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Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 Report Now Available

In partnership with the national nonprofit Americans for the Arts, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has released the findings for the local results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 study.​ Phoenix’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $449.9 million in economic activity based on data collected from 2022-2023. 

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Phoenix’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector Generates $449.9 Million in Economic Impacthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2908Arts and Culture11/2/2023 10:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2908/PHXNewsroom_OAC_AE6_749x421.jpgPhoenix’s Nonprofit Arts and Culture Sector Generates $449.9 Million in Economic Impact<div class="ExternalClassAAFBA78A884A445C81E021E721AF9EA4"><html> <p>Phoenix's nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $449.9 million in economic activity based on data collected from 2022-2023.<br><br>In partnership with the national nonprofit <a href="https://www.americansforthearts.org/" target="_blank">Americans for the Arts</a>, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has released the findings for the local results of the <a href="https://aep6.americansforthearts.org/" target="_blank">Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study</a>.<br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/AEP%20Header%20Image%20(1).png" alt="Phoenix Symphony Education Concert" style="margin:5px 0px;width:425px;height:250px;" /><br></p><p><br>The economic activity of $449.9 supported 7,686 jobs, provided $323.5 million in personal income to residents, and generated $92.5 million in local, state, and federal government tax revenue. Spending by arts and culture audiences generates valuable commerce for local merchants, a value-add that few other industries can compete with.<br><br>The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced a statewide report showing that the state's nonprofit arts and culture sector generated a staggering $1.1 billion in economic activity. Phoenix's impact makes up 41% of that total.<br><br>"In Phoenix, not only is the arts and culture sector deeply embedded in our city's societal fabric, but it is also a key economic driver that creates new jobs and generates important tax revenues," Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego said. "We are proud to be an arts city where more than five million residents and visitors annually participate in our nonprofit arts and culture programs. As our city continues to grow, arts and culture are a vital part of our commitment to creating more connected and enriched communities."<br><br>The results put the role of the arts in Phoenix as an economic driver into perspective. The $59.35 per person per event spent is 35% higher than the $38.46 national average and helps show that arts and culture drive commerce to local businesses.<br><br>"We are thrilled to see the arts and culture sector support the economy in an impactful way! Phoenix's overall activity is up since AEP5, and that's great given what the field has been through over the past few years," said Mitch Menchaca, director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. "However, what's striking is that our cultural workforce is down by half since our last study, which shows our arts and culture nonprofits are doing a lot with fewer resources."<br><br><br>Key figures from the Phoenix AEP6 study include:<br></p> <ul> <li> <p>Phoenix's nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $266.7 million in event-related spending by its audiences.</p> </li> <li> <p>30.1% of arts and culture attendees were from outside the county where the activity occurred. They spent an average of $78.42. All vital income for local merchants.</p> </li> <li> <p>89.6% of respondents agreed that the activity or venue they attended was “a source of neighborhood pride for the community." </p> </li> <li> <p>87.6% said they would “feel a sense of loss if that activity or venue was no longer available."<br></p> </li> </ul> <p> <br>By measuring arts and culture's wide-ranging impact, public and private sector leaders can work together to secure funding and arts-friendly policies that shape more vibrant and equitable communities.<br><br>The Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 (AEP6) study reveals that America's nonprofit arts and culture sector is a $151.7 billion industry that supports 2.6 million jobs and generates $29.1 billion in government revenue.<br><br>"Arts and culture organizations have a powerful ability to attract and hold dollars in the community longer. They employ people locally, purchase goods and services from nearby businesses, and produce the authentic cultural experiences that are magnets for visitors, tourists, and new residents," said Nolen V. Bivens, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “When we invest in nonprofit arts and culture, we strengthen our economy and build more livable communities."<br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is hosting a December 5 media and community event at the Phoenix Theatre Company from 9:30-11:00 a.m. to share in-depth findings with Randy Cohen, vice president of research at Americans for the Arts, as well as local community leaders and participating arts and culture organizations. Learn more about the findings, the event, and the overall project at <a href="https://phoenix.gov/arts/aep" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/arts/aep</a>.<br><br>The full report, a map of the 373 study regions, and a two-page economic impact summary for each community can be found at <a href="https://aep6.americansforthearts.org/study-findings" target="_blank">AEP6.AmericansForTheArts.org</a>. Americans for the Arts is a leading national nonprofit organization advancing arts and arts education.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture
