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APPLICATION OPENING SOON! The Artists to Work Program supports creating and presenting original, new, or in-process artistic work by practicing Phoenix artists. Awarded artists will be required to complete a public presentation inside the city of Phoenix boundaries that primarily benefits Phoen​ix residents.​

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Inaugural "Artist to Work" Grant Recipients Headlining Community Showcase at Rio Salado Audubon Centerhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2991Arts and Culture1/23/2024 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2991/OAC_Artist-to-Work.jpgInaugural "Artist to Work" Grant Recipients Headlining Community Showcase at Rio Salado Audubon Center<div class="ExternalClass2D6EB18F5D78425B8CCD435C385A5F76"><html> <p> <span style="font-size:14.6667px;">​​</span><span style="color:windowtext;background-color:window;font-size:14.6667px;">​Twenty practicing Phoenix artists were selected as the inaugural recipients of the Artist to Work grant for the 2023 calendar year. Funded by American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars and born during a time of significant national and worldwide turmoil, the </span><a href="/arts/grants-program/artiststowork" target="_blank" style="background-color:window;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Artists to Work program</span></a><span style="color:windowtext;background-color:window;font-size:14.6667px;"> was created to provide opportunities to artists who had lost income due to cancellations, budget cuts, closures, and lack of project support due to the COVID pandemic.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:14.6667px;">At the 2024 Artists to Work Showcase and Reception, the inaugural cohort of artists will share this completed and ongoing work. Additionally, twenty-one new grantees for the 2024 calendar year will be introduced and recognized as they embark on their award year. </span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><a href="/arts/grants-program/artiststowork/grantees" target="_blank" style="background-color:window;"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">Learn more</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:14.6667px;"> about both the 2023 and 2024 grantees and their awarded projects.</span><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> </span></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;">Please join the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture as we ​celebrate our current and incoming Artist to Work Grant Program recipients.</span> </span></p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><strong style="">Artists to Work Showcase and Reception </strong><br></span><strong style=""> </strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><strong>January 25, 2024 | 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.</strong><br></span><strong style=""> </strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><strong style="">Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center</strong><br></span><strong style=""> </strong><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;"><strong style="">3131 S Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85040</strong></span> </span></p></blockquote><div style="text-align:center;"><img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/Grants/ArtiststoWork-Showcase.png" alt="" style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;margin:10px 0px;width:480px;height:745px;" /><br></div><p>​<br></p> <p><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">The exhibition will also be accessible to the public during </span><a href="https://riosalado.audubon.org/visit" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:14.6667px;">regular hours</span></a><span style="font-size:14.6667px;"> at the Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center</span><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
Phoenix’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector Generates $449.9 Million in Economic Impacthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2908Arts and Culture11/2/2023 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2908/PHXNewsroom_OAC_AE6_749x421.jpgPhoenix’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector Generates $449.9 Million in Economic Impact<div class="ExternalClassAAFBA78A884A445C81E021E721AF9EA4"><html> <p>Phoenix's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $449.9 million in economic activity based on data collected from 2022-2023.<br><br>In partnership with the national nonprofit <a href="https://www.americansforthearts.org/" target="_blank">Americans for the Arts</a>, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has released the findings for the local results of the <a href="https://aep6.americansforthearts.org/" target="_blank">Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study</a>.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/AEP%20Header%20Image%20(1).png" alt="Phoenix Symphony Education Concert" style="margin:5px 0px;width:425px;height:250px;" /><br></p><p><br>The economic activity of $449.9 supported 7,686 jobs, provided $323.5 million in personal income to residents, and generated $92.5 million in local, state, and federal government tax revenue. Spending by arts and culture audiences generates valuable commerce for local merchants, a value-add that few other industries can compete with.<br><br>The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced a statewide report showing that the state's nonprofit arts and culture sector generated a staggering $1.1 billion in economic activity. Phoenix's impact makes up 41% of that total.<br><br>"In Phoenix, not only is the arts and culture sector deeply embedded in our city's societal fabric, but it is also a key economic driver that creates new jobs and generates important tax revenues," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. "We are proud to be an arts city where more than five million residents and visitors annually participate in our nonprofit arts and culture programs. As our city continues to grow, arts and culture are a vital part of our commitment to creating more connected and enriched communities."<br><br>The results put the role of the arts in Phoenix as an economic driver into perspective. The $59.35 per person per event spent is 35% higher than the $38.46 national average and helps show that arts and culture drive commerce to local businesses.<br><br>"We are thrilled to see the arts and culture sector support the economy in an impactful way! Phoenix's overall activity is up since AEP5, and that's great given what the field has been through over the past few years," said Mitch Menchaca, director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. "However, what's striking is that our cultural workforce is down by half since our last study, which shows our arts and culture nonprofits are doing a lot with fewer resources."<br><br><br>Key figures from the Phoenix AEP6 study include:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Phoenix's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $266.7 million in event-related spending by its audiences.</p> </li> <li> <p>30.1% of arts and culture attendees were from outside the county where the activity occurred. They spent an average of $78.42. All vital income for local merchants.</p> </li> <li> <p>89.6% of respondents agreed that the activity or venue they attended was “a source of neighborhood pride for the community." </p> </li> <li> <p>87.6% said they would “feel a sense of loss if that activity or venue was no longer available."<br></p> </li> </ul> <p> <br>By measuring arts and culture's wide-ranging impact, public and private sector leaders can work together to secure funding and arts-friendly policies that shape more vibrant and equitable communities.<br><br>The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study reveals that America's nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $151.7 billion industry that supports 2.6 million jobs and generates $29.1 billion in government revenue.<br><br>"Arts and culture organizations have a powerful ability to attract and hold dollars in the community longer. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from nearby businesses, and produce the authentic cultural experiences that are magnets for visitors, tourists, and new residents," said Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “When we invest in nonprofit arts and culture, we strengthen our economy and build more livable communities."<br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is hosting a December 5 media and community event at the Phoenix Theatre Company from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to share in-depth findings with Randy Cohen, vice president of research at Americans for the Arts, as well as local community leaders and participating arts and culture organizations. Learn more about the findings, the event, and the overall project at <a href="https://phoenix.gov/arts/aep" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/arts/aep</a>.<br><br>The full report, a map of the 373 study regions, and a two-page economic impact summary for each community can be found at <a href="https://aep6.americansforthearts.org/study-findings" target="_blank">AEP6.AmericansForTheArts.org</a>. Americans for the Arts is a leading national nonprofit organization advancing arts and arts education.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

