Phoenix IN FLUX Kicks Off with Film Screeninghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1711Arts and Culture1/19/2021 4:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1711/Newsroom_Arts_020.jpgPhoenix IN FLUX Kicks Off with Film Screening<div class="ExternalClass30CFB08C3C1947ABBE3502230E9F805B"><html>Phoenix IN FLUX kicks off with a January 22 film screening of The Story of Our Journey. The 51-minute video was created by clarinetist Csaba Jevtic-Somlai, composer Dylan Findley and Their Story is Our Story, an international refugee advocacy organization. The film combines an original musical score and electronic media with interviews of refugees detailing their journeys to America. <a href="/arts/influx" target="_blank">Premiering on the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture website</a>, the performance airs at 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22 and will be available through 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23.<br><br>The video is inspired by the accounts of refugees who fled life-threatening situations in Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Honduras to find safety in Europe and the United States. Through interviews provided by Their Story Is Our Story, the refugees describe their travels across deserts, mountains, forests, and political borders.<br>​<br>Dylan Findley is a prolific, award-winning composer who describes his music as kaleidoscopic. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Csaba Jevtic-Somlai has performed internationally, touring both as a soloist and with a full-scale orchestra. He has a Doctor of Musical Arts from ASU and currently directs band and string orchestras at two Phoenix public elementary schools. The Story of Our Journey was commissioned by the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program.<br><br>This is the first in a series of six IN FLUX performances by Arizona artists and teams. Other featured performers will include the Central AZ Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society, the team of dancer Nicole L. Olson and ceramic artist Patricia Sannit, Katharine Leigh Simpson, Erin V. Sotak, and the artist collective Whistling Moon. To ensure public safety, most of the events will be presented online. The <a href="/arts/influx" target="_blank">city's In FLUX web page</a> will provide ongoing updates and information about the projects and their schedules.<br><br>IN FLUX is a collaboration with Artlink and five other Valley cities, including Peoria, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe and Glendale.<br><br>The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture manages an award-winning public art program, invests nearly $1 million annually in grants to nonprofit arts organizations, oversees eight cultural facilities, including the Gallery @ City Hall, promotes arts learning for youth and professional development opportunities for individual artists, and participates in national studies and research to make a strong case for the arts and demonstrate their economic, social, practical, and educational benefits.<br><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
City Coronavirus Funds Provide Relief to Phoenix Artists & Arts and Culture Organizationshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1423Arts and Culture7/24/2020 7:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1423/Newsroom_Arts_051.jpgCity Coronavirus Funds Provide Relief to Phoenix Artists & Arts and Culture Organizations<div class="ExternalClassC354AFA911FD450F9C1F6470D0B086F5"><html>The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture announced emergency relief grants to 68 nonprofit arts and culture organizations and 272 individual artists as part of the city's Coronavirus Relief Fund. The federal government allocated $293 million to the City of Phoenix and during its May 12, 2020 meeting, the City Council approved allocating $2.6 million for an Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program. <br><br>Of that $2.6 million, $1,885,000 was designated for grants to nonprofit arts and culture organizations and $700,000 to artists negatively impacted financially because of the global health emergency. The remaining $15,000 will be used to contract consultants and facilitators to conduct workshops, webinars, and resources that would help nonprofit arts and culture organizations and individual artists navigate their financial futures moving forward into the new normal.