July 25, 2019
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Invests Nearly $1 Million to Enhance the Quality of Life for Residents
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the Community Arts Grants Program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. This month the city of Phoenix will award a total of $940,346 in the form of 84 grants to 70 ​not-for-profit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents through arts and culture services. This is an increase from last year — 72 grants were awarded to 60 organizations in 2018-2019.

Grant categories are A+CCESS I, A+CCESS II, A+CTION, Rental Support, Youth Arts Engagement, Arts Learning, and Festival Project grants.

Approved by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission in June and the Phoenix City Council on July 3, 2019, the funding allocation also includes an increase of $25,000 in dedicated grants for youth and underserved communities. This increase will bolster the Collaborative Communities (Arts Learning and Festival Project grants) and Youth Arts Engagement grant programs.

“We are grateful for the increase in funding, which helps ensure cultural services to all areas of the City" stated Mitch Menchaca, executive director of the Office of Arts and Culture.

For a full list of grantees, please visit: https://www.phoenix.gov/news/arts/2380.
Latino Cultural Center Update
The Latino Cultural Center Ad Hoc Committee and subcommittees will reconvene starting next month. The committee was created to continue the process of creating the new center. Committee members were nominated by their City Council members and appointed by interim Mayor Williams to evaluate and make recommendations to the City Council next year about next steps, including possible sites for a center and development of a strategic plan, which will result in business and operating, programming, and partnership and fundraising strategies.

The Committee is charged with using the 2017 Capital Assessment and Feasibility Study as its roadmap through the process. The study was the starting point of the project and centered around extensive community input consisting of over 20 one-on-one interviews, site visits to arts organizations and facilities in Phoenix and surrounding areas, three public town halls, two focus groups, and an electronic survey with 254 respondents.

The Committee is chaired by District 7 Councilman Michael Nowakowski. Committee members include Jose Andres Giron, artist; Casandra Hernandez Faham, CALA Alliance; George Garcia, Miracle Mile Deli; Gabriela Muñoz, Arizona Commission on the Arts; Julian Nabozny, Gaucho, Ltd.; Larry Ortega, Colliers International; Jason Rowley, Phoenix Suns; and ErLinda Torres, E.T. Communiques, Inc.

The first Ad Hoc Committee was held Friday, April 12, 2019. The committee met again in May and June, and will reconvene at 1 p.m. on Monday, September 23 at Phoenix City Hall, 200 West Washington Street, 12th Floor Central Conference Room. There are three standing subcommittees in addition to the Ad Hoc Committee, covering programs and services, fundraising and partnership, and sites and operations. The site and operations subcommittee will meet at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, at ALAC, 147 East Adams Street. A joint programs and fundraising meeting will convene at 1 p.m. Tuesday, August 20 at City Hall, 200 West Washington Street, 12th Floor Central Conference Room. All meetings are open to the public, and community members may participate in any of the three subcommittees.

Keep up to date on meeting dates and information at www.phoenix.gov/arts/latinoculturalcenter.
Earlier this month, a City of Phoenix delegation traveled to Albuquerque, NM to tour and meet with the staff of the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
Public Art Plan 2019-2024
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture works each year with many city departments, community groups and the Mayor and City Council to develop the annual public art plan. The Plan identifies and budgets public art projects citywide, and requires review and approval by the Arts and Culture Commission and the Phoenix City Council.

Earlier this month, the Phoenix City Council approved the 2019-2024 Art Plan to carry out 35 projects throughout the City. The $9.7 million plan includes the following types of projects:

1. Design Teams – artists work with engineers, landscape architects, and architects to develop major construction projects, such as recycling facilities, freeway bridges, streetscape improvements, airport, and transit facilities.

2. Site-Specific Commissions - artists design and fabricate works or enhancements to suit specific locations.

3. Temporary Commissions – artists create works or installations to be viewed for a limited time at select public sites.

4. Purchase of Existing Artwork – works are purchased for display as part of the city's permanent collection of portable art, which was begun in 1915.

5. Master Planning – short- and long-range plans are developed to integrate art into specific public programs and initiatives, such as aviation, public works, and water capital improvement programs.

6. Artwork Refurbishment – existing artworks sometimes need significant repairs or retrofits to remain in good condition or adjust to changes to their original site. These modifications go beyond routine artwork maintenance activities.

Nominations Now Open for the 2019 Mayor's Arts Awards
The Phoenix Center for the Arts has put out the call for nominations for this year’s Mayor’s Arts Awards, which serve to identify outstanding leaders in nine areas; Culinary Arts, Dance, Creative Writing, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Young Artist (age 12-17), DIY/Maker (new category!), and Innovative Arts Organization.

Nominate an artist deserving of a Mayor’s Arts Award! Deadline to complete the nomination form is July 31, 2019, 11:59pm Arizona Time. Winners will be announced during the awards ceremony on Thursday, October 10, at Margaret T. Hance Park.

2018 Winners Included:
  • Dance Artist: Mary Fitzgerald
  • Visual Artist: Kevin Caron
  • Literary Artist: Joy Young
  • Music Artists: Andria Bunnell & Las Chollas Peligrosas
  • Theatre Artists: Amy Carpenter & Stacey Hanlon
  • Young Artists: Thameenah Muhammad
  • Innovative Organization: CALA Alliance
Phoenix Art Museum Call to Artists 2019 FOCA Artists' Grants
Phoenix Art Museum announces the opening of its annual call for the 2019 Friends of Contemporary Art (FOCA) Artists’ Grants with the aim of providing recognition and financial support for emerging, professional, Arizona-based artists.

The Museum is teaming up with Artlink to host and help promote the call for artwork submissions. There is no cost to submit artwork for consideration and the deadline to apply is July 31. Up to five grants recipients will be announced on September 30, 2019, with each receiving a $2000 grant along with a group exhibition at Phoenix Art Museum in summer 2020.

Artist Program Manager Wanted
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is looking for a creative, energetic individual to join their team as Artist Programs Manager, providing thought leadership as well as conceptual and managerial oversight to programs supporting the work of individual artists practicing in diverse creative disciplines across Arizona.

Specific programs, services, grants, partnerships, and strategic initiatives under the purview of the Artist Programs Manager include but are not limited to: artist professional development programming, project management for the AZ ArtWorker initiative, the Artist Research and Development grant program, and engagement with international, national, state, regional and community-level arts networks.

Full details and application link can be found at the Arts Commission website. Applications will be accepted through Monday, August 12, 2019.