Research & Development (R&D) Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.

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Apply by July 8, 2021


The Rural and BIPOC Creative Aging Communities Cohort is a program for arts organizations with a serious and committed interest in better serving Arizona’s older adults by strengthening existing programs and/or developing new initiatives.

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Apply by July 12, 2021


Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support projects that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for adult learners of any age. Projects can include, but are not limited to, using creative expression to improve quality of life for older adults (Creative Aging), intergenerational projects, and/or providing sequential hands on learning in, through, or about the arts for adult learners.

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Apply by August 5, 2021


Youth Arts Engagement Grants support programs focused on young people ages 24 and under that occur outside of traditional school hours, and which provide creative expression in safe and nurturing environments, are rooted in youth voices, narratives and perspectives, and utilize the assets of the community being served.

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Apply by August 5, 2021


The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites teen creatives to join the AZ Youth Arts Council to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy. If you’re a creative, passionate, community-minded Arizonan, age 14-19, apply today!

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Apply by August 15, 2021


Festival Grants assist local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university / college departments and other nonprofit cultural and social service organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities.

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Apply by September 16, 2021



ASU professor Natalie Diaz wins Pulitzer Prize for poetry

Arizona Republic

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Arizona Theaters, Performing Art Centers Look Forward To Brighter Fall

The Show, KJZZ

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Hopi Artist Grapples With His Complicated Legacy And Learns To Be A Better Father

Weekend Edition, NPR

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Heritage Festival returns to Museum of Northern Arizona in July

Navajo-Hopi Observer

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Tech as Art

National Endowment for the Arts | June 2021

This report is the result of a two-year research initiative exploring the multifaceted creative practices of artists who engage with digital technologies. The research examines the creative infrastructure supporting tech-focused artistic practices and provides insight into the existing challenges and opportunities faced by artists and organizations working at the intersection of arts and technology.

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Museums and Creative Aging: A Healthful Partnership

American Alliance of Museums | May 2021

This report, commissioned by the American Alliance of Museums and written by Marjorie Schwarzer, is a call to action for museums to change the narrative about what it means to grow old in America. Opening with an overview of aging and ageism in our country, the report documents actions being taken to foster positive aging, profiles the work of museums providing creative aging programming, and shares lessons learned from the Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums initiative of Aroha Philanthropies.

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American Rescue Plan Grants to Local Arts Agencies

National Endowment for the Arts

Apply by July 22, 2021

The Rescue Plan’s Grants to Local Arts Agencies for Subgranting program recognizes the central role that local arts agencies play in supporting artists, enhancing the quality of life in their communities, and increasing public access to the arts. 

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American Rescue Plan Grants

National Endowment for the Arts

Apply by August 12, 2021

The Arts Endowment will competitively award Rescue Plan funds to eligible organizations nationwide. These funds are intended to help support jobs in the arts sector, keep the doors open to arts organizations nationwide, and assist the field in its response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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American Rescue Plan Fund for Organizations


Apply by July 15, 2021

WESTAF ARP is a competitive grant program that provides general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that are most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. WESTAF is now accepting Intents to Apply from interested organizations.

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Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge

US Department of Agriculture

Apply by July 26, 2021

USDA is making available up to $3 million in cooperative agreements under the Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge (RPIC) for eligible entities to help them provide planning support, technical assistance and training to foster placemaking activities in rural communities.

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NALAC National Latinx Summit

September 30 - October 2, 2021

Online | Chicago, IL

NALAC will gather virtually to engage imaginations, meet the call of the moment, and assert collective strength. All are welcome to attend. NALAC alumni based in Chicago--homelands of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi Nations--have activated some of their peers to host this national gathering in collaboration with voices from across the United States and Puerto Rico.

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2021 Western Arts Alliance Annual Conference

August 30th – September 2nd

Online | Portland, OR

Online or in-person, the 2021 WAA conference offers essential networking, outstanding showcases, valuable discovery sessions, and topical workshops–everything you need to program a season, route a tour, or launch a project—even in these challenging times.

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Executive Director

Arizona Commission on the Arts

Phoenix, AZ

Apply by July 22, 2021

The Executive Director is a visionary, creative, collaborative, ethical, and adaptive leader of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency whose mission is to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

Development Director

Sonoran Glass School

Tucson, AZ

Open until filled

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Senior Program Coordinator of Volunteers

Free Arts

Phoenix, AZ

Apply by July 8, 2021

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

Communications Manager

Fox Tucson Theatre

Tucson, AZ

Apply by July 10, 2021

The historic Fox Tucson Theatre is seeking a dynamic, detail-oriented, arts enthusiast to join our team in the role of Communications Manager at a critical phase in our 90+ year history at the heart of Tucson’s vibrant downtown.

Event Specialist

Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

Phoenix Art Museum is looking for two Event Specialists to manage all private events in keeping with Museum guidelines and policies.


July 5 | State Holiday (Office closed)

July 8 | Due Date

  • R&D Grants

July 12 | Due Date

  • Rural and BIPOC Creative Aging Communities Cohort


AZArts Learning

News, information, and resources for Arizonans working to facilitate learning in, through, and about the arts.

AZArts Opportunities

A monthly curated list of opportunities for Arizonans working in the arts.


AZArts Learning is published monthly by the Arizona Commission on the Arts

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