Update: Fiscal Year 2019 Budget
As Arizona’s legislative session approaches the 100-day mark, the hard work of crafting the state’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget is in full-swing. We are watching the budget deliberations with interest and are hopeful for an outcome that allows us to maintain robust service to the citizens of Arizona. Until a budget is passed and signed by the Governor, the Arts Commission cannot speculate on Fiscal Year 2019 funding levels or possible effects on agency programs and grants. 

If this is a matter of interest to you, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, an independent nonprofit and statewide arts advocacy organization, can provide additional information.
FY2019 Panel Review Dates: Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants
May 15 - 31, 2018
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 observe the panel review process and learn more about the qualities of successful, competitive grant applications.
Farewell to Ben Watters, Grants & Research Director
After four years with the Arts Commission, Ben Watters (who began his time with us as an intern!) has accepted a position in the private sector. It’s an exciting next step for the agency’s resident tech and data expert and we couldn’t be happier for him. 
Now Hiring: Digital Operations Manager
With Ben’s departure, we’re seeking applicants for the position of Digital Operations Manager. Though the Arts Commission’s budget for the upcoming year is not yet confirmed, we’ve locked-in funding for this position, as its functions are essential to all agency operations and services. 
Watch the 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Finals
Last month, the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix. This month, Arizona PBS broadcast a half-hour special featuring highlights from the event and interviews with some of the finalists.
2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals
Sophie Weinzinger, a junior at Coconino High School in Flagstaff, is the 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud Champion and next week she'll represent the state at the 13th Annual National Finals competition in Washington, DC. You can cheer Sophie on during a live webcast on April 24.
Dance in the Desert: A Gathering of Latinx Dancemakers
April 26-28, 2018
Latinx dancemakers, arts administrators, and scholars from throughout the region and across the country will gather in Phoenix from April 26-28, 2018, for the inaugural 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.

