AUGUST  2017 
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Robert C. Booker Retires 
On Monday, August 7, Robert C. Booker retired from the position he has held since 2006, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and a 40-year career in the arts field. First as an intern at the South Dakota Arts Council, then as a museum professional, and finally in his decades leading state arts agencies in Minnesota and Arizona, Booker spent his career in service to one of our nation's greatest resources: creativity.

Throughout the past month, Booker had several opportunities to reflect on his career and state of the arts. Meanwhile, messages of appreciation and congratulations poured in from across the country and the span of his career. 
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Each year the Arizona Commission on the Arts invites Arizonans to let us know how we're doing in our efforts to serve Arizona's communities. This year, we've added an additional incentive to participate in the survey: the AZArts Signal Boost Sweepstakes! If you win, the Arizona artist or nonprofit arts organization of your choice will be the subject of a spotlight profile featured on our website and monthly newsletter, and promoted on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts!
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AZ Creative Aging teaching artist institute
Announcing the Call for Teaching Artists: AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute
Arizona Commission on the Arts is seeking up to 10 professional teaching artists who have a serious, committed interest in working with older adults in community and care settings. These teaching artists will form the participant cohort for the seven-month AZ Creative Aging Teaching Artist Institute.

The Teaching Artist Institute is a comprehensive training program that will introduce teaching artists to the variety of settings, programs, and partners that make up the creative aging field, and provide skills-building activities for participants to attain the specialized knowledge needed to work successfully with older adults. Inspired by ArtSage ( and other national models, the Institute has been developed around the philosophies of person-centered care, a process-based approach, and cultural responsiveness.

Share your Creative Spark
Share Your Creative Spark
Show Arizona where creativity thrives in your community! 
NextAZ is a statewide planning initiative designed to empower communities to activate creative assets and co-create ideas to realize Arizona's brightest future. This initiative and its programs focus on listening to your stories, your triumphs, and aspirations; learning about your unique talents and your community's challenges and opportunities; and leveraging--lending your creative and collaborative skills to help Arizonans, and Arizona communities, achieve their most significant goals.

Show us where creativity thrives in your community, and share your creative spark!
Arizona residents are welcome to submit online or by mail.

Share your Creative Spark
Alberto Alvaro Rios
ASU Piper Center announces Arizona's Alberto Álvaro Ríos as new director 
Arizona State University's Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing has appointed Regents' Professor and Arizona's inaugural poet laureate Alberto Ríos as the new director of the center. In addition to being named director, Ríos will become the artistic director of the center and hold the Virginia G. Piper Chair in Creative Writing title.

Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation awards $2.5 million to Free Arts
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has awarded Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona (Free Arts) a $2.5 million grant to double the organization's physical space and provide funding for two of its signature programs. The grant will establish The Bob & Renee Parsons Center for Hope & Healing, expand programming and reach children Free Arts had previously been unable to serve.  

Celebration of the Arts
The Talking Mural
Photo by Laura Dent
Oro Valley Celebration of the Arts
Next month, the Town of Oro Valley will celebrate the 20th anniversary of its 1% for Public Art Program, which has resulted in more than 150 pieces of public art throughout the town. In those 20 years, the town's arts and culture offerings have grown far beyond public art, to include everything from live music to gallery-style exhibits. Oro Valley's month-long celebration of the arts includes  free museum days, concerts, galleries, and more.
Talking Mural Unveiled in Tucson 
Funded through an  Arts Foundation of Tucson & Southern Arizona New Works Grant, Alex Jimenez's Talking Mural is a site-specific interactive mural that allows the viewer to scan a QR code on the wall and listen to audio interviews of business owners on Tucson's 12th Avenue. Interviews were conducted as part of a larger project called Abecedario del Sur, which was funded in part by an Arizona Commission on the Arts Artist Research and Development Grant.

Hakeem Khaaliq
Johanna Lundy
Amy Carpenter and Stacey Hanlon
Hakeem Khaaliq
This past spring, Hakeem Khaaliq and Queen Muhammad Ali exhibited photos that the husband-wife team took of descendants of African diaspora living in Mexico. The unique exhibition, presented at Phoenix's monOrchid Gallery, incorporated a downloadable, augmented reality phone app to provide additional anthropological background on each photo. 

Johanna Lundy
Tucson horn player, Johanna Lundy will present Art + Nature + Devotion at MOCA Tucson on August 31, 2017. Exploring themes of art, nature, and devotion through the medium of solo French horn, Lundy has curated an evening of visual art collaborations and poetic connections to bring several pieces of music  to life

Amy Carpenter
Continuing their exploration of improvisational theatre techniques with youth on the autistic spectrum, Amy Carpenter and Stacey Reed Hanlon will conduct a series of free improv workshops in Phoenix this fall. These workshops will focus on the basics of improvisation, while also using improvisational games to promote awareness of social and emotional cues. 
NALAC resource guide
NALAC Resource Guide
The Special Edition of the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures Resource Guide includes additional contributions from a national cohort of panelists who presented at Raices Taller 222 (Tucson, AZ), as part of a professional development workshop hosted by the Arizona Commission on the Arts' AZ ArtWorker program and moderated by Adriana Gallego, NALAC's Chief Operating Officer.

Milta Ortiz
Arts Foundation
AZ ArtWorker: Writing Workshop with Playwright Milta Ortiz 
Saturday, September 23, 2017
AZ ArtWorker returns next month with a free, interactive writing workshop led by Tucson playwright and theatre artist Milta Ortiz and presented in collaboration with CALA Alliance, Palabras Bookstore, ASU Performance in the Borderlands, and Cultural Coalition. 

Grants Opportunity | Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona  
Deadline: September 13, 2017
Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is now accepting applications for GOS Grants. From improving fundraising efforts to paying an auditor, this grant is intended to offset costs that keep an organization from fulfilling the full potential of its mission. 

Artist Research _ Development Grants
Professional Development Grants
Artist Research and Development Grants 
Deadline: August 24, 2017
Available to individual artists working in any discipline, Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG) are designed to aid in the development of artistic work, support the advancement of artistic research, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona's communities. 

Professional Development Grants  
Cycle B Deadline: September 7, 2017 
For activities between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
Professional Development Grants provide funding support for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to professional growth and career development. 

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants  
Cycle B Deadline: September 7, 2017 
For activities between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session, and in-services.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants  
Cycle B Deadline: September 7, 2017 
For activities between November 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

This monthly online newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts contains updates on agency programs and services, upcoming grant opportunities and application deadlines, news about Arizona's arts sector, and much more.

Job and Arts Opportunities listings on the website are maintained by Arts Commission staff and are not comprehensive. Questions regarding a listed opportunity should be directed to the corresponding contact person identified in the posting.

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