<br><br>“Nationally, to date, the nonprofit arts and culture sector has had $9.1 billion in losses. In Phoenix, arts and culture organizations are forecasting losses between $10,000 and over $1 million from March 1 through the summer with the majority having to implement a reduction in staffing with furloughs, layoffs, and canceled artists contracts" said Mitch Menchaca, executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “These funds will help artists who lost income due to canceled events or terminated contracts because of the pandemic. Grant funding will also help Phoenix's arts and culture organizations retain staff and have the opportunity to plan for the future." <br><br>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 68 funded organizations represent all artistic disciplines, budget sizes, and City Council districts. <br><br><a target="_blank" href="/artssite/Documents/PhoenixCRFOrganizationalGrants2020.pdf">Full List of Organizational Grantees</a><br><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was one of nine local arts agencies across the country awarded an additional $250,000 in CARES Act funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Nine to regrant to arts organizations for job preservation this fall. In addition, the Office of Arts and Culture will open a second round of artist support. Both applications will be available in late summer. Learn more at <a target="_blank" href="/arts">www.phoenix.gov/arts</a>.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
NEA Approves Phoenix Organizations for CARES Act Fundinghttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1374Arts and Culture7/2/2020 6:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1374/Newsroom_Arts_050.jpgNEA Approves Phoenix Organizations for CARES Act Funding<div class="ExternalClassFEF6DE82C16245B6BD4323916275EADF"><html>​The National Endowment for the Arts announced the nonprofit arts organizations recommended for direct funding through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The NEA funded 855 organizations, $50,000 are offered to 846 organizations, including four in the city of Phoenix to support staff salaries, fees for artists or contractual personnel, and facilities costs. Nine local arts agencies across the country, including the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will receive $250,000 each to regrant to arts organizations in their communities.<br><br>Direct CARES Act Grantees in Phoenix<br><ul><li>Arizona Opera </li><li>Ballet Arizona</li><li>Phoenix Conservatory of Music</li><li>The Phoenix Theatre Company </li></ul>The Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), a regional nonprofit arts service organization representing 13 western states also announced the recipients of its CARES Relief Fund for Organizations grants. Supported by the NEA, this competitive grant program was established to provide general operating support to arts and cultural organizations in the West that have been adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Four Arizona organizations were selected for funding, including Phoenix's Black Theatre Troupe.<br><br>The NEA received more than 3,100 eligible applications requesting $157 million for the $45 million available in direct assistance. To review the applications, the agency used more than 200 application readers and panelists to review and score each application using the published review criteria. In April, the agency announced the distribution of the required 40 percent of the CARES Act's total $75 million appropriation to the state and regional arts agencies for their granting programs. Each agency has its own process and timeline for awarding those funds, however, the Arts Endowment anticipates that together those entities will make between 4,200 and 5,600 awards.<br><br>“All of us at the National Endowment for the Arts are keenly aware that arts organizations across the country are hurting, struggling, and trying to survive and that our supply of funding does not come close to meeting the demand for assistance," said Arts Endowment Chairman Mary Anne Carter. “That said, I am enormously proud of the over-and-above efforts of the Arts Endowment staff to swiftly and professionally manage such a large amount of additional work in a relatively short period of time on behalf of the American public."<br><br>Established by Congress in 1965, the NEA is the independent federal agency whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts, exercise their imaginations, and develop their creative capacities. Through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector, the Arts Endowment supports arts learning, affirms and celebrates America's rich and diverse cultural heritage, and extends its work to promote equal access to the arts in every community across America. Visit <a href="https://www.arts.gov" target="_blank">Arts.gov​</a> to learn more.<br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix Approves $2.6M in Federal Funds for Arts Reliefhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1226Arts and Culture5/12/2020 9:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1226/Newsroom_Arts_040.jpgPhoenix Approves $2.6M in Federal Funds for Arts Relief<div class="ExternalClass4BED9084B1B843A791FBF3AA0B1072CD"><html> <div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The Phoenix City Council has approved using $2.6 million in federal Coronavirus Relief Funding to help artists, along with nonprofit arts and culture organizations, hurting financially because of the global health emergency. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Nationwide, the nonprofit arts sector has already experienced nearly $5 billion in losses with over 300,000 full-time jobs lost. Today’s vote to allocate $2.6 million will include one-time emergency relief grants up to $50,000 to local arts and cultural groups who lost revenues because of the COVID-19 pandemic from events, programs and performances being canceled.