Community members are invited to attend a pair of free events that will conclude the convening:
Community Share Out
April 28, 2018 | 2:30-4:30 pm
Grant Street Studios | Phoenix
In public conversation, dancemakers will discuss the challenges and opportunities ahead for Latinx dance and researchers will share a summary of preliminary data collected at the gathering. The community share out will open with a dance performance.
April 28, 2018 | 5:00-7:00 pm
Phoenix Hostel & Cultural Center
Join dancemakers and community members in this festive celebration at the closing of the inaugural Dance in the Desert: A Gathering of Latinx Dancemakers. The Pachanga will feature music by DJ Musa and pop-up dance performances.
Bob Booker receives Distinguished Service Award from Museum Association of Arizona
On March 26, 2018, Robert C. Booker, who retired in August 2017 after a 40 year career in arts administration, including serving as Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts from 2006 – 2017, was awarded the Roger Lidman Distinguished Service Award.
Call for Nominations: Phoenix Mayor's Arts Awards
Deadline: May 4, 11:59pm 
The Phoenix Center for the Arts in partnership with the Mayor's Office are seeking nominations for the 2018 Mayor's Arts Awards. They'd like to see "work that is innovative, collaborative, and makes an impact on the people of Phoenix. Excellent nominees are those emerging and/or in their early-to-mid careers."
Photo courtesy Heard Museum
Blue Star Museums: Registration Now
Arizona museums are invited to participate in the 2018 Blue Star Museums program. The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) collaborates with Blue Star Families, the US Dept of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums each year to provide free museum admission to active duty military and their families all summer long.
Even if you have participated in the past, you must register for 2018.
Photo courtesy Arizona Citizens for the Arts
2018 Governor's Arts Awards Honor Arizona Artists, Arts Leaders
The 2018 Governor's Arts Awards were given out on Thursday, March 22, during a gala ceremony held at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. This year's honorees included Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural State Poet Laureate and a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, who received the 2018 Shelley Award. 
Perspectives: Danielle Foushee
We recently caught up with 2017 Artist R&D Grantee Danielle Foushée about her new sculptural installation “Invitation” and what public art means to her. "Invitation" was installed at the entrance to Tempe Beach Park this past November as part of INFLUX Cycle 7, a multi-city initiative that commissions Arizona artists to create temporary public art installations in a wide variety of locations throughout the metro-Phoenix area.
AZ Creative Communities Team Invites Tucsonans to Celebrate "Barrio Stories"
Last July, a team of community members representing Tucson's historic Barrio Anita neighborhood were selected to participate in the inaugural AZ Creative Communities Institute. This month, the team will share the fruits of their labor. Incorporating theatre, multimedia storytelling, walking tours, music, and poetry, "Barrio Stories in Barrio Anita" is an expansive, weekend-long celebration of one neighborhood's history, culture, and people.
Street object "texting project" promotes feedback for Mesa Arts Center
ABC 15 reports on Mesa Arts Center's "Hello, Lamp Post," a month-long project that invites community members to "converse" with various objects around Downtown Mesa via text messages. These unusual conversations are part of Mesa Arts Center's strategic planning process and offer a fun and engaging way for Mesans to provide feedback and insight that will help the Arts Center better serve their community.
Tucson Musician and Arts Commission Grantee Debuts New Sound Installation
2017 Artist R&D Grantee Jim Colby will debut work funded through the grant on April 26, 2018, during the Tucson Noise Symposium. Saxorcism, places the audience in an immersive 4-channel reactive sound installation. Every sound, derived from recordings of saxophones made and manipulated by the artist, can be altered via physical interaction with glowing balloons hovering within the space, constantly varying different aspects of the aural environment.
Shaping Public Policy
Artists, arts organizations, contributors and audiences all are stakeholders in decisions that are made about public policy. One of the great privileges Americans enjoy is the opportunity to participate in the shaping of public policy. This one-page document provides tips and guidance for individuals interested in getting involved!
Should Government Support the Arts?
This publication invites thoughtful conversation about the value of the arts to American communities and includes extensive research citations to support fact-based debate.
Southwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Artist Award
Nomination Deadline Extended to May 11, 2018
The Southwest Folklife Alliance (SFA) is currently accepting nominations for its annual Master-Apprentice Artist Award, which supports master traditional artists and their apprentices. This year SFA will make 9 awards to pairs of Arizona-based artists or tradition bearers. Master artists receive $2500 and their apprentices $500 to engage in learning and transmission of traditional knowledge.
Photos (clockwise from top left): 2017 Master-Apprentice Award recipients Gertrude “Gertie” Lopez; Dan Levenson; Wanesia Spry Misquadaceis; Richard Noel; Alice Manuel; Francisco Garcia; Joanna Schmit; Barbea Williams; Terrol Johnson. Photos by Steven Meckler, courtesy Southwest Folklife Alliance
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Deadline: May 31, 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
Deadline: May 31, 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.
Strengthening Schools through Arts Partnerships
Deadline: June 1, 2018
Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grants (SSTAP) support substantive school/ community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.
Professional Development Grant
Deadline: May 31, 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.
*  Arts Learning Collaboration Grants,  Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants, and Professional Development Grants are offered throughout the year on a three-deadline cycle:
CYCLE A Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, May 31, 2018.
For projects taking place between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

CYCLE B Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, September 6, 2018.
For projects taking place between November 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019.

CYCLE C Application Deadline: 11:59pm Thursday, January 31, 2019.
For projects taking place between March 1, 2019 and June 30, 2019.

Note: the application period for Cycle A ALCGs and LAEGs has been extended since opening month. The deadline provided above is the correct deadline.
American Express Leadership Academy
ASU Lodestar Center
Location: Tempe
Deadline: May 21, 2018
Each year, the American Express Leadership Academy at the ASU Lodestar Center accepts a cohort of Arizona's top emerging nonprofit leaders for a year-long professional and personal leadership development program. participants learn best practice approaches to leading and managing nonprofits from renowned professors and practitioner instructors at ASU as well as established nonprofit leaders from organizations that engage with the ASU Lodestar Center.
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Location: Phoenix
Deadline: May 11
The Arizona Commission on the Arts Internship Program provides emerging leaders in the arts with the opportunity to investigate and participate in the operations of a state arts agency. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects, and group collaborations, interns develop essential skills, acquire valuable experience, and prepare to become the next generation of arts, nonprofit, and cultural leaders.
Event Sponsorship Program
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Location: Tucson
Deadline: May 11, 2018
The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona requests applications to its Event Sponsorship Program from nonprofit, 501c3 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.
Getty Images & ARRAY Alliance
Location: Nationwide
Deadline: June 8, 2018
he Getty Images ARRAY Grant, offered in partnership with award-winning director and producer Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY Alliance, will provide financial support and mentorship to artists who capture the visual narrative of underrepresented ethnic communities and use their medium to progress visual representation. In addition to financial remuneration, recipients will also receive mentoring support and guidance.
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