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The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to Award $865,346 to 55 OrganizationsThe Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture to Award $865,346 to 55 Organizations<div class="ExternalClassA5DF46B01DF342C2ACB2A13A5C12F7AC"><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">T</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">he Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">This month the Office will award a total of $865,346 to 55 non-profit arts and culture organizations serving the residents of Phoenix through arts and culture activities. Grant funds support the general operating costs of major, midsize, and small arts and culture organizations, specific arts projects related to festivals, as well as arts learning activities.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Funds are also allocated to a rental support program operated by the Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Phoenix Convention Center.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Approved by Mayor and Council on June 22, 2016, the funding allocation includes a $60,000 increase to the grants program. </span><strong style="line-height:1.6;"> </strong><strong style="line-height:1.6;">"</strong><span style="line-height:1.6;">We can't create a strong economy without a vibrant arts community, which is why we tripled our funding for the arts over the past four years," said Mayor Greg Stanton.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">"This year we were able to amplify that investment in the arts and culture sector through our grants program.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">The outstanding organizations receiving these funds will help our economy, bringing artistic excellence and cultural vibrancy to our community."</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">According to Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Executive Director, Gail Browne, arts and culture organizations in Phoenix provided approximately 7,000 performances, 300 exhibitions, 2,500 classes and workshops, and 3,000 school programs last year. "The arts and culture sector supported by these grants contributes more than $300 million in economic impact and generates more than $14 million in Phoenix tax revenue, based on the last economic study of the sector."</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">All grants are dollar-for-dollar matching grants, requiring grantees to raise funds from corporations, foundations and/or individuals in the city of Phoenix. Organizations that received general operating support provide substantial outreach and education programs to the community. General operating support grant recipients include</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> Alwun House, Arizona Jewish Historical Society, Arizona Opera, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, Black Theatre Troupe, Children's Museum of Phoenix, Cultural Coalition, Desert Botanical Garden, Grand Canyon Performing Arts, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Heard Museum, iTheatre Collaborative, Jazz at AZ/The Nash, Musica Nova, </span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Musical Instrument Museum, Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Boys Choir Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Phoenix Children's Chorus, </span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Phoenix Chorale, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, </span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Phoenix Film Foundation, Phoenix Symphony, Phoenix Theatre, Rosie's House: A Music Aca</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">demy for Children, Roosevelt Row CDC, Scorpius Dance</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Theatre, Valley Youth Theatre, Young Arts Arizona</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">, and Xico.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Arts and culture learning grant recipients support lifelong learning in the arts through projects in partnership with schools, businesses, social service organizations, parks, recreational centers, libraries, senior centers and more. Festival grant awards support public festivals that highlight an arts or cultural discipline, or multi-disciplinary celebration of a specific culture. Festival and arts and culture learning grant recipients include </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">the Arab American Festival, Arizona Matsuri, Artlink, Cultural Coalition, Cyphers Center for Urban Arts, Essential Theatre, Flamenco Por La Vida, Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation, Honest Words/Open Minds, India Association of Phoenix, Indo American Cultural Connect, Movement Source, Inc. Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Phoenix Blues Society, Phoenix Chinese Week, Phoenix St. Patrick's Day Parade & Irish Society of Arizona, Red Rocks Music Festival, Rising Youth Theatre, The Rag Collection, and Young Arts Arizona. General Operating Support III organizations are allowed to also submit proposals in a project category. Cultural Coalition, Orpheus Male Chorus of Arizona and Young Arts Arizona received grants in two categories. In an effort to encourage emerging organizations to apply, the grants program allows for the use of fiscal agents in the project categories.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Five organizations using fiscal agents received funding this year.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">Through the Rental Support Program a total of $250,000 is awarded to major cultural organizations that help revitalize the Phoenix downtown corridor through their presentations in city-owned performing arts facilities, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theater and Herberger Theater Center.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Grantees include Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, Center Dance Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, Phoenix Symphony and Valley Youth Theatre.</span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life.   The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission. </span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span><span style="line-height:1.6;">Follow the Office of Arts and Culture on Facebook: </span><a href="http://www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture" style="line-height:1.6;">www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a><span style="line-height:1.6;">.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> </span></p><p><span style="line-height:1.6;">A listing of the total amounts awarded to all grant recipients follows. Asterisked organizations also receive rental support.</span><span style="line-height:1.6;">  </span></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;">Alwun House - $5,000<br> Arab American Festival - $3,150<br> Arizona Jewish Historical Society - $7,835<br> Arizona Matsuri - $3,500<br> *Arizona Opera - $37,354<br> Arizona Science Center - $48,354<br> *Arizona Theatre Company - $78,909<br> Artlink - $1,800<br> *Ballet Arizona - $62,792<br> Black Theatre Troupe - $9,750<br> *Center Dance Ensemble - $10,357<br> Children's Museum of Phoenix - $31,080<br> Cultural Coalition - $8,500<br> Cyphers Center for Urban Arts - $3,500<br> Desert Botanical Garden - $59,108<br> Essential Theatre - $3,500<br> Flamenco Por La Vida - $2,450<br> Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation - $3,500<br> Grand Canyon Performing Arts - $5,000<br> Great Arizona Puppet Theatre - $13,464<br> Heard Museum - $36,218<br> Honest Words, Open Minds - $2,190<br> India Association of Phoenix - $2,800<br> Indo American Cultural Connect - $3,325<br> *iTheatre Collaborative - $8,325<br> Jazz in AZ/The Nash - $13,653<br> Movement Source Inc. - $2,000<br> Musica Nova - $5,000<br> Musical Instrument Museum - $31,771<br> Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix - $7,700<br> Phoenix Art Museum - $20,291<br> Phoenix Blues Society - $2,800<br> Phoenix Boys Choir Assn. - $16,493<br> Phoenix Center for the Arts - $16,114<br> Phoenix Chamber Music Society - $10,204<br> Phoenix Children's Chorus - $15,072<br> Phoenix Chinese Week - $3,500<br> Phoenix Chorale - $13,294<br> Phoenix Conservatory of Music - $15,587<br> Phoenix Film Foundation - $11,206<br> Phoenix St. Patrick's Day & Irish Society - $2,100<br> *Phoenix Symphony Association - $99,449<br> Phoenix Theatre - $30,400<br> Red Rocks Music Festival - $3,150<br> Rising Youth Theatre - $3,325<br> Roosevelt Row CDC - $5,000<br> Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children - $15,355<br> Scorpius Dance Theatre - $5,000<br> The Rag Collection - $3,500<br> *Valley Youth Theatre - $39,087<br> Young Arts Arizona - $8,500<br> Xico - $ 13,966</td></tr></tbody></table><p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><br></span></p></div>7/1/2016 8:00:00 PMDwight Walth, 602-495-0188Gail Browne602-495-0186