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 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 is Selected as One of 17 Finalist for Bloomberg Philanthropies $1 Million Public Art Challengehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2794Arts and Culture6/28/2023 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2794/Image - Shade Structure Rendering.jpgPhoenix is Selected as One of 17 Finalist for Bloomberg Philanthropies $1 Million Public Art Challenge<div class="ExternalClass32D5F72F45204F3296B8C62EDE737228"><html> <p>​Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected the City of Phoenix as one of 17 finalist cities to receive up to $1 million as part of its Public Art Challenge. This unique grant program supports public art projects that address essential local civic issues in cities nationwide.</p> <p>Phoenix's proposed project, ¡Sombra!, aims to address heat mitigation by creating a family-friendly festival introducing a dialogue about Phoenix's urban heat challenges to a new audience. The festival will engage residents with experiential and educational public art installations and activities for children, food, and music to celebrate the community. <br></p> <p>¡Sombra! will foster community dialogue among residents about the city's extreme heat challenges. The project will feature up to 12 artists whose work responds to the urban heat crisis. These works may include shade and cooling structures that create street-scale microclimates; installations that promote the protective beauty, comfort, and cooling power of hats and parasols; and other participatory arts experiences that provoke dialogue about rising temperatures and sustainable heat-mitigating tactics. These installations will debut at the one-day ¡Sombra! Festival but installations will remain on display for a year.</p> <p>Phoenix was selected as a finalist from more than 150 project proposals from cities in 40 U.S. states. This fall, Bloomberg Philanthropies will select up to 10 winning cities to execute their projects over the next two years.</p> <p> Visit <a target="_blank" href="https://publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org/">publicartchallenge.bloomberg.org</a> to learn more about the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img style="margin:0px;width:243px;height:243px;" alt="Bloomberg Finalist" src="/artssite/MediaAssets/PublicArtChallenge.png" /><br></p><p> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
Local Artist Selected to Create 190 ft. Mural in Advance of Major Downtown Eventshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2544Arts and Culture10/28/2022 8:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2544/Mural_OAC.jpgLocal Artist Selected to Create 190 ft. Mural in Advance of Major Downtown Events<div class="ExternalClassCA443228E46A48B485E5F16853E58482"><html> <p>The City of Phoenix partnered with Downtown Phoenix Inc. and Artlink Inc. to select a local artist to create a 190 feet mural on Adams Street, near the entrance of the Phoenix Convention Center, in downtown Phoenix.</p><p>Over the next few years, Phoenix is hosting major city-wide events, including fan activities for the NFL 2023 Super Bowl LVII, the 2024 NCAA Men's Final Four, and the 2026 NCAA Women's Final Four. Project partners wanted to celebrate Phoenix's festive and diverse culture by incorporating a large-scale mural on the side of the Regency Garage on Adams Street that will welcome residents and visitors downtown. This 190 feet x 10 feet wall is prominently positioned near the entrance of the Phoenix Convention Center and will be completed before the Super Bowl in February 2023.</p><p>A total of 47 artist and artist team submissions were received, and eight artists were selected to advance as finalists. Each finalist was paid an honorarium to create a concept that would highlight the city's diversity, culture, and vitality while engaging the Phoenix residents and visitors in a meaningful way.</p><p>Following a healthy panel discussion, artist Kayla Newnam, an experienced muralist based in Phoenix, was selected for the commission.</p><p>"We are thrilled for this partnership and that arts and culture has been called upon to welcome residents and visitors to Phoenix when attending these major events," said Mitch Menchaca, executive director of the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. "Kayla's artwork highlights not just downtown but the beauty all around the city."</p><p>There will be two opportunities for the public to participate in a Community Paint Day to create downtown Phoenix's newest mural. With 190 feet of wall space to cover, the event will be an ideal painting opportunity for people of all ages and skill levels. Bring your family and friends to join Newnam on Saturday, November 5 or Sunday, November 6, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Sign up is limited to a maximum of 50 people each day. RSVP required at <a href="http://www.kaylanewnam.com/" target="_blank">www.kaylanewnam.com</a>.</p><p>Newnam is a Phoenix native and has produced several public art projects in the central Phoenix area, including "Not Another Bird Mural" on Roosevelt St. and "Desert Connection" for Wexford Science + Technology in the 850 PBC building on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus.