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Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture
200 W. Washington St., 10th Floor
Phoenix, AZ 85003

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




Newest Phoenix Fry’s Food Stores to Feature Original Mural by Artist Kenneth Keenehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2490Arts and Culture9/21/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2490/OAC_Mural_Frys.jpgNewest Phoenix Fry’s Food Stores to Feature Original Mural by Artist Kenneth Keene<div class="ExternalClass8EF48335F610416090779745C33BDD2A"><html>The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture partnered with Fry’s Food Stores to commission local artist Kenneth Keene, an experienced muralist and former art educator, to create a mural in the new Fry’s Food Stores in north Phoenix. The mural is featured on the wall near the main entrance of the store. Located at 26300 N. Norterra Parkway, the store is scheduled to open on Wednesday, October 5.<br><br>Keene was chosen from among 18 local artists who applied for the $10,000 commission to paint the mural, which is 8’ tall x 24’ wide. “Ken had the ability to capture the landscape in a visually stunning and complex way that will make a huge impact on customers that enter the store” said Bo Wachendorf, Art Project Manager for Fry’s Food Stores. The mural is a celebration of the Sonoran Desert and the natural beauty of the state tree, the Palo Verde.<br><br>“Fry’s has become a leader in bolstering community connections between private development and the arts through mural commissions like this one,” said Carrie Brown, Deputy Director of the Office of Arts and Culture, which helped to coordinate the process Fry’s used to select the artist.<br><br>Kenneth Keene has painted murals around the Valley of the Sun for 35 years. He is a graduate of Arizona State University and former art teacher in Glendale and Peoria, AZ.  A professional artist, Keene’s major endeavor has been to create murals that enhance interior spaces while magnifying a specific or unique quality of the location.  He enjoys representing the beauty of nature and content that celebrates all life. “I believe that my success as an artist is dependent on the viewer’s ability to take something away that is completely their own,” said Keene.<br><br><br><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture</strong><br><br>​​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit.  The Office is advised by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers with a particular area of focus on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/arts">phoenix.gov/arts</a> or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture">facebook.com/phxartsculture</a> and Instagram <a target="_blank" href="https://www.instagram.com/phxartsculture/">@phxartsculture​</a>.<br><br><br><strong>About Fry’s Food Stores</strong><br><br>At Fry’s Food Stores, a company of The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are Fresh for Everyone™ and dedicated to our Purpose: To Feed the Human Spirit®. Headquartered in Tolleson, we employ more than 20,000 associates and operate 125 Fry’s Food Stores and 97 fuel centers across the state. Fry’s has been serving Arizonans since 1960 and was selected as the 2019 Business of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. As a division of The Kroger Family of Companies, we care about the communities we serve, working to end hunger and eliminate waste across the company through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste social impact plan. In 2021, we provided nearly 12 million meals to Arizona’s hungry families.<br> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
Phoenix Transforms Retired Well Sites into Public Art Spaceshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2328Arts and Culture5/2/2022 7:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2328/PHXNewsroom_Neighborhood_Vista050222.jpgPhoenix Transforms Retired Well Sites into Public Art Spaces<div class="ExternalClassD4248C0E27584AC7B987DEC563DE5DFA"><html> <p> As part of an ongoing effort to repurpose retired well sites, the City of Phoenix Water Services and Office of Arts + Culture have collaborated to transform a previously inaccessible lot into an engaging sculpture garden at <a href="https://goo.gl/maps/PuxSUAHa8TzCQWgX6" target="_blank">63rd Ave. and Osborn Rd.</a><br></p>The “Neighborhood Vista" project enhances the former Well Site 156, a decommissioned well that provided water to the surrounding neighborhood as far back as the 1940s. With the well site no longer active, the lot housing the well offered little continued benefit to the surrounding community. In 2019, this site was selected as the fourth location to be developed as part of the Community Well Enhancement Program.<br><br>Local artist Jeff Zischke saw the space as an opportunity to create a sculptural garden that tells the story of the past, present, future, and diversity of the community that has grown around, partly because of, the historical well. This space integrates large steel sculptures with indigenous flora, connected by a walking path that provides in of the sculptural elements.<br><br>To further enhance the experience, an <a href="https://storymaps.arcgis.com/stories/966cc54a73ca4c93a9a653b236aea02f" target="_blank">interactive story map</a> is available, providing historic context for the site, details about the design process, and insights from the artist.<br><br>On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 4 p.m., we invite the community to share in the dedication of Neighborhood Vista and to experience the space firsthand.<br><br> <p style="text-align:center;"> <br> </p> <p style="text-align:center;"> <span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> <a target="_blank" href="/artssite/MediaAssets/WS156InviteEng.png" title=""><img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/WS156InviteEng.png" alt="Neighborhood Vista Dedication Invitation" style="margin:5px;width:500px;height:397px;" />​</a> <br> </span> </p> <p> <span style="color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;background-color:window;"> <br> </span> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Artists to Work Grant

The Artists to Work grant 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.

Unlike other opportunities offered by the Office of Arts and Culture, for this grant, an application will be made in two steps.  ​

The Step One deadline is September 12, 2022.​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Online Interactive Public Art Map


The Office of Arts and Culture’s new online Public Art Map is up and ready for self-guided tours. It 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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​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)‬ 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)‬ 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)‬ Submit a Proposal

​Calling all artists, culture workers, creative organizers and professionals!​

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is now accepting proposals for workshops, presentations, and other professional development opportunities to help individuals advance their artistic and professional careers! 