The Department of Arts and Culture is looking for a dynamic individual to join the public art program team to coordinate and direct activities involved in the implementation and completion of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) public art projects. The hiring pay range is $69,492.80 - $97,780.80 annually.​ The application deadline is January 17, 2024.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Phoenix is Selected as One of Eight Cities for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected Phoenix for a $1 million Public Art Challenge grant. This unique grant program supports temporary public art projects that address important local civic issues in cities nationwide. Phoenix's project, ¡Sombra! (Shade) will commission artists to create shading and cooling installations in response to extreme urban heat.​ The City of Phoenix was named a finalist in June and is one of just eight winners from more than 150 project proposals received from cities in 40 U.S. states. 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Invests $1.7 Million

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC) is pleased to announce the Community Arts Grants Program recipients for the 2023-2024 fiscal year. The agency will award $‭1,429,346‬ through 108 grants to arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents. ​In addition, with $225,000 in funding from the Phoenix Convention Center, POAC reopened the Phoenix Stages Program. Also new this year are Phoenix Flash Grants that support arts and cultural organizations, groups, and individual artists for specific projects within underinvested areas of Phoenix​. POAC funded $49,000 for 14 projects that will be presented in City Council Districts 1, 3, and 5.

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Phoenix Flash Grants Program Deadline is August 15. Learn more on the Grants Page at phoenix.gov/arts/grants

Phoenix Fla​sh Grants support arts and culture projects that engage Phoenix residents, including but not limited to art workshops and pop-up performances. 

For the next cycle, projects within Phoenix Council Districts 1, 3, and 5 will only be considered for funding. The application deadline is August 15, 2023.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Office of Arts and Culture Welcomes New Staff

New Staff 2023.png​​Elida Acosta will serve as the Community Programs and Engagement Manager implementing new programs and managing the agency's communications. Melodie Mendivil comes to the agency as the new Management Assistant overseeing procurement, accounts payable, and management services​. And Mojgan Vahabzdeh joins as a new Senior Public Art Manager managing capital improvement arts projects. 

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 Online Interactive Public Art Map

Phoenix's public art program has been a national model for involving artists in designing and building a better city. Now, residents and visitors can learn about the collection! The new online Public Art Map is ready for self-guided tours.  

The map features more than 200 major public art projects. Each point on the map contains a description highlighting key information about the artist and project. ​

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Based on her new book Run it Like a Business, join us in welcoming Aubrey Bergauer to Phoenix, where she will share a sustainable plan for the success of nonprofits nationwide. Registration is required.

May 14, 2024 - 9:00-10:30 a.m.
Pulliam Auditorium
Burton Barr Central Library

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The Phoenix Arts and Culture Department commissioned several Arizona artists and artist teams to create performances and installations through its Public Art and Grants & Community Engagement programs for temporary public art projects. ​

The next presentation is: 

Eternal Home: A responsive collaboration between art, dance, and audience

Sunday, April 14​​, 2024
2:00-3:00 p.m.​
Burton Barr Central Library ​

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The Department of Arts and Culture seeks three teaching artists with elementary-high school-age youth instruction experience for the Spring 2024 residency. Placements will be at schools within Cartwright School District, Deer Valley Unified School District, and Laveen Elementary School District. The deadline to apply is January 19, 2024.

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Phoenix Flash Grants is a new pilot short-cycle program that provides funds of up to $3,500 for specific projects within underinvested areas of Phoenix. The program supports artist fees/expenses, production fees, and marketing expenses for arts and culture projects that engage Phoenix residents, including but not limited to art workshops and pop-up performances.​ For this cycle, projects within Phoenix Council Districts 1, 5, and 7 will only be considered for funding and should only include arts and cultural activities between January 15, 2024, and April 30, 2024.

