JULY  2017 
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Commission on the Arts Awards $2,354,500 in Grants Statewide
On July 20, 2017, the Arizona Commission on the Arts announced 234 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools, and community organizations. In total, the competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2018 (July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018) resulted in an aggregate investment of $2,354,500. 

The state's investment in arts organizations, festivals, and community-based programs was once again bolstered this year by a one-time $1.5 million allocation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the state's fiscal year 2018 budget.

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Announcing the AZ Creative Communities Institute Inaugural Cohort
9 teams, representing communities throughout the state, have been selected to participate in the inaugural AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZCCI). As part of the 12-month AZCCI, these teams will explore the many ways Arizona's creativity can be put to work for positive community impact. 

In addition to intensive training, network building, and ongoing consultation, selected teams will see between $15,000-$20,000 invested in their communities over 12 months.

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.

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Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra
Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra  (flagstaffartscouncil.org)
Cultural Coalition
Photo courtesy Cultural Coalition
Flagstaff Arts Council Announces Art & Science Fund Grants 
The City of Flagstaff has again increased its investment in the non-profit arts and sciences sector, increasing the funding from the last fiscal year. $365,000 will be distributed to thirty-nine non-profit organizations, in support of art, culture and science programs that serve residents and visitors of Flagstaff, Arizona.

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Awards $865,346 in Grants 
The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture annnounced 63 grants to 54 non-profit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents through arts and culture activities for a total a total of $865,346. This figure does not include $20,000 in new grant funding for youth-oriented programs the City Council recently approved.  

Photo by Alonso Parra
UA Poetry Center
Photo courtesy UA Poetry Center
Jaime Dempsey Receives Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award
At a ceremony held in Marana on July 20, 2017, Jaime Dempsey, Deputy Director (and soon-to-be Executive Director) of the Arizona Commission on the Arts received the Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award in the category of Emerging Leader. The Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Awards are a statewide competition created to recognize the role of non-elected public servants as the critical link between citizens and the people elected to represent them.

The Ford Foundation to Support the Poetry Coalition with $200,000 Grant 
The Ford Foundation will make a $200,000 grant over two years to enable the Poetry Coalition to produce national programs on themes of social importance that feature leading contemporary poets. The Poetry Coalition, which formally launched in November 2016 after a year of planning, is an alliance of more than 20 nonprofit poetry organizations, including UA Poetry Center, working together to raise the profile of poets and poetry in the United States.  

Update_ NEA Funding
House Approves $145 Million for NEA in Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved its version of the fiscal year 2018 budget for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at $145 million. (The NEA's FY2017 budget was $150 million.) This completes the U.S. House committee consideration and advances the proposal to a possible action on the U.S. House floor in the coming weeks. Still to come is the U.S. Senate's proposal expected after Labor Day. 

The Lumies: Noche de las Artes Scheduled for September 19, 2017
For more than a decade, the Lumies Arts & Business Awards celebrated individuals, organizations, and businesses that make Tucson and Southern Arizona a wellspring of creative vitality. This year Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona and ON Media are working together to create a "Celebration of Arts Heroes." They will not only have incredible performers, food, drinks and presentations but will also highlight the region's Arts Heroes! 

State Arts Agency Funding Map
Americans for the Arts
State Arts Agency Grant Making and Funding Summary Report 
Curious how Arizona stacks up against other states when it comes to public funding for the arts? The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) has released its latest State Arts Agency Grant Making and Funding summary report. This report draws on data from NASAA's biannual legislative appropriations surveys and from state arts agencies' Final Descriptive Reports (FDRs) of grant-making activity submitted annually to the NEA and NASAA. 

Business Contributions to the Arts: 2017 Edition 
Americans for the Arts has partnered with The Conference Board to conduct the 2017 Business Contributions to the Arts (BCA) survey, building on previous findings to examine trends in business support and employee engagement for the arts. The survey draws on 125 responses from companies of all sizes that participate in corporate philanthropy, employee engagement, volunteer programs, or sponsorships. 

Artist Research _ Development Grants
Professional Development Grants
Artist Research and Development Grant
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 Grant
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 Grant
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 Grant
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.

August 24 - Deadline: Artist Research & Development Grants

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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.

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