The deadline to submit is April 15, 2022.

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The application and guidelines for the FY23 Community Arts Grants are now available. Two opportunities are available in this program are general and project support. The deadline to apply is April 4, 2022.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Apply Today

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The Office of Arts and Culture is looking for community members to help review grants for Spring 2022! Reviewing grants is a great way to connect with other artists and gain valuable professional experience while giving back to the community. Panelists spend 10 – 12 hours reviewing grants and receive a $100 stipend for their work. No previous experience is necessary. All you’ll need to apply is your contact information, a biography, and an optional resume or CV. 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ We Need Your Help

The city of Phoenix seeks the community’s input for the final timeline panel of the Civil Rights Memorial in Eastlake Park for the years between 2000 to 2020. Recommendations of people and events, local or national, need to be shared by June 30, 2021. 

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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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What's Hot in Phoenix?

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Phoenix Urban Guide (PUG) is a new destination map that connects Phoenix residents and visitors to arts and cultural destinations, dining, retail and more.  PUG was developed by Artlink Inc. through a ReinventPHX grant in partnership with the City of Phoenix Community & Economic Development Department, the City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, Valley Metro, Downtown Phoenix Inc., and the Phoenix Convention Center.

 ‭(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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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Call to Artists: Fry’s Food Stores/Kroger Company Mural

​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, in partnership with Fry’s Food Stores, a division of the Kroger Company, is seeking one professional artist to create an indoor mural for a new Fry’s Food Store at 26300 North Norterra Pkwy, Phoenix AZ 85085. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2021.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Arts Career Advancement Grants Deadline is October 6

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The Office of Arts and Culture announces the Arts Career Advancement Grants program. This grant program will help support artists and arts workers who have experienced income and opportunity loss because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis and are in the process of rebuilding their arts practice. The application will be open from August 25, 2021 through October 6, 2021​.​

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 ‭(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)‬ Arts + Culture Grants

The application period for Fiscal Year 2021 Office of Arts and Culture Organizational Grants is now  open! Applications deadline has been extended to April 1, 2020.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Upcoming Meetings

Arts and Culture Commission: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.

Per the most recent guidelines from the federal government that no more than 10 people should be gathered in a room at the same time, this meeting shall be convened virtually.

A call-in number for the publ​ic to listen to a meeting will be published on the official agenda on the city’s public meeting notices page. That agenda will be posted no later than 24 hours prior to the meeting.

Residents can submit a speaker card on any item on the upcoming agenda one​ hour prior to the start of the meeting by emailing arts.culture@phoenix.gov or calling 602-262-4637.​​

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Employment Opportunity: Deputy Director


The Office of Arts and Culture is looking for a dynamic individual to serve as the agency's Deputy Director. The position helps with the day-to-day operations of the department, oversees long-term planning, manages capital improvement programs, including the city’s award winning public art program, and more. ​ The recruitment closes on March 9, 2022.

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Now Hiring: Senior Public Art Project Manager

The Senior Public Art Project Manager will coordinate and direct activities and personnel involved in the implementation and completion of Capital Improvement Program (CIP) arts projects, programs and contracts, including but not limited to, design, scheduling, construction, legal procedures, budget, maintenance, and construction compliance. Also, serve as program manager, staff supervisor, interdepartmental and Arts and Culture Commission liaison in the absence of the public art program director. Recruitment closes on Monday, August 2, 2021.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Current Grant Opportunities

Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program for Artists and Arts Professionals

This grant program will help support arts professionals, working artists, teaching artists, and other artist-based contract workers who have experienced job loss, indefinitely postponed, canceled events and residencies, or terminated contracts because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic crisis.

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Phoenix Arts Job Preservation Program

The City of Phoenix was awarded $250,000 in regranting CARES Act funds from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Office of Arts and Culture will make 10 to 15 awards of between $10,000 and $25,000 to Phoenix-based arts and culture nonprofit organizations, with budgets under $1 million to fill, rehire, or maintain a part-time or full-time position from being cut due to the Coronavirus crisis.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Online Workshops for Artists Archive

Did you miss any past workshops or couldn't attend the live presentation? You may view all past workshops on the Office of Arts and Culture's workshop archive!

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Participate in the Regional Unity ArtWalk

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is honored to partner with the City of Phoenix Equal Opportunity Department and other valley cities to celebrate diversity and culture during the annual Regional Unity ArtWalk!

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Phoenix Virtual Business Workshop

​On Wednesday, February 10, 2021, the City’s Equal Opportunity Department is hosting a free online workshop about the advantages of becoming a certified small business enterprise (SBE). The workshop runs from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and will offer a step-by-step overview of the SBE program and how artists and other businesses in Maricopa County can apply.

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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)‬ Copyright for Creatives Workshop

Attorney Sarah Conley Odenkirk returns to dive deeper into copyright featured during our 2020 “Artists in the Know" series.

April 15, 2021 - 10:00-11:00 a.m.

This online workshop will give artists the opportunity to build on the previous round of workshops and tackle some more specific business and legal questions and scenarios..

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