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Promote Your Art Work Workshop - August 22, 2023

In partnership with Artlink, artists are invited to attend the continuation of a series of workshops designed to support an artist's career. 

This workshop is free on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

One of the most powerful tools available to elevate an artist’s career, reputation, and visibility is marketing. With this in mind, this workshop is for all experience levels to attend the “Promote Your Work” workshop. ​

Artists will learn tips, strategies, and approaches for how to impactfully and artfully promote themselves on social media and connect with audiences.​

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Artinerary is powered by Artlink and uses technology to connect communities throughout Arizona and is the only platform nationally that engages artists, arts and culture organizations and venues, and arts-supporting businesses in the arts economy. 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ City of Phoenix Wins 2023 Arizona Forward Environmental Excellence Award


This prestigious awards program has been Arizona's signature sustainability recognition event for over 40 years. The City of Phoenix was awarded an Art in Public Places Award that showcases creative works of art visually accessible to the general public that contributes to aesthetic appreciation, add to a sustainable-based culture, and encourage sustainability.​ The award-winning project was a City of Phoenix Well Site Reuse public art project called "A Time Machine Called Tinaja" at North 73rd Avenue and Crittenden Lane.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ On Demand Artists Workshops


In partnership with Artlink, artists are invited to watch this on demand series of workshops designed to support an artist’s career. 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Doing Business in Phoenix with the Office of Arts + Culture


The Office of Arts and Culture contracts with numerous artists and non-profit art organizations every year, primarily through the grants and public art programs, and continually strives to connect with new audiences. In this webinar, you’ll learn about the goals and values of the department, ways to engage with the creative community, how to apply for grants and public art opportunities, and how to register as vendor with the City of Phoenix. This free, online workshop is on April 19, at 5:00p.m. and is in partnership with the Phoenix Public Library.​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Arts Budget Hearing

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In April, the City of Phoenix will host 11 Budget Hearings to gather feedback on the proposed fiscal year 2023-24 Trial Budget. Community Feedback is a vital part of the budget process. A special communitywide “ARTS” budget hearing is scheduled for Saturday, April 15, at 10:00 a.m. at South Mountain Community College Library.

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City of Phoenix Arts + Culture Department
200 West Washington Street, 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Phone: 602-262-4637
Fax: 602-262-6914
Email:  arts.culture@phoenix.gov

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Meet the City Poet Laureate


The Phoenix Poet Laureate is a Mayoral appointee whose purpose is to champion the art of poetry, inspire an emerging generation​ of literary artists and educate residents about poets and authors who have influenced our state through creative literary expression.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ COVID-19 Resources for the Arts and Culture Sector

​The City of Phoenix is closely monitoring the developments and potential impacts of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The Office of Arts and Culture has compiled a number of resources to support the arts and culture sector in these challenging times and we will continue to update this list as we get new information.

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Two popular workshop presenters are back by popular demand to share more business insights for artists and creatives in March 2021! Arts Attorney Sarah Conley Odenkirk and artist Bill Dambrova return to dive deeper into their respective 2020 presentations.​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Job Opportunity: Grants Project Manager

HiringGrantsManager.pngThe Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is looking for a dynamic individual to coordinate activities involved in the implementation and completion of community, arts learning, capacity building, and grantmaking projects and programs for creative individuals, artists, and professional staff, board members, and volunteers of arts and cultural organizations. The deadline to apply is October 20​, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. (extended due to applicant portal technical difficulties)

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ ArtCorps Student Worker Program


The Phoenix ArtCorps is a student worker program that seeks to undergraduates with the comprehensive skills, mentorship, and experience they need to launch their arts and culture careers. Each job pays $16/hr and works around 20 to 25 hours a week, with an additional $500 stipend and other professional development opportunities. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Upcoming Workshop

Indigenizing Arts + Culture​ with Melody Lewis and Turquoise Devereaux

Saturday, June 25, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Phoenix MST

In this workshop, Melody Lewis and Turquoise Devereaux of the Indigenous Community Collaborative share knowledge and resources for creating culturally safe spaces for Native American communities in a way that highlights the complexity of lived experience and activates resiliency for future success.​

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​The Office of Arts and Culture and Arizona State University's Urban Climate Research Center partnered to created as part of a campaign to promote awareness about heat and sun safety.  sunBLOCK included the production of an educational booklet, Let's Talk Heat, and the Walk in the Sun Umbrella Artwork Design Contest that commissioned 14 Arizona artists to design the fabric canopies for personal shade umbrellas. This project is partially supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. ​​​​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Artists To Work Grantees

The Artists to Work Program supports the creation and presentation of original, new or in-process artistic work by practicing Phoenix artists. Awarded artists will be required to complete a public presentation inside city of Phoenix boundaries that primarily benefits Phoenix residents.​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Call For Artists

CreativeCurriculum.PNGThe Office of Arts and Culture is currently seeking a visual artist with elementary-aged youth instruction experience for a spring 2023 placement at Heatherbrae Elementary School. Applications open through January 19, 2023.

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