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City Coronavirus Funds Provide Relief to Phoenix Artists & Arts and Culture Organizationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1423Arts and Culture7/24/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1423/Newsroom_Arts_051.jpgCity Coronavirus Funds Provide Relief to Phoenix Artists & Arts and Culture Organizations<div class="ExternalClassC354AFA911FD450F9C1F6470D0B086F5"><html>The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture announced emergency relief grants to 68 nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 272 individual artists as part of the city's Coronavirus Relief Fund. The federal government allocated $293 million to the City of Phoenix and during its May 12, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved allocating $2.6 million for an Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program. <br><br>Of that $2.6 million, $1,885,000 was designated for grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $700,000 to artists negatively impacted financially because of the global health emergency. The remaining $15,000 will be used to contract consultants and facilitators to conduct workshops, webinars, and resources that would help nonprofit arts and culture organizations and individual artists navigate their financial futures moving forward into the new normal.<br><br>“Nationally, to date, the nonprofit arts and culture sector has had $9.1 billion in losses. In Phoenix, arts and culture organizations are forecasting losses between $10,000 and over $1 million from March 1 through the summer with the majority having to implement a reduction in staffing with furloughs, layoffs, and canceled artists contracts" said Mitch Menchaca, executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “These funds will help artists who lost income due to canceled events or terminated contracts because of the pandemic. Grant funding will also help Phoenix's arts and culture organizations retain staff and have the opportunity to plan for the future." <br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has an equity strategy that aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency's programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents. The 68 funded organizations represent all artistic disciplines, budget sizes, and City Council districts. <br><br><a target="_blank" href="/artssite/Documents/PhoenixCRFOrganizationalGrants2020.pdf">Full List of Organizational Grantees</a><br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was one of nine local arts agencies across the country awarded an additional $250,000 in CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Nine to regrant to arts organizations for job preservation this fall. In addition, the Office of Arts and Culture will open a second round of artist support. Both applications will be available in late summer. Learn more at <a target="_blank" href="/arts">www.phoenix.gov/arts</a>.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
NEA Approves Phoenix Organizations for CARES Act Fundinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1374Arts and Culture7/2/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1374/Newsroom_Arts_050.jpgNEA Approves Phoenix Organizations for CARES Act Funding<div class="ExternalClassFEF6DE82C16245B6BD4323916275EADF"><html>​The National Endowment for the Arts announced the nonprofit arts organizations recommended for direct funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The NEA funded 855 organizations, $50,000 are offered to 846 organizations, including four in the city of Phoenix to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. Nine local arts agencies across the country, including the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will receive $250,000 each to regrant to arts organizations in their communities.<br><br>Direct CARES Act Grantees in Phoenix<br><ul><li>Arizona Opera </li><li>Ballet Arizona</li><li>Phoenix Conservatory of Music</li><li>The Phoenix Theatre Company </li></ul>The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a regional nonprofit arts service organization representing 13 western states also announced the recipients of its CARES Relief Fund for Organizations grants. Supported by the NEA, this competitive grant program was established to provide general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Four Arizona organizations were selected for funding, including Phoenix's Black Theatre Troupe.<br><br>The NEA received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance. To review the applications, the agency used more than 200 application readers and panelists to review and score each application using the published review criteria. In April, the agency announced the distribution of the required 40 percent of the CARES Act's total $75 million appropriation to the state and regional arts agencies for their granting programs. Each agency has its own process and timeline for awarding those funds, however, the Arts Endowment anticipates that together those entities will make between 4,200 and 5,600 awards.<br><br>“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance," said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That said, I am enormously proud of the over-and-above efforts of the Arts Endowment staff to swiftly and professionally manage such a large amount of additional work in a relatively short period of time on behalf of the American public."<br><br>Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit <a href="https://www.arts.gov" target="_blank">Arts.gov​</a> to learn more.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

 ‭(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)‬ 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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Crisis Engagement: 12 Tasks to Sustain Donors in Turbulent Times​

Thursday, April 9, 2020 - 10AM

Presented by Social Prosperity Partners, in partnership with City of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts, this short webinar for leaders of nonprofit organizations offers substantive & actionable recommendations designed to help organizations sustain the support of their donors, members, volunteers, and other stakeholders.​​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ Contest for Artists

​Up to five artists will be selected to design vibrant fabric canopies for personal shade umbrellas. Winning artists will be paid $3,000 to develop new designs. The umbrellas will be produced and distributed through a campaign to promote awareness about heat and sun safety. Contest is open to Arizona artists new to public art. The deadline to apply is Thursday, September 25, 2020 at 10:59 p.m. Local AZ time.

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ FY21 Community Arts Grants

​Community Investments and Engagement and Project Support Grants were recommended for funding by the Arts and Culture Commission, but won’t be approved by City Council until August. This is due to the uncertainty nature of the FY21 general fund budget. Award notifications will be sent out in late August after any budget adjustments are made to the Office of Arts and Culture's budget. Please review this grants/budget correspondence that was sent out before review panels commenced.

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​The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture believes in fair treatment, access, and opportunity fo​r all individuals. Our equity strategy aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented the full participation of marginalized groups from the Office of Arts and Culture programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for al​l Phoenix residents.​​​​

 ‭(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)‬ Youth Artists' Showcase

​The Youth Artists' Showcase is a celebration of art created by young people in Phoenix who are under the age of 20. Sponsored by the POAC Youth Arts and Culture Council, this event is a space for young people to promote their creative projects and share their perspectives.​ Due to COVID-19, the Youth Artists' Showcase is being held virtually. Follow the showcase online and support these amazing young artists!


 ‭(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)‬ Emergency Relief Fund for Artists and Arts Professionals

As part of broader crisis response strategies, Arizona arts funders and service organizations have set up a collaborative fund to provide emergency relief grants of $500-$1,500 to Arizona artists and arts professionals. The fund has been initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $25,000 from other partners, with the submission process managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Fund partners include Artlink Inc., the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

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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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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

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​The Office of Arts and Culture staff are teleworking. If you need assistance or would like to make a telephone appointment, please contact us at arts.culture@phoenix.gov.

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