Arts Learning

​​​​​​​​​​The Office of Arts and Culture supports a range of creative youth development programs. 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

Youth Poet Laureate Program

Creative Youth of Arizona LLC is proud to present the Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Program in conjunction with RE:FRAME Youth Arts Center, Urban Word, and the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. The Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate Program aims to foster the creative voices of Phoenix by providing mentorship and service, as well as opportunities for literary and personal growth. After adjudication by a panel of diverse, Phoenix-area creators, one Youth Poet Laureate (YPL) will be selected to represent Phoenix nationally as a literary ambassador. Applications are due June 1, 2019. ​

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Youth Arts and Culture Council

A civically engaged council of young artists from all arts disciplines who advocate for youth representation in Phoenix.

Learn More About Youth Ats and Cultural Council


Youth Engagement G​rants

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.

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 Past Programs

​​Joint Arts Education Confe​rence

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.

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Youth Artists' Show​case

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 featured both visual and performing arts. It was open to the public and created an accessible space for young people to promote their creative projects and share their perspectives.​

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​​To learn more about these programs, please contact: ​

Anel E. Arriola​
Community Investments and Engagement Manager