Farewell and Thanks to Kristen Pierce Kent
Organizational Grants and Services Manager Kristen Pierce Kent, who will leave the agency on November 1, 2019, to move into the political arena, ultimately seeking public office in the near future.

“Kristen has been an integral member of the team during a period of significant change, both for the Arts Commission and the arts and culture sector,” said Arts Commission Executive Director, Jaime Dempsey. “In her work, she provided insightful, thorough, and compassionate service to hundreds of arts organizations and thousands of individuals advancing the work of arts and culture in Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods. We know Kristen will bring the same kind of thoughtful engagement to her next endeavor, and we are excited to watch her take this next step.”

The agency will commence a search to fill the vacancy next week. The position will be posted to the agency's website on Monday, October 28.
Meet Our New Artist Programs Team!
This month, the Arizona Commission on the Arts welcomed Kesha Bruce to the position of Artist Programs Manager. Bruce joins Artist Programs Coordinator Anna Needham (Red Lake Ojibwe) who was hired this past February.

The Artist Programs Manager position was previously held by Gabriela Muñoz, who left in July to take a position at the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts.
This November, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, in partnership with the Flinn Foundation and Virginia G. Piper Trust, are pleased to offer regional, in-person training workshops to enrich your understanding of the data you submit to SMU DataArts’ Cultural Data Project. 

Additionally, our friends at the Flinn Foundation invite all workshop participants to join a lunch hour discussion alongside the workshop. A light lunch will be provided for those who RSVP. Your lunch RSVP is separate from your registration for the workshop(s), so be sure to do both.
November 6, 2019

Speaking of Data
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch Discussion
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
November 7, 2019

Data at Work
10:00 am – 11:00 am
Lunch Discussion
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Speaking of Data
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
November 8, 2019

Speaking of Data
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch Discussion
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Opportunity Grants for Artists, Teaching Artists, and Arts Administrators
Apply by November 1, 2019
Introducing Opportunity Grants! Opportunity Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists, teaching artists, and arts administrators as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional growth. These grants support and empower arts sector workers at critical stages in their creative lives as they work to advance their career and continue to innovate in their work.

With three unique application tracks, the Opportunity Grant is designed to meet the unique professional development needs and goals of artists, teaching artists, and arts administrators.
Teaching Artists
Arts Administrators
ariZoni Awards Theatre Awards of Excellence
At an award ceremony held in Phoenix on September 23, 2019, 107 "Zonis" were awarded in over 50 categories, recognizing excellence in metro-Phoenix theatre during the 2018-2019 season. Congratulations to all!
Flagstaff 2030: Art, Science, Culture
On October 16, Flagstaff Arts Council launched Flagstaff 2030 with a community discussion to inform the future of how the Council guides investment in art, science, and culture, development of cultural facilities, economic development, city-wide programs, and advocacy.
Volunteers near finish line for first phase of Monte Carlo Trails
Nogales International
An Arts Commission grant supported the incorporation of art into new public trails in Nogales.
Ann Morton Receives Prestigious Scult Award at Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix New Times
Phoenix artist Ann Morton has been named the 2019 Arlene and Morton Scult Award recipient.
Weaver earns ‘best of show’ for dye chart
Navajo Times
Isabel Deschinny took overall best of show at the Navajo Nation Fair fine arts competition for her framed 3-foot by 6-foot “Vegetable Dye Chart."
Debra Edgerton: Deliberately Retrospective
Arizona Community Foundation will exhibit works by Flagstaff watercolor artist and 2019 R&D Grant Debra Edgerton recipient in their uptown Phoenix offices beginning November 6.
Breakin' Rules Rockin' Walls
Organized by dance artist Michelle Marji and supported by a 2019 R&D Grant recipient, "Breakin' Rules Rockin' walls" combines Marji's two passions, Hip Hop and rock climbing. The project will culminate with a free public event on October 26.
This year we awarded Festival Grants to forty arts festivals across the state. Each month this section will feature upcoming funded festivals, including dates and locations! Click on the posters below for more info.
Scottsdale International Film Festival
November 1-10, 2019
All Souls Procession
November 1-3, 2019
Loft Film Fest
November 7-14, 2019
Canal Convergence Scottsdale
November 8-17, 2019
Discover India 2019
November 9, 2019
Arizona Asian Festival
November 16-17, 2019
Nonprofit Overtime Webinar
National Council of Nonprofits
November 5, 2019
The National Council of Nonprofits will be presenting a national webinar to help all in the charitable community understand what the Overtime Final Rule means to nonprofit operations and missions, and what nonprofits should be doing now to prepare.
Big Read Grants
National Endowment for the Arts & Arts Midwest
Apply by January 29, 2020
Big Read supports organizations across the country in developing community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.
The Collective
Creative Catalysts
Apply by November 1, 2019
Creative Catalysts, an initiative of Mesa Arts Center, offers The Collective, a program that uses creativity to activate leadership skills and enhance innovation across sectors. The Collective brings creativity to the forefront of the conversation by intentionally weaving it into every lesson on leadership, collaboration, failure, problem-solving, and mindfulness.
Call for Session Proposals
TCG National Conference
Submit by December 16, 2019
The TCG Conferences and Fieldwide Learning team is collecting session proposals for our 2020 National Conference. The conference will convene in Phoenix, June 4-6, 2020.
National Creative Placemaking Leadership Summit Discount Codes
National Consortium of Creative Placemaking
November 14-16, 2019 | Phoenix
NCCP is offering registration discounts for their upcoming summit in Phoenix.
For social practice/civic artists NCCP is offering a 40% discount to the first 25 registrants who use the promotion code Supporter40. All other Arizona registrants are invited to use the promotion code Partner20 to receive a 20% discount on your registration.
Mellon-Fronteridades Creative Scholars 
The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry
Apply by November 29, 2019
The Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry is now accepting applications for Cohort 1 of the Mellon-Fronteridades Creative Scholars program. The program is open to students, postdoctoral scholars, professionals, artists, and local community members intending to enrich the US-Mexico borderlands through an arts, social justice,
and/or research project. 
USArtists Grants
Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation
Apply by November 22, 2019
USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets.
Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation Artist Grants
Apply by December 15, 2019
The Gottlieb Foundation offers funding through two programs: Individual Support grants are available to painters, printmakers and sculptors with a minimum of 20 years in a mature phase. A separate grant program, for emergencies, assists mature painters, printmakers and sculptors suffering from a recent, unforeseen catastrophic event, who have a minimum of ten years in a mature phase.
November 1: Application Due date
  • Opportunity Grant for Artists
  • Opportunity Grant for Teaching Artists
  • Opportunity Grant for Arts Administrators
November 11: State Holiday|Office Closed
November 28: State Holiday|Office Closed

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