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Apply Now: Research & Development Grants

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for 2021 Research & Development (R&D) Grants. 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 11:59 PM, Thursday, October 15, 2020.

Individuals working in any discipline at any stage in their career are encouraged to apply. Whether you’re just getting started or you have already experienced many career successes, the R&D Grant is available to help you take your artistic practice to the next level, including:

  • exploration of new techniques
  • experimentation with new materials or technologies
  • creation of new work
  • development of new strategies for engaging your community of practice

R&D Grant Information Session | Friday, September 4, 2020

Join the Arts Commission’s Artist programs team for a webinar-style discussion of the Research & Development Grant, the application and review process, and tips for preparing a competitive application. Can’t make the live presentation? We’ll post a recording the following day for you to watch at your convenience!

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NEA Virtual Town Hall: Arizona | Thursday, August 27, 2020

Arizona artists and organizations: the National Endowment for the Arts wants to hear from you! Join representatives from the National Endowment for the Arts for an information session on NEA grants and resources followed by a town hall style conversation about what Arizona’s arts sector needs to survive and thrive in these unprecedented times. Hosted by the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

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Apply Now: AZ Youth Arts Council

The Arizona Commission on the Arts invites creative, passionate, community-minded Arizonans, age 14-19, to join the AZ Youth Arts Council and help ensure that Arizona's youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy.

AZ Youth Arts Council Members Will…

  • Learn about policy to advocate for equal access to the arts for all young people in Arizona
  • Advise the Arts Commission on grant programs and initiatives that directly affect young people
  • Administer a Youth Engagement Grant in their community
  • Review issues related to arts and culture programs and services for young people
  • Create arts and media projects highlighting the arts in their communities
  • Receive a stipend of up to $800
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Apply by 11:59 PM, Monday, September 14, 2020.

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Teaching Artist Opportunity: Virtual Mini-Lesson Grants

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is offering a pair of new grants to support Arizona teaching artists in the creation of virtual mini-lessons that focus on mindfulness, fun, and relief for young people and older adults as well as their guardians and caregivers.

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Apply by 11:59 PM, Thursday, September 10, 2020.


LOST ART: Measuring COVID-19’s devastating impact on America’s creative economy

Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings

August 2020

The COVID-19 crisis hits hard at arts, culture, and the creative economy. This study estimates the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on the creative economy, comprising industries such as film, advertising, and fashion as well as creative occupations like musicians, artists, performers, and designers.


State Arts Agency Legislative Appropriations Preview, Fiscal Year 2021

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

August 2020

Curious about how Arizona stacks up against other states in legislative appropriations for the arts?

Each year the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) provides a report on state-level arts funding. This preview provides a forecast for Fiscal Year 2021.




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August 19, 2020

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COVID-19 Relief Grant (Round 2) | CERF+

As part of CERF+’s broader COVID-19 crisis response strategies, this special program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to meet urgent food, housing and/or health insecurities.

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Artist Relief

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States.

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Executive Director

Sonoran Arts League

Cave Creek, AZ

Apply by September 15, 2020

Sonoran Arts League is seeking an Executive Director. Must share our vision in addition to having robust fundraising skills. Our ED will support the Board of Directors; buoy our many programs, teams and committees; and work to develop and strengthen our volunteer base.

Grants Writer

Scottsdale Arts

Scottsdale, AZ

Apply by September 15, 2020

Scottsdale Arts seeks a full time Grants Writer who will be responsible for researching, writing and coordinating the grants efforts for all of the Scottsdale Arts branches. The Grants Writer will work with the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, the Scottsdale Museum for Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning and Innovation (SALI).

Education Program Manager


Tempe, AZ

Open until filled

Childsplay seeks a motivated, proactive individual to join our education team. This full time position will focus on coordinating and managing Childsplay’s teacher professional development programs and in classroom drama experiences.

Development Officer

Free Arts

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

This position supports Free Arts by managing engagement with, and securing funding from, Free Arts’ corporate and individual annual giving supporters; cultivates and oversees corporate volunteer engagement, creates a presence in the community by being visible and representing Free Arts at events, boards, commissions, and other activities.


September 7

Holiday | Office Closed

September 4

Info Session: R&D Grants

September 10

Due Date: Virtual Mini-Lesson Grants

September 14

Due Date: Youth Arts Council

September 17

Quarterly Board Meeting


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

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

To request this or any other agency publication in an alternative format, contact the Arizona Commission on the Arts at (602) 771-6501 |



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