Meet Our New Arts Learning Manager
This month, the Arts Commission welcomed a new staff member: as Arts Learning Manager, Elisa Lucía Radcliffe will take on duties previously assigned to Alexandra Nelson (who was promoted to the position of Deputy Director in October), including the management of the agency’s AZ Creative Aging initiative.
Fiscal Year 2019 Grants Information Session for Nonprofits
The application period for Fiscal Year 2019 Community Investment Grants (CIG) and Festival Grants is now open. The application deadline is 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

To help potential applicants prepare successful applications, we are presenting online information sessions for both Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. These online information sessions will walk potential applicants through the grant application guidelines, including eligibility requirements, funding restrictions, and application process. Participants will also have the opportunity to ask questions. Recordings of each session will be available for viewing on this page the following day.
Community Investment Grants Information Session
February 6, 12:00 pm 
February 27, 12:00 pm 
Festival Grants Information Sessions
February 7, 12:00 pm
February 28, 12:00 pm
Dedicated Organizational Grants Office Hours
Additionally, our Organizational Grants Office has reserved two hours, from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm, every Tuesday and Wednesday until the application deadline, exclusively for applicant inquiries and consultations. (Consultation sessions are also available other times, by appointment.)
2018 Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals, Dates and Locations
The 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals will be held in Tucson, Flagstaff, and Phoenix in February 2018. At each event, the top students from each region’s participating schools will compete to represent the region at the State Finals in March. These events are free and open to the public.
Southern Region
Saturday, February 10
1:00 – 3:00pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
Northern Region
Saturday, February 10
1:00 – 3:00pm
Native American Cultural Center 
Central Region
Saturday, February 24
12:00 – 4:00pm
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
Arizona Commission on the Arts Grants
CYCLE C Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, February 1, 2018
The grants below are administered on a three-deadline cycle. The application period for Cycle C is now open.

Cycle C only covers projects/activities taking place between
March 1, 2018 and June 30, 2018. 
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Professional Development Grants
Viola Awards Nominees Announced
The Flagstaff Arts Council recently announced the Finalists for the 2018 Viola Awards, a celebration of excellence in the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. Forty Finalists are recognized across ten categories, with some Finalists being recognized in multiple categories. New categories added this year include Community Impact (with awards for Individuals and Organizations separately), Innovation, and Music.
Community Interactive: The Arts
 January 29, 2018, 6:30-8:00pm
Temple of Music and Art |Tucson
Arizona Public Media and Arizona Community Foundation for Southern Arizona will present a free community conversation, Community Interactive: The Arts. Moderated by Jeffrey Brown, this community conversation will focus on the nature, growth, and future of arts and culture in Southern Arizona.
Flagstaff Cultural Facility Survey
The Flagstaff Arts Council has hired the consulting firm ArtsMarket to conduct a feasibility study to explore the potential for development of new arts, culture, and/or science venues in Flagstaff. As part of this effort, FAC is seeking input from the public. The survey only takes a few minutes and everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a drawing to win a gift certificate of $100 to Whole Foods Market.
Arizona Nonprofits Survey
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is developing a strategic plan to set organizational direction for the coming three years. They are currently seeking input on their programs, policies, practices, and products. Insights and opinions gathered through this survey will be used in the aggregate to inform the future direction and work of the organization.
New Federal Tax Laws & Nonprofits
The National Council of Nonprofits has prepared a number of resources to help nonprofits learn about new federal tax laws, including a webinar covering what operational changes nonprofits may need to make right away, what nonprofit leaders need to know about state and local policy changes, and other items that will affect nonprofits and the people they serve.
Local Arts Agency Census
In 2015, Americans for the Arts partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to conduct the most comprehensive survey of the local arts agency (LAA) field ever conducted. This report provides highlights from key finding of the 2015 Local Arts Agency Census, covering topics on organizational budgets, operations, programs, and services of local arts agencies across the country. 
2017 Arizona Commission on the Arts Annual Report to the Governor
Each year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts submits a report to the Governor on its programs, services, and grantmaking. This document is also made available to the citizens of Arizona for their review.
Arts Congress 2018
February 19, 2018 | Phoenix
Arts and culture advocates, patrons, educators business people and arts leaders gather on one day each year at the State Capitol to speak directly to their state legislators about the impact and importance of arts and culture in their communities. Our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts organize the event and provide training materials and talking points for meetings with legislators.
Young Artist Summit
February 3, 2018 | Phoenix
Next month the Youth Arts Council of the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture will present the first annual Young Artist Summit, a gathering of young Phoenix artists advocate for themselves and their community.

Who can attend: Young artists, cultural workers, and arts advocates, ages 15 - 19 years old.
Governor's FY2019 Budget & the Arts
Earlier this month, Governor Doug Ducey released a $10.1 billion proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2019 (FY19). In a recent newsletter, our friends at Arizona Citizens on the Arts look at the state of arts funding in the Governor's budget and discuss next steps for those who support public funding for the arts.
Arts Advocacy Day 2018
March 12-13, 2018 | Washington, DC
Each year, arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to express their support for public funding for the arts.
Save America's Treasures Grant
Deadline: February 21, 2018
The National Park Service, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), is now accepting applications for $5 million in matching grants to support the preservation of nationally significant historic properties and collections through the Save America’s Treasures program.
TourWest Grant
Deadline: April 2, 2018
TourWest is a competitive grant program funded by the  National Endowment for the Arts  (NEA). The program provides subsidies to presenters for the presentation of out-of-state touring performing and literary artists. TourWest standard performance grants are available in amounts of up to $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less.
Request for Applications | Rural Communities Facing Design Challenges
Deadline: February 16, 2018
The CIRD program provides rural communities with populations of 50,000 or less the opportunity to address challenges related to economic vitality and quality of life by employing design solutions. CIRD convenes two-day workshops with design professionals, local leaders, community organizations, and residents to create a plan for tackling issues around three topic areas—multimodal transportation, healthy living by design, and main street revitalization.
Sedona Summer Colony
July 21 through August 12, 2018
Sedona Summer Colony dates for individual residency are July 21 - Aug 12, 2018. Participants can choose a one, two or three week residency by filling out the online application and submitting the required deposit. Residencies include living quarters, working space for development of artwork, and two meals per day. See FAQ and Application at Sedona Summer Colony website. 
Grant Writing Class
February 12-13, 2018
City of Phoenix is hosting a two-day grant writing class presented by the experts at Grant Writing USA. Beginning and experienced grant writers from city, county, and state agencies, as well as nonprofits, K-12, colleges, and universities are encouraged to attend. You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency.
Webinar | Creative Districts: An Economic Catalyst
February 20, 2018 | Online
Creative Vitality™ Suite presents a webinar with Margaret Hunt, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries, and Karen Hanan, executive director of ArtsWA, two experts in the field of creative districts. This conversation will be of special interest to economic development departments, state arts agencies, city planners, and emerging and established creative districts.
Feb 1: Cycle C Application Deadline
  • Arts Learning Collaboration Grant
  • Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant
  • Professional Development Grant
Feb 6: Online Info Session (CIG)
Feb 7: Online Info Session (Festivals)
Feb 10: Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals
  • Northern Region | Flagstaff
  • Southern | Tucson
Feb 19: Holiday | Office Closed
Feb 24: Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals
  • Central Region | Phoenix
Feb 27: Online Info Session (CIG)
Feb 28: Online Info Session (Festivals)

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