June 24, 2021
Phoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Program
The Phoenix City Council approved using $5 million in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding for the Phoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Program. The program will support nonprofit arts and culture organizations and artists still hurting financially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It will also fund a mix of workforce and professional development initiatives.

Grants to arts and culture nonprofits will help these organizations recover lost revenues due to the pandemic to reopen stronger to offer cultural services to residents. Relief support will also be available for individual artists and arts workers to help these micro-businesses and entrepreneurs recover income from lost gigs, commissions, and employment to retain their creativity and help their careers flourish in Phoenix.

ARPA funds will also go to other initiatives, including an artist-to-work program, arts and culture internships for college undergraduates or recent grads, and continue the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's work with trainings, workshops, professional development, and resources for the field.

Details on the Phoenix Arts and Culture Recovery Program will be available online at phoenix.gov/arts in July 2021.​
ISConnects: City of Phoenix Arts + Culture Portfolio Review Series
The Office of Arts and Culture is partnering with the International Sculpture Center (ISC) for a new series of artist workshops in July. Each week, three artists will be featured in a one-hour, live (virtual) portfolio review session provided by a panel of experienced public artists from the field. This series is perfect for you if you are looking to transition to public art from studio art or expand your public art portfolio.

Apply to participate in the portfolio review or register to watch the review and participate in the live questions and answer session. The deadline to apply to be a participant is Monday, June 28, 2021.
Call to Artists
3D Artists: Eastlake Park Community Monuments
The City of Phoenix is seeking to contract an artist or artist team specializing in three-dimensional works to design two sculptural gateway monuments for prominent street corners in the Eastlake Park neighborhood. This RFQ is open to professional artists specializing in three-dimensional artwork in durable media with collaborative design and project experience. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Friday, July 9, 2021.
2D Artists: Shade Screens
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 to increase shade coverage for transit users and promote a more walkable neighborhood, reducing the urban heat impact of exposed vacant lots and hard surfaces. In addition, the new bus shelters will promote a distinctive identity for communities and expand the Public Art Program's award-winning series of artist-designed shade structures.

This is an excellent opportunity for two-dimensional (2D) artists (painters, printmakers, muralists, graphic designers, weavers, fabric artists, etc.) with little to no public art experience to step outside their studios to enhance bus shelters with original artwork and provide additional shade for commuters. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is Thursday, August 26, 2021.
Civil Rights Memorial Timeline Update
Also, in Eastlake Park, the City of Phoenix seeks the community's input for the final timeline panel of the Civil Rights Memorial for the years between 2000 to 2020. The Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial (Peace) reflects the community's history within the context of the civil rights movement. At 16th Street and Jefferson, the artwork consists of a small concrete amphitheater covered by an arched steel canopy modeled after the Arizona state flag.

The timeline is etched into stainless steel plates and denotes critical events in the civil rights movement (both locally and nationally) over the past 100 years. Recommendations of people and events, local or national, need to be shared by June 30, 2021. 
Arizona Commission on the Arts Executive Director Search
The Arizona Commission on the Arts seeks a visionary, creative, collaborative, ethical, and adaptive leader. The Executive Director provides public policy leadership in support of diverse statewide constituencies; cultivates and advances advantageous partnerships in areas of funding, programs, and advocacy; serves as executive administrator of and policymaker for agency planning, initiatives, grantmaking, operations, and spending; and endeavors to continually enhance and expand quality service delivery to Arizona residents.

Across the position’s areas of responsibility, the Executive Director is expected to recognize and respond to the many ways people organize to create and share arts and culture, inclusive of but not limited to nonprofit structures; prioritize ethical engagement and active dialogue with an array of community representatives to inform practices, standards, goals, and policies; and persistently drive toward increased transparency and a more equitable distribution of resources.

Governor-appointed Commissioners hold responsibility for hiring and monitoring the effectiveness of the Arts Commission’s Executive Director. The Executive Director oversees all other agency personnel decisions. Applications will be accepted through Thursday, July 22, 2021.
Research and Development Grants for Individual Artists
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is also accepting applications for 2022 Research & Development (R&D) Grants. R&D Grants provide up to $5,000 in funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work.

Applicants may request a minimum of $3,000 and a maximum of $5,000. The R&D Grant application process is split into two stages so applicants don’t spend a lot of time doing unnecessary work. After your Stage ONE application materials are reviewed by a panel of independent arts professionals, applications determined to be most competitive according to evaluation criteria will move on to Stage TWO. The Stage ONE deadline to apply is Thursday, July 8, 2021.
National Endowment for the Arts Grants
Grants for Arts Projects
The Grants for Arts Projects program supports projects that use the arts to unite and heal in response to current events; celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage; invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values; and enrich humanity. Applicants may request cost share/matching grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000. A minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount is required. The deadline to apply to grants.gov is Thursday, July 8, 2021.
American Rescue Plan Grants
The Rescue Plan’s Grants to Organizations program will be carried out through one-time grants to eligible organizations including, but not limited to, nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, arts service organizations, units of state or local government, federally recognized tribal communities or tribes, and a wide range of other organizations that can help advance the goals of this program.

Grants will be made to eligible organizations to support their own operations. Unlike other Arts Endowment funding programs that offer project-based support, Rescue Plan funds are intended to support day-to-day business expenses/operating costs, and not specific programmatic activities. Cost share/matching funds are not required. The deadline to apply to grants.gov is Thursday, August 12, 2021.