2021 Already: Dialogue/Exchange Sessions

Virtual dialogue/exchange sessions for Arizona's creative workers Since COVID-19 began, creative workers like you have faced previously unimaginable difficulties, including loss of income, projects, gigs, and prolonged isolation from your support networks. And yet, even in a global pandemic, you persist in making critical contributions through your work and service.

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Monday, February 8, 2021

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm MST


Wednesday, February 10, 2021

10:00 am-11:30 am MST


New Award Programs for Native Artists

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) is pleased to announce its open call for two new award programs. After a year of strategic planning and working closely with our network of artists, grantees and stakeholders, NACF moves into its second decade with SHIFT– Transformative Change and Indigenous Arts , a two-year program designed to support artist and community-driven projects responding to social, environmental or economic justice issues through a Native lens. NACF is also launching LIFT– Early Career Support for Native Artists, a one-year award and early career support program for emerging Native artists to develop and realize new projects.


SHIFT is a monetary award totaling $100,000 for two years, with $50,000 of the award earmarked for the lead artist or artist collective. Up to ten projects will be selected to receive SHIFT awards.

NACF is now accepting Letters of Interest (LOI) for the SHIFT program until Tuesday March 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm AZ. Notifications will be sent in late April 2021.

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LIFT is a monetary award of $10,000 for a proposed project with $2,500 earmarked for the artist’s benefit and wellbeing. Up to twenty artists will be selected to receive LIFT awards.

NACF is now accepting applications for the LIFT program until March 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm AZ. Notifications will be sent in late May 2021.

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What's in the Second COVID-19 Relief Package?

On Sunday, December 29, 2020, the president signed into law a second COVID-19 stimulus package. While we await specific guidance from the Federal agencies administering the various programs, here is a summary of provisions of particular interest to artists, arts workers, nonprofit organizations and small businesses.

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The opportunities featured below are selected from listings submitted for inclusion on our website's Jobs and Arts Opportunities boards by the organization or company offering the opportunity. Questions regarding a particular opportunity should be directed to the organization or company listed with the opportunity. 

While Arts Commission staff endeavor to offer a broad selection of quality opportunities, inclusion here should not be interpreted as an endorsement.


Open Call for Artists

West Valley Arts

Apply by January 31, 2021

West Valley Arts is seeking artists for various events, projects, and exhibitions planned for 2021-2022. Artists are invited to submit individual works, bodies of work, and projects for review and consideration. Themes and media are open but higher consideration will be given to those working in diverse areas of cultural exploration and promotion.

Call for Art | Governor’s Arts Awards

Artlink Inc

Apply by February 2, 2021

The selected artworks will celebrate artistry, culture and unique characteristics of Arizona, its artists and artforms, as the artist sees them. Works can be either 2D or 3D, and while there are no specific size or medium restrictions, submissions must be easy to hold or carry and transport. Artworks will be given to the recipients following the Awards.

Call for Entries | Celebration of Artists 2021

West Valley Art Museum

Apply by February 5, 2021

This year’s awards include one each: Best of Show, Mayor’s Award, Trustees’ Award and First Place, Second Place, Third Place and Honorable Mention Awards for each of the following categories: Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media and Photography (open to analog, digital, color and black and white).

Call to Artists

West Valley Arts

Apply by February 5, 2021

In partnership with West Valley Arts, a private business park in the metro Phoenix area is seeking artists (painters and digital artists) who can create specific works for key interior and exterior locations around the campus.

Call for Essays from Black Arizonans | Indiscernibles in Arizona

Heritage Square Foundation, Emancipation Arts LLC, and the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing at Arizona State University

Apply by February 15, 2021

Indiscernibles in Arizona is looking for personal reflections, lyric essays, oral histories, and other forms of creative nonfiction by Black Arizonans about their experience living, working, and existing in the state. No minimum or maximum word counts. Individuals who have their work selected will be compensated from a prize pool of $1,000. 

Call for Art | Interpretations VI

Arizona Art Alliance

Apply by February 15, 2021

The 6th Annual Arizona Art Alliance WHAM West Gallery Exhibit is open to all members in good standing of any affiliated Arizona Art Alliance Member Arts Organization as listed on the Alliance website. The theme “Interpretations” is open to inspire all artists to interpret what they see, feel, and hear, and apply it to their artwork.

Call to Artists

Tubac Center of the Arts

Apply by March 4, 2021

This national juried exhibit will present works of art that celebrate the dark sky initiatives and the Tubac Dark Sky application. This exhibit partners with the Tubac Presidio Historic Park and the Tubac Heritage Alliance to create supporting Dark Sky events in Tubac.

Call for Entry | ArtsThrive Art Exhibition and Benefit

Albuquerque Museum Foundation

Apply by March 21, 2021

The accepted artwork will be on display in one of the Albuquerque Museum’s galleries from October 9 through December 5, 2021. All artwork will be for sale to the public for the duration of this 8-week long show, with 60% of art sales going back to the artist.

