Grant Review Panel Meeting Dates
Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants
Each year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts convenes volunteer panelists from across the state to review applications for Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. These meetings are open to the public and offer a prime opportunity for current and prospective applicants to learn more about the qualities of successful, competitive grant applications.

Panel review meetings will be held at the offices of the Arizona Commission on the Arts (417 W. Roosevelt St., Phoenix, AZ 85003) at 10:00 am, beginning with a panel orientation and general business. Grant review discussion will begin at approximately 10:30 am.
Community Investment Grants
CIG Level I A
May 14, 2019
CIG Level II A
May 15, 2019
CIG Level II B
May 16, 2019
May 21, 2019
May 22, 2019
CIG Level IV - VI
May 23, 2019
CIG Level I B
May 31, 2019
Festival Grants
Festival A
May 29, 2019
Festival B
May 30, 2019
Listen Online
In an effort to ensure greater access to the proceedings, audio from grant panel review meetings will be streamed live online. Audio streams will only be available during panel meetings.
High School Student from Tucson Heading to Poetry Out Loud National Finals
Introducing Edgardo Aguilar, 2019 Poetry Out Loud State Champion
Edgardo Aguilar, a senior at Desert View High School in Tucson, will represent Arizona at the 14th Annual Poetry Out Loud National Finals competition in Washington, DC, April 30-May 1, 2019.

A total of $50,000 in scholarship awards and school stipends are awarded at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals, with a $20,000 college scholarship award for the National Champion.

A program of the National Endowment for the Arts and The Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition delivered in high schools in all 50 states and three territories through partnerships with State Arts Agencies.

Arizona’s Poetry Out Loud program is managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, with support from regional partners, University of Arizona Poetry Center, Phonetic Spit, and William Cordeiro, PhD, a Flagstaff-based poet and lecturer at Northern Arizona University.
Neto's Tucson: 'I could feel the words,' says state's poetry recital champion
Earlier this month, Edgardo was profiled in Arizona Daily Star's "Neto's Tucson" column.
A Conversation with Edgardo Aguilar
Just prior to winning the State Finals competition last month, Edgardo spoke with video producer, Vaibu Mohan.
Watch Edgardo compete at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals
The Poetry Out Loud national semifinals will be held in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, April 30. Nine finalists will then advance to the national finals on Wednesday, May 1. You can cheer on Edgardo during the live webcast.

Edgardo will compete in the region 3 semifinals on April 30, at 2:00 pm MST!
Dance in the Desert 2019
Latinx dancemakers from across Arizona will gather in Tucson from May 15-19, 2019, for the second annual convening of Dance in the Desert, a unique opportunity for the Latinx dance community to come together, deepen relationships, and expand research for the field.

This year’s Dance in the Desert will engage Arizona-based Latinx choreographers and dancers in a choreography retreat and professional development series that will support the development of new work. The gathering will feature workshops by renown choreographers Liz Lerman and Ana Maria Alvarez.

Conceived and organized by Tucson-based choreographer and dancer Yvonne Montoya, the inaugural Dance in the Desert was a first of its kind convening for Latinx dance artists of the region. In its second year, Montoya hopes to deepen the conversation around the community’s unique assets and potential.

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is once again proud to partner with Montoya, Safos Dance Theatre, Projecting All Voices, an initiative of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts supported by ASU Gammage, and Liz Lerman, LLC, to co-present this gathering.
Arizona Artists receive $25,000 NALAC Fund for the Arts Grants
Playwright Virginia Grise and theater artist Manny Rivera were awarded a $25,000 Mentorship Award by the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures, the largest-ever grant awarded by the organization. Grise will work with Rivera to stage an adaptation of Helena Maria Viramontes’ novel, Their Dogs Came with Them at the Perryville Women’s Prison in Goodyear, Arizona, and Borderlands Theater in Tucson, Arizona.
Tucson Poet Laureate Receives Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellowship
Tucson Poet Laureate TC Tolbert has been named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. Tolbert will receive a $100,000 award in recognition of their literary merit and to support civic programs. Tolbert is one of 13 state or local poets laureate nationwide to be honored. With the fellowship funds, Tolbert will conduct a series of workshops and create a series of public installations highlighting TNBQ and LGBTQ+ voices and issues across Tucson.
Untold Arizona: Ajo Artists Colony Brings Century-Old Curley School To Life
Ajo | KJZZ
For the Country’s Most Promising Teen Poets, Poetry Is Activism
Mesa | Vulture.com
Diné poet, Rex Lee Jim, draws attention to language and culture in new collection of poetry
Flagstaff | Navajo Hopi Observer
New Report: Arts and Culture Contribute $9 Billion to Arizona’s Economy
National Endowment for the Arts | March 2019
According to new data released last month by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Arizona’s arts and culture industries contribute $9.3 Billion to the state’s economy, employing nearly 90,000 Arizonans who earned a combined $4.9 Billion in Fiscal Year 2016, contributing more to the State’s economy than mining, agriculture, and utilities combined.

Produced by the BEA and NEA, the Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) tracks the annual economic impact of arts and cultural production, both commercial and nonprofit, nationally and at the state level. The ACPSA reports on the total market value of goods and services as a contribution to gross domestic product (GDP) as well as employment and compensation for 35 key industries within the arts and cultural economy.
Artists and Other Cultural Workers: A Statistical Portrait
National Endowment for the Arts | April 2019
This report analyzes six federal datasets—but predominantly the American Community Survey and the Current Population Survey—to capture a statistical profile of 11 artist occupations and several types of cultural workers who are non-artists.
Rural Prosperity Through the Arts & Creative Sector
National Governor's Association | January 2019
This new action guide offers research insights and lessons learned from states that are harnessing the power of the arts to drive rural prosperity. Produced by the National Governors Association (NGA) Center for Best Practices, the guide offers creative policy solutions that draw on home-grown arts and cultural assets to address the urgent problems facing rural America.
Creative Forces Fact Sheet
National Endowment for the Arts | February 2019
Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network is a partnership of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs, and the state and local arts agencies that serve the special needs of military patients and veterans with traumatic brain injury and psychological health conditions, as well as their families and caregivers. This fact sheet outlines the benefits of arts engagement for veterans living with PTSD and TBIs.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Apply by 11:59 pm, May 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
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Apply by 11:59 pm, May 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.
Event Sponsorship Program – Fall 2019
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Apply by May 15, 2019
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona requests applications to its Event Sponsorship Program from nonprofit, 501(c)3 organizations. This opportunity will provide funds to support arts-related events which are free and open to the public and serve the residents of Southern Arizona. This sponsorship opportunity will provide partial funding in the form of small awards to organizations for arts-related activities.
Community Arts Grants
City of Tempe
Apply by May 13, 2019
Community Arts Grants are available to non-profit organizations to fund projects with a primary mission of supporting a specific community such as youth, seniors, veterans, and cultural groups in Tempe. Projects should provide quality arts experiences that have a lasting impact on the intended community and project partners. 
April 30: Poetry Out Loud National Finals
May 1: Poetry Out Loud National Finals
May 27: National Holiday | Office Closed

Grant Review Panel Meetings
May 14: CIG Level I A
May 15: CIG Level II A
May 16: CIG Level II B
May 21: CIG Level III A
May 22: CIG Level III B
May 23: CIG Level IV - VI
May 29: Festival A
May 30: Festival B
May 31: CIG Level I B

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