</p><p><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture</strong></p><p>The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture champions, promotes, and supports the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. The agency manages an award-winning public art program, grants funds to artists and nonprofit arts organizations; oversees eight cultural facilities, including the Gallery @ City Hall; promotes arts learning for youth; professional development opportunities for arts administrators and individual artists; and participates in national studies and research that make a strong case for the arts and demonstrate their economic, social, practical, and educational benefits. Follow the Office on Facebook at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/phxartsculture</a> and Twitter at @phxarts_culture.</p><p><strong>About the Phoenix Convention Center</strong></p><p>The award-winning, GBAC STAR™ accredited, Phoenix Convention Center is one of the largest convention venues in the United States. It boasts nearly one million square feet of rentable meeting and event space. As a department of the City of Phoenix, the Phoenix Convention Center is a vital economic enterprise for the state and local economy. The Phoenix Convention Center & Venues include the Phoenix Convention Center, Symphony Hall Phoenix, Orpheum Theatre Phoenix and nine downtown parking facilities.</p><p><strong>About Downtown Phoenix Inc.</strong></p><p>Formed in 2013, Downtown Phoenix Inc. [DPI] delivers enhanced municipal services to the Downtown Business Core and manages the work plans for Phoenix Community Alliance [PCA] and the Downtown Phoenix Community Development Corporation [CDC]. DPI and its family of service providing non-profit organizations are guided by a mission to facilitate collaboration, cultivate connections, and contribute to both the growth and vitality of our community. To generate progress on issues, work toward sustainable growth and build a stronger, more inclusive city core that generates positive perceptions, memorable experiences and a sense of pride in downtown.</p><p><strong>About Artlink Inc.</strong></p><p><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Artlink keeps the arts integral to our development by connecting artists, businesses and the community. Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization by artists in 1989, the Artlink name is a guiding principle for the organization, as it supports stakeholders of the arts and culture community, amplifying its collective strength. Visit </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.artlinkphx.org/" target="_blank">www.artlinkphx.org</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> to sign up for the Artlink newsletter, or connect socially on </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.facebook.com/ArtlinkPhoenix__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21YGOw_Mxm9mbvwYhBbLv7GqoZ_oi_kPSQiZ8kb5qY3nv1nTqL3nEG-rBu3fMTJep9vvnbc1NdNfWb3QNUXbRpAJoZneg$" target="_blank">Facebook</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">, </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/twitter.com/artlink_phoenix__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21YGOw_Mxm9mbvwYhBbLv7GqoZ_oi_kPSQiZ8kb5qY3nv1nTqL3nEG-rBu3fMTJep9vvnbc1NdNfWb3QNUXbRp6J8glfw$" target="_blank">Twitter</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> and </span><a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/www.instagram.com/artlink_phoenix/__%3b%21%21LkjWUF49MRd51_ry%21YGOw_Mxm9mbvwYhBbLv7GqoZ_oi_kPSQiZ8kb5qY3nv1nTqL3nEG-rBu3fMTJep9vvnbc1NdNfWb3QNUXbRpT_RVhf0$" target="_blank">Instagram</a><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">.</span></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

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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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Online Interactive Public Art Map

The Office of Arts and Culture'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 and each point on the map contains a description highlighting key information about the artist and project. ​

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Artinerary.com is the resource for what’s happening in arts and culture throughout Phoenix and beyond. 

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. 

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture proudly sponsors and supports Artinerary!​

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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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 ‭(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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 Stay Connected

Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture
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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 ‭(Hidden)‬ sunBLOCK

​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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