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Youth Arts & Culture Council supported by Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture provides new grant opportunity for youth-led programmingYouth Arts & Culture Council supported by Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture provides new grant opportunity for youth-led programming<div class="ExternalClassD40FA49C4762419F905FC075F8165632"><p></p><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce a new grant opportunity for young artists, with an application process that is overseen by the city's recently established Youth Arts and Culture Council (YACC).</p><p>From their thoughtful work at city of Phoenix budget hearing meetings, where the Council posed the question "How are you serving the arts, your community, and young people?" Phoenix City Council members approved $20,000 in new grant funding for youth-oriented programs in this fiscal year.<br> <br>The new <strong>Youth Arts+Culture Engagement Grant</strong> is open until Friday, October 20, 2017. Facilitated and shaped by the Youth Arts and Culture Council members, this funding opportunity is for youth-led arts and culture advisory boards, councils, art groups, and clubs. Submissions are being accepted from groups with the desire 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. To continue the value of accessibility, the grant application simply requires a short three-minute video submission by young artists. Visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1347345/341392/20601/3/">www.phoenix.gov/arts/yacc</a> to learn more on eligibility requirements.<br> <br>The YACC, composed of 15 members representing all eight council districts, convenes weekly to review issues relating to arts and culture programs and services for youth, providing the opportunity for youths to lead the development of their own arts-related programming, and develop leadership skills. Among the activities the YACC has developed are an annual city-wide gathering of all young Phoenix artists to meet and discuss ways to strengthen communities through arts and culture. The Youth Arts+Culture Engagement Grant provides the latest opportunity for young people to work directly to engage in and creatively develop Phoenix's arts and culture offerings.<br> <br>For information about the 2017-2018 Youth Arts and Culture Council activities, including the grant application, visit <a href="file:///C:/Users/049435/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/8GOVW5JQ/phoenix.gov/arts/yacc"><strong>phoenix.gov/arts/yacc</strong></a><br><br><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture</strong></p><p>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 Public Art Program was established in 1986 to improve the design of the city's buildings, spaces and infrastructure.  The Office is advised by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.  For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1347345/341392/1100/6/">phoenix.gov/arts</a> or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1347345/341392/18092/9/">www.facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1347345/341392/20594/10/">@phxarts_culture</a>.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p></p></div>9/13/2017 9:10:00 PMMatthew Heil602-534-0108