</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The funding will also provide local artists with grants up to $1,500 whose income was lost due to performances, shows, contracts and sales being canceled or terminated since March 1. In the Phoenix area, it is predicted that arts and culture organizations will lose between $10,000 and $1 million. </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“This vote represents one of the largest municipal investments in the arts sector nationwide – and it is a smart investment” said Mayor Kate Gallego. “The Phoenix arts and culture sector generates over $400 million annually. When the arts are supported, our quality of life improves and our local economy benefits.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“Phoenix artists, along with arts and culture organizations, are a vital part of our local economy and contribute to our well-being and a vibrant community,” said Councilwoman Debra Stark, chair of the Land Use and Livability Subcommittee. “Our artists and arts and culture organizations may have a long road ahead of them to get back on their feet, but we are hopeful the funding my Council colleagues and I approved will be helpful toward their recovery.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">“As a strong advocate for the arts, I am thrilled that today, we approved $2.6 million to help our local art community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Councilwoman Laura Pastor. “I also want to thank the Mayor and my colleagues for supporting my motion to add $600,000 in additional funding to further help local artists.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">The money being given to the Arts and Culture Coronavirus Relief Program will be managed by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “We are grateful to the Mayor and City Council for including the arts in their efforts to provide relief from the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mitch Menchaca, director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. “Preserving the arts in Phoenix is essential to keeping everyone connected to the creativity and healing that art provides, not only to its makers but to the people who experience that art as well. This funding will ensure our local artists will be able to continue their great work.”</span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"> <br> </span> </div> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;">Details on how to apply for the money are being finalized and will soon be available on the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture’s web page: <a href="/arts" target="_blank">Phoenix.gov/arts</a>.​</span> </div> </div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals to Receive $171,830 in Emergency Relief https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1184Arts and Culture4/30/2020 12:22:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1184/Newsroom_Arts_042920.jpgArizona Artists and Arts Professionals to Receive $171,830 in Emergency Relief <div class="ExternalClass9CAC0AA5891C44748C289D0D3A10D72E"><html> <p>​Today, a group of Arizona arts funders and service organizations announced they will provide $171,830 in emergency relief grants of up to $750 to 235 artists and arts professionals across the state. </p> <p>One effort in a slate of crisis response strategies launched last month, the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals was established as a collaborative fund to support artists and creatives experiencing cancelled events and terminated contracts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. </p> <p>The fund was initially seeded with $130,000 from the Arizona Community Foundation and another $35,000 from partners including Artlink Inc., the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture. The application process was managed by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona.</p> <p>Open to residents of Arizona whose primary source of income is in artistic production, teaching artist residencies, cultural events, or contract work with nonprofit arts organizations, the online application opened on Saturday, April 4, 2020, and closed later that same day due to the high volume of submissions.</p> <p>The 235 relief grants announced today represent 45% of the initial applicant pool. First-round recipients hail from cities and towns across Arizona, with 25% from rural/remote communities and 75% from urban metros. 46% of recipients identify as individuals of color. Recipients range in age from 18 to 75+, and collectively they specialize in dozens of creative disciplines. </p> <p>After being considered in accordance with the stated commitments for the fund, applications were entered into a process for randomized selection. Value and need are accepted as fundamental conditions for this program; applications are not ranked according to subjective merit or persuasiveness.