Monday, July 11, 2016

The Arizona Commission on the Arts awards $2.3 million in grant monies

On July 6, 2016, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona, announced 239 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools and community organizations.
In total, the competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2017 (July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017) resulted in an aggregate investment of $2,266,000, and represents a more than 100% increase to total funding awarded during last year’s first grantmaking cycle.
The increased investment in arts organizations, festivals and community-based programs was made possible through a one-time $1.5 million allocation in the state’s fiscal year 2017 budget to the Arizona Commission on the Arts. This additional funding, derived from interest accrued on the State’s Rainy-Day Fund, will bolster further grantmaking throughout the coming fiscal year as well as programs and services that contribute to the growth and stabilization of Arizona’s arts sector, enhance student learning, nurture artists’ creative and professional development, and preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities.
“Even with the unprecedented funding challenges Arizona has faced in recent years, leaders in the House and Senate, on both sides of the aisle, fought for our communities, persistently making the case that a vibrant arts sector is a key ingredient of a healthy and improving economy,” said Mark Feldman, Chairman of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “Representative Kate Brophy McGee, Senator Bob Worsley, Senator Steve Pierce and Senator Steve Farley were particularly steadfast advocates, working with elected officials at all levels to ensure that arts funding was included in the final legislative budget presented to the governor. We are grateful to leaders in the State Legislature and to Governor Ducey for making this additional investment a reality.”
Grants were awarded in four categories:
Community Investment Grants provide operating support to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.
Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts and cultural programming through community festival activities.
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of arts educators, classroom teachers and school-based arts programs through collaborative projects.
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.
In accordance with the Arts Commission’s strategic plan and governing statutes, schools and nonprofit arts organizations are awarded grants based on such factors as community investment, quality of programming, fiscal ingenuity and responsible stewardship of public funds.
Grant applications are reviewed within rigorous panel processes which are open to applicants as well as the broader public. Review panels are led by Governor-appointed Commissioners and are composed of diverse community leaders, volunteer experts, educators and arts practitioners from rural, urban and suburban areas throughout Arizona.
Grant funding is provided by the State of Arizona and funding awarded annually to the Arts Commission by the National Endowment for the Arts.
“From Yuma to Teec Nos Pos, from Kingman to Bisbee, the Arts Commission utilizes its grant programs to provide essential investment in communities across Arizona,” said Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “As part of this grantmaking effort, the State of Arizona is an indispensable partner to Arizona’s arts sector in pursuit of a shared mission: to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.
About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 49-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts.
For more information about the grants, services and programs of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit www.azarts.gov.
We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.

