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Create Change AZ
Create/Change: AZ 
May 22 - 24, 2017 | Tempe
This May, global leaders in the field of creative aging will convene in Tempe for Create/Change: AZ, a 3-day institute focused on transforming care for elders through creative engagement. Presented by TimeSlips, in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Create/Change: AZ brings this exciting opportunity to Arizona for the first time.
Who Should Attend?
  • Long term care professionals and board members (social workers, activity professionals, administrators, clinical staff, and occupational recreation, physical and creative arts therapists).
  • Teaching artists.
  • Students pursuing degrees in social work, performing or visual arts, psychology, or nursing are encouraged to register.
Early Registration Rates
Register through March 27, 2017 and save! 
Early: $295 
Regular: $370
Team of 2 
Early: $265 each 
Regular: $340 each
Team of 3+ 
Early: $255 each 
Regular: $330 each 

Partial Scholarships
Application deadline: February 22, 2017
A limited number of partial scholarships are available for Arizona residents. 
Fiscal Year 2018 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants
Fiscal Year 2018 Grants 
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is now accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2018 Community Investment Grants (CIG) and Festival Grants. We encourage prospective applicants to review these guidelines thoroughly and begin preparing application responses and materials as soon as possible. 
Online Information Sessions
To help prospective applicants prepare, we are offering online information sessions for both programs. 
Community Investment Grants
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 1:00 pm
Festival Grants
Saturday, March 4, 2017, 2:30 pm
Photo by Alonso Parra
Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals
Photo by Alonso Parra
AZ ArtWorker: Artist Roundtable
March 3, 2017 | Tucson 
Join us for a lively roundtable conversation of arts professionals from around the country, moderated by Adriana Gallego, artist and Deputy Director of the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture. 

Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals
Arizona Poetry Out Loud Regional Finals will be held in Mesa and Tucson on Saturday, February 18, and in Flagstaff on Saturday, February 25. Three students from each competition will then advance to the State Finals to be held in Phoenix on March 11.

Creative Spark
Photos courtesy of Libby Rooney, Globe; Tom Williams, Williams; Jason Hugger, Tempe ; Samuel L. Whackson, Prescott
Next50: Share Your Creative Spark! 
This year, as the Arizona Commission on the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary, we're looking ahead to Arizona's Next50. Your stories, talent, and dreams drive our Next50 planning process. We want to learn from and with you. Your Creative Spark submissions help us to better understand your perspectives and aspirations, and consider changes to our service in response. 

Already, Arizonans from all across the state are sharing their Creative Spark with us. Share yours and show us where creativity thrives in your community!

Share your Creative Spark
Shelley Cohn
Grant review panel
Shelley Cohn elected chairman of Arizona Community Foundation Board 
Congratulations to Shelley Cohn, who was elected as chairman of the board of directors of the Arizona Community Foundation! Cohn was the former executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts until she retired in 2005. She has been a member of the board of directors of ACF since 2008, serving as vice chairman for two years.

Now Accepting Nominations for Grant Review Panelists   
The Arts Commission engages volunteer panelists to review applications, make funding recommendations, and advise the Arts Commission on grantmaking policies. Panels are comprised of community members from cities and towns across Arizona. If you are interested or if you wish to nominate someone you know, complete the nomination form on our website.

Americans for the Arts
Wallace Foundation
Americans for the Arts' Arts Mobilization Center  
Curious about the future of public funding for the arts? Looking for new ways to get involved? Americans for the Arts has collected tools, resources, and up-to-the-minute information in their Arts Mobilization Center.

Wallace Studies in Building Arts Audiences 
Since 2011 the Wallace Foundation has published a series of case studies on audience building for arts organizations. They are available to download free of charge on the Wallace Foundation website's Knowledge Center.

Art-Place Grants
Professional Development Grants
National Creative Placemaking Fund
Application Deadline: February 22, 2017
$9.5 Million is available to fund projects that work with artists and arts organizations to address a community challenge or opportunity related to agriculture/food; economic development; education/youth; environment/energy; health; housing, immigration; public safety; transportation; or workforce development. 

Professional Development Grants
Deadline: May 4, 2017
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. Apply now for activities with a start date between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018. 

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Professional Development Grants
Deadline: February 2, 2017 
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. Apply now for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Deadline: February 2, 2017 
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. Apply now for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Master Apprentice Grant
Art & Science - Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert Workshop
March 31 - April 2, 2017 
In the dramatic landscape of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, attendees will engage their creativity as they study the Sonoran Desert through Art-Based Perceptual Ecology (ABPE) methods taught in collaboration with Western science methods. $490 for Early-Bird Registration; $525 after February 2.

Master-Apprentice Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2017 
Southwest Folklife Alliance has launched the third year of its Master-Apprentice Award program to support Master traditional artists and Apprentices. SFA will make 8 awards to pairs of Arizona based artists/tradition bearers: at $2,500 for the Master along with $500 to an emerging artist/tradition bearer engaged in learning and transmission of traditional knowledge. 

February 18 - Poetry Out Loud Central Region & Southern Region Competitions 
February 20 - President's Day | Office Closed
February 25 - Poetry Out Loud Northern Region Competition
March 3 - AZ ArtWorker Roundtable 
March 11 - Poetry Out Loud State Finals
March 16 - Application Deadline for Community Investment Grants & Festivals Grants
March 23 - Quarterly Commission Meeting

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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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