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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. Artists working in any discipline who live and work in Arizona are encouraged to apply.

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Who’s it For?

Artists working in any discipline who live and work in Arizona. 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

Stage 1 application materials due by 11:59 pm, Thursday, October 15, 2020

See grant guidelines for more details.

R&D Grant Online Information Session Video

Online info session video

Watch a recording of our recent online information session on Research & Development Grants.

Grant Guidelines


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Upcoming Applicant Webinars

Grantwriting 101: Communicating Who You Are, What You Do, and Why It Matters

Join a panel of three past R&D Grant recipients for an interactive discussion on crafting a strong proposal narrative. Participants will learn...

  • What reviewers are looking for in a grant proposal
  • Tips for crafting a compelling narrative
  • Successful strategies for communicating effectively about your creative practice and its impact

Friday, September 25, 2020

5:30 - 6:30 pm


Grantwriting 101: Identifying Your Communities of Practice and the Impact of Your Work

A pair of past R&D Grant recipients will share their unique insights in an interactive discussion about communities of practice and the impact an artist's work can make within them. Participants will learn...

  • How to identify your communities of practice
  • Tips for describing your community of practice in the R&D Grant application
  • How thinking about your contributions to a community of practice can lead to more authentic and ethical engagement

Friday, October 2, 2020

4:00 - 5:00 pm


Free Webinars: Teaching Arts Online

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

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Session 1: Getting Ready to Teach Online!

September 28, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm


Session 2: Art Instruction in the Online Classroom

September 30, 2020

6:00 - 7:00 pm


Tucson CARES for Artists

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona

Apply by October 5, 2020

One-time emergency relief funds will reimburse between $1,000 to $2,000 in arts-related lost income. No cash match is required. While applicants may request up to $2,000, final award may be less than requested reimbursement.

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​Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief

City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

Apply by September 18, 2020

This grant program will help support working artists, teaching artists, and other arts-based contract workers who have experienced canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts because of the global COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

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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.


The Human Spirit | 2D Juried Art Exhibit

Herberger Theater Center

Apply by September 30, 2020

The Human Spirit Exhibit will be on display in Bob’s Spot Gallery at the Herberger Theater Center from December 4, 2020 – February 2, 2021. The exhibit is open to artists 18 years and older who reside in Arizona. Only two dimensional artwork will be accepted. Work will be selected using a blind jury process. Criteria include: adequacy to the theme, originality and quality of execution.

Materials Hard + Soft International Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition

Greater Denton Arts Council, Denton, TX

Apply September 30, 2020

The call for contemporary craft artists for the 34th annual Materials Hard + Soft is now open. Arizona artists working in the area of crafts in a contemporary style are encouraged to apply by September 30, 2020.

Public Art Opportunity for Downtown Connection Center, Flagstaff, AZ

City of Flagstaff

Apply by September 30, 2020

The City of Flagstaff (Owner) is seeking Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) for an Artist to provide artistic design services. The selected artist will work with a design team to design art and beautification projects that integrate with a new Downtown Connection Center (DCC), a public transit (bus) depot. 

Call for Sculpture | 2020 Civic Center Bronze Sculpture Project

The Town of Prescott Valley

Apply by October 2, 2020

The Arts and Culture Commission of the Town of Prescott Valley requests the submission of Statements of Qualifications from artists or artist groups to design, fabricate, and install a major permanent bronze artwork on the Civic Center Campus.

Call to Writers for the Fall 2020 Blue Guitar

Arizona Consortium for the Arts

Apply by October 4, 2020

The Blue Guitar literary and arts magazine seeks literary submissions for the Fall 2020 Edition. Submissions are sought in all genres — fiction, poetry, plays, creative nonfiction. Writers must submit original work and must live part- or full-time in Arizona.

Temporary Public Art Opportunity | Tempe Town Lake

City of Tempe

Apply by October 12, 2020

The City of Tempe invites artists to propose project ideas for a temporary art installation to be placed on the North Side of Tempe Town Lake. The site is adjacent to the multiuse path, across the lake from the Tempe Center for the Arts and can easily experienced by all who use the lake. 

Climate Change and the Arts Call for Writers

The Artist's Path

Apply by November 15, 2020

Needed Poems, Monologues, Scenes, 10 min plays, full length plays for a multi-year project on Climate Change and the Arts.

The 3rd Latin American Contemporary Fine Art Competition

New York Art Competitions

Apply by January 12, 2021

Fine artists from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal, the Latin American diaspora, and artists residing in any of the above, are invited to submit their works for a chance to be selected for promotional awards designed to boost their careers.


Artist Relief

Artist Relief

Apply by September 30, 2020

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.

Fellowships & Grants for Americans to Study in Scandinavia

American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF)

Apply by November 1, 2020

The American-Scandinavian Foundation (ASF) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications for Fellowships & Grants for Americans to Study in Scandinavia during the 2021-22 academic year.

Emergency Grants

Foundation for Contemporary Arts

Emergency Grants provide urgent funding for visual and performing artists who:

  • Have sudden, unanticipated opportunities to present their work to the public when there is insufficient time to seek other sources of funding
  • Incur unexpected or unbudgeted expenses for projects close to completion with committed exhibition or performance dates


2021 HARPO Emerging Artist Fellowship

Santa Fe Art Institute

Santa Fe, NM

Apply by October 1, 2020

The annual Artist Fellow receives a 6-week residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute, which includes a private room and bath, a semi-private studio space, access to common facilities and basic tools, and a $500 travel stipend. All other expenses, materials, and equipment are the responsibility of the fellow. 


Patron Services Manager

Scottsdale Arts

Scottsdale, AZ

Open until filled

Apply by September 30, 2020

The full time Patron Services Manager oversees the box office including supervision of staff, engagement activities, group sales, concierge programs and working closely with the public.

On-Call Stagehand

Madison Elementary School District

Phoenix, AZ

Open until filled

Stagehand is responsible for ensuring the success of a show and event production by performing the technical and support duties that are behind the scenes.

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