JUNE 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
NEA Invests $1.3 Million in Arizona Arts & Culture
As the only funder in the country to support arts activities in all 50 states and five US jurisdictions, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) awarded $82.06 million in grants to fund 1,195 projects in the second round of funding for FY2017. Grants were awarded to support organizations that employ artists and cultural workers to provide programs for thousands of people across the country; in urban centers and in rural towns; and along with partnership agreements to US states, jurisdictions, and regions. 
Arizona Projects Named Finalists for ArtPlace America Grants
On June 7, 2017, ArtPlace America announced the projects that it will consider for its 2017 National Creative Placemaking Fund. Projects based in Nogales, Patagonia, and Tucson are among the 70 that will be considered for funding.
Arts _ Economic Prosperity
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 Reports Impact of the Arts in Arizona Communities
Arts & Economic Prosperity 5 is Americans for the Arts' fifth study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry's impact on the economy. In Arizona, four regions submitted data: City of Flagstaff; City of Mesa, City of Phoenix, and the West Valley Region.
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
Robert Booker
Robert Booker reflects on his career and Arizona's arts sector on KJZZ 
Following the announcement of his upcoming retirement, Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, appeared on KJZZ Phoenix to discuss his career, Arizona's arts sector, and the play that almost scared him away from a life in the arts. You can now listen to a recording of the interview on the KJZZ website. 

Two Arizona Artists Selected for NALAC Leadership Institute 
Two Arizona artists have been selected to participate in the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute: Angelina Ramirez of Phoenix and Alexandra Jimenez of Tucson. The NALAC Leadership Institute (NLI) is a week-long rigorous program in arts management and leadership development that delivers innovative and practical strategies that lead to successful business practices in the arts. 

NEA Funding Update
Kellen Vu with Jeff Flake
Update Regarding NEA Funding for Fiscal Year 2018 
Last month the White House released its complete Fiscal Year 2018 (FY2018) budget request to Congress. In an email sent to their members on May 23, Americans for the Arts provided a breakdown of proposed funding adjustments related to the arts and arts learning programs.

Watch Kellen Vu, Arizona Poetry Out Loud champion, compete at Nationals 
In April, Kellen Vu, a student at Arizona School for the Arts, represented Arizona at the 2017 Poetry Out Loud national finals in Washington, DC. A video of his recitations is now available for viewing online at https://vimeo.com/222734023. Registration for 2018 Poetry Out Loud is now open.

NASAA Data Explorer
Recalculating the Formula for Success 
Through interviews with 16 leaders of public arts funders and united arts funds, including Robert Booker, this new report from Grantmakers in the Arts documents the new ways that arts funders are approaching their work, rethinking longtime practices, and adapting to changing environments.

NASAA Website and Resources Update 
The National Assembly of State Arts Agencies provides a wide range of tools and research to help Americans grow support for the arts in their states. This month, NASAA revealed their new website, which includes a more robust and accessible resource page. 

On Media Publications
Glendale AZ
Request for Nomincations: OnMedia Arts Hero
The "show would not go on" without the incredible support and dedication of those who champion the arts; behind the scenes, in the box office and in communities across our State. To honor these amazing people, ON Media Publications is accepting nominations for Arts Hero's each and every month. 

Request for Information: Arts Incubator Space in downtown Glendale
The City of Glendale is seeking information on the viability of converting a City-owned property into a public Arts Incubator Space in downtown Glendale. The City is asking qualified respondents to provide feedback on this concept to assist the City in the planning and development of a formal concept. 

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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