September 16, 2020
Coronavirus Relief Grants Deadline is Friday
Coronavirus Relief Grants for Artists and Arts Professionals
The deadline is Friday, September 18, 2020 for the Office of Arts and Culture's second round of Coronavirus Relief Grants for Artists and Arts Professionals. This grant program will help support working artists, teaching artists, and other arts-based contract workers who have experienced canceled events and residencies or terminated contracts because of the global COVID-19 crisis. Grants are up to $1,500. No cash match is required. Events, residencies, or contracts for which an individual is claiming lost income must have been scheduled to take place between March 1-October 31, 2020.

Phoenix Arts Jobs Preservation Program
Friday, September 18, 2020 is also the deadline for the Phoenix Arts Job Preservation Program. The City of Phoenix was awarded $250,000 in regranting CARES Act funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Arts and Culture will make 10 to 15 awards of between $10,000 and $25,000 to Phoenix-based arts and culture nonprofit organizations, with budgets under $1 million to fill, rehire, or maintain a part-time or full-time position from being cut due to the Coronavirus crisis.
Public Art Online Workshops Continue
There is still time to join artist Bill Dambrova for these free online workshops to learn how to handle digital files and create City of Phoenix public art projects. The sessions are geared toward artists who have never done a city public art project or would like to brush up on basic software tools. The step-by-step overviews will focus on the graphic editing and 3D modeling software commonly used to design and fabricate a wide range of public art projects. ​

The events will be live, featuring a presentation and time for questions and answers. Each workshop will be limited to 20 participants, so register today!

September 17 – Lesson 3: Navigating SketchUp
September 24 – Lesson 4: Navigating Vectorworks

All workshops are at 10:00 a.m. Can't make all the sessions or missed the first two workshops? Don’t worry, the LIVE lessons will be recorded and posted permanently for continued viewing on the Office of Arts and Culture’s website.
Open Call for Arizona Artists and Designers
Calling all artists and designers interested in designing umbrella canopies! This is a great opportunity for two-dimensional artists new to public art to step outside their studios and help to raise awareness about urban heat and shade.

Up to five Arizona artists will be selected to design vibrant fabric canopies for personal shade umbrellas as part of SunBlock, a Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s Public Art initiative supported by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Winning artists will be paid $3,000 to develop new designs. The umbrellas will be produced and distributed through a campaign to promote awareness about heat and sun safety. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 25, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. Local AZ time. 
Building Blocks for Financial Health Webinar
This month, the Arizona Commission on the Arts will present a two-part webinar for teaching artists interested in taking their instruction online. Over two sessions, teaching artist Koryn Woodward Wasson will lead an exploration of the tools, technology, and techniques available to help teaching artists provide effective online classes.

Session #1: Getting ready to teach online!
September 28, 2020 - 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join Koryn Woodward Wasson, local teaching artist, for an exploration and explanation of instruction and technology approaches for teaching online arts classes. We will be covering all of the things (equipment, platform, and mindset) you need to have before you go live!

Session #2: Art Instruction in the online classroom
September 30, 2020 - 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Join Koryn Woodward Wasson, local teaching artist, in a discussion about teaching art online. We will be covering the appearance of your live class, inclusion your students in the interactive portion of your class, and tips on troubleshooting in a whole new world. Online, interactive art instruction is an opportunity to reach more students, and expand your instructional relationship with current students, you will love having this as a tool in and out of your classroom!
Building Blocks for Financial Health Webinar
Join SMU DataArts on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. for this free online workshop. As cultural organizations work to sustain their critical role in their communities through turbulent times, the basics of financial management are more important than ever to help you identify your specific needs and evaluate your progress. For this reason, SMU DataArts is providing one of their popular in-person workshops as an online webinar. In this session, they will explore two elements of financial health especially geared toward smaller organizations and arts managers with little financial knowledge and experience: financial data organization, including creating and using a chart of accounts, and the annual budget process. Using both example financial documents and stories from arts organizations about their own financial organization journey, you will learn how to create and modify these basic building blocks to serve your organization in the short- and long-term.