Apply Now: Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants
Apply by March 12, 2020
The application period for Fiscal Year 2021 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants is now open! Applications will be accepted through March 12, 2020.

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.

Note: As previously announced, all FY2020 CIG recipient organizations are in an Alternate Year status for the FY2021 application cycle.

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.
Welcome Claudio Dicochea, Our New Organizational Programs Manager
“Claudio is an extraordinary arts practitioner, educator, thought leader, and service provider, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with him as an Arts Commission team member,” said Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “In keeping with our abiding commitment to statewide service, Claudio will initially split time between Phoenix and Tucson, while also traveling to cities, towns, and neighborhoods across the state. In this locational experiment for our agency, we aim to discover if this working arrangement can provide Arizona arts organizations with greater access to resources and support.”
NEA Awards Grants to 11 Arizona Arts Programs, Projects
On January 15, 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 1,187 grants totaling $27.3 million awarded to programs and projects across the country. 11 of those grants, totaling $245,000 will support work in Arizona.
Governor’s FY2021 Budget Proposal Includes $2 Million for the Arts
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to report that the Governor’s proposed balanced budget for FY2021 includes $2 million to fund grants in support of arts and arts education programs across the state.
Announcing the 2019 Master-Apprentice Artist Awards
A Navajo bead worker, a percussionist, a violinist, a blacksmith, a mariachi vocalist, a Navajo tapestry artist, a Mexican folk harpist, a capoeirista, a ceramic artist, and an adobe brick maker are the 2019 recipients of the annual Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) Master-Apprentice Award. The recipients were nominated by community members and selected by a panel of peers.
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Appoints Interim Executive Director
Robert Alpaugh, a nonprofit executive leader with over 30 years of experience in the field, was appointed interim executive director of the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, as Carol Varney will leave the organization to become the executive director of a national nonprofit arts and health organization.
Arizona Citizens for the Arts Announces 2020 Governor's Arts Awards Nominees
Our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts announced the nominees for the 2020 Governor's Arts Awards, recognizing those who "best demonstrate the talent, drive and promise of Arizona’s arts and cultural community." Winners will be revealed during a gala ceremony on Thursday, March 26, at the Mesa Arts Center.
2020 AZ Poetry Out Loud Regional and State Finals
Each year, thousands of students across the state compete in Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry recitation competition. In February, each participating school will send their champion to one of three regional competitions to determine the nine students who will vie for the title of state champion in March.
Native American Composer Apprentice Project Awarded $50,000 Infusion Grant
New York Times
Several Grammy-Nominated Artists Have Arizona Ties
Exhibit Showcases Stories Of Historic Black Families In The Southwest
Arts Education Data Project Arizona Executive Summary Report
Arizona Commission on the Arts & Arizona Department of Education | January 2020
Prepared by Quadrant Research, the Arts Education Data Project Arizona Executive Summary Report features analysis of all available school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s AzEDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades pre-K through 12. The data reflect both access (the presence of a course of instruction in at least one arts discipline) and participation (student enrollment).
Executive Summary Report
Arizona Arts Education Data Explorer
Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
National Endowment for the Arts | January 2020
Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) records the different ways that American adults (age 18 and older) engage in the arts, where that engagement takes place, and why adults participate in these activities. The survey report also tracks demographic characteristics of those who participate and respondents’ perceptions of the availability of the arts in their communities. The report covers both national and state-level data as well as selected urban areas. Since 1982, the Arts Endowment has partnered with the U.S Census Bureau to produce the SPPA, with this edition analyzing data from 2017.
Arts Congress Arizona
Monday, February 10, 2020
Capitol Lawn | Phoenix, AZ
Each year our friends at Arizona Citizens for the arts invite arts and culture advocates, patrons, educators, business people, and arts leaders to gather at the State Capitol and share with their state legislators the impact of public support for the arts in Arizona.

Registration is free of charge and training and resources are available.
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.
Phoenix Chinese Week
February 7-9, 2020
3rd Annual Beads, Blues and Beer Festival
February 8, 2020
Arizona Indian Festival
February 8-9, 2020
2020 Yuma Art Symposium
February 20-22, 2020
Oh My Ears New Music Festival
February 20-23, 2020
 Arizona Matsuri, Fesitival of Japan
February 22-23, 2020
SMU DataArts will be offering a pair of webinars to help onprofit arts and culture organizations make more robust use of their data. All webinars are free and simply require registration.
Getting Started with The Cultural Data Profile
Tuesday, February 4, 2020 | 11:00 am
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 headline.
Data At Work: Introduction to DataArts Analytic Tools
Thursday, February 20, 2020 | 1:00 pm
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.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Apply by 11:59 pm, 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.
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.
Arts Administrators
Teaching Artists
TourWest 2020 Grant
Apply by April 30, 2020
WESTAF’s TourWest 2020-2021 grant program is open. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, TourWest provides subsidies to arts and community organizations within the 13-state WESTAF region for the presentation of out-of-state touring performers and literary artists. Grant awards are $2,500 or 50% of the artistic fees, whichever is less, and require a one-to-one cash match by the presenting organization. Applications are due April 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Mountain time.

Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship
ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage
Apply by March 15, 2020
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and ASU Gammage at Arizona State University seek four artists from the Southwest region with field experience, interested in exploring issues of racial equity in the arts, desiring to engage with an educational institution and Arizona’s communities.

FY 2020-21 Arts Grants
Peoria Arts Commission
Peoria, AZ
Apply by April 1, 2020
The City of Peoria Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Arts Grant Program for non-profit Arts Organizations. The purpose of the grant program is to inspire, enhance and support the arts in the City of Peoria. The Peoria Arts Commission is able to issue individual grants of up to $5000 for each awarded application.

Fiber Arts Competition
Flag Wool & Fiber Festival
Flagstaff, AZ
Apply by May 15, 2020
For the 2020 Flag Wool & Fiber Festival Fiber Arts Competition, From the Land, we ask you to examine how the land around you influences your fiber arts practice. Whether you are influenced by local fiber or draw artistic vision from your environment, we want to see how the influence of land informs your work.
January 30: Application Due Date
  • Arts Learning Collaboration Grant
  • Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant
February 14: Application Due Date
  • Opportunity Grant
February 17: State Holiday | Office Closed

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