</p> <p>Partners on the Emergency Relief Fund for Arizona Artists and Arts Professionals are still actively fundraising to support applicants who were not awarded relief grants in the first round. Individuals and organizations are invited to join in the effort and contribute to the fund at <a href="https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund" target="_blank">https://azarts.gov/grant/emergency-relief-fund​</a>. ​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Bus Shelter Combines Beauty, Functionality, in Art Projecthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1026Arts and Culture3/11/2020 4:21:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1026/Newsroom_Arts_014.jpgBus Shelter Combines Beauty, Functionality, in Art Project<div class="ExternalClass5D5AF07ACFAE4E09A10C23AE8816E0AE"><html> <p>​Residents who use the city’s public transit system will have an artful addition to their daily commutes, with the dedication of “In Between,” the Office of Arts & Culture’s latest piece of public art. </p><p>To celebrate this new work, the Office of Arts & Culture is holding a dedication 4 p.m., Friday, March 13, at the shelter location, at the southwest corner of 19th Avenue and Maryland. </p><p>“In Between” was a community creation, developed by coLAB studio, an Arizona artist team,  through work with students at Orangewood Elementary School. The project brought together representatives from the city’s Police, Public Transit and Neighborhood Services departments, to ensure that what was created on the site not only was artistically engaging, but also was engineered to provide improved visibility for riders, better access for people with disabilities, and shade throughout different parts of the day. </p><p>“Projects like “In Between” are wonderful additions to the city’s neighborhoods, because they take something that could be unremarkable, such as a bus shelter, and transform it into a point of pride,” said Ed Lebow, director of the Office of Arts & Culture’s public art program. “It gives artists and the community the opportunity to work together to make a more beautiful and comfortable city.”</p><p>To develop concepts for the final sculptural elements, coLAB studio led workshops about the appreciation of beauty, asking members of the community to discuss what kinds of things they love, why they love them, and how those objects made them feel. One of the smallest of objects noted, a flower, can be held between your fingers. The largest noted were the stars in our galaxy, displaying almost everything the naked eye can see in the sky. </p><p>With this feedback, “In Between” was composed with two vertical shade panels. Both shade panels are made from the positive and negative elements of flower and galaxy images. The composite results are like puzzle pieces for the viewer, who can link them together through observation and imagination. </p><p>Above the two art panels is a poem referencing ‘you’, the viewer. Juxtaposing and connecting things of beauty in art and utility, small and large scales, near and far relationships, we display that ‘you’ are also In Between.<br></p><div>Poem, by Ron Pharea<br><br>The gift of attention is time;<br>the moment it takes.<br>This moment.<br>Here is the gist,<br>in the midst, in the you<br>before now;<br>in the difference.<br></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Artist Opportunity Brings Innovative 2-D Design to City Bus Sheltershttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/913Arts and Culture2/5/2020 8:30:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/913/Newsroom_Arts_020520.jpgArtist Opportunity Brings Innovative 2-D Design to City Bus Shelters<div class="ExternalClassD201C83B540A4A11B54D58E1A97235B8"><html> <p>When you imagine public art – particularly the kind that cities invest in – it’s usually sculpture, and it’s often large. The pieces require the work of engineers in addition to the artists who are leading the creative process.</p> <p>Projects that involved can seem daunting for those artists who have never turned their hand at that kind of work. Add to that the technical expertise that’s required to submit for a government art project, and you can end up with a small pool of applicants. And that’s entirely the opposite of what the city of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture wants to see.</p> <p>The Office of Arts and Culture is making a special push to get word out about its latest call for artists. Staff is gearing up for a set of projects that will add perforated steel screens to several bus shelters in south-central Phoenix. And though metalwork will be involved, it’s the kind of project that any artist who works in two dimensions – drawing, painting, even weaving – can apply for. According to Elizabeth Grajales, the senior public art project manager overseeing the submissions process, it’s the perfect introductory opportunity for someone who can develop beautiful, engaging designs that also accommodate a bus shelter’s primary function – to provide seating and shade to waiting transit passengers.<br></p> <p>“In thinking through what we needed from artists, in the end, we settled on the necessity of high-caliber design. It’s that creative spark that we can’t reproduce,” noted Grajales. “We can help an artist navigate fabrication, we can help an artist work with vendors, but we depend on the artists for the inspiration that can add a few moments of magic to someone’s daily experience.”