Fiscal Year 2019 Grant Application Deadline: March 15
The application period for Fiscal Year 2019  Community Investment Grants (CIG) and Festival Grants is now open.  The application deadline is 11:59pm, Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Online Information Sessions
Earlier this month, we presented online information sessions on both grants. You can now view recordings of these sessions online. We will also be presenting these presentations again on February 27 (CIG) & February 28 (Festivals).
Community Investment Grants
This session will be presented again at
12:00 pm, Tuesday, February 27
click below to register:
Festival Grants
This session will be presented again at
12:00 pm, Wednesday, February 28
Click below to register:
Community Conversations: Arts Education in Arizona Schools
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is partnering with Arizona the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) to engage Arizona communities in conversations about arts education in Arizona schools during a series of statewide tours. The second round of community conversations begins in Yuma on February 28, 2018.

These community conversations are free and open to the public. We particularly encourage students, teachers, teaching artists, community arts workers, administrators, parents, and policymakers to attend. We want to hear your insights, questions, and concerns and learn about the challenges and opportunities you see for arts education in your community’s schools. 
Wednesday, February 28
Monday, March 5
Tuesday, March 6
Monday, March 12
Tuesday, March 13
Wednesday, March 14
Wednesday, March 21
Thursday, March 22
Wednesday, March 28
2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals
2:00 pm Saturday, March 3, 2018
Arizona PBS Studios | Phoenix, AZ
This year's AZ POL State Finals will once again be held in the downtown Phoenix studios of Arizona PBS. 10 high school students from all across the state will step onto the stage and into the spotlight to recite poems for a live audience and Arizona PBS’s TV cameras.

The 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals are open to the public and admission is free, but space is limited. We request anyone planning to attend RSVP via our online form. Can't make it to the finals, but want to wish a finalist good luck? The RSVP form also includes an area to share a brief message of support! Just click below:
NEA Announces Grants to AZ Arts Organizations
Earlier this month the National Endowment for the Arts awarded a total of $152,500 to Arizona arts organizations. These grants are for specific projects and range from performances and exhibitions, to healing arts and arts education programs, to festivals and artist residencies.
Alberto Álvaro Ríos Named 2018 Shelley Award Honoree
Alberto Álvaro Ríos, Arizona’s inaugural State Poet Laureate and currently Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, has been named the 2018 Shelley Award Honoree. He will honored during the 2018 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony in downtown Phoenix on March 22, 2018.
Arizona Department of Education Proclaims “Arizona Youth Art Month”
Diane Douglas, Superintendent of Public Instruction of the State of Arizona, has officially proclaimed March 2018 as Arizona Youth Art Month, urging Arizona residents to “give their full support to
quality school arts programs for our youth.”
Kyle Lawson, Arizona Theater Critic
We were saddened to hear of the loss of theater critic, historian, and advocate Kyle Lawson earlier this month. Though he retired from his official post as theater critic at the Arizona Republic in 2008, he continued to provide an invaluable service to the Valley's theater community in the last decade of his life, documenting its history on his personal website.
Melissa S. Cody of
Flagstaff was awarded a 2018 National Artist Fellows in Traditional Arts from Native Arts & Cultures Foundation. Cody is a fourth generation Navajo weaver whose "fusion of eclectic contemporary themes with traditional Navajo tapestry design employs vivid color schemes and produces sharp geometric overlays."
Tucson playwright Milta Ortiz received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Fund for the Arts in support of the rehearsal and performance process for her new play, Sanctuary. Sanctuary will be developed with collaborative partners Borderlands Theater, the Southside Presbyterian Church, and HowlRound. 
María Isabel Alvarez of Chandler was recently featured in the SanTan Sun News. Alvarez was recently awarded an Artist Research and Development Grant in support of a research trip to Guatamala that will inform the writing of The Quiet Yellowing of Birds, a magical realist novel set in both Guatemala and Arizona.
VSA Program Requests for Contract Proposals
Deadline: Wednesday, March 28, 2018
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking contract proposals from eligible and qualified nonprofit arts, education, and cultural organizations to perform the VSA programs listed below that provide arts education experiences to students with disabilities. View the Requests for Contract Proposals (RFPs) for specific program details.
American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo 
May 6-9, 2018 | Phoenix
The American Alliance of Museums Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo is the largest gathering of museum professionals in the world and this year, it's coming to phoenix. More than 5,000 museum professionals are expected to attend. If you live, work, or study in Arizona, the full-price conference fee can be reduced by signing up to cover a typical four-hour volunteer shift. 
Projecting All Voices Fellowship
Deadline: February 28, 2018
Projecting All Voices post-graduate fellows are artists from diverse communities. Through the program the fellows inform conversations about how educational and cultural institutions must change to prepare, support, and advance the creative voices of a changing America through an equitable lens and framework of practice.
WAA Launchpad Nominations
Deadline: March 8, 2018
Launchpad is WAA’s program for up and coming artists and professionals. Participants receive a three-year bundle of technical assistance, professional development, mentoring, promotional benefits, and membership – launching their careers in the professional performing arts. Nominate a colleague today.
FY2018 State Arts Agency Revenues Report
Published by the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, February 2018
Twice yearly, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) reports revenue information for state arts agencies (SAAs). This report provides information on financial support for the arts and places
individual SAAs' funding within the context of national trends.

Identity and the Cultural Workforce
By Arin Sullivan,
From GIA Reader , Vol 29, No 1 (Winter 2018)
"A new level of understanding of the ways in which racial and social inequities are the result of complex systemic issues has given rise to a realization that the path to truly effective solutions will require deep, and deeply challenging, institutional change."

What Are the Paradigm Shifts Necessary for the Arts Sector to Nurture THRIVING Institutions of Color?
Commissioned by Doris Duke Charitable and the New York Charitable Trust
"History has shown that when applied with persistence and unified efforts, integrated strategies, meaningful resource investments, and public activation toward empathetic engagement can foster change."

Governor's Arts Awards
March 22, 2018 | Phoenix
Presented by our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a statewide arts advocacy organization, in partnership with the Office of the Governor, the 2018 Governor’s Arts Awards will take place March 22, 2018, at The Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. 
Americans for the Arts asks "How does the NEA Support America?"
How does the National Endowment for the Arts support America? Americans for the Arts (AFTA) produced a video to count the ways. You can learn more about the impact of the arts and how you can make your voice heard at AFTA's Arts Mobilization Center.
“People who value art and culture are people who are looking at forward-thinking companies.”
Arizona Public Service (APS) recently produced a short video describing the role of the arts in making Phoenix a vibrant, exciting, and beautiful place to live, work, and play. The video is full of familiar faces from the arts and business sector.
Feb 27: Online Info Session (CIG)
Feb 28: Online Info Session (Festivals)
Mar 3: 2018 AZ Poetry Out Loud Finals
Mar 15: Application Deadline
  • Community Investment Grants
  • Festival Grants
Mar 29: Arts Commission Board Meeting

Community Conversations: Arts Education in Arizona Schools
Feb 28: Yuma
Mar 5: Flagstaff
Mar 6: Prescott
Mar 12: South Tucson
Mar 13: Tucson
Mar 14: Peoria
Mar 21: Gilbert
Mar 22: Globe
Mar 28: Coolidge
Mar 29: Phoenix

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