February 20, 2020
Office of Arts and Culture Grants
The application period for Fiscal Year 2021 Office of Arts and Culture Grants is now open! Applications will be accepted through March 25, 2020.

Community Investments and Engagement Grants
Strengthen the community with core operating support to arts and cultural organizations of all sizes that have a primary mission to create, produce, or provide arts and cultural programming to enhance the quality of lives for Phoenix residents.

Project Grants
Encourage the community to participate in a variety of arts and cultural programming in Phoenix by supporting projects, including culturally based and ethnic-specific festivals, arts learning, and youth engagement activities, and supporting and celebrating individual artists.​​
Applicants will apply through our new online grants portal MARGO (Municipal Arts Resources Grants Online) and not through the previous online system.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Past grant awards are no assurance of future awards. First time applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the Office of Arts and Culture grants staff to discuss/review your organization's project proposal prior to the application deadline.

Grants Orientation Workshops
Organizations that are considering to apply for a grant are strongly encouraged to attend a grants orientation workshop. At each workshop, staff will review the guidelines, application form, and panel review process.
Dwight Walth to Retire
Dwight Walth, the Office of Arts and Culture's director of cultural facilities is set to retire on Friday, March 13, 2020. He has been with the City of Phoenix for 29 years, starting as a grants intern, then arts education coordinator, grants program director, and finally director of cultural facilities. Dwight has also been instrumental in various strategic projects, including the Office of Arts and Culture's participation in the national Arts and Economic Prosperity studies.

Dwight graduated from Arizona State University with a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Vocal Performance. He has served on the music and opera, grants and policy, heritage and preservation, and arts education and access grants panels for the National Endowment for the Arts.

Dwight and his wife have planned a month-long vacation to Italy, Sicily and the island of Tenerife in May, and then will spend the summer months at their cabin in Pinetop. Beyond that, he hopes to make a lot of music in his retirement.

Help us congratulate and thank Dwight for his service is supporting the arts and culture sector in Phoenix!
Call to Artists - Deadline is Friday
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art Program is requesting qualifications from professional artists to design perforated steel shade screens for multiple City of Phoenix bus shelters. The shade screen enhancements will be incorporated into bus shelters between Central Avenue and 16th Streets; and Van Buren Street and Buckeye Road. There may be additional opportunities for shade screen features at other city locations. The new bus shelters will increase shade coverage for transit users and promote a more walkable neighborhood, reducing the urban heat impact of exposed vacant lots and hard surfaces. New bus shelters will promote a distinctive identity for the community. The projects offer artists in all media opportunities to work with the community to enhance bus shelters with original artwork and provide additional shade for commuters.  The deadline to apply is Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Local AZ Time.
Calling All Young Artists in the Phoenix Area
The City of Phoenix Youth Arts and Culture Council is hosting three Youth Artists' Showcases in March and April 2020! The Youth Artists' Showcase is a celebration of art created by young people in Phoenix who are under the age of 20. These events feature both visual and performing arts. It is open to the public and creates an accessible space for young people to promote their creative projects and share their perspectives.

We are looking for talented young people to feature. If you're interested in promoting your visual, musical, or other artistic fortes and networking with a group of young people ages 14 to 20 in the arts and culture scene, we would love to see your submission.Individual or group artists are welcome to apply. Deadline to apply is March 9, 2020.
Call for Panelists
Do you consider yourself objective and knowledgeable in the arts, culture, or public art field? Are you interested in serving your community? Consider applying to serve as an Office of Arts and Culture panelist!

Grants Panelist
​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture seeks knowledgeable, fair-minded, and ​​​​​responsible individuals to serve as grant review panel members. Panelists are critical to the integrity of the grants process, and include laypersons as well as artists, arts professionals, and educators, each representing different points of view and various cultural orientations.

Public Art Panelist
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is looking for people with expertise in the arts, architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design who would like to be considered to serve on an artist selection panel. Selection panels are essential to the process of hiring artists for public art projects. Project sites range from airports, parks, streetscapes, and pedestrian bridges to libraries, community water facilities, and more.
NEA Releases Latest Survey of Public Participation in the Arts
The NEA released the full results from the nation’s largest, most representative survey of adult participation in the arts. The new Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA) records the different ways that American adults (age 18 and older) engage in the arts, where that engagement takes place, and why adults participate in these activities.

The survey report also tracks demographic characteristics of those who participate and respondents’ perceptions of the availability of the arts in their communities. The report covers both national and state-level data as well as selected urban areas. Since 1982, the Arts Endowment has partnered with the U.S Census Bureau to produce the SPPA, with this edition analyzing data from 2017. 

Key findings from the 2017 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts 
The new report tallies U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) who over a 12-month period:
  • Used electronic media to access artistic or arts‐related content (74 percent, or 175 million adults).
  • Read books not required for work or school, and/or read novels and short stories, poems, or plays in particular (57 percent, or 138 million adults)
  • Attended artistic, creative, or cultural activities (54.3 percent, or 128 million adults) with live music performance the most frequent activity.
  • Created or performed art (53.7 percent, or 128 million adults) with singing as the most popular form of artistic expression.
  • Learned an art form informally (17 percent, or 41 million adults) or took arts classes or lessons (9.5 percent, or 23 million adults).
Upcoming Dates
February 25, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Public Art Committee - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall
March 2, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Advocacy Committee - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall
March 5, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Executive Committee - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall
March 10, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Meeting - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall

Public meeting agendas are posted on the City's website at least 24 hours before the meeting.

The City's official bulletin board for posting notices is located on the ground floor at the west side of Phoenix City Hall, 200 West Washington Street, Phoenix, Arizona. The notices are viewable from the outside of the building (along Third Avenue), 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please be advised that only the City's official bulletin board may be relied on for official posting under Open Meeting Law.