school. The Heidelberg Arts Leadership Academy consists of three nine-week programs that will support 100 students in developing artistic and leadership skills.

Diversity and Cultural Responsiveness in the Education Workforce
The Council of Chief State School Officers announced a new effort that seeks to diversify the education workforce and support educators in teaching students from different cultural backgrounds. A network of nine states, the Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative will work to create plans to address challenges within each state.

Cross-Sector Coalition Releases Recommendations to Advance the Role of Creativity in Youth Development 
This National Action Blueprint identifies and prioritizes actionable strategies for increasing equitable access to creative youth development (CYD) for children and youth in the United States. The purpose is to drive collective action to advance the role of creativity in positive youth development.

Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artist Program 
ASU Gammage
Deadline: May 11, 2018
The Molly Blank Fund Teaching Artists Program is designed to create teaching artists in metro Phoenix that have been trained in the Kennedy Center Arts Integration Method. These teaching artists will develop residency lesson plans that will be implemented in a classroom setting. Teaching artists who complete the program will also be listed on ASU Gammage’s Teaching Artist roster helping them to secure future teaching opportunities. The program is limited to 30 local artists (both novice and experienced) who can commit to the entire program.

For completing the four-day training seminars, Teaching Artists will receive a $300 stipend. Teaching Artists must obtain a fingerprint clearance card by September 15th and will be reimbursed after providing receipt. Upon finishing the other requirements of the program, Teaching Artists will receive an additional $200 stipend.

Lincoln Center Education Summer Forum
July 9-27, 2018 | New York, NY
Lincoln Center Education’s flagship professional development program for arts education. Artists, teachers, and administrators will meet in the cultural heart of New York City for hands-on workshops led by renowned teaching artists, keynote presentations by leaders in the field, inspiring performances, and rich discussions with colleagues from around the world.
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
August 7-8, 2018 | Atlanta, GA
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ conference will convene professionals in arts education and special education to explore equitable access to art-based and arts-integrated instruction for students with disabilities. Attendees will share timely information and knowledge in research, practice, programs, and policy to help drive educational improvement for students with disabilities. Early-bird registration rate ends June 30th.
Fourth International Teaching Artist Conference
September 13-15, 2018 | New York, NY
Convenes teaching artists, organizations, and researchers, among others, to explore key issues of participatory arts practice. This year’s conference will explore the theme of “Artist as Instigator: The Role, Responsibility, and Impact of Artists in Global Communities” through workshops, keynote addresses, site-specific observations, and roundtable discussions.
2018 Educational Theatre Association National Conference
September 13-16, 2018 | Denver, CO
“We are all Artists” will explore the profession of the theatre educator and examine the intersection of classroom teaching and theatrical artistry through workshops and keynotes focused on how teachers and teaching artists can collaborate and complement one another’s strengths. Attendees will gain knowledge and tools to use with administrators and school boards to effectively communicate the value of theatre experiences.
2018 Call for Concurrent Session Proposals
AEP Annual Convening
Deadline: June 1, 2018 5:00pm PST
The Arts Education Partnership (AEP) at Education Commission of the States announced a call for concurrent session proposals for the 2018 AEP Annual Convening: The Arts Leading the Way to Student Success. Arts and education leaders from across the nation will convene in Indianapolis September 12-13, 2018 to explore arts-centered solutions aimed at ensuring America’s young people have access to a high-quality education in and through the arts. 
2018 Annual Conference
June 6-9, 2018 | Los Angeles, CA
Dance/USA will host its 10th Annual Conference, which will span over four days and will include opportunities to network and learn from dance professionals including executive directors, artistic directors, emerging arts leaders, artists, agents, company managers, presenters, development and marketing staff, and more. Conference programming is shaped around issues of equity and justice, community and collaboration, audience development, and preservation and legacy.
73rd National Conference
League of American Orchestras
June 13-15, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Against today’s backdrop of continuous change, orchestras are challenged to ask anew, why they matter, what is their role, and what is their greater purpose? How can the orchestral experience—the artistry, the art form, and the artists—create the greatest impact in today’s world? The League of American Orchestras 73rd National Conference will debate and discuss the answers to these critical questions.
2018 Annual Convention
Americans for the Arts
June 14-17, 2018 | Denver, CO
With over 3 keynotes, 3 Preconferences, and more than 35 sessions, the Convention will explore the role of the arts in creating and sustaining healthy, vibrant, and equitable communities.
2018 Chorus America Conference
Chorus America
June 20-23, 2018 | Chicago, IL
Designed to provide attendees with as many formal and informal learning opportunities as possible. Attendees will build their skills in hands-on breakout sessions that answer questions on topics like fundraising strategies; copyright guidelines; community engagement and education initiatives; practices around diversity, equity, access, and inclusion; innovative programming; and more.
Opera America: Opera Conference 2018
Opera America
June 20-23, 2018 | St. Louis, MO
Annual conference gathering opera professionals, artists, trustees and industry stakeholders in North America. More than 500 attendees will gather in St. Louis this June, gaining inspiration, ideas, knowledge and connections to fuel their work throughout the year.
National Forum on Education Policy
Education Commission of the States
June 27-29, 2018 | Washington, DC
Education Commission of the States' National Forum on Education Policy brings together the full range of education leaders from across all states to explore early learning through postsecondary education policy issues. Hailed as the education policy conference not to miss, this convening provides a unique opportunity to hear from experts in the field, interact with peers from across the US and gain knowledge that will assist you with policy issues in your state. Follow along online at #ECSNF18.

