The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has an equity strategy that aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency’s programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents.
The program is committed to a just and equitable distribution of the Coronavirus Relief Funding. To that commitment, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture considers equity and geographic parity as part of our outreach strategies and work in expanding the reach of grant opportunities to a broad, diverse community of nonprofit arts and culture organizations.
To expedite disbursement of these relief grants, the Office of Arts and Culture will use its annual community arts grants process now already underway. Applications for that program closed this April.
Through the agency’s equity strategy, the Office of Arts and Culture ensures outreach to all areas of the city and target applicants from all disciplines, budget sizes, underrepresented populations, and ensure all City Council districts are represented. Seventy-five organizations applied for funding. Applications are up by 11% from the previous year, and the agency received new applicants because of our equity efforts.
In May, applications were reviewed by panels made up of local artists and arts professionals, community laypersons, and out-of-state experts to ensure a thorough and unbiased review. Panel recommendations were then forwarded to the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission to review and recommend for funding, ensuring these organizations are good stewards of public funding.
Organizations that applied and recommended for FY21 community arts grants support are immediately eligible to apply for emergency relief funding and will receive a simple, supplemental application to complete. Nonprofit arts and cultural organizations that did not apply for a FY21 community arts grant can be considered for emergency relief funding on a case-by-case basis. Those organizations that did not apply for a FY21 community arts grant and deemed eligible to apply for relief funding must submit a FY21 community arts grant application through the MARGO online grants portal. Once that application has been submitted, the organization will be invited to apply for a relief program grant.
All applications will be reviewed for eligibility, completeness, and funding recommendations by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.