August 29, 2019
Arts and Culture Annual Report FY18-19
The Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to submit its Annual Report to the community for fiscal year 2018-19. The past year brought change and excitement to the City of Phoenix and the Office of Arts and Culture. Mayor Kate Gallego, a champion for the arts was elected to office, and the department went through a leadership change with Gail Browne retiring as executive director and Mitch Menchaca hired as her successor. Through the transition, our programs and services thrived and the activities highlighted in this report showcase the City of Phoenix's continuing commitment to keeping the arts and culture sector thriving in our community.  
Call to Artists! IN FLUX Cycle 9
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from artists for four performance-based commissions. Commissions will be awarded to individual or teams of artists, musicians, dancers, etc. Times and locations will be determined in the design process. The works may hold the potential to be portable and presented in highly visible and accessible public areas including community centers, parks, and libraries throughout the City of Phoenix. Deadline to apply is Friday, September 20, 2019.

Neighborhood Arts Grant Now Open
Generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts for a third year, the Phoenix Neighborhood Arts Grant will make funds available for collaborative, arts-and-culture-based projects in Phoenix neighborhoods. This grant showcases the creativity and culture in Phoenix neighborhoods.

For the 2020 application, all awarded projected must activate a Phoenix park with an arts and culture experience. Grant awards are between $1,000 and $7,500 (no required match). Application deadline is Monday, September 30, 2019.

Neighborhood Arts Orientation Workshops
Saturday, September 7, 2019
11:30-12:30pm
Maryvale Community Center (Auditorium)

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
5:30-6:30pm
Harmon Library
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Grant Opportunities
Arts Engagement:
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants ( deadline of September 5, 2019) support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for learners of any age in one of the following three categories:

  • Participant Engagement: For projects taking place over a period of time with a group of identified participants with arts learning and/or creative expression outcomes.
  • Planning: For projects focusing on evaluation, resource development, etc., and/or planning for a future Participant Engagement project.
  • Professional Development: For projects providing arts-based training and learning for the staff, administration, etc., of the applicant.

Arts Learning
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants ( deadline of September 5, 2019) enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school, after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services in one of the following three categories:

  • Planning: Future project planning, curriculum development, evaluation, resource development, etc.
  • Professional Development: Training and learning for certified arts educators, classroom teachers, administration, teacher/artist teams, etc.
  • Student Learning: Sequential, hands-on learning in, though, and/or about the arts.

Individual Artists
Research & Development (R&D) Grants ( deadline of October 25, 2019) 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. Artists working or living in Arizona may apply. 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

Youth Arts and Culture Council
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Youth Council is a civically engaged council of youth, from ages 15 – 19 years old, from all arts disciplines who advocate for youth representation in Phoenix. Each youth council member represents one of the eight districts in the City of Phoenix. The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday, September 3, 2019.
Burton Barr Central Library
Call for Art and Artists
Burton Barr Central Library is seeking proposals for self-made altars inspired by the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) tradition for an exhibit at its @Central Gallery. The library invites participants to create altars that honor a figure of personal significance. The honoree can be someone from personal life or a public figure. The exhibit will be on display October 13 through November 2, 2019. A First Friday reception will be held on Friday, November 1. The deadline for submission is Friday, September 6, 2019.

The library is also seeking proposals for exhibition in its @Central Gallery in 2020. Exhibitions are approximately six weeks in length and are open to the public during normal library business hours and during First Friday. Proposals for exhibition in 2020 will be accepted September 1-30, 2019.

In Case You're Wondering...
If you’ve passed the Phoenix Convention Center lately, you might wonder what happened to Tom Otterness’ great bronze sculptures of desert critters and Beliz Brother’s beautiful display of in-ground runway lights along the Washington Street sidewalk. These two public art projects, from 2008 are safely in storage while the site gets some needed upgrades. The work is expected to take about eighteen months. Then Beliz Brother’s Night Blooming Cactus and Otterness’ Social Invertebrates will be back in action.