Fiscal Year 2020 Grants for Organizations and Festivals
Apply by March 14, 2019
The application period for Fiscal Year 2020 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants is now open!
Community Investment Grants
Community Investment Grants (CIG) provide unrestricted general operating support to nonprofit arts organizations of all sizes, local arts agencies, and tribal cultural organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach, or serve the arts.
Festival Grants
Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities and are awarded to assist with the costs of connecting artists (or their artistic work) with communities.
Applicant Information Sessions
Join Kristen Pierce Kent from the Arizona Commission on the Arts for a webinar-style online presentation.
Community Investment Grants
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Festival Grants
Thursday, February 7, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Community Investment Grants
Thursday, February 21, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Festival Grants
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
12:00-1:00 pm
Banner Image: Performer at Mesa Arts Center’s annual Dia de los Muertos festival. Original photo by Slaven Gujic, courtesy of Mesa Arts Center.
Artist Opportunity Grants
A new grant opportunity funded by the Arizona Community Foundation
Artist Opportunity Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact an artist’s work and career.
What’s considered a professional opportunity?
An “opportunity” may refer to many things: 
  • an invitation to exhibit at a gallery or museum; 
  • an audition for a major dance company performance; 
  • an invitation to undertake a project, performance, installation, etc;
  • an invitation to present your work in a significant way that will expose your work to new audiences;
  • the finishing/completion of new works, already underway, that will allow you to take advantage of a significant professional opportunity.
Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Competition Schedule
Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, high school students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Students across the state are competing now in school-level competitions. In February, top students from each participating school will compete at the regional level in hopes of advancing to the state finals where they'll compete for the opportunity to represent Arizona at the National Finals in Washington, DC.
Central Region
February 9th, 2019
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Herberger Young Scholars Academy
4701 West Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ
Northern Region
February 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Native American Cultural Center
318 W. McCreary Dr.
Flagstaff, AZ 86011
Southern Region
February 23rd, 2019
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
University of Arizona Poetry Center
1508 E Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85719
Governor's Arts Awards Nominees Announced
Last month our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts announced the nominees for the 38th annual Governor's Arts Awards. 59 Individuals, art organizations and advocates, small and large businesses, and philanthropists from 19 communities statewide were nominated this year. Joanie Flatt will recieve the 2019 Shelley Award at their annual Governor's Arts Awards ceremony on March 6!
Flagstaff's Viola Awards Finalists Announced
The Flagstaff Arts Council announced the thirty-eight finalists nominated across nine categories for the city's eleventh annual Viola Awards Gala, which will be held on Saturday, March 2, 2019. The winners in each category will be announced at the Gala event, which features performances, dinner, and the award ceremony.
Flinn Foundation awards $60,000 to rural arts groups
Six Arizona arts-and-culture groups in the communities of Globe, Casa Grande, Yuma, and Douglas, have received a combined $60,000 in grants as part of a Flinn Foundation-supported program designed to spur engagement between the small-town organizations and their communities.
Photo by German Padilla, courtesy Border Arts Corridor, Douglas, AZ
Short-Term Funding Bill Reopens Federal Government, National Endowment for the Arts
Last week Congress and the White House struck a deal to appropriate funding for all government operations until February 15. This includes maintaining the NEA’s current $153 million budget. Earlier in the week, the NEA had received approval to reopen using fiscal year 2018 administrative funds to assist the field and attend to critical workload issues.
Artists find affordable living in Mesa Artspace Lofts
From East valley Tribune
Roden Crater tentatively set to open in 2024 thanks to ASU and Kanye West
From Arizona Daily Sun
As Lawmakers Meet, Will Arts Be Included in the State Budget?
From Phoenix New Times
Photos courtesy of East Valley Tribune, Arizona Daily Sun, Phoenix New Times
Theatre Facts 2017
Theatre Communications Group, December 2018
Not-for-profit theatres contributed nearly $2.6 billion to the U.S. economy and attracted 44 million attendees, according to Theatre Facts 2017, released by Theatre Communications Group (TCG). Based on the annual TCG Fiscal Survey, Theatre Facts is the only in-depth report that examines the attendance, performance, and overall fiscal state of the U.S. professional not-for-profit theatre field.
Advocacy Basics for Arts Leaders
SMU DataArts
Making the Case is a free online course from DataArts and Julie Hawkins from Drexel University that introduces the basics of arts advocacy, with an emphasis on using data. It covers topics including:
  • Building a relationship with elected officials
  • Using data to understand your position on important issues
  • Tips for strong messaging
  • Building an advocacy campaign
NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI)
Apply by February 14, 2019
NALAC is currently accepting applications for the 19th Annual NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI). NLI is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts.

Potential applicants can attend an online support webinar at https://zoom.us/j/2104323982 on Thursday, January 31, at 11:00 am.
Kresge Foundation Arts & Culture Grants
Kresge's Arts & Culture grantmaking focuses on Creative Placemaking, an approach to community development and urban planning that integrates arts, culture, and community-engaged design strategies. Grants are made in three specific focus areas: national networks; local systems, and place-based initiatives.

Proposals are accepted and reviewed throughout the year.
Mural Artist | Gallery 37
West Valley Arts Council
Location: Avondale, AZ
Deadline: January 31, 2019
Nature of Program: Gallery 37 is the West Valley Arts Council’s award-winning summer youth arts employment program. This is our 19th year creating public art work for cities in the West Valley. The Master Artist will lead 15-18 teen art apprentices i

Data Coordinator | Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: February 4, 2019
This position supports Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona by coordinating and implementing data collection, entry, and reporting. Additionally, this person will support the Operations Manager and organization by maintaining a healthy and produc

Mesa Arts Center Curator
City of Mesa
Location: Mesa, AZ
Deadline: February 7, 2019
A Mesa Arts Center Curator is responsible for coordinating and overseeing the programming, purchasing, and display of visual art for the five Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum exhibition spaces, atrium space, sculpture courtyard, lecture hall and classro

Part Time Teaching Artist | Valley Youth Theatre
Valley Youth Theatre
Location: Phoenix, AZ
Deadline: February 15, 2019
Valley Youth Theatre (VYT) seeks dedicated, experienced teaching artists who are passionate about working with children and teens to join their Education & Outreach team.

Music/Artistic Director | Master Chorale of Flagstaff
Master Chorale of Flaglstaff
Location: Flagstaff, AZ
Deadline: March 15, 2019
Master Chorale of Flagstaff seeks Music/Artistic Director for 2019-20 season.
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