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The Office of Arts and Culture supports a range of creative youth development. Young people thrive when they have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. National research shows that creative youth development supports young people in developing the personal, social, and intellectual skills that are critical to success in life, school, and work.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture's arts learning programs are part of the Office's Community Investments and Engagement portfolio. Funding is provided by the City Council, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Current Programs and Opportunities

Youth Arts and Culture Council
A civically engaged council of young artists from all arts disciplines who advocate for youth representation in Phoenix.

Youth Engagement Grants
This funding is an opportunity for youth-led arts and culture advisory boards, councils, art clubs, and similar entities to create projects which support the artistic and cultural work of young people or projects which introduce youth to arts and culture in the City of Phoenix.

Youth Artists's Showcase
The Youth Artist Showcase is a celebration of art created by young people in Phoenix who are under the age of 20. Sponsored by the Youth Arts and Culture Council, this event will feature both visual and performing arts. It will be open to the public and will occur in early April. We hope to create an accessible space for young people to promote their creative projects and share their perspectives.

Past Programs

Joint Arts Education Conference
Every two years, the Joint Arts Education Conference, presented by the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education brings together Arizona’s teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and arts education advocates to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students. In 2018, the conference collaborated with members of the Youth and Culture Council to work with the planning staff in a collaborative effort to provide Arizona educators, administrators, and teaching artists an opportunity to explore the potential of student-centered learning and develop culturally responsive curriculum.