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Professional Development Workshops

Proposal Guidelines | No Deadline

Calling all artists, culture workers, creatives and more! 

Do you have knowledge or experience that artists and culture workers would benefit from? Are there skills or resources you'd ​like to share with the larger arts and culture community? The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is now accepting proposals for workshops, presentations, and other professional development opportunities!

What are we looking for? 

While we're open to any proposal that provides artists and culture workers with skills and knowledge to advance their practices and careers, we're particularly interested in the following topics for the upcoming fiscal year (July 2022 - June 2023). 

  • Grant writing and project development for organizations
  • Teaching artist development and pedagogy
  • Program design and evaluation
  • Youth engagement and mentoring
  • Contracts, agreements, and invoicing
  • Newsletters and mailing lits
  • Board recruitment and development
  • Podcasting
  • Artist and mission statements
  • Material preservation and archiving
  • Accounting and budgeting
  • Public relations and pitching media
  • Incorporation (nonprofit v. LLC)
  • Strategic planning
  • Social media​

Honoraria for individual speakers are determined on a case-by-case basis. There are no requirements for facilitators. Multiple submissions are welcome. Anyone can submit. 

Ready to submit?

Once you've read the full guidelines below, you can send us a quick pitch or a full proposal depending on what's easiest for you. Either way, we'll follow up with individuals on a case-by-case basis if we're interested in moving forward. Please note: proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. We cannot guarantee responses for individual submissions. 

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​​Read the Full Guidelines​

What we're looking for

General Guidelines

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is looking for workshops, trainings, presentations, seminars, or other educational formats that provide individual artists, culture workers, and other members of the larger arts and culture community with technical skills, practical knowledge, and concrete resources to help individuals advance their artistic and professional careers.

Potential Topics

Topics should relate to some professional aspect of being an artist, culture worker, or creative organizer, including but not limited to:

  • Anti-Racism: Designing assessments, conducting reflections, implementing reforms, and other ways of building cultural competency for individual staff and advance equity, diversity, and inclusion initiatives within organizations.
  • Artist Professional Development: Crafting artist statements or grant proposals, assembling portfolios, formatting resumes or CVs, engaging in collaborations,​ and other resources and tools to help individual artists pursue opportunities that advance their careers.
  • Arts Learning: Developing curriculum and lesson plans, partnering with educational institutions, exploring pedagogy, and other skills and knowledge that help artists advance their teaching practice.
  • Community Outreach and Engagement: Providing resources and trainings that help individuals and organizations engage with specific communities such as BIPOC, disabled, elderly, immigrant, incarcerated, LGBTQ+, undocumented, unsheltered, and youth.
  • Development: Planning giving campaigns, stewarding donors, writing grants and proposals, and other practices to assist organizations in development and fundraising 
  • Events and Programs: Building timelines, finding venues, managing registration portals, designing feedback surveys, administering evaluations, preparing reports, and other logistics and details to help individuals and organizers coordinate and manage events and programs.
  • Finances and Operations: Proposing budgets, tracking expenses and revenue, filing taxes, preparing invoices, drafting contracts or agreements, managing inventory, and other resources and tools for helping artists and organizations keep their finances in good health.
  • Management: Conducting performance reviews, improving communication, increasing teamwork, supervising employees, and other resources and tools to help individuals manage staff and volunteers. 
  • Marketing: Drafting communications, designing graphics and printed materials, posting on social media, creating websites, producing podcasts or videos, managing newsletters, pitching media, and other resources and tools to help artists and culture workers promote their work.
  • Nonprofit: Recruiting board members, filing paperwork, and other knowledge and tools for creating and sustaining nonprofit organizations. 

Please note: workshops should *not* provide instruction in actual art practices or disciplines. 

Details and Logistics

As this is your proposal, details are up to you. The mode can be in-person, virtual, or hybrd. Workshops can be facilitated by individuals or groups. Each workshop can be from one to three hours long, and take place in a single session or across multiple weeks. Please note: we prefer single sessions to multiple weeks. All workshops should be open to the public and free. However, facilitators can encourage donations to a nonprofit organization of their choice.​

Other Thoughts​

As we're particularly interested in interactive formats, concrete takeaways, and experiential learning, we expect all facilitators to prepare a handout, presentation or other visual aids to supplement instruction, support attendees learning, and ensure the overall quality of the educational experience,.

Similarly, we would also ask you to think about how you can structure your workshop to vary the pacing and encourage connections and relationships among attendees. For example: rather than delivering a long, uninterrupted lecture, you could incorporate larger discussions or break out into smaller groups. 

Additionally, all facilitators will be required to submit a simple agenda, outline, or lesson plan before their workshop for feedback and review. POAC will provide guidance, resources, and other forms of support throughout the process. More details about submitting and reviewing materials will provided at the appropriate time.

Who can submit?


While your proposal should show how your particular background or experience prepares or equips you to speak on your given topic, there are no formal requirements to submit. You do not need to be a practicing artist or a nonprofit professional. You do not need an advanced degree. You do not need to live or reside in the city of Phoenix. Anyone can submit.

Preparing your proposal

Proposal Descriptions and Details

​In order to make our processes more accessible and reduce the amount of unpaid labor individuals have to do, we offer two options for submitting a proposal:

  • A quick pitch of 3 - 5 sentences that provides a general sense or overview of your workshop
  • A full proposal of up to 250 words that provides a full description or cover letter for your workshop

While the application itself ​is relatively short, preparing a thoughtful description can still take some time, and we expect the application to take between 30 mins and 2 hours to complete. Additionally, while you can only include one proposal in each submission, there is no submission limit. ​Feel free to submit as many proposals as you would like. 

What's next?

Timelines and Process

As our form is always open, proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis. Right now, we're considering proposals for fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023). Our Office will reach out to individuals on a case-by-case basis if we're interested and able to move forward. Please note: we cannot guarantee responses to individual submissions. 

Selection Criteria 

Proposals are evaluated according to the strength of the proposal and selected primarily on the basis of representation and diversity. 

  • Strength of proposal: The strength of the proposal consists of the value of the content being offered and the level of thoughtfulness, clarity, and detail within the description.
  • Representation and diversity: Representation and diversity consists of the specific topic or subject being offered, any art forms or disciplines that are touched on, and identifies and demographics of facilitators in regard to submission pool and the larger arts and culture community.

Please note: previous experience teaching or facilitating workshops is not a criterion. As space and funding is limited, we expect to select up to 10 proposals. Proposals that are not selected will remain on file with POAC for future consideration. 

Payment and Compensation

As an Office, we believe in supporting artists for their work. While payment is determined on an individual basis according to each workshop's particular format and needs, workshops featuring a single speaker or facilitator will be provided with an honorarium of at least $150. ​Honoraria may be less for groups. Additional funds are available for any necessary supplies and materials. More details about funding and compensation will be provided at the appropriate time.

More Information


If you have any questions or there's anything else you'd like to discuss before submitting your proposal, reach out to Community Engagement and Programs Manager Jake Friedman at 602.534.7230​ or jake.friedman@phoenix.gov.​

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