Grantees by Grant Category

Community Investment Grants


Act One Foundation $  18,000
Arizona Art Alliance $    3,000
Arizona Bach Festival $    2,000
Arizona Choral Society $    2,000
Arizona Classic Jazz Festival $    5,000
Arizona Dance Education Organization $    3,000
Arizona Early Music Society $    3,000
Arizona Friends of Chamber Music $    7,500
Arizona Masterworks Chorale $    2,000
Arizona Musicfest $  22,000
Arizona Opera Company $  40,000
Arizona Repertory Singers $    3,000
Arizona Theatre Company* $  47,000
Artists Coalition of Flagstaff $    2,000
Arts Express $  10,000
Arts for All, Inc. $  12,000
Arts Integration Solutions $    7,500
Ballet Arizona $  40,000
Ballet Etudes Youth Ballet of Mesa $  18,000
Ballet Yuma $    7,500
Bisbee Community Chorus $    2,000
Black Theatre Troupe, Inc. $    7,500
Borderlands Theater $    7,500
Canyon Movement Company, Inc. $    5,000
Capoeira Institute Southwest $    4,500
Casa Libre en la Solana $    4,500
Catitude Gallery & Studio-A Community Arts Center $    3,000
Center Dance Ensemble $    7,500
Central School Project $    5,000
Chandler Childrens Choir, Inc. $    3,000
Chandler Cultural Foundation $  22,000
Chandler Symphony Orchestra $    3,000
Children’s Chorale of Flagstaff $    4,500
Childrens Museum of Phoenix $  40,000
Childsplay, Inc. $  47,000
City of Tempe Cultural Services $  28,000
City of Yuma Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission $  12,000
Civic Orchestra of Tucson $    4,500
Community Performing Arts Center Foundation $    7,500
Desert Foothills Theater $  12,000
Desert Sounds Performing Arts Inc. $    5,000
Desert Voices $    2,000
Detour Company Theatre, Inc. $    7,500
Dry Creek Arts Fellowship $    3,000
East Valley Childrens Theatre $    7,500
Fine Arts Association of Arizona $    3,000
Flagstaff Arts Council $  28,000
Flagstaff Community Band $    2,000
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music $    5,000
Flagstaff Master Chorale $    5,000
Flagstaff Symphony Association $  22,000
Foundation for Creative Broadcasting $  12,000
Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona $  28,000
George Phippen Memorial Foundation $  12,000
Gila Valley Arts Council $    3,000
Gold Canyon Arts Council $    3,000
Grand Canyon Guitar Society, LTD $    2,000
Grand Canyon Mens Chorale $    5,000
Grand Canyon Music Festival, Inc. $    7,500
Great Arizona Puppet Theater $  12,000
Heard Museum $  47,000
Heritage Square Foundation, Phoenix $  12,000
i.d.e.a. Museum Board of Directors, Inc. $  25,000
Invisible Theatre $  18,000
iTheatre Collaborative $    3,000
Jazz in Arizona, Inc. $  18,000
Kore Press $    3,000
Literacy Connects $    7,500
Live Theatre Workshop $  12,000
Loft Cinema, Inc. $  60,000
Many Mouths One Stomach $  10,000
Maricopa County Historical Society $  22,000
Mesa Arts Center $  47,000
Mesa Encore Theatre $    5,000
Metropolitan Youth Symphony $    7,500
Movement Source Inc. $    3,000
Museum of Northern Arizona $  47,000
Musica Nova $    3,000
Musical Instrument Museum $  25,000
Musical Theatre of Anthem $    7,500
North Valley Symphony Orchestra $    2,000
nueBOX $    4,500
Odaiko Sonora $    5,000
Orchestra Northern Arizona $    3,000
Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Inc. $    5,000
Pan Left Productions $    3,000
Patagonia Creative Arts Association $    2,000
Patrons of the Arts, Inc. $    2,000
Phoenix Art Museum $  47,000
Phoenix Boys Choir $  12,000
Phoenix Center for the Arts $  22,000
Phoenix Chamber Music Society $  12,000
Phoenix Children’s Chorus $  22,000
Phoenix Chorale $  22,000
Phoenix Conservatory of Music $  12,000
Phoenix Film Foundation $    7,500
Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art $    3,000
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture $  40,000
Herberger Theater Center $  22,000
Phoenix Symphony Association $  40,000
Phoenix Theatre, Inc. $  40,000
Phoenix Youth Symphony $    7,500
POG, Inc $    2,000
Prescott Fine Arts Association $    7,500
ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra $    5,000
Queen Creek Cultural Foundation $  12,000
Red Rocks Music Festival $    3,000
Rising Youth Theatre $    4,500
Roosevelt Row Community Development Corp $    7,500
Rosies House – A Music Academy for Children $  18,000
Safos Dance Theatre $    4,500
Santa Cruz Valley Art Association $  12,000
Scottsdale Cultural Council $  25,000
Scottsdale Philharmonic $    5,000
Sedona Arts Center $  28,000
Sedona Arts Festival $    7,500
Sedona International Film Festival $  22,000
Shemer Art Center and Museum Association, Inc. $    7,500
Smoki Museum of American Indian Art and Culture $    7,500
Sonoran Art Foundation $  12,000
Sonoran Arts League, Inc. $  12,000
Sonoran Desert Chorale, Inc. $    5,000
Sons of Orpheus – The Male Chorus of Tucson $    3,000
Sounds of Kingman $    3,000
Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance $  22,000
Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra $    7,500
Southwest Folklife Alliance $  18,000
Space 55 $    3,000
Stray Cat Theatre $    7,500
Symphony of the Southwest $    3,000
The Bisbee Radio Project, Inc. $  10,000
The Community Players $    2,000
The Drawing Studio $  10,000
The Mini Time Machine, Inc. $  28,000
The Rag Collection $    5,000
The Rogue Theatre $  12,000
The Symphony Women’s Association $    3,000
Theater Works $  22,000
Theatrikos Theatre Company $  10,000
True Concord Voices & Orchestra $  12,000
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus $  12,000
Children’s Museum Tucson $  60,000
Tucson Girls Chorus $  12,000
Tucson Guitar Society $    3,000
Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block $  40,000
Tucson Pops Orchestra $    3,000
Tucson Symphony Society $  60,000
Valley Youth Theatre $  22,000
Verde Valley Sinfonietta $    5,000
Voices of the Desert, Inc. $    3,000
VSA arts of Arizona, Inc. $    3,000
West Valley Arts Council $  12,000
West Valley Youth Orchestra $    3,000
White Mountain Apache Tribe $    5,000
White Mountain Symphony Orchestra, Inc. $    3,000
Wickenburg Foundation for the Performing Arts $  22,000
Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc. $    5,000
Winding Road Theater Ensemble $    2,000
WomanKraft $    3,000
Xico $  18,000
Yavapai Symphony Association, Inc. $    7,500
Young Arts Arizona Ltd. $    7,500
Young Sounds of Arizona $    3,000
ZUZI! Dance Company, School and Theater $    3,000


