January 30, 2020
Call to Artists
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.  Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Local AZ Time.
Grant Guidelines Coming Soon
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Grants Program will open the applications for Community Investments and Engagement Grants (CIEG) and Project Grants for the 2020-2021 cycle on February 12, 2020. CIEG grants provide core operating support to arts and culture organizations. This year, we have three Project Grant opportunities including: Cultural Festival, Youth Arts, and Artist Exposure. We are also excited to introduce a new online grant application portal.

More information on grant guidelines, workshops, and the new grants portal, will be posted soon.  The deadline to apply for a grant is March 19, 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.
Phoenix Light Passage
Come early February, travelers heading to Terminal Three's (T-3) new north concourse at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport can’t miss artist James Carpenter’s Phoenix Light Passage. It spans the western windows of the passenger bridge from the terminal to the concourse, Carpenter’s luminous installation. It is 193 feet long and more than nine feet high and made of reflective aluminum, stainless steel, and frosted glass. “At a key transition in the airport,” said Carpenter, “the artwork transforms the incoming daylight into a soft volumetric expression of Phoenix’s desert light.” The effects change as the sun moves across the sky throughout the day and seasons. And specialized lighting makes the installation glow at night on the north side of T-3, which was recently dedicated to the late Senator John S. McCain III. The project is the fourth major public art project built as part of the T-3 modernization and another big reason why Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport is the nation’s friendliest and most beautiful place to catch a flight.
Strategic Planning Update
Last month, the Office of Arts and Culture announced the launch of a new strategic planning process. The process, including the community engagement listening sessions and stakeholder survey has been postponed until after the spring. Updates will be made in upcoming e-blasts, social media updates, and on the Office of Arts and Culture website.
Arizona Commission on the Arts Updates
Governor Ducey's proposed balanced budget for FY2021 includes $2 million for the Arizona Commission on the Arts to fund grants in support of arts and arts education programs across the state. 

In his State of the State address earlier this week, Governor Ducey outlined his vision, reflective of Arizonans’ unique approach to everything they do. The Arizona Way, as he called it, is resourceful, hard-working, and innovative. It celebrates diversity and self-determination while ensuring space and opportunity for all to live their best life. “We believe in solving the problems of today, so future generations won’t have to,” said Governor Ducey. “When we put others first—and work together—we can make a difference.”

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is currently accepting applications for FY 2021 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. The application deadline to apply is March 12, 2020.
National Endowment for the Arts Grants
On January 15, 2020, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced 1,187 Art Works and Challenge America grants totaling $27.3 million awarded to programs and projects across the country. Eleven of those grants, totaling $245,000 will support work in Arizona including Art Works grants to the Phoenix Art Museum and the Phoenix Theatre Company.

“The National Endowment for the Arts is proud to support grants throughout the entire country that connect people through shared experiences and artistic expression,” said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “These projects provide access to the arts for people of all abilities and backgrounds in both urban centers and rural communities.”

The next funding deadline for applications to the Grants for Arts Projects category is February 13, 2020. Note: Grant applications previously submitted to the Art Works category will now be submitted to the Grants for Arts Projects category. The next funding deadline for applications to Challenge America is April 9, 2020.
Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship
Projecting All Voices (PAV), an initiative of ASU's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts supported by ASU Gammage, seeks four artists from the Southwest region with field experience, interested in exploring issues of racial equity in the arts, and desiring to engage with an educational institution and Arizona’s communities. PAV provides opportunities for artists and designers to advance ideas and projects that investigate identity, cultural heritage, power, race, policy, ability and/or place and community. PAV also focuses on curricular change in arts and design colleges as well as civic and social practices in arts and design that create equitable communities. PAV seeks transformation in educational and cultural institutions to enable the full expression of all creative voices. The Mellon Projecting All Voices Fellowship will take place between April 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2020. 
Upcoming Dates
February 3, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Advocacy Committee - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall
February 4, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Executive Committee - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall
February 11, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Meeting - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall
February 17, 2020: City Hall Offices Closed
February 18, 2020: Latino Cultural Center Programs and Services Subcommittee Meeting - 2:00 p.m. at City Hall
February 25, 2020: Arts and Culture Commission Public Art Committee - 4:00 p.m. at City Hall

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