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Next 50
Next50: Unlocking Arizona's Creative Potential 
This year, as the Arizona Commission on the Arts celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are proud to launch Next50, a visionary planning initiative designed to unleash the power of the arts in realizing Arizona's brightest future.

Through innovative programs, strategic investment, exploration and convenings, Next50 will empower communities to activate creative assets and co-create ideas to fuel Arizona's next 50 years.
Next50 activities put you at the center, focusing on... 
  • LISTENING to your stories, your triumphs and aspirations;
  • LEARNING about your unique talents, and your community's challenges and opportunities; and
  • LEVERAGING - lending our creative and collaborative skills to help Arizonans, and Arizona communities, achieve their most significant goals.
Next 50 Creative Spark
What is Next 50
Share Your Creative Spark!
Arizona's Next50 begins with you. Share your Creative Spark and show us where creativity thrives in your community. 

What is Next50
Learn more about the Next50 initiative's driving goals, future programs, and opportunities to participate. 

Fiscal Year 2018 Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants
Fiscal Year 2018 Grant Guidelines Now Available 
The Arizona Commission on the Arts has published guidelines 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. 
2017 ARDG Recipients
Announcing the Recipients of 2018 Artist Research & Development Grants 
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to announce the recipients of the Artist Research and Development Grants for Fiscal Year 2017. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding to Arizona artists practicing in a variety of artistic disciplines in support of research and development leading to the creation of new works of art. 

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2017 ARDG recipients
Create Change AZ
Poetry Out Loud: Register Now 
Registration Deadline: January 30 
A national recitation contest created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word and theater into the English class. We are also pleased to announce that the Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals will return to the downtown Phoenix studios of KAET, Arizona PBS. 

Create/Change: AZ
Save the Date: May 22-24, 2017 
Create/Change is a 3-day intensive institute developed by Anne Basting and the Time Slips team, and presented in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona State University, focused on transforming care for elders through creative engagement. Since 2012 the Institute has been held every other year in Milwaukee; Create/Change: AZ brings this exciting learning opportunity to Arizona!

Governor_s Arts Awards
Viola Awards
Governor's Arts Awards Nominees Announced 
Arizona's statewide arts advocacy organization, Arizona Citizens for the Arts, announces the nominees for the 2017 Governor's Arts Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievement and contributions to the Arizona arts community by Arizona artists, arts organizations, businesses, educators, and individuals.

Viola Awards Nominees and Legacy Winners Announced 
This month the Flagstaff Arts Council announced the nominees and Legacy Award winners for the 9th Annual Viola Awards. Forty-four nominees will be honored at the Gala event on Saturday, March 4, 2017. The Viola Legacy Award for Lifetime Contribution to the Arts and Sciences will be presented to Nando Schellen and Robert Breunig.

 AXIS Dance Company
AXIS Dance Company. Photo by Brian Rdzak-Martin.
Overtime pay regulations
Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities 
This brief summarizes an online discussion hosted by the NEA in partnership with the National Arts and Disability Center (NADC) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) in June 2016. Using ODEP's ePolicyWorks online dialogue platform, this conversation engaged 390 participants who shared feedback from their own experiences and offered ideas about how improve employment outcomes for people with disabilities in the arts. 

Information and Resources: Arizona Nonprofit Wage Changes
Proposition 206 passed in Arizona on November 8, 2016. This proposition will impact many nonprofits throughout the state. Additional changes impacting overtime have also been established at the Federal level.  Arizona Nonprofit Policy Council, a council of the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, maintains a  page of news, information, and resources to help Arizona nonprofit organizations understand these changes and remain in compliance with the law. 

Art-Place Grants
Grant Panels
ArtPlace Open Call for Applications | 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. 

Arizona Commission on the Arts Volunteer Panelists
Nominate Yourself or Others
The Arts Commission utilizes volunteer panelists to review applications, make funding recommendations and advise the Arts Commission on grantmaking policies. Panels are made up of artists, arts professionals, educators, community members and others actively involved in the arts, nonprofit and service sectors. 

Professional Development Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Professional Development Grants
Deadline: February 2, 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 April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Deadline: February 2, 2017 
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants enhance the work of community and social service organizations/ governmental entities through partnership projects with professional teaching artists and/or arts organizations.  Apply now for projects taking place between April 1, 2017 and June 30, 2017.

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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