Festival Grants
Arab American Festival $    3,000
Arizona Aloha Festivals, Inc. $    3,000
Arizona Asian American Association $    3,000
Arizona Dance Coalition $    2,000
Artlink $    2,000
ASU Foundation for a New American University $    2,000
Audrey Johnson Theatre Foundation $    2,000
Casa Grande Friends of the Arts $    1,500
City of El Mirage $    3,000
City of Litchfield Park $    3,000
CONDER/dance $    3,000
Corazon De Latinos Unidos $    3,000
Cottonwood Economic Development Council $    2,000
Cultural Coalition, Inc. $    3,000
Flagstaff Dance and Film Festival $    2,000
Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation $    2,000
Greater Phoenix Jewish Film Festival $    3,000
India Association of Phoenix $    3,000
La Frontera $    3,000
Many Farms High School $    2,000
Mesa Media $    2,000
Mohave Library Alliance $    2,000
Northern Arizona Book Festival, Inc. $    2,000
Ocotillo Literary Endeavors, Inc. $    1,500
Pascua Yaqui Tribe $    2,000
Phoenix Sister Cities Ennis Committee Book Festival $    2,000
Prescott Chamber of Commerce $    3,000
Southern Arizona Blues Heritage Foundation $    3,000
The Carpetbag Brigade $    3,000
Town of Payson $    3,000
Tucson Jewish Community Center $    3,000
West Yavapai Guidance Clinic Foundation $    3,000
Wham Art Association $    3,000
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center $    2,000

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants
Alhambra High School $    2,500
Arcadia Neighborhood Learning Center $    2,500
Arizona School for the Arts $    2,000
C. O. Greenfield Elementary School $    2,500
Celestino Fernandez Learning Center $    2,500
Challenger Middle School $    2,500
Coconino County Superintendent of Schools $    2,500
Copper Point School $    2,500
Cottonwood Middle School $    1,500
Create Academy $    2,500
Creighton School District #14 $    2,500
Flowing Wells High School Art Program $    2,500
Genesis City $    2,000
Grand Canyon Unified School District $    2,500
Homer Davis $    2,500
Ironwood High School $    2,500
Laguna Elementary School $    2,500
Lillian Cavett Elementary School $    2,500
Marshall Magnet Elementary School $    2,500
Mercury Mine Elementary School $    2,500
Montessori Day School – Lakeshore $    1,500
Nosotros Academy $    2,500
Page High School $    2,500
Picture Rocks Elementary $    2,500
Salt River High School $    2,500
San Carlos Secondary School $    2,500
Summit View Elementary $    2,500
The Blue Adobe Project dba Sky Islands $    2,500
The PEAK School $    2,500
Tortolita Middle School $    2,500
Tucson Magnet High School $    2,500
Walter Douglas Elementary $    2,500

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants
ASU Foundation $    1,500
Arizona Foundation for the Handicapped $    2,500
Benevilla $    2,500
Saguaro National Park $    2,500
Scottsdale School of Film + Theatre (Theatre Arts Program), SCC $    2,500
The U-Turn Foundation $    2,500
Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development $    2,500
Youth Development Institute $    2,500

Youth Empowerment Services  for Dine Bikeyah $    2,500



* At their quarterly board meeting held on June 30, 2016, the Governor-appointed commissioners of the Arizona Commission on the Arts elected to defer action on a recommended fiscal year 2017 Community Investment Grant award of $47,000 to Arizona Theatre Company to allow for further consideration of the organization’s operational status.

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