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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



Bus Shelter Combines Beauty, Functionality, in Art Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1026Arts and Culture3/11/2020 4:21:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1026/Newsroom_Arts_014.jpgBus Shelter Combines Beauty, Functionality, in Art Project<div class="ExternalClass5D5AF07ACFAE4E09A10C23AE8816E0AE"><html> <p>​Residents who use the city’s public transit system will have an artful addition to their daily commutes, with the dedication of “In Between,” the Office of Arts & Culture’s latest piece of public art. </p><p>To celebrate this new work, the Office of Arts & Culture is holding a dedication 4 p.m., Friday, March 13, at the shelter location, at the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Maryland. </p><p>“In Between” was a community creation, developed by coLAB studio, an Arizona artist team,  through work with students at Orangewood Elementary School. The project brought together representatives from the city’s Police, Public Transit and Neighborhood Services departments, to ensure that what was created on the site not only was artistically engaging, but also was engineered to provide improved visibility for riders, better access for people with disabilities, and shade throughout different parts of the day. </p><p>“Projects like “In Between” are wonderful additions to the city’s neighborhoods, because they take something that could be unremarkable, such as a bus shelter, and transform it into a point of pride,” said Ed Lebow, director of the Office of Arts & Culture’s public art program. “It gives artists and the community the opportunity to work together to make a more beautiful and comfortable city.”</p><p>To develop concepts for the final sculptural elements, coLAB studio led workshops about the appreciation of beauty, asking members of the community to discuss what kinds of things they love, why they love them, and how those objects made them feel. One of the smallest of objects noted, a flower, can be held between your fingers. The largest noted were the stars in our galaxy, displaying almost everything the naked eye can see in the sky. </p><p>With this feedback, “In Between” was composed with two vertical shade panels. Both shade panels are made from the positive and negative elements of flower and galaxy images. The composite results are like puzzle pieces for the viewer, who can link them together through observation and imagination. </p><p>Above the two art panels is a poem referencing ‘you’, the viewer. Juxtaposing and connecting things of beauty in art and utility, small and large scales, near and far relationships, we display that ‘you’ are also In Between.<br></p><div>Poem, by Ron Pharea<br><br>The gift of attention is time;<br>the moment it takes.<br>This moment.<br>Here is the gist,<br>in the midst, in the you<br>before now;<br>in the difference.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

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 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!

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 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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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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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.

 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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​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.

 Crisis Engagement Webinar

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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Upcoming Meetings

Arts and Culture Commission - Public Art Committee: Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 4PM at City Hall, 200 West Washington, 10th Floor West Conference Room

Arts and Culture Commission - Advocacy Committee: Monday, April 6, 2020 at 4PM at City Hall, 200 West Washington, 10th Floor West Conference Room

Arts and Culture Commission: Tuesday, April 14, 2020 at 4PM at City Hall, 200 West Washington, 12th Floor Central Conference Room

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