Arts Commission Awards Research and Development Grants to Arizona Artists
Arizona Community Foundation matches State's investment, doubles awards
The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, has awarded $5,000 Research and Development Grants to 31 artists throughout the state. This year, thanks to a new public-philanthropic partnership between the state agency and the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF), and through funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, the number of available awards more than doubled, from 15 to 31.
Annual Satisfaction Survey
Let us know where we're succeeding and where we could do better
The Arizona Commission on the Arts endeavors to continually improve the service and support it provides to Arizona’s arts sector. To this end, the Arts Commission invites your candid appraisal of the agency and its work in this confidential survey. Information you provide will be used in the construction of annual reports to the Governor of Arizona and to the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as for internal performance measures.
Rusty Foley Steps Down as Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts
As announced in February, Catherine "Rusty" Foley will step down this month as Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts. We here at the Arizona Commission on the Arts congratulate Rusty on her eight years service leading Arizona’s arts advocacy organization, and wish her the best of luck in all her future endeavors.
Joseph Benesh named to lead Arizona Citizens for the Arts
As one leader departs, a new leader steps in. Congratulations to Joseph Benesh, who will assume the position vacated by Rusty Foley at Arizona Citizens for the Arts. Benesh arrives with over 20 years experience in the nonprofit arts sector, including a tenure as Executive Director of the Phoenix Center for the Arts that saw the community arts center's budget grow from $200,000 to nearly $2 million.
Joy Harjo Becomes The First Native American U.S. Poet Laureate
Poet, writer and musician Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, will represent both her Indigenous culture and those of the United States of America when she succeeds Tracy K. Smith as the country's 23rd poet laureate this fall.
USA Today Network awards grants to Arizona arts organizations
The USA Today Network's "A Community Thrives" initiative awarded more than $130,000 to Phoenix-area non-profits to support education, arts and culture, wellness and community-building. Arts and culture recipients include the Alwun House Foundation, Gilbert Historical Society, and MusicaNova Orchestra.
Arizona Poet among Champions of Pride
The Advocate | June 2019
Renowned artists make up Navajo family
AZFamily | June 2019
Greenlee County artist’s work enters world's largest cartoon museum
Copper Era | June 2019
Promoting Access, Equity, and Inclusion for People with Disabilities
National Endowment for the Arts | June 2019
This National Endowment for the Arts webinar—the first in the series of six—explored ways to tackle barriers and connect people with disabilities to tools and resources that can assist them in pursuing a rewarding career in the arts and culture field.
SMU DataArts will be offering the following upcoming webinars to help you make more robust use of your organization’s data. All webinars are free and simply require registration at the links provided below.
How Arts Vibrant is Your Community?
Thursday, June 27, 2019, 5:00 pm 
In this webinar you will learn the basics on how arts and culture organizations and grantmakers can use our Arts Vibrancy Index and Heat Map understand your community, the competition that surrounds you, the areas that could use more programming and support, and more.
Cultural Data Profile: Getting Started
Tuesday, July 02, 2019, 4:00 pm
This session covers the basics of completing the Cultural Data Profile (CDP) on the SMU DataArts platform and how to access free analytics and educational opportunities from DataArts. This session is ideal for new users, or anyone looking for a refresher on the SMU DataArts platform and tools. 
The Arts Commission is here to answer any questions you may have about your organization’s use of the Cultural Data Profile or the SMU DataArts platform more broadly! Please reach out at any time if you would like more information on how you can make better use of the SMU DataArts’ plentiful resources. 
State Budget Includes $2.2 Million for Arts in Arizona
The $11.8 billion fiscal year 2020 budget passed early Tuesday morning by the Arizona State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey includes $2.2 million dedicated to the arts in Arizona.

The allocation includes a one-time $2 million General Fund appropriation to support the Arizona Commission on the Arts’ statewide grantmaking activities. This appropriation repeats a similar one-time investment made in the previous year, ensuring level funding for the Arts Commission’s fiscal year 2020.

Additionally, the newly-adopted state budget provides a $200,000 General Fund appropriation for a nonprofit professional theatre in Maricopa County that has been in existence for at least 99 years.
Citizens' Institute on Rural Design
National Endowment for the Arts & Housing Assistance Council
Apply by July 22, 2019
Rural communities are invited to submit applications to receive design support and technical assistance to host a local rural design workshop or participate in a learning cohort.
Our Town Grant Webinar: Tips for a Successful Our Town Application
National Endowment for the Arts
June 24, 2019 | Online
Design & Creative Placemaking staff will conduct a webinar to share tips on how to ensure an Our Town application is clear and compelling. An overview presentation will be followed by a Q&A session.
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference 
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
October 27-28, 2019 | Irvine, CA
Every year, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change.
2019 VSA Intersections Teaching Artist Scholarship
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Apply by August 9, 2019
This opportunity, which provides selected teaching artists with a full scholarship to attend the 2019 VSA Intersections conference, is available to practicing teaching artists working with students with disabilities or educators of students with disabilities in schools or communities across the country. 
Title IV-A Symposium: Explore, Enhance, Expand!
AZ Department of Education
July 19, 2019 | Prescott, AZ
Designed to offer discipline-specific PD for our enrichment instructors, staff, and the administrators who support them, this event will allow practitioners to “Explore, Enhance, and Expand” transformative educational practices through innovative methods. 
Call for Ideas for Neighborhood Prototype Projects
Mesa Arts Center
Apply by July 31, 2019 | Mesa, AZ
You are invited to submit your ideas(s) for temporary projects – from gathering places to pathways, from games to interactive artwork and beyond – that activate public space and engage the community toward enhancing connectivity in the neighborhoods.
June 27: Quarterly Commission Meeting
July 4: State hiliday (Office Closed)

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