ART BEATS Unveiled: New Series of Temporary Art Installations and Performative Experiences come to Burton Barr Central Library.https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/2909Arts and Culture11/2/2023 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/2909/PHXNewsroom_OAC_ArtBeats_749x421.jpgART BEATS Unveiled: New Series of Temporary Art Installations and Performative Experiences come to Burton Barr Central Library.<div class="ExternalClass496CB01C0DBD415BA92059AF7F119537"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has commissioned several Arizona artists and artist teams to create performances and installations through its Public Art and Grants & Community Engagement programs for temporary public art projects.  In partnership with the Phoenix Public Library, these temporary works will be presented <strong>free of charge</strong> at the Pulliam Auditorium at the Burton Barr Central Library at 1221 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85004, from October 2023 to April 2024. Many of these pieces were commissioned as part of the IN FLUX program that brought together art, economic development, and property management organizations throughout the greater Phoenix area; however, they have not been publicly shown due to the pandemic.​</p><p>For more information, visit the ART BEATS website: <a href="/arts/artbeats" target="_blank"><span style="font-size:13.3333px;">www.phoenix.gov/arts/artbeats​</span></a><br></p><p><br></p><p style="text-align:center;"><img style="margin:0px;width:315px;height:315px;" alt="ART BEATS" src="/artssite/MediaAssets/New%20Art%20Beats%20B%26W%20%20Ad%20(3%20×%203%20in).png" /><br></p><p><br></p> <h4>Afternoon Concert: Tatiana Crespo<br></h4> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p>Sunday, October 22, 2023<br></p> <p>2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.<br></p> <p>Pulliam Auditorium at the Burton Barr Central Library</p> </blockquote> <p>Join singer and songwriter Tatiana Crespo as she shares some of her favorite songs in both English and Spanish to celebrate and honor those who have passed. With her accordion and guitar, she will also perform some of her original compositions inspired by Halloween, Dia De Los Muertos, love, and loss. It will be an afternoon full of storytelling, laughs and witchy cackles, and heartfelt moments for English and Spanish speakers alike.</p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the Artist:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Tatiana Crespo is a Costa Rican Singer-songwriter and accordion player residing in Phoenix. </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">She blends genres like cumbia, bossa nova, boleros, old-world French Swing and huapangos to create songs that reflect the migrant experience. From the tropics to the deserts, from the forest to the city, her music transcends borders to express the stories that surround her and stories that emerge from deep within her imagination. Listen to her new single Sacrificio De Amor now available on all platforms.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Tatiana Crespo es una cantautora y accordionista costarricense viviendo en Phoenix. Tati mezcla géneros como la cumbia, la bossa nova, los boleros, el antiguo Swing francés y huapangos para crear canciones que reflejan la experiencia de Latinx migrante. Desde los trópicos hasta los desiertos, desde el bosque hasta la ciudad, su música trasciende fronteras para expresar las historias que la rodean y las historias que emergen desde lo más profundo de su imaginación. Escucha su nuevo sencillo Sacrificio De Amor en todas las plataformas.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Tatiana Crespo: @taticrespoarte </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.taticrespoarte.com/" target="_blank">www.taticrespoarte.com</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>Convo Station: Community Engagement Performance</h4> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">With Erin V. Sotak</span> </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Saturday, November 4, 2023</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">11 a.m. – 2 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Outside the Main Entrance to the Burton Barr Central Library</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Convo Station is a designated spot to engage in conversation with strangers or perhaps with someone you already know but want to get to know better. Look for the Convo Station sign just outside of the main entrance to the Burton Barr Central Library and be at ease to converse.  Artist Erin V. Sotak and her convo team will engage with passersby and library visitors by using a set of conversation starter questions to get people chatting. </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the Artist:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">As a storyteller, photographer, and performance artist, Erin enjoys creating opportunities for strangers, friends, communities, and individuals to engage in shared aesthetic experiences. She believes in grand romantic gestures, epic failure, endless absurdity, aesthetic gasps, and always, hopeless optimism.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“It is my daily goal to create that hiccup in the mundane, the rupture in the awkward silence, to elevate the ordinary and illuminate the forgotten."</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">“Embedded in narrative, we move through our lives compelled to recount, reveal, reshape, and invent our personal and collective stories. We transform ordinary experience, elevate the everyday, and amplify the mundane. We fabricate narratives to interrupt reality, engage the fantastical and forge connection."</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Erin V. Sotak: </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.erinvsotak.com/" target="_blank">www.erinvsotak.com</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>Afternoon Concert: Parade of Barbershop Quartets</h4> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Hosted by the Central Arizona Quartet Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society</span> </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Sunday, November 12, 2023</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Pulliam Auditorium at the Burton Barr Central Library</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Join us for a delightful afternoon musical show featuring nearly a dozen quartets. Songs will include numbers from the Roaring Twenties to the Big Band Era and beyond.  You will hear hits made popular by artists from Al Jolson to Frank Sinatra, and from Rickey Nelson to Louie Armstrong.  Songs will be performed in the rich Barbershop Harmony style.  The program also includes the International Seniors Champion, High Priority.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About Barbershop Harmony:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Barbershop harmony is generally considered to be one of the few uniquely American-born musical styles, alongside jazz, with which it shares origins. The simplest definition of barbershop centers around relatively simple melodies, sung in four-part harmony, without instruments (a cappella).