2019 Poetry Out Loud: Registration Now Open!
Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

Registration is now open for 2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register their schools for the program.
Register Now: 2018 Joint Arts Education Conference
November 13, 2018 | Tucson
Registration is now open for the 2018 Joint Arts Education Conference! Taking place at El Conquistador Tucson on November 13, 2018, the conference will bring together Arizona’s arts educators, teaching artists, and arts administrators for a full day of professional development.

The 2018 Joint Arts Education Conference will be held the day before and at the same location as the Arizona Department of Education’s  ESSA Conference  (formerly known as the Title I MEGA Conference). Those interested in attending both conferences can bundle their registrations and save!
Cost: $100/person
Cost: $350/person
John Tannous steps down as executive director of Flagstaff Arts Council
On Aug. 10, after 11 years, Tannous stepped down as executive director of the Flagstaff Arts Council. He's moving on to a new position as executive director of Washed Ashore, an Oregon-based arts organization. Becky Daggett was named interim executive director while the arts council board conducts a nationwide search to fill the position.
Yuma's 18th Annual Tribute of the Muses Awards Ceremony
Now in its 18th year, Tribute of the Muses annual awards ceremony and black tie soiree honors an outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Also presented is the Helios Award which honors an up and coming voice in the arts community.
NCAR + DataArts = Better Data, resources, and insights for the arts
The National Center for Arts Research (NCAR) and DataArts (formerly Cultural Data Project) are joining forces to strengthen the national arts and cultural community through data, the knowledge that can be generated from it, and the resources to use it. The merger will integrate the strengths and capabilities of both organizations while building on their existing successful programs.
Arts Foundation for Tucson & Southern Arizona Awarded City, County Funding
In addition to the grant AFTSA received from the Arizona Commission on the Arts last month, the local arts agency was awarded funding from the City of Tucson and Pima County this month. the city's investment remained steady this year with base support of $350,000, as did funding from Pima County at $110,970 In addition, the City of Tucson is supporting the Arts Foundation through a contribution made from Transient Occupancy Tax funds.
Professional Development Grants
Cycle B Deadline: September 6, 2018
Professional Development Grants (PDG) are designed to assist Arizona artists, arts administrators, and arts educators with funding support for participation in professional development and skills-building activities which contribute to significant professional growth.
2018 National Arts Marketing Project Conference
November 9-12, 2018 | Seattle
Connect with more than 650 arts marketers and explore the latest in digital marketing, equity, audience engagement, social media, analytics and more.
The Desert Nights, Rising Stars
Writers Conference
February 22-23, 2019 | Tempe
The Desert Nights, Rising Stars Writers Conference creates a unique and intimate creative writing experience where writers of all backgrounds, genres, and skill levels gather together and connect through the celebration and study of literary craft, culture, and community. 
Case Studies in Museum Diversity
Ithaka S+R in partnership with The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Association of Art Museum Directors
This case studies series sets out to understand and share strategies in these areas that have worked at an array of art museums. What practices are effective in making the American art museum more inclusive? By what measures? How have these museums been successful in diversifying their professional staff? What complexities or change management challenges have they had to face along the way?
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Cycle B Deadline: October 4, 2018
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Cycle B Deadline: October 4, 2018
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.
NALAC Fund for the Arts
National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures
Deadline: September 6, 2018
The NFA Artist/Ensemble grant program is for U.S. and Puerto Rico-based Latino artists, in all disciplines, working individually or as part of a Latino ensemble, arts collective, or community-based arts group. 
The NALAC Fund for the Arts is the only national grant program intentionally investing in Latinx artists and nonprofit arts organizations in the United States.
General Operating Support Grant
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Deadline: October 4, 2018
AFTSA’s General Operating Support (GOS) Grant provides unrestricted awards to non-profit arts and culture organizations located in Pima County. General Operating Support funds invest in an organization’s mission and impact, rather than a specific project or program, and help to support the infrastructure and operational needs of an organization.
An information session and workshop will be offered on August 30, 2018.
Museum Grant Opportunities
Institute of Museum and Library Services 
Deadline: Various
Museums across the United States have six opportunities in the coming months to apply for grants from the nation’s primary source of federal museum funding. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is now accepting applications for five current grant programs, as well as a new opportunity targeted to small museums.

Creative Placemaking Grants
Kresge Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
The Kresge Foundation supports established Creative Placemaking practitioners that work in disinvested communities and seek to improve the bedrock conditions of low income people.

Hearst Foundations Culture Grants
Hearst Foundation
Deadline: Ongoing
The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.
Internship Program
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: September 6, 2018
The Arts Commission currently seeks interns for Fall 2018. Interns will work from the Arts Commission offices, located in Downtown Phoenix. You may be eligible for student course credit for your internship, however course/credit must be identified and arranged by the intern with counsel from their academic advisor.
Arts & Culture Internships
CALA Alliance
Deadline: August 31, 2018
CALA Alliance offers internships to emerging arts and culture leaders with an interest in Latinx arts, cultural production and nonprofit arts management. Interns work directly with CALA leadership to gain experience in many facets of cultural work, including program and event coordination, artist project support, communications and community engagement.
Photos by Dominic AZ Bonuccelli (left) and Ash Ponders (Right)
Sept 3: Labor Day (Office Closed)
Sept 6: Deadline: Professional Development Grants, Cycle B
Sept 20: Quarterly Commission Board Meeting

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