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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
Phoenix Residents Invited to Celebrate “A Path for Water” at Sculpture Dedicationhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/760Arts and Culture10/28/2019 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/760/Fully Dark Resized.jpgPhoenix Residents Invited to Celebrate “A Path for Water” at Sculpture Dedication<div class="ExternalClassE9927AE845C54630A3FEF279C19E2B40"><html> <p>​T​he city of Phoenix Water Services Department and the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture invite residents to celebrate the latest addition to the city's public art collection, with the dedication of "A Path for Water" from 5-6 p.m. ​​on Tuesday, Nov. 5.<br></p><p style="text-align:left;">"A Path for Water" combines landscape elements and a large sculptural funnel, shaped like a water spout, to create a contemplative space in the neighborhood at Sixth Street and Butler <img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/Fully%20Dark.png" alt=""A Path for Water," lit at night." style="margin:5px;width:498px;vertical-align:baseline;" />Avenue. <br></p><p><br>As with the city's other well site sculpture installations, "A Path for Water" reimagines inactive properties where underground wells were once used to provide water to neighborhoods.<br><br>Together artist Babara Grygutis and landscape architects from Dig Studio developed "A Path for Water," which includes the primary sculpture along with a pedestrian path, shade elements, and low-water-use plants and landscaping to transform what was previously an industrial space into a vibrant community gem.<br><br>"It's wonderful to be able to celebrate such a dynamic art installation like 'A Path for Water' with the community," said Office of Arts & Culture executive director Mitch Menchaca. "Our partnership with the Water Services Department truly lets us bring world-class art into neighborhoods throughout Phoenix."<br><br>Attendees will be able to experience the brilliant lighting effects of "A Path for Water" up close at the sunset dedication ceremony, which highlights the dramatic interplay of light and shadow used to evoke a swirling fountain of water rising from the earth.</p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Learn How to Apply for and Win Public Art Projects at Free Workshophttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/759Arts and Culture10/24/2019 10:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/759/PublicArtHeader.pngLearn How to Apply for and Win Public Art Projects at Free Workshop<div class="ExternalClassF690CDA8478647538C40F5E8BD48B4AC"><html> <p>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The city of Phoenix invites local artists to learn how to apply for and win contracts for public art. The city's Office of Arts & Culture is hosting a free workshop on Oct. 30 that will cover the do's and don'ts of successful project applications. The workshop will cover the various kinds of opportunities the city has for artists; tips on how to develop and submit applications for projects; and what to expect as you advance through the city's evaluation and approval process.<br><br>"Public art projects are as creative and engaging as any other that artists can undertake," said Office of Arts & Culture executive director Mitch Menchaca. "The challenge often comes in making the leap from studio to public works. This workshop will help new artists understand that process and put their best foot forward."<br><br>The Public Art 101 Workshop will cover the basics of creating public art projects, from applying for projects to designing and fabricating them. It will also highlight the work that artists have done through the Public Art Program over the past three decades, and the best ways to prepare for upcoming 2019/2020 artist opportunities. <br><br>Public art project managers will be on hand to answer questions.</p><div><strong>Event Details:</strong></div><div><strong>Date:</strong>  Wednesday, October 30, 2019</div><div><strong>Time:</strong>  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.</div><div><strong>Location:</strong> Park Central Mall, 3121 N. Third Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85013</div><div><br>People can register for the workshop at the link below:<br>https://www.eventbrite.com/e/public-art-101-registration-77047644579</div><div><br>For more information on the city's public art program, visit https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/public-art-program.