Opportunity Grants for Artists, Teaching Artists, and Arts Administrators
Apply by February 14, 2020
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.

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For Artists
For Arts Administrators
For Teaching Artists
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Apply by January 30, 2019
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school, after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services in one of the following three categories:
Planning, Professional Development, or
Student Learning.
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Apply by 11:59 pm, January 30, 2019
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for learners of any age in one of the following three categories: Participant Engagement, Planning, or Professional Development.
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Awards Neighborhood Arts Grants
The Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture has awarded seven neighborhood groups and artist collaborators funds through the city's Neighborhood Arts Grants program for 2019-2020. Neighborhood Arts grants encourage partnerships between neighborhood community groups, artists, and arts and culture organizations, bringing them together to propose arts and culture projects within Phoenix neighborhoods.
Arizona Says Goodbye to Celebrated Sculptor James Waddell
Internationally renowned sculptor John Henry Waddell died on Wednesday, November 27, at his home/studio in Cornville. Waddell was responsible for hundreds of sculpted works, ranging from minia­tures to life-size figures to a massive three-story relief called “Rising” that he completed over 11 years and evoked 9/11.
Grand Cayon Music Festival Artistic Director Among Finalists for $500,000 Lewis Prize for Music
Clare Hoffman, co-founder and Artistic Director of the Grand Canyon Music is one of ten finalists for the $500,000 Lewis Prize for Music. The Lewis Prize is awarded to "leaders who create positive change by investing in young people through music." In 2001, Hoffman collaborated with Brent Michael Davids (Mohican Nation) to create the Native American Composer Apprentice Project (NACAP), an immersive music composition program that pairs Native American youth with professional Native composers.
SAACA Opens 14,000 Square Foot Collaborative Art Space in Tucson Mall
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance, or SAACA, opened a new collaborative art space for the local community on December 3 in the Tucson Mall. Occupying over 14,000 square feet, CATALYST contains several sections, each dedicated to a different creative discipline. Sections include a culinary sector accommodated by a teaching kitchen, an engineering sector with a robotics and engineering lab and an arts sector for arts and crafts. In addition, the space offers a community stage for performances and private conference rooms.
Prescott College Announces New Social and Environmental Arts Practice MFA Program
Prescott College announced this month that activist and performance artist Patrisse Cullors will lead a new online MFA program combining art, social justice and community organizing. According to Cullors, “in our social justice work, we’re not doing the best job of training young organizers around the tool of art and why it could be a part of the lexicon of making change.” The program will accept 10-20 students.
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Awards stART Mini-Grants
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona recently awarded “stART Mini-Grants” to 17 local creators and organizations supporting art programs, including visual art, music and more. The awards range from $500 to $1,000 per artist. The Arts Foundation provided $8,500 in the Community Impact Track, and $6,950 in the Artist Resource Track, for a total of $15,450.
Photo by Vivien Killilea, courtesy of Getty Images for Patrisse Cullors
How Arizona Artists Are Tackling the High Cost of Health Insurance
Phoenix New Times
'The Force Is With Our People' Connects Indigenous Culture To A Galaxy Far Away
NPR Morning Edition
Arts and culture become a key asset for West Valley
AZ Big Media
Steven J. Yazzie Sees Creative Community in a Climbing Gym
Kate Marquez Wants Tucson to Be a Place For Collaboration
Diné artist navigates the in-between
Navajo Times
Diving into Racial Equity: The MAP Fund’s Exploration
Americans for the Arts | December 2019
Written to inform public and private funders who are addressing equity in their grantmaking, the article’s insights from MAP Fund’s experiences can provide guidance to re-envision who reviews proposals and how they are chosen, orient and guide reviewers and panelists to be aware of bias, and consider alternative designs for application review that are more equitable.
How to work within power structures that don't work for you
The Creative Independent | December 2019
According to ann haeyoung, "Creating art is work. Attending shows, doing studio visits, and sending emails that multiply like hydras is work. The spreadsheets of deadlines, proliferation of to-do lists, and the constant need for up-to-date images is work. Even this article that sat in the back of my mind as the guilt piled up for a week past my self-imposed deadline is work."

Here, artist-activist haeyoung offers practical advise and tools to ensure all that work doesn't burn you out.
Across the country and around the globe, the arts are at the center of some of today's most interesting conversations. In this new section of the AZArts Newsletter, we'll share articles and essays that have caught our attention in the past month.
The arts have a place in every conversation
ASU HIDA | December 2019
"We started with what we knew. We knew rhythm, we knew teamwork and collaboration, we knew the impact of embodiment and physicalization. We knew how to play with the relationship between the individual and the collective. We knew improvisation. And we knew play — this is where we began."
Why the most important news stories in Arizona involve art
Arizona Republic | December 2019
"We have a mistaken view in journalism that the most important stories are those involving government or business or law enforcement or education or health care or science or transportation or housing or … just about anything other than the topic I was assigned to cover: Art."
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.
Oracle Chamber Music Festival
January 1-5
Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
January 6-20
Litchfield Park Gathering
Litchfield Park
January 11-12
Breaking Ground 2019 : Contemporary Dance and Film Festival
January 23-25
SMU DataArts Webinars
SMU DataArts' Cultural Data Profile (CDP) is a powerful data management tool designed to help nonprofit arts organizations increase management capacity, identify strengths and challenges, and inform decision-making.

SMU DataArts will present two webinars this month to help organizations make more robust use of their data.
Getting Started with The Cultural Data Profile
11:00 am, January 7, 2020
This webinar will cover the basics of completing your data profile on the SMU DataArts platform and applying to participating grantmakers. This session is ideal for new users, or anyone looking for a refresher about how to enter your data and create a Funder Report for a grant deadline. You can participate in this web-based session from your home or office computer. Instructions for joining the webinar will be sent after you register.
Data At Work: Introduction to DataArts Analytic Tools
11:00 am, January 16, 2020
Once you have completed a Cultural Data Profile, the SMU DataArts platform offers a wealth of reporting tools. This webinar will cover the basics of running analytic reports, whether you want to run a trend report to see changes at your organization over time or a comparison report to benchmark against a group of peer organizations. The webinar will also include an overview of the KIPI Dashboard and other DataArts analytic tools.
Bilingual Marketing Manager
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Open until filled
The Arts Foundation’s Bilingual Marketing Manager – a new position – will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive marketing, communications and branding strategy to ensure that Arts Foundation meets its strategic goals of Community Impact, Organizational Sustainability, Arts Coalition Building, Expand Public Art Program, and Perception Change.

Adult Jewelry & Metals Instructor
Mesa Arts Center
Mesa, AZ
Open until filled
Mesa Arts Center is seeking instructor(s) to provide beginning and intermediate courses in jewelry and metals, part of the art studios department. Instructors should have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience in a community center, non-profit studios, private studios or arts education institution. 

Casa Grande Main Street
Casa Grande, AZ
Open until filled
Casa Grande Main Street Executive Director coordinates all project activities within the downtown utilizing historic preservation as an integral foundation for economic development. The Executive Director is responsible for the development, execution, and documentation of the Main Street Program. Event coordination, fundraising, budgeting, public relations, marketing, volunteer management and financial reporting are important functions of the position.
December 25: Holiday | Office Closed
January 1: Holiday | Office Closed
January 20: Holiday | Office Closed
January 30: Application Due Date
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