MAY 2017
A monthly newsletter from the Arizona Commission on the Arts
AZ Creative Communities
AZ Creative Communities  
Deadline: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 
The AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) offers small teams, made up of diverse members of your community, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact. AZ CCI teams will become members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods. 

The Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts (ASU HIDA), with guidance from Southwest Folklife Alliance, are seeking applications from teams representing Arizona cities/towns and neighborhoods to participate in the inaugural AZ Creative Communities Institute.

Click here to learn more
Arts Commission maintains level funding FY2018
Arizona Commission on the Arts Maintains Level Funding in FY2018 Budget
We are pleased to report that the $9.8 billion fiscal year 2018 budget signed last week by Governor Doug Ducey includes, for the second year in a row, a one-time $1.5 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. As we celebrate our 50th year as Arizona's state arts agency, we are proud to have earned this bipartisan vote of support. 
Cultural Perspectives on Creative Aging
Create/Change: Cultural Perspectives on Creative Aging
Monday, May 22, 2017 | Tempe, AZ
Join us for a conversation about arts and aging around the complexities of creative practices across communities and organizations, featuring a diverse group of speakers including community organizers and local and visiting artists. Light breakfast and registration from 8:15am - 9:00pm; program from 9:00am - 10:30am.
This event is free to attend and open to the public, but space is limited! 
Advance registration is required.
Cultural Memory_ Celebrating Memory through Story
Cultural Memory: Celebrating Memory through Story
Monday, May 22, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
Join the Arizona Commission on the Arts at Grand Central Coffee Company in downtown Phoenix for an evening of story sharing from Lakota performer Charlene O'Rourke and an introduction to a new storytelling project by Anne Basting (TimeSlips). With host Liz Warren, South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute Director.  

This event is free to attend and open to the public.  Participation and community sharing encouraged.
Artist Research and Development Grants
2018 Artist Research and Development Grants: Now Accepting Applications
Deadline: Thursday, August 24, 2017
The application period for Artist Research and Development Grants is now open. This highly-competitive grant program awards up to $5,000 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. 

Online Info Sessions
During live webinar-style presentations, Arts Commission staff will walk potential applicants through the ARDG guidelines while offering tips and resources for successful grantwriting. Shortly after the live presentation, a recording will be posted to this page.
May 26, 2017, 10:30 am
Register for May 26 session
July 20, 2017, 3:30 pm
Register for July 20 session

Competitive Grantwriting for Artists
Free workshops designed to help individual artists craft superior grant applications will be offered throughout the state.  Using the Arts Commission's Artist Research and Development Grant as a model, participants will learn the essential components of a strong application as they play the role of reviewers in a mock grant review panel.
June 14, 2017, 5:00 pm
Coconino Center for the Arts
Register for Flagstaff workshop
June 16, 2017, 5:30 pm
Littlewood Fine Art & Community Co-Op
Register for Yuma workshop
June 22, 2017, 6:00 pm
MOCA Tucson
Register for Tucson workshop
Jul 29, 2017, 10:00 am
Register for Phoenix workshop
Grant review Panel
FY2018 Community Investment Grant and Festival Grant Panel Review Dates
Each year, the Arizona Commission on the Arts convenes volunteer panelists from across the state to review applications for Community Investment Grants and Festival Grants. These meetings are open to the public and offer a prime opportunity for current and prospective applicants to observe the panel review process and learn more about the qualities of successful, competitive grant applications.

May 19, 2017
CIG, Level II
May 23, 2017
CIG, Level III, group A
May 24, 2017
CIG, Level III, group B
May 25, 2017
CIG, Level IV - VI
May 31, 2017
Festivals Level I & Level II, group A
June 1, 2017
Festivals Level II, group B

Listen Online
In an effort to ensure greater access to the proceedings, audio from Community Investment Grant (CIG) and Festival Grant panel review meetings will be streamed live online. Audio streams will only be available during panel meetings.

NEA Budget Update
Governor_s Arts Awards
Update: NEA Funding for FY2017
On Monday, May 1, congressional leaders announced that an agreement had been reached to continue funding of the federal government through September 30, 2017, the end of its current Fiscal Year (FY2017). Congress is expected to begin working on an aggressive schedule on appropriations legislation for FY2018. 

2017 Governor's Arts Awards
Each year, our friends at Arizona Citizens for the Arts partner with the Governor's office to celebrate the best in Arizona's arts and culture community and the magnificent contributions they've made to our state's arts and cultural heritage. On May 4, 2017, arts supporters from around the state gathered for the 2017 award ceremony.

Betsebee Romero and local artists
Register now for Poetry Out Loud
AZ ArtWorker: "Para Un Muro Ensimismado"
For the last engagement of this season's AZ ArtWorker, Mexican contemporary artist Betsabe√© Romero collaborated with Arizona artists to create a site-specific project connecting global histories of migration and power. Collaborating Arizona Artists included Estrella Payton, Martin Moreno, Gloria Casillas, Leonor Aispuro, Jenea Sanchez, Oliverio Balcells, and Giovana Aviles. 

Register Your School for Arizona Poetry Out Loud
Registration is now open for 2018 Arizona Poetry Out Loud. Teachers who would like to participate register their schools for the program. Once registered, each participating teacher/school site receives a toolkit, which includes a program guide to help teach recitation and performance and a DVD and companion guide for learning recitation-free of charge.

Arts and Economic Growth
NASAA Data Explorer
Latest Economic Data Tracks Arts and Cultural Jobs per State
This latest ACPSA data is from 2014 and reveals that the arts and cultural sector contributed $729.6 billion or 4.2 percent to the U.S. economy that year. Between 1998 and 2014, the contribution of arts and culture to the nation's gross domestic product grew by 35.1 percent.

NASAA Creative Work Force State Profiles
In cooperation with the NEA, the  National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) has produced the Creative Work Force State Profiles, a powerful online tool you can use to mine state-level ACPSA data on employment in the arts and culture sectors.

Art Ability AZ
ARTabilityAZ Accessibility Conference
Monday, June 12, 2017 | Phoenix, AZ
Is your organization ADA compliant? Looking for new ways to reach new audiences? Join us on Monday, June 12th for an all day conference on accessbility on the arts. Hear from leaders in state on how to create accessible programs in the arts and build audiences for your progrms. Connect with colleagues from around the state who share your commitment to accesibility.
May 16-25 -  CIG Review Panels  
May 22-24 - Create/Change: AZ
May 24 - Application Deadline:
May 29 -Memorial Day (office closed)
May 31-June 1 -   Festival Review Panels
Click here to view the calendar of events
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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