December 16, 2020
Workshop Archive
Did you miss any past workshops or couldn't attend the live presentation? You may view all past workshops on the Office of Arts and Culture's workshop archive! Past workshops include:

Artists in the Know: Business and Legal Workshops for Artists
Arts attorney Sarah Conley Odenkirk presented this four-part series. Considering the impact of our changing and unpredictable world, this series of workshops can help artists organize and adapt their practice in times of change, challenge, and beyond. These workshops do not offer legal advice and are for informational purposes only. All sessions touch on contracts and the different levels of establishing relationships for your professional art practice.

Public Art: Behind the Curtain
These five workshops feature artists and curators taking you behind the scenes of public art projects, studio practices, and opportunities. Presenters included Brad J. Goldberg, Haley Hinds, Mary Lucking, Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt (R&R Studios), and Joe Willie Smith.

Navigating Digital Files
Artist Bill Dambrova presented four workshops on handling digital files and 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 graphic editing and 3D modeling software commonly used to design and fabricate a wide range of public art projects.

Public Art 101
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture hosted four free online workshops for artists wanting to learn how to apply for and create City of Phoenix public art projects. These presentations are geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project. The sessions will offer step-by-step overviews of the application, contracting, design, and fabrication processes.
We want to hear from you! What kinds of future professional development opportunities are you looking for to help you in your artistic practice? Please complete this short survey to help us present topics and speakers that are relevant for you!
Office of Arts and Culture Staff Retirements
Mary Muesegades, the Office of Arts and Culture's executive assistant and liaison to the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission retired on Friday, November 20, 2020. She has been with the City of Phoenix for over 20 years. Mary has worked in several City departments, including the Water Services Department, the Planning and Development Department, the Phoenix Police Department, and city council. She joined the Office of Arts and Culture staff in 2007.
Also, Elizabeth Grajales, senior public art project manager, will be retiring this month. Since she arrived in early 2007, Elizabeth has guided some of the Public Art Program’s most bedeviling, complex, and, in the end, finest projects. The Kuban Park, Pueblo Grande Museum Entrance, Harmon Park, and the recently completed Loop 202 Pedestrian Bridge projects (photo on left of Elizabeth under this massive project) are just a sampling. No one but Elizabeth and a handful of colleagues will ever know what it took to accomplish those projects. A two-time winner of the city’s Employee Excellence award, she has been a tremendous asset to the Office of Arts and Culture, the city, and residents. Her professionalism, tenacity, and community commitment will be missed, which she will continue to exercise as vice president of the Arizona chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects.

Help us congratulate and thank Elizabeth and Mary for their service in supporting the arts and culture sector in Phoenix!
#GiveAZArts
The Arizona Commission on the Arts has created #GiveAZArts. This social media campaign reminds friends and neighbors who will engage in gift-giving as a part of their holiday traditions this year to think about ways to support local arts organizations, arts-based businesses, and individual artists.

#GiveAZArts graphics contain universal tips for supporting the arts in Arizona this holiday season. The hope is that artists, organizations, and businesses will post the graphics and customize them as they share out.

The Arts Commission hopes the community will join this effort to encourage Arizonans to look to their local arts community for holiday gift-giving this year.
NEA Grants for Arts Projects
Guidelines and application materials for Grants for Arts Projects funding are now available on the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)’ website at arts.gov/grants. Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The NEA supports projects in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories.

Application Deadlines: February 11 and July 8, 2021, for projects taking place beginning in 2022.

These grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity. Cost share/matching grants range from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required.

A Grants for Arts Projects guidelines webinar for potential applicants will occur on January 6, 2021, from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time).
Save Our Stages
The National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) was founded to preserve and nurture the ecosystem of independent live event venues and promoters throughout the United States. Independent music venues include both nonprofit and for-profit facilities, including music venues, comedy clubs, performing arts centers, concert promoters, and festivals. As Congress continues to work on another Coronavirus relief bill, NIVA is making a push to include the bipartisan #SaveOurStages Act into the next relief package. NIVA is looking for community members to contact their Congressional leaders to support the #SaveOurStages Act.
City of Phoenix Offices Closed
City of Phoenix offices will be closed Thursday, December 24, Friday and December 25, 2020, as well as Friday, January 1, 2021.

The Office of Arts and Culture hopes you and your loved ones have a wonderful and safe holiday season and a happy New Year!