MARCH 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
Create/Change: AZ - Register by March 27 and Save!
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. 
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 
Poetry Out Loud State Finals
Poetry Out Loud State Finals 
The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were held on Saturday, March 11, 2017, at the studios of Arizona PBS in Downtown Phoenix. 10 high school students representing schools throughout the state competed for the title of State Champion.  Kellen Vu, a sophomore at Arizona School for the Arts in Phoenix, took the title and will now represent Arizona at the 12th Annual Poetry Out Loud national finals competition in Washington, D.C., April 25-26, 2017. 

Click here to learn more

State Finals Broadcast
The Arizona Poetry Out Loud State Finals were recorded and will be broadcast on Arizona PBS throughout April: 
  • April 7, 9:30 pm on channel 8.1
  • April 10, 11:30 pm on channel 8.1
  • April 11, 3:30 am on channel 8.1
  • April 12, 8:00 pm on channel 8.3
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
Betsabee Romero
Photos by Canal Once
AZ ArtWorker: Betsabeé Romero
Join us for a lecture with contemporary Mexican artist Betsabeé Romero, as part of her Phoenix residency April 3-10. This program is organized by CALA Alliance and AZ ArtWorker, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and presented in collaboration with Phoenix Art Museum.

Romero lives and works in Mexico City. For over 15 years, her work has paid attention to issues of migration and mobility through the symbols and everyday rituals of the culture of global consumption, such as cars, tattoos, and urban signage.

A Letter from Our Executive Director
"We invite you to embrace this moment as an opportunity to express your passion for the arts, articulate the impact the arts have had on your life and in your community, and actively engage in this process by which our nation proclaims its values and vision."

Arts Congress
Mayor Coral Evans at 2017 Viola Awards
Arts Congress 2017
On Tuesday, March 14, 2017, arts advocates from across the state gathered on the State Capitol lawn to meet with their legislators, attend workshops, and express their passion for the arts. KJZZ public radio spoke with Rusty Foley, Arizona Citizens for the Arts' Executive Director, about the event and the value of Arizona's arts sector.

Viola Awards Celebrate Flagstaff Arts 
Celebrating excellence in the arts and sciences, the Viola Awards recognize artists, educators, organizations and leaders who make positive contributions to the arts and sciences in Flagstaff. The 9th Annual Viola Awards Gala took place on Saturday, March 4, 2017. Ten awards were given out in eight categories, plus two Viola Legacy Awards.

Americans for the Arts
Fact vs Fiction_ Government Arts Funding
AFTA's 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.

Fact vs Fiction: Government Arts Funding 
"A vigorous democracy periodically debates the role of government and the ways the public sector can best support the prosperity and well-being of its citizens." A new document from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies aims to separate fact from fiction. 

Population distribution map
NEA Facts
Research Shows "Arts and Culture Are Closer Than You Realize"
According to a new study released last this month by the National Center for Arts Research (NCAR), "Arts and culture aren't 'out there' and just for an elite part of the population. They are closer and more immediate and personal than most people give them credit for being."
NEA Quick Facts
Did you know that 36% of NEA grants go to organizations that reach underserved populations such as people with disabilities, people in institutions, and veterans. This is just one fact about the NEA's budget, funding distribution, and parternships collected in a new one-pager published by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Matt Lehrman
Master Apprentice Grants
Free Audiences Everywhere Workshop
March 22, 2017 | Sedona
The Arizona Commission on the Arts, Sedona Arts Center, and Sedona International Film Festival are hosting an audience development workshop with Matt Lehrman. Verde Valley non-profit leaders, marketing managers, and organization staff are invited to attend this free three-hour session.

Master-Apprentice Award Program
Deadline: May 1, 2017
The Soutwest Folklife Alliance Master-Apprentice Award seeks to support and encourage the preservation and perpetuation of traditional art forms present and thriving in Arizona by fostering the critical teaching/learning relationship between traditional artists and their apprentices.

Professional Development Grants
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
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, including participation in conferences or symposia; artist or administrator residencies; and training with mentors/master artists. Apply now for projects taking place between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
Deadline: May 4, 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.

April 3 - Quarterly Commission Meeting (Date subject to change. Call to confirm)

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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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