July 29, 2020
Public Art 101 Online Workshops
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is hosting four, free online workshops for artists wanting to learn how to apply for and create City of Phoenix public art projects. 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.

Each 50-minute online workshop includes a 20-minute presentation and 30 minutes for questions and answers. Public Art 101 is open to all on a first-come, first serve basis, but you must register .

Lesson 1 – Thursday August 6, 2020: Applications and Selection Process
Lesson 2 – Thursday August 13, 2020: Contracts
Lesson 3 – Thursday August 20, 2020: Design Phase
Lesson 4 – Thursday August 20, 2020: Fabrication/Construction

All workshops are at 10:00 a.m. Can't make all the sessions? Don’t worry, the LIVE lessons will be recorded and posted permanently for continued viewing on the Office of Arts and Culture’s website.
Coronavirus Funds Provide Relief to Phoenix Artists & Arts and Culture Organizations
The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture announced emergency relief grants to 68 nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 272 individual artists as part of the city's Coronavirus Relief Fund through the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The federal government allocated $293 million to the City of Phoenix. During its May 12, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved allocating $2.6 million for an Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program.

Of that $2.6 million, $1,885,000 was designated for grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $700,000 to artists financially hurt by the global health emergency. The remaining $15,000 will be used to contract consultants and facilitators to conduct workshops, webinars, and resources to help nonprofit arts and culture organizations and individual artists navigate their financial futures into the new normal.
Also, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) each received $75 million in supplemental grant funding through the CARES Act. These federal agencies distributed subgranting funds to the state and jurisdictional arts agencies and humanities councils to support local arts and cultural nonprofits, including the Arizona Commission on the Arts, Arizona Humanities, and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

Thirty Phoenix arts and culture organizations received a total of $481,234 in CARES Act funding directly through the NEA and the NEH, or through pass-through funds from the state arts commission, state humanities council, or WESTAF. The Office of Arts and Culture also received a $250,000 NEA CARES Act grant to subgrant and will open a competitive application process in the coming weeks with grants focused on job preservation.
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Welcomes Doug Oland
A big welcome to Doug Oland, who joined the Office of Arts and Culture as the Public Art Collections Manager last month. He is an artist and museum professional with more than 20 years of experience in handling and caring for a wide range of artworks, small to large, ancient to contemporary. This includes lengthy stints as a preparator at the Phoenix Art Museum and the Musical Instrument Museum, and moving and securing collections of art for Art Solutions. A resident of Phoenix since 1998, he has been passionately involved as an artist, studio assistant and art teacher in the local arts community. Doug is also a former member of the artist co-ops Holgas and Eye Lounge.
Call to Artists: Park Central Catalina Garage Murals
Artlink has a current call to artists of all practices and is presented by Plaza Companies, Holualoa Companies, Dignity Health, and Park Central Community Facilities District (“Owners”) with support provided by Artlink Inc. The deadline to submit is August 11, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. (local Arizona time). The owners are interested in working with an artist or artist team to creatively address an exterior wall located on the south side of the new Park Central Garage located on Catalina Street. This opportunity is open to designers and artists living and working in the state of Arizona with the ability to produce exemplary art.