2019 Research & Development Grants Now Available
Research & Development (R&D) Grants provide up to $5,000 funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.
Who’s it For?
Artists working in any discipline who live and work in Arizona. Whether you’re just getting started or you have already experienced many career successes, the R&D Grant is available to help you take your artistic practice to the next level, including:
  • exploration of new techniques
  • experimentation with new materials or technologies
  • creation of new work
  • development of new strategies for engaging your community of practice
What's New?
More Grants
A new partnership between the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) means we will award double the number of artist grants this year, with ACF matching state funding, dollar-for-dollar!
Streamlined Application Process
With guidance from over two dozen Arizona artists, we stripped down, simplified, and streamlined the application and review process. Most significantly, the application process is now split into two stages so applicants don’t spend a lot of time doing unnecessary work.
New Report Offers Insights into Arts Education Access and Participation in Arizona
A new report released this month by the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Commission on the Arts offers new insights into arts instruction access and participation rates in Arizona schools.

The Arts Education Data Project Arizona, a partnership between the Arts Commission, AZ DOE, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts, with funding support from Americans for the Arts, contracted Quadrant Research to analyze school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s SLDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades pre-K through 12 for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years.

Their findings are reported in three documents published this month:
Executive Summary Report
Prepared by Quadrant Research, the Arts Education Data Project Arizona Executive Summary Report features analysis of all available school enrollment data self-reported through the Arizona Department of Education’s SLDS system by schools across the state, both traditional public schools and charter, grades pre-K through 12 for the 2013-14, 2014-15, and 2015-16 school years.
Report Highlights
Highlights from the Executive Summary Report are collected in this easy-to-read one-page (front and back) printable document. Key findings are presented in full-color charts an graphs alongside essential context and concise talking points, providing an excellent introduction to the report.
Data Explorer Dashboard
Arizonans can explore the data further through an easy-to-use interactive online dashboard. With intuitive controls and myriad visualization options, this powerful tool allows users to venture deep into the data, following whatever path they choose, including statewide geographic comparisons; county-, district-, and school-level reporting, and year-over changes in enrollment, to name just a few.
2018 Joint Arts Education Conference
Tuesday, November 13 | Tucson
Every two years, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Department of Education co-host a Joint Arts Education Conference (JAEC) with arts educators from all disciplines. This year, the co-hosts have enlisted a highly qualified cohort of experts on creative youth engagement strategies to lead the planning and presentation of JAEC.

Composed entirely of young people from throughout the state, ages 15-18, the JAEC Youth Advisory Board is guiding Arts Commission and Department of Education staff in a collaborative effort to provide Arizona educators, administrators, and teaching artists an opportunity to explore the potential of student-centered learning and develop culturally responsive curriculum.

Registration is now open.
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!
Sponsorship for Young Attendees
To further ensure the voices of young people are well represented in this convening, the Arts Commission will sponsor the attendance of up to 50 young people, covering the cost of their registration and meals as well as providing travel stipends for those who live outside the metro-Tucson area.

For more information, please contact Ty Muhammad, Joint Arts Educators Conference Lead, at tmuhammad@azart.gov.
2019 AZ Poetry Out Loud
Registration Closes October 31
Registration is now open for 2019 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register themselves for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation—free of charge.
Heard Museum and MOCA Tucson Selected National Creative Aging Initiative
The Heard Museum and MOCA Tucson are among the 20 museums from across the US that will participate in Aroha Philanthropy’s “Seeding Vitality Arts in Museums” grant initiative. As such, they'll receive program grants of up to $25,000, renewable for a second year, as well as the training, technical assistance and capacity-building services needed to produce successful Creative Aging programs. 
Contemporary Hopi Artists’ Mural Travels From Flagstaff to Dallas, Animating Indigenous Art
From Hyperallergic
New ArtsLine program showcases work by local artists on the light rail
From State Press
Art exhibit ‘Origins’ aims to break down walls near Arizona-Mexico border
U.S. Trends in Arts Attendance and Literary Reading: 2002-2017
National Endowment for the Arts | 2018
The new U.S. Trends report from the NEA covers shifting patterns of arts attendance and literary reading as measured by the share of Americans aged 18 years and older who reported doing any of these activities at least once in a year. The report covers the years 2002, 2008, 2012, and 2017. 
Save the Date: DataArts Workshops
November 2018
DataArts will be back in Arizona in November to offer workshops on the power of data and storytelling. Locations and dates are still being settled. The following is subject to change:
November 5: Phoenix
November 6: Sedona or Flagstaff
November 7: Tucson
CERF+ Invites Arizonans to "Celebrate the Lives & Careers of Artists"
November 3, 2018 | Scottsdale
The Board of Directors of Cerf+, national service organization that helps artists build strong and resilient careers with education programs, advocacy, and emergency relief, will host a gathering at Gebert Gallery in Scottsdale on November 3. The event is open to the public and free of charge, but RSVP is requested.
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.
* Program Update Reminder
A planned Cycle C application deadline was listed in previous versions of the grant guidelines for Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants and Arts Learning Collaboration Grants, as well as on the Arts Commission’s website and newsletters. Based on feedback from potential applicants and analysis of recent trends, the third application cycle has been cancelled and the deadline for Cycle B pushed back to October 4, 2018. Those who had planned to apply in Cycle C are advised to apply in Cycle B instead.
The Collective, a certificate program in Creative Leadership
Creative Catalyst
Mesa, AZ
Apply by November 2, 2018
Creative Catalysts, an initiative of Mesa Arts Center, will offer a 12-week Creative Leadership certificate program that builds leadership skills through creative thinking and practices. Up to 24 participants will grow their leadership prowess through practicing collaboration, embracing and learning from failure, applying innovative thinking and improving mindfulness.
Museum Grant Opportunities
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Various Deadlines
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.
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