</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about the Barbershop Harmony Society: </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.barbershop.org/" target="_blank">www.barbershop.org</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>Passageways: A Story Project about Coming of Age</h4> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">With artists Phil Stoesz and Thameenah “Ty" Muhammad</span> </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Sunday, December 10, 2023</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Burton Barr Central Library</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> – First Floor</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Passageways is an interview-based story project that explores what it means to grow up. We all experience moments that make us grow. There are moments that bring a sense of joy or expansion, then there are moments that bring a sense of pain or responsibility, and sometimes, they happen without us even noticing.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">This project is meant to capture the stories of such moments, display them, and create a sense of acceptance with the complex, dynamic, and ever-changing experience of what it means to grow up.  Visit the library to see some of the stories that have been turned into art, do some artmaking, and share a story of your own.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the artists:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Phil Stoesz is a facilitator, educator, and creator who works at the intersection of service and imagination. He is a multidisciplinary artist who has training in theatre direction, science communication, and facilitating community-led projects. He is a certified facilitator of the </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Critical Response Process.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Thameenah “Ty" Muhammad is an Afro-Caribbean artist and activist. Ty is a producing artistic collaborator with Rising Youth Theatre and a co-founder of RE:Frame Youth Arts Center. They are a multidisciplinary artist whose main mediums include acting, dancing, poetry/spoken word, and visual art.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Passageways: </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.whistlingmoon.org/" target="_blank">www.whistlingmoon.org</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>The Story of Our Journey: Multimedia Performance</h4> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">By Dr. Dylan Findley and Dr. Csaba Jevtic-Somlai and</span> </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Sunday, January 14, 2024</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Pulliam Auditorium at the Burton Barr Central Library</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Story of Our Journey is a collaboration by clarinetist Csaba Jevtic-Somlai, composer Dylan Findley, and Their Story is Our Story (TSOS), an international refugee advocacy organization.  The musical score and accompanying film merge clarinet, fixed media electronics and interviews with refugees detailing their extraordinary journeys from homes lost to new homes in foreign lands. Rather than offer commentary or solutions to the crisis, the music allows the refugees to speak directly and personally to each listener.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the Artists:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Dr. Dylan Findley is a music composer and educator who writes music as a sacred act of expressing truths through emotion, intellect, and embodied physicality. As such, he enjoys the interplay between symbolism, perception of musical space and time, and the exploration of interesting sounds. His works have been performed in Colombia, Brazil, Italy, and across the United States.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Dr. Csaba Jevtic-Somlai is an avid performer and educator, who has performed professionally in Europe, Asia, and North America since 2001. His initial idea of materializing current issues surrounding the refugee crisis into an art composition has yielded much fruit through collaboration with TSOS. His hope is to, through his artwork, amplify the voices of underrepresented groups of people and advocate for positive change and greater understanding.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about the Story of Our Journey: </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.tsosrefugees.org/projects/the-story-of-our-journey" target="_blank">www.tsosrefugees.org/projects/the-story-of-our-journey</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>Afternoon Concert: Camille Sledge</h4> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Sunday, February 11, 2024</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Pulliam Auditorium at the </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Burton Barr Central Library</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Join singer and songwriter Camille Sledge as she shares some of her favorite songs for this afternoon concert at the library. "Sledge is a full tour de force on the stage, whipping her body and voice with every inclination in her spirit to the tribal rhythms brought out by the band." -Java Magazine</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the Artist:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Camille Sledge is a singer, songwriter, lyricists/MC, and runway model. Camille grew up surrounded by music with her mother, Debbie Sledge of the iconic group Sister Sledge with whom Camille occasionally performs. In addition to solo performances and being the lead singer of the renowned group, the Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Camille is a founding partner of the School of HipHop PHX (SOHH). SOHH is a nonprofit mentoring and music program which uses hip-hop influence to reach underrepresented intercity youth. </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Camille Sledge: </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">@camillesledge </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.camillesledge.com/" target="_blank">www.camillesledge.com</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>Conveyance Into Light: Sculptural Performance</h4> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">With artist Katharine Leigh Simpson</span> </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Sunday, March 10, 2024</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Pulliam Auditorium at the Burton Barr Central Library</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Conveyance Into Light is a short, visual exploration of the grieving process and the cyclical nature of renewing life energy. This concept is presented through the visual interpretation of a whale, symbolic of an angel descending from the heavens to gather the souls of the deceased and return them to the stars. The souls appear as birds in the artwork(?). The aspect of reassurance in death, through whatever demise meets a soul, results in this calming transition. Theatrical puppetry, combined with film and visual effects, bring this story to life.