Call for Entry | Geminga: Tiny Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, or Art

Sunspot Literary Journal

Apply by March 31, 2021

No restrictions on theme or category. Word limit is 100 for fiction and nonfiction. Micropoetry is limited to 140 characters. Visual art entries should be paintings, drawings, or sketches no larger than 25 inches square. Sculptural forms should be no larger than 25 inches in any dimension (length, height, or width).


2021 Voces LatinX National Playwriting Competition

Miranda Family Foundation 

Apply by February 1, 2021

he goals of The Miranda Family Foundation Voces Latinx National Playwriting Competition are to discover, develop, promote and amplify Latinx plays and playwrights. Repertorio Español is now in its 53rd season and 2nd decade of championing new works through playwriting initiatives. To that end, this competition and our theatre will prepare the way for an American Theatre that is reflective and representative of the Pan Latinx Community.

Puchi Award

La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel

Apply by February 18, 2021

La Casa Encendida and Fulgencio Pimentel are pleased to present the fifth Puchi award. The competition is open to books in any genre or form: fiction, non-fiction, poetry, novels, comics, picture books, essays, cookbooks, geography books, combinations of the above or any other type imaginable. They are looking for one-of-a-kind books, or even a whole new kind of book.


Nothing About Us Without Us: Community-Based Program Evaluation

Southwest Folklife Alliance

Class sessions begin February 2, 2021

Join Dr. Beth Meyerson for a five-week course on community-based program evaluation. Designed for nonprofit leaders, program managers, grant writers, or service delivery personnel interested in sharpening their assessment and evaluation skills.


COVID-19 Relief Grant Program for Artists


Apply by February 3, 2021

CERF+ is now accepting applications for the third cycle of our COVID-19 Relief Grant Program. This program will provide one-time $1,000 grants to artists working in craft disciplines who continue to face dire food, housing, and medical insecurities caused by the pandemic.

“We Are One” Arts Project Grants

City of Glendale Office of Arts & Culture

Apply by March 15, 2021

The City of Glendale announces eight (8) $4,000 arts & cultural project funding opportunities open to Arizona artists, artist teams, arts organizations and schools. Projects/activities must take place within Glendale city limits between May 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

Innovate Grants for Artists + Photographers

Innovate Grant

Apply by March 18, 2021

Innovate Grant is now accepting submissions for the Winter 2021 Cycle. Innovate Grant awards (2) $550.00 grants each quarter, to one Visual Artist and one Photographer. In addition to receiving a grant award, winners will be featured and recognized on our website and join a growing community of vibrant and talented artists.

Actos de Confianza Emergency Grants 


Apply by May 12, 2021 (Application period opens April 28, 2021)

In collaboration with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Intercultural Leadership Institute (ILI) partners, the $2,500 artist grants and $5,000 organization grants aim to support those facing critical financial emergencies due to the impact of COVID-19 in the United States and Puerto Rico.


Artist Residency


Brooklyn, NY

Apply by February 8, 2021

BKLYN CLAY’s Artist Residency program serves as a vehicle to honor and uplift the artistic vision and work of BIPOC artists, in an effort to promote equity, opportunity, and access within the field of ceramics. Artists-in-residence are encouraged to use the residency to continue their current practice, execute specific projects, or experiment with ways of implementing clay into their practice with the support of BKLYN CLAY instructors and studio staff.

Artist in Residence Opportunity

Ali Youssefi Project

Sacramento, CA

Apply by Febnruary 16, 2021

The Ali Youssefi Project Artist in Residence (AIR) aims to nurture artists from a diverse range of backgrounds and uplift the work of artists, with a particular focus on underrepresented perspectives and voices. We welcome all visual artists working with a wide range of mediums. 

Residencies Open Call

Singapore Art Museum


Apply by February 28, 2021

The Artist Residency is a 6-month program open to artists and collectives who are looking to develop artistic practices and emergent modes of artmaking. The Community & Education Residency is a 1 to 3-month program open to practitioners who explore the relationship between art practice and forms of education or whose core practice engages with local communities or the public in various ways.


Public Art Project Manager

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

Phoenix, AZ

Apply by February 8, 2021

The Public Art Project Manager will coordinate and direct activities and personnel involved in the implementation and completion of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) arts projects, programs and contracts, including but not limited to, design, scheduling, construction, legal procedures, budget, maintenance, and construction compliance.

Technical Director


Tempe, AZ

Apply by March 15, 2021

Childsplay, Arizona’s professional theatre for young audiences, is seeking a Technical Director to join the staff as a full-time employee. We produce 6 productions on the mainstage, 1-2 national tours, and 1-2 local state tours per season.

Program Coordinator

Arizona Center for Civic Leadership, Flinn Foundation

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

The individual in this position advances the goals of the Center through a broad range of activities, from communication with prospective, current, and alumni Flinn-Brown Fellows; to assistance with application and selection processes; to support for event planning and management.

Program Manager

Phoenix Indian Center

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

The Program Manager (PM) is responsible for oversight of the Youth Development Services. This includes development and diligent implementation of a plan leading to positive outcomes of all contractual deliverables and requirements in a professional and timely manner. 


Kesha Bruce

Artist Programs Manager

Anna Needham (Red Lake Ojibwe)

Artist Programs Coordinator


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