</div><div><br><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 and Culture, visit <a href="/arts" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/arts​</a> or call 602-262-4637.<br><br></div><p>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Fry's Food Store in Downtown Phoenix to Feature Original Mural by Local Artisthttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/758Arts and Culture9/25/2019 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/758/kroeger-mural resized.jpgFry's Food Store in Downtown Phoenix to Feature Original Mural by Local Artist<div class="ExternalClass1414026471724B54BADEBB64689DCF65"><html> <p>​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture partnered with Fry's Food Stores to commission the Arizona artist Margaret Dewar, cofounder of the collective Mural Mice Universal, to create a mural in the new Fry's Downtown. The new Fry's Food Store located at 100 E. Jefferson Street is scheduled to open October 23, 2019.<br><br>Ms. Dewar was chosen from among 32 Phoenix-area artists who applied for the $10,000 commission to paint the mural, which is 10 feet wide by 10 feet high and featured on the wall near the first-floor elevators."Dewar was chosen because of her attention to detail, exciting color palette and her depiction of downtown Phoenix through time," said Bo Wachendorf, interior designer for Kroger, Fry's Food Stores' parent company. "The mural for the new Fry's Downtown draws upon historical imagery from the nearby community and celebrates the diverse landscape and wildlife of the Sonoran Desert."<br>​<img src="/artssite/MediaAssets/FrysMural.jpg" alt="The full mural at the downtown Fry's featuring a Phoenix and native imagery." style="margin:5px;width:498px;" /><br>"We are honored to bring the rich history of the downtown area to life through another masterpiece by Ms. Dewar," said Monica Garnes, President of Fry's Food Stores. "Beyond its beauty, this mural also reflects Fry's commitment to create an environment where our customers feel at home and connected to food and culture."<br><br>"Fry's has become a leader in bolstering community connections between private development and the arts through mural commissions like this one," said Edward Lebow, Public Art Program Director for the Office of Arts and Culture, which helped to coordinate the process Fry's used to select the artist.<br><br>The Mural Mice Universal artist collective has been creating murals throughout Arizona since 2005. In addition to Ms. Dewar, the Mice includes R. E. Wall. Driven by the power of public art to transform urban landscapes and communities, the duo weave past and present into visual stories inspired by small town heroes, local struggles and the desire to bridge gaps between cultures and generations. The artists explore painting techniques and styles ranging from classical art and the Mexican mural movement of the 1920s to those drawn from the current global Renaissance of public art.  The work of the Mural Mice can be found in Phoenix and throughout the Valley.<br><br><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture</strong><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the city's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit. The Office is advised by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, made up of a diverse group of citizen volunteers with a particular area of focus on policy-making and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the city. For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit <a target="_blank" href="https://phoenix.gov/arts">www.phoenix.gov/arts</a> or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook: <a target="_blank" href="https://www.facebook.com/phxartsculture">https://www.facebook.com/phxartsculture​</a> and Twitter <a target="_blank" href="https://www.twitter.com/phxarts_culture">@phxarts_culture</a>.<br><br><strong>About Fry's Food Stores</strong><br>Fry's is dedicated to our purpose to Feed the Human Spirit. Headquartered in Tolleson, we employ more than 20,000 associates and operate 122 Fry's Food Stores and 93 fuel centers across the state. Fry's has been serving Arizonans since 1960 and was selected as the 2019 Business of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce. As a division of The Kroger Co., we care about the communities we serve, working to end hunger and eliminate waste across the company through our Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative. In 2018 we provided 10 million meals to Arizona's hungry families. <a target="_blank" href="https://www.thekrogerco.com/sustainability/zero-hunger-zero-waste/">https://www.thekrogerco.com/sustainability/zero-hunger-zero-waste/</a>​<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Invests