2018 National Conference on Student Assessment
Council of Chief State School Officers
June 27-29, 2018 | San Diego, CA
Since 1971, NCSA has been the trusted forum for assessment practitioners to learn and reflect upon current and emerging trends in education and educational assessments. Each year the conference draws around 1,000 attendees including federal, state, and district agencies, test publishers, educational consultants, university faculty, and organizations supporting technology, education, and business. The conference takes place over a three-day period in June, including 60-minute symposia, 90-minute symposia, and 45-minute roundtables.
Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grants Program
US Department of Education
Deadline for Intent to Apply: May 16, 2018
Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: July 2, 2018
The US Department of Education's Assistance for Arts Education Development and Dissemination Grant awards are authorized to enrich the academic experiences of students by promoting arts education for students, including disadvantaged students and students who are children with disabilities.
Arts Writers Grant Program
Creative Capital and Andy Warhol Foundation
Deadline: May 21, 2018
Supports both emerging and established writers who are writing about contemporary visual art. There are four categories; articles, blogs, books, and short-form writing. The program also supports art writing that engages criticism through interdisciplinary methods or experiments with literary styles.
Community Arts Grants
Scottsdale Arts
Deadline: May 23, 2018, 11:59pm
Grants available to Scottsdale and Valley nonprofit arts and cultural organizations for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. Funded by the City of Scottsdale .

Seed Grants
The Pollination Project
Deadline: Rolling
The Pollination Project supports passionate, committed people with an early-stage social change vision. It funds individuals and community groups, and you do not need to be a registered or established organization to apply.
Digital Operations Manager
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Location: Phoenix
Deadline: Open until filled
This position oversees the agency’s IT infrastructure, which supports statewide arts grantmaking, agency fiscal processes, and programmatic and operational efficacy. The Digital Operations Manager also oversees the development and maintenance of database systems, digital operating procedures, and the collaborative collection and reporting of data.

Arizona Commission on the Arts
Location: Phoenix
Deadline: May 11, 2018
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 experience.

Grants and Arts Learning Manager
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
Location: Phoenix
Deadline: May 14, 2018
The Grants/Arts Learning Manager has direct responsibility for and oversight of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s investments in cultural and community organizations, creative individuals, and programs as well as services that increase the capacity of the Phoenix cultural community to serve local residents and visitors. Additionally, the Manager is responsible for oversight of arts learning initiatives and to be a consultant to City wide programs involving arts and culture. 

Arts Instructor
City of Tempe Arts & Culture Division
Location: Tempe
Deadline: Open until filled
The City of Tempe Arts & Culture Division is seeking arts instructors to lead youth and adult arts classes at the Edna Vihel Arts Center. Current open positions are in Ceramics, Dance, and Music. Tempe is always accepting applications for arts instructors at the Edna Vihel Arts Center in other artistic mediums as well. If you would like to be considered for teaching any of these classes, send a cover letter and resume to ruth_sager@tempe.gov

Executive Director
Xico Inc.
Location: Phoenix
Deadline: May 31, 2018
Working in partnership with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for all aspects of leadership for Xico including developing and executing strategy, managing and developing staff, building effective relationships and partnerships, and resource development and operational management. This position will lead by example to create, inspire and sustain a culture of collaboration and accountability with a passion for the mission.

Summer Internship
Arizona Citizens for the Arts
Location: Phoenix
Deadline: May 11, 2018
The main task of the summer intern will be focused on political research and dissemination of the information gained. With state primaries in the fall and several school board elections coming up, the intern will be tasked with assisting with candidate surveys and, preparing voter education information to be shared through MailChimp and on our website as well as any other related tasks.
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Elisa Radcliffe
Arts Learning Manager

Anastasia Freyermuth
 Arts Learning and Grants Coordinator

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