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Phoenix Seeks Artists to Create 3-D Gateway Monuments in Eastlake Park Neighborhood https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1953Arts and Culture6/16/2021 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1953/Photos - Eastlake Park Bldg and Memorial - 749 x 421.jpgPhoenix Seeks Artists to Create 3-D Gateway Monuments in Eastlake Park Neighborhood <div class="ExternalClass74B40C40B4B54C0995C316A0E6AC54BD"><html> <p>​PHOENIX— The city of Phoenix is seeking an artist or artist team specializing in three-dimensional works to design two sculptural monuments to celebrate the unique spirit and diversity of the Eastlake Park community's rich history and continuing evolution as a thriving downtown Phoenix neighborhood. The gateway monuments will be located on the southwest corner of 16th and Washington streets and on the southwest corner of 16th and Jefferson streets in the Eastlake Park neighborhood.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p> <strong>Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply</strong>. This RFQ process is open to professional artists with a background in three-dimensional artwork in durable media who have collaborative design and project experience. <strong>There is an Information Session on June 17</strong> to provide prospective applicants more information about this Request for Qualifications (RFQ). <strong>Final RFQ submissions are due on July 9</strong>.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>The selected artist(s) will work closely with the community and the city to create designs for the street sculptures that capture the unique spirit of the community. In addition to a design review by the community, the designs will be reviewed by the Phoenix Housing Department and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p> <p>For additional details on the application process along with the project budget and scope of work, visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.phoenix.gov/arts">phoenix.gov/arts</a>.​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
Community Input Sought to Update City of Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1896Arts and Culture5/12/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1896/Civil Rights Memorial view from the north.JPGCommunity Input Sought to Update City of Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial <div class="ExternalClass4DA3F2A717FC4913B5CAB1B72A09B585"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix is seeking community input to update the Civil Rights Memorial located in Eastlake Park, near 16th and Jefferson streets. The memorial, which was completed in January 1997, includes a timeline that denotes honorees and significant historical events that have impacted the civil rights movement over the past 100 years. The city of Phoenix created a Civil Rights Memorial Task Force to update the timeline to include notable accomplishments from 2000 to 2020. The task force seeks the community's input for the final panel of the monument. Recommendations can be of national and statewide events and people. To learn more or to share your ideas by June 30, please visit<a href="/arts/memorial-timeline" target="_blank"> <strong>phoenix.gov/arts/memorial-timeline</strong>.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br>​</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
Maryvale’s Newest Public Art Is A Time Machinehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1863Arts and Culture4/21/2021 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1863/A Time Machine for Tinaja.JPGMaryvale’s Newest Public Art Is A Time Machine<div class="ExternalClass36E83DD0AC2146B6A565BC436CD927DF"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span></div><div><p>Arizona artist Bobby Zokaites and landscape architects from Dig Studio have transformed a city of Phoenix water well site at North 73<sup>rd</sup> Avenue and Crittenden Lane into a new community greenspace. It's the latest in a series of projects that combine public art and landscaping to enhance the security and appearance of inactive city well sites.  </p><p>"This is a great example of how our artists and construction workers can partner with the city and community to enhance our neighborhoods," says District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado. "It turned a large vacant lot surrounded by chain link fence into a great new community space, with improved lighting at night."<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>Developed through a partnership between the city's Water Services Department and Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program, the project includes walking paths, sculpture, fencing, lighting, and landscaping.  </p><p>Zokaites created two central sculptures at the site to symbolize the look and feel of water. The two steel and polyurethane arches, 16' and 19' tall, provide a bright, blue landmark and passage for students walking to and from the nearby middle school and high school. Dig Studio arranged the site's rows of native desert trees and other resilient botanicals in sections and rows to symbolize the area's agricultural history and help to reduce the impact of urban heat.  At night, the site's illuminated sculpture, paths and fences brighten a formerly dark stretch of North 73<sup>rd</sup> Avenue. </p><p>The design team drew inspiration for the enhancements from the history of the area and meetings with neighbors and school workshops with more than 100 students at nearby Trevor G. Browne High School. The students and neighbors encouraged the team to incorporate color, shade trees, artwork and night lighting in redesigning the site. <br></p><p>The team turned first to historic aerial photographs to see how the area evolved from desert and farmland, in the 1950s and 1960s, into the residential neighborhoods of today. The aerials also revealed how the site itself changed from a place with an active well supplying an above-ground water tank to a ​fenced empty gravel lot.  These changes led them to imagine the city landscape as a time machine, shifting its form in step with changing community uses and needs. </p><p>The project title, <em>A Time Machine Called</em> <em>Tinaja</em>, refers to just that.  <em>Tinaja </em>is the Spanish word for jar or water jar. It also refers to small natural pockets of water that sit atop the Sonoran desert floor, offering respites for desert travelers – an apt description for this newly beautified Maryvale well site.<br></p></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

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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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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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 NEW Artist Opportunity!


The City of Phoenix is seeking a 3-D Artist to design two sculptural monuments for the Eastlake Park Neighborhood.  ​The deadline to apply is Friday, July 9, 2021.

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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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 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)‬ New Artist Talks

Join us this Thursday for the final episode in our series of Artists Talks about new public art projects in the City of Phoenix.

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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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The application and guidelines for the FY22 Community Arts Grants are now available. This year, general and project support grants are available. 

The General Support program strengthens the community’s access to arts and culture programming by providing nonprofit arts and culture organizations with core operating support.

The Project Support​ program assists with guest artist fees/expenses, production fees, and marketing expenses for in-person, socially-distanced, and/or virtual projects that engage Phoenix residents.

The deadline to apply was Thursday, April 1, 2021.​

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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 repsective 2020 presentations.​

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ SBA Program FAQs

​On Sunday, December ​29, 2020, the president signed into law a second COVID-19 stimulus package that includes programs for nonprofit organizations and for-profit venues. Below is the most current information on the Pay​check Protection Program (PPP) and the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG).

 ‭(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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Now Hiring: Public Art Project Manager

The 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.

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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 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.

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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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