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the Artists:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Katharine Leigh Simpson is a fine arts and installation artist. She creates both two-dimensional and textural works as well as performance pieces to express energy, wave forms, and life's impermanence. Combining organic materials found in nature together with paper and other traditional fine art mediums, Katharine captures this energy and translate it into sculptural expressions. The dualistic qualities of strength and fragility in the materials themselves echo impermanence, while at the same time, allude to their transformative properties.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Katharine Leigh Simpson: </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">@katharineleighsimpson </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="file:///one/clk/PERM/ART/Public%20Art%20Program/Current%20Projects/IN%20FLUX%209/Art%20Beats%20Series/triceratops-wisteria-aj8k.squarespace.com" target="_blank">triceratops-wisteria-aj8k.squarespace.com</a> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <br> </span> </p> <h4>Eternal Home: A Responsive Collaboration Between Art, Dance, and Audience</h4> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">With artists Nicole L. Olson and Patricia Sannit</span> </p> <blockquote style="margin:0 0 0 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Sunday, April 14, 2024</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Gallery at the Burton Barr Central Library</span> </p> </blockquote> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Artist Patricia Sannit and choreographer and dancer Nicole L. Olson have mutually created a dance and visual art event that expresses the power of community, its resilience strengthened by migration, shared histories, and cooperation. Eternal Home features Olson in an energetic, elegiac, participatory dance, performed amid a sculptural installation created by Sannit. As </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Olson performs, the art responds, and the audience will be invited to interact within the art/dance setting.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> <strong>About the Artists:</strong> </span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Award-winning dancer and choreographer Nicole L. Olson explores the human condition through movement. The artistic director of the dance company NicoleOlson|MovementChaos, she's presented work in alternative spaces across the Valley of the Sun for years, performing solo, with her dancers, and with other local artists and creators. She has also shown work nationally at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and other venues throughout the country.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Patricia Sannit is a sculptor and multimedia artist. Her life and work are influenced by her research into the continual movement and migration of people, ideas, and culture. Patricia works mainly with clay and found materials, but with a growing interest in ephemeral works, she has expanded her practice to include video, performance, mixed-media works, and landscape intervention, creating interactive and large-scale artworks that have been exhibited across the globe, including Iceland.</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Nicole L. Olson: </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">@nicoleolsondance</span> </p> <p> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"></span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">Learn more about Patricia Sanni</span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">t: </span> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">@patriciasannitstudio </span> <a style="background-color:window;font-size:10pt;" href="http://www.patriciasannit.com/" target="_blank">www.patriciasannit.com</a> <span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">​</span> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-culture

 ‭(Hidden)‬ Phoenix is Selected as One of Eight Cities for Bloomberg Philanthropies' Public Art Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies has selected Phoenix for a $1 million Public Art Challenge grant. This unique grant program supports temporary public art projects that address important local civic issues in cities nationwide. Phoenix's project, ¡Sombra! (Shade) will commission artists to create shading and cooling installations in response to extreme urban heat.​ The City of Phoenix was named a finalist in June and is one of just eight winners from more than 150 project proposals received from cities in 40 U.S. states. 

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 ‭(Hidden)‬ 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 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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Phoenix Flash Grants is a new pilot short-cycle program that provides funds of up to $3,500 for specific projects within underinvested areas of Phoenix. The program supports artist fees/expenses, production fees, and marketing expenses for arts and culture projects that engage Phoenix residents, including but not limited to art workshops and pop-up performances.​ For this cycle, projects within Phoenix Council Districts 1, 5, and 7 will only be considered for funding and should only include arts and cultural activities between January 15, 2024, and April 30, 2024.

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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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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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 ‭(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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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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