</p> <p>Applications for the RFP can be submitted online, and anyone who is interested in submitting should read the call to artists for more information. Applications are due by Feb. 21, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Arizona time. </p> <p>Submit an application online at <a target="_blank" href="https://callforentry.org">callforentry.org</a>.<br><br>Applicants with questions can contact Procurement Officer Romeo Rabusa at <a target="_blank" href="mailto:romeo.rabusa@phoenix.gov">romeo.rabusa@phoenix.gov​</a>. ​</p><p><em>Photo caption: A public art bus shelter at 16th Street and Bethany Home Road, by artist Maria Salenger.</em><br></p> <br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Awards Seven Grants to Neighborhood Groups, Artistshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/859Arts and Culture12/20/2019 6:44:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/859/Newsroom_Arts_012420.jpgPhoenix Office of Arts & Culture Awards Seven Grants to Neighborhood Groups, Artists<div class="ExternalClassC74EA0912076463F976CC4D596FBA015"><html> <p>​<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;">The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has awarded seven neighborhood groups and artist collaborators funds through the city’s Neighborhood Arts Grants program for 2019-2020. Using funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and in partnership with Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department, the Office of Arts and Culture will support seven projects in Phoenix neighborhood parks for a total of $50,000. Projects will be implemented throughout the 2020 calendar year.<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br>“We are grateful to the National Endowment of the Arts for their continued support of the Neighborhood Arts program, especially for this round of investment that promotes arts and cultural activities in our city's parks for residents to enjoy," said Mitch Menchaca, executive director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture "We are thankful to collaborate and partner with the city's Parks and Recreation and Neighborhood Services departments on this year's program."<br></span><span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"><br>Neighborhood Arts Grants encourage partnerships between neighborhood community groups, artists, and arts and culture organizations, bringing them together to propose arts and culture projects within Phoenix neighborhoods. For this third year of the Neighborhood Arts program, all awarded projects must activate a Phoenix park with an arts and culture experience. City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture worked with the Neighborhood Services Department to promote the funding opportunity. All eligible applications were reviewed by a community panel of artists, community advocates, and city staff.</span></p> <div> <strong>The following projects received individual awards between $7,125 and $7,500:</strong> </div> <div> <br> <ul> <li> <strong>Celebration Eastlake </strong>– First Institutional Baptist Church with Sleeveless Acts at Eastlake Park</li> <li> <strong>Design Empowerment PHX</strong> – SoPho Convening with The Sagrado Galleria at El Reposo Park</li> <li> <strong>Norton Vista 2020: A Year of Creative Visions</strong> – Norton Vista Neighborhood Association with Sunnyslope residents and artists at Norton Park</li> <li> <strong>“El Día De Los Niños" Festival / Children’s Day </strong>– Palomino Neighborhood Association with Cultural Coalition, Inc. at Palomino Park</li> <li> <strong>Encanto Park Music Festival</strong> – Encanto-Palmcroft Historic Preservation Association with Desert Overture Wind Symphony at Encanto Park</li> <li> <strong>Grant Park Spring Arts Festival</strong> – Grant Park Barrio Youth Project CORP with James E. Garcia at Grant Park</li> <li> <strong>Slope Fest 2020 </strong>– East Sunnyslope Neighborhood Association and Block Watch with Ollin Yoliztli Mexican Folklore Dance Academy at Palma Park<br></li> </ul> </div> <div>​The National Endowment of the Arts announced in May 2019 that it has awarded a fourth year of funding to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture for the Neighborhood Arts Grants program. </div> <div>Information about the 2020-21 Neighborhood Arts Grants program will be available in summer 2020 on the Office of Arts and Culture’s website:  <a target="_blank" href="/arts/grants-program">phoenix.gov/arts/grants-program​</a>.</div> <div> <br> </div> <div> <strong>About the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture</strong> </div> <div>The Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture was established in 1985 to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. Today, its programs and services enhance quality of life for residents, sustain a healthy cultural workforce, and champion the city’s vibrant arts and culture community. For more information on the Office of Arts & Culture, visit <a target="_blank" href="/arts">phoenix.gov/arts​</a> or call 602-262-4637.</div> <div> <br> <br> </div> <p> <br> </p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C



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