April 18, 2019
Greetings from City Hall
I can’t believe it’s already been four months since I started as the new executive director of the Office of Arts and Culture! It has been a whirlwind of getting up to speed, learning the ins and outs of city government, and having the opportunity to meet many members of the arts and culture community.
 
One of the areas I want to strengthen is our communication to constituents and residents interested in staying up-to-date on our programs and services. To that end, I am excited to welcome you to our new e-news platform. We hope you enjoy this new way to stay informed about exciting updates and opportunities from the Office, and from the field.
 
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Thank you for all you do, and if you have any questions, please contact us at arts.culture@phoenix.gov or 602-262-4637.
 
Mitch Menchaca
Executive Director
Public Art Survey
Are you an artist? Are you interested in making public art for the City of Phoenix? Then we want to hear from you!
 
The Office of Arts and Culture is issuing a survey in order to evaluate the professional development needs for local artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects. Survey responses will provide valuable feedback on resources we could offer to widen the pool of artists for future public art projects. The survey is available in both English and Spanish, and hard copy surveys are available by contacting the Office at 602-495-0191.
Young Artists' Showcase
The Young Artists' Showcase (YAS) is a celebration of art created by young people in Phoenix who are under the age of 20. Sponsored by the Phoenix Youth Arts and Culture Council, this event will feature both visual and performing arts. The showcase is open to the public to create an accessible space for young people to promote their creative projects and share their perspectives. Register and join us Friday, April 19, 2019 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Heritage Square, 113 North 6th Street.
Grants Panels
The Office of Arts and Culture's Community Arts Grants Program applications are in—with an 11 percent increase from last year! Our grants panelists are hard at work reviewing the applications and reviewing support material in preparation of the in-person review panels. Panels will meet together later this month and early next month to discuss and rank the applications in each category. The review panel meetings are public, and we encourage applicants to witness the review process. Applicants, mark your calendars. All panel meetings take place at Phoenix City Hall in downtown Phoenix (200 West Washington Street).
 
Collaborative Communities
Tuesday, April 30 at 9 a.m., 10 West Conference Room
 
Youth Engagement Grant
Wednesday, May 1 at 4 p.m., 12 Central Conference Room
 
A+CTION
Friday, May 3 at 9 a.m., 20 West Conference Room
 
A+CCESS I
Wednesday, May 8 at 9 a.m., 20 East Conference Room
 
A+CCESS II
Friday, May 10 at 9 a.m., 20 East Conference Room
IN FLUX Cycle 8
New IN FLUX art installations by Daniel Funkhouser and Christy Puetz are currently on display at Burton Barr Library, 1221 N. Central Avenue. IN FLUX is a partnership between the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture and public art programs from Chandler, Glendale, Peoria, Scottsdale, and Tempe. These six cities selected ten artists to create temporary public artworks in locations across the Valley.
 
A First Friday reception for Phoenix IN FLUX artists will be held at Burton Barr on May 3, 2019 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. The reception will also feature electronic music by Majestics Dubs.
Guided tours of all IN FLUX installations will be held on April 27, 2019 as part of International Sculpture Day. The bus tours will be hosted by Hip Historian Marshall Shore. 
 
For more information on IN FLUX, its artists, past projects, events, and current opportunities, follow In Flux on Instagram and Facebook or visit: INFLUXAZ.com.
Latino Cultural Center
A Latino Cultural Center Ad Hoc Committee was appointed by former Mayor Williams to evaluate and make recommendations concerning the next steps for such a center by creating a strategic plan, which will result in business and operating, programming, and partnership and fundraising strategies. It will also consider options for siting the Center, based on the 2017 Capital Assessment and Feasibility Study recommendations.
 
The committee is chaired by Councilwoman Felicitia Mendoza (D8) and Councilman Michael Nowakowski (D7). Committee members include: Jose Andres Giron, Artist; Casandra Hernandez Faham, CALA Alliance; George Garcia, Miracle Mile Deli; Gabriela Munoz, Arizona Commission on the Arts; Julian Nabozny, Gaucho, Ltd.; Larry Ortega, Colliers International; Jason Rowley, Phoenix Suns; and ErLinda Torres, E.T. Communiques, Inc.
 
The first Ad Hoc Committee was held Friday, April 12, 2019, at City Hall. The committee learned their roles, had a presentation on the study, and divided into breakout groups to discuss potential programming, fundraising options, and discuss about potential sites.  The next Ad Hoc Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. at City Hall, 200 West Washington Street, 12th Floor Conference Room.
 
In addition to the Ad Hoc Committee, members of the public may serve on three subcommittees, including programs and services, fundraising and partnership, and sites and operations. For more information, please contact us at  arts.culture@phoenix.gov  or 602-262-4637.
Why The Arts Are The Great Unappreciated Engine Of The U.S. Economy
Last month, Forbes Magazine ran a story about two documents that were released by the federal government that should make us ask if we have our priorities straight.
 
The Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account (ACPSA) compiled by the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) showed that economic activity from arts and culture increased 2.9% in 2016, the most recent year of this report. That represents 4.3% of gross domestic product or more than $800 billion of economic activity.
 
On March 18, the President released an update to his proposed 2020 budget, calling for the elimination of the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), along with the cancelling of other public service agencies — the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
 
Neither announcement was a surprise to those in the arts community who have been following the way Washington works. But, taken together, they present a vivid contrast.