August 26, 2020
Public Art Online Workshops Continue
Join artist Bill Dambrova in September for these free online workshops to learn how to handle digital files and create City of Phoenix public art projects. The sessions are geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project or would like to brush up on basic software tools. The step-by-step overviews will focus on the graphic editing and 3D modeling software commonly used to design and fabricate a wide range of public art projects. ​

The events will be live, featuring a presentation and time for questions and answers. Each workshop will be limited to 20 participants, so register today!  

September 3  – Lesson 1: Navigating Photoshop
September 10 – Lesson 2: Navigating Illustrator
September 17 – Lesson 3: Navigating SketchUp
September 24 – Lesson 4: Navigating Vectorworks

All workshops are at 10:00 a.m. Can't make all the sessions? Don’t worry, the LIVE lessons will be recorded and posted permanently for continued viewing on the Office of Arts and Culture’s website.
Also, register for the last Public Art 101 Digital Classroom workshop, which takes a general look at how public art projects are built – both by artists and by contractors or subcontractors. The workshop will also cover these two different approaches, and how to determine which is best for a project. ​​

Thursday August 27th at 10 a.m.
Public Art 101 Digital Classroom Lesson 4 – Fabrication/Construction
Second Round of Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Grants
Individual Artists and Arts Professionals
The Office of Arts and Culture announces a second round of funding for the Phoenix Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program for Artists and Arts Professionals. This grant program will help support working artists, teaching artists, and other arts-based contract workers who have experienced canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts because of the global COVID-19 crisis. Grants are up to $1,500. No cash match is required. Events, residencies, or contracts for which an individual is claiming lost income must have been scheduled to take place between March 1-October 31, 2020.

Arts and Culture Organizations
The City of Phoenix was awarded $250,000 in regranting CARES Act funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Arts and Culture will make 10 to 15 grants up to $25,000 to Phoenix-based arts and culture nonprofit organizations, with budgets under $1 million to rehire or maintain a part-time or full-time position from being cut due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The applicant must demonstrate how this position strengthens the organization’s operations and future and how they plan to sustain the job after the grant funds are used.
Both grant programs will launch on Monday, August 31, 2020 at The deadline to apply is Friday, September 18, 2020.
Open Call for Arizona Artists and Designers
Calling all artists and designers interested in designing umbrella canopies! This is a great opportunity for two-dimensional artists new to public art to step outside their studios and help to raise awareness about urban heat and shade.

Up to five Arizona artists will be selected to design vibrant fabric canopies for personal shade umbrellas as part of SunBlock, a Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art initiative supported by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Winning artists will be paid $3,000 to develop new designs. The umbrellas will be produced and distributed through a campaign to promote awareness about heat and sun safety. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 25, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. Local AZ time. 
19th Amendment Phoenix Celebration – “Phoenix Herstories”
The City Phoenix Arts & Culture and Women’s Commissions, along with other community champions, will host a 2020 centennial celebration of a woman’s right to vote. The event includes an online photography exhibit, video testimonials, storytelling, and curricular guides for our schools. The ‘Phoenix Herstories’ photography exhibit is accompanied with video testimonials on why voting and community engagement matters. Claudia Johnstone was selected to photograph the 31 female influencers who visually convey Phoenix’s unique cityscape of women making a difference in a variety of career settings. These 31 honorees were selected because of the civic engagement and leadership they have shown within our community.

‘Phoenix Herstories’, will be displayed with community partner The FOUND:RE Hotel through a six-story video installation on the southeast-facing exterior hotel wall. The hotel will light up the city using an ever-changing canvas. The carousel of video-projected images will be prominently displayed from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. beginning on Tuesday, September 1, 2020 and running through the month.

A dedicated website,, will also launch on September 1, 2020 and will include women describing their voting experiences, telling stories about other women who inspired them, links to the history of the 19th Amendment, events focused on the 19th Amendment as well as curricular guides for teachers and students that highlight historical aspects and connect our shared history to today’s female leaders. 
Research and Development Grants for Individual Artists
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for 2021 Research & Development (R&D) Grants. R&D Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work. This grant is 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

Register and join the Arts Commission’s Artist programs team on Friday, September 4 at 3:00 p.m. for a discussion of the R&D Grant, the application and review process, and tips for preparing a competitive application. Can’t make the live presentation? They’ll post a recording the following day for you to watch at your convenience!
Art on the Go - Happy Valley Road and I-17
Artist Daniel Mayer was contracted by the Office of Arts and Culture to work with other City departments, the community, HDR engineering and the Arizona Department of Transportation to enhance the design of a planned retrofit of the Happy Valley Road and I-17 interchange. The project will improve traffic flow and safety, and serve as north Phoenix gateway. This week, drivers heading north will see the artist's overpass fencing is being installed. Other public art improvements will include upgraded designs for overpass fencing, support columns and concrete work.