Nearly $1 Million to Enhance the Quality of Life for Residentshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/757Arts and Culture7/25/2019 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/757/CALA Alliance Revised.jpgPhoenix Office of Arts and Culture Invests Nearly $1 Million to Enhance the Quality of Life for Residents<div class="ExternalClassA09A596B883544E1B16FB52517B8A5F7"><html> <p>​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the recipients of the Community Arts Grants Program for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. This month the city of Phoenix will award a total of $940,346 in the form of 84 grants to 70 ​not-for-profit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix residents through arts and culture services. This is an increase from last year — 72 grants were awarded to 60 organizations in 2018-2019.<br><br>Grant categories are A+CCESS I, A+CCESS II, A+CTION, Rental Support, Youth Arts Engagement, Arts Learning, and Festival Project grants.<br><br>Approved by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission in June and the Phoenix City Council on July 3, 2019, the funding allocation also includes an increase of $25,000 in dedicated grants for youth and underserved communities. This increase will bolster the Collaborative Communities (Arts Learning and Festival Project grants) and Youth Arts Engagement grant programs.<br><br>“We are grateful for the increase in funding, which helps ensure cultural services to all areas of the City" stated Mitch Menchaca, executive director of the Office of Arts and Culture.<br><br><strong>GRANTS CATEGORIES and RECIPIENTS</strong><br><strong>A+CCESS I (Arts + Culture Community Engagement Services Support)</strong><br>General operating grants for not-for-profit arts or cultural organizations with a budget of at least $2,500,000.<br>Arizona Opera: $29,335<br>Arizona Science Center:  $19,001<br>Arizona Theatre Company:  $26,780<br>Ballet Arizona:  $39,308<br>Children's Museum of Phoenix:  $22,002<br>Desert Botanical Garden: $32,780<br>Heard Museum:  $40,670<br>Musical Instrument Museum:  $26,113<br>Phoenix Art Museum:  $29,224<br>Phoenix Symphony Association:  $17,001<br>Phoenix Theatre:  $35,891<br><br><strong>A+CCESS II (Arts + Culture Community Engagement Services Support)</strong><br>General operating grants for not-for-profit arts or culture organizations with a budget between $250,000 and $2,499,999.<br>Arizona Jewish Historical Society:  $9,693<br>Black Theatre Troupe, Inc.:  $11,366<br>Free Arts of Arizona:  $16,042<br>Great Arizona Puppet Theater:  $11,946<br>Jazz in Arizona, Inc.:  $12,927<br>Phoenix Boys Choir Association:  $8,294<br>Phoenix Center for the Arts:  $7,000<br>Phoenix Chamber Music Society:  $8,123<br>Phoenix Children's Chorus:  $12,731<br>Phoenix Chorale:  $11,127<br>Phoenix Conservatory of Music:  $12,356<br>Phoenix Film Foundation:  $9,489<br>Phoenix Girl's Chorus:  $11,878<br>Rosie's House: A Music Academy for Children:  $14,847<br>Rosson House/Heritage Square Foundation:  $8,669<br>Valley Youth Theatre:  $13,107<br>Xico:  $10,751<br><br><strong>A+CTION (Arts + Culture Targeted Infrastructure and Organizational Needs)</strong><br>Capacity building for not-for-profit arts or culture organizations with a budget between $25,000 and $249,999.<br>Alwun House Foundation:  $5,000<br>Artlink, Inc.:   $5,000<br>CALA Alliance:  $7,000<br>Convergence Ballet Company:  $5,000<br>Cultural Coalition:  $7,000<br>Grand Canyon Performing Arts, Inc.:  $5,000<br>iTheatre Collaborative:  $7,000<br>Kids In Focus:  $7,000<br>MusicaNova Orchestra:  $6,000<br>North Valley Symphony Orchestra:  $6,000<br>Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix:  $5,000<br>Phoenix Women's Chorus: $6,000<br>Red Rocks Music Festival:  $5,000<br>Rising Youth Theatre:  $7,000<br>Roosevelt Row CDC:  $6,000<br>Scorpius Dance Theatre:  $6,000<br>SOUNDS Academy:  $6,000<br>Space 55 Theatre Ensemble: $7,000<br>Voices of the Desert:  $6,000<br>Young Arts Arizona:  $6,000<br><strong><br>Project Grants</strong><br>To support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts and cultural programming through community festival, youth engagement, or arts learning activities.<br><br><em>Arts Learning</em><br>ArtabilityAZ, Access 101 Workshop:  $1,000<br>Ballet Theatre of Phoenix, PLIES:  $3,500<br>Cultural Arts Coalition: Celebrating Global Connections, Visual Stories of Place Inspired by the Huichol Worldview:  $3,500<br>Kids in Focus, Photography Project 2020:  $3,500<br>Orpheus Male Chorus, Orpheus Male Chorus/Phoenix Children's Chorus Collaborative Project:  $3,500<br>Playback Theatre of Arizona, Visibility and Voice:  $3,255<br>Re:Frame Youth Arts Center, Poetry and Beats:  $3,500<br>Rising Youth Theatre, Genesis Arts Residency 2019:  $3,500<br>School of Hip Hop PHX: Jazz Hip Hop and STEM Summer Camp 2020:  $3,000<br>Young Arts Arizona, The Art of Healing 2020:  $3,500<br><em><br>Festivals</em><br>African Association of Arizona, African Festival 2019:  $3,500<br>Arab American Festival, Arab American Festival:  $3,150<br>Arizona Matsuri, Matsuri 2020:  $3,500<br>Artlink, Inc., Art Detour:  $2,800<br>Cultural Coalition, Dia de Los Muertos:  $3,150<br>Dimitrov, Bulgarian Folklore Festival 2019:  $3,500<br>DiRTYOGA, Root to Rise Festival:  $1,764<br>Flamenco Por La Vida, Lluvia Flamenca:  $3,325<br>India Association of Arizona, Holi-Festival of Colors:  $3,150<br>Indio American Cultural Connect, Indradhanush 2020-Folk Dances of the World:  $2,625<br>Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Haru in the Garden-A Festival of Welcoming Spring 2020:  $3,150<br>[nueBOX], DANCEFEST:  $3,325<br>Pathways to the World, Inc.; Soul West Fest:  $2,975<br>Phoenix Blues Society, Blues Fest 2020:  $3,325<br><br><em>Youth Engagement</em><br>Arizona Facts of Life, Inc., Passion Dance Annual Concert:  $3,000<br>Creative Youth of Arizona, The Phoenix Youth Poet Laureate:  $3,900<br>Re:Frame Youth Arts Center, Joy Circles: Artistic Conversations for and by Young People:  $5,000<br><br><strong>Rental Support</strong><br>Designed to support primary users (at least 15 performances) of Orpheum Theatre, Symphony Hall, or Herberger Theatre stages.<br>Arizona Broadway Theatre:  $14,677<br>Arizona Opera:  $12,115<br>Arizona Theatre Company:  $32,701<br>Ballet Arizona:  $40,370<br>Center Dance Ensemble:  $5,115<br>Childsplay Inc.:  $32,131<br>iTheatre Collaborative:  $1,986<br>Phoenix Symphony Association:  $74,575<br>Valley Youth Theatre:  $11,330<br><br>To learn more about the Phoenix Office of Arts + Culture Community Arts Grants Program, please visit: https://www.phoenix.g​ov/arts/grants-program​.<br><br><strong>About the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture</strong><br>The Phoenix Office of Arts and 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 and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call 602-262-4637.<br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Mitch Menchaca Named Executive Director of the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culturehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/756Arts and Culture10/25/2018 5:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/756/Mitch Menchaca Headshot Revised.jpgMitch Menchaca Named Executive Director of the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture<div class="ExternalClass29CDA8FF93F74ACBB1FF21246396176A"><html> <p>​​Phoenix City Manager Ed Zuercher has named Mitch Menchaca executive director of the Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture, overseeing an over $4.7 million budget that provides grant funding and other support to numerous arts and culture organizations, designs and builds public art throughout the city, and provides technical support to artists Mitch Menchaca, pictured, is named Executive Director of Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture.and arts organizations.<br><br>Menchaca’s appointment marks a return to Phoenix. In 2009, he relocated from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. to lead the Local Arts Advancement Department at Americans for the Arts, where he guided a team of professionals serving and advancing the nation’s 5,000 local arts agencies by delivering programs and services in the areas of public art, arts education, cultural planning, leadership development, and civic engagement. Prior to 2009, he served as the senior director of grants and programs at the Arizona Commission on the Arts, with a focus on grant making, program budgeting and constituent relations. Menchaca garnered executive leadership by most recently serving as executive director for the Association of California Symphony Orchestras and previously serving as the first chief operating officer for Chorus America.<br><br>“Mitch brings a wide breadth of arts leadership to this new role, ranging from grants management to program evaluation and audience development, all areas key to the support and growth of our creative community,” Zuercher noted.<br><br>Menchaca is the past chairman of The Association of American Cultures (TAAC); president of the Robert E. Gard Foundation; is on the advisory board for SMU DataArts (formally the Cultural Data Project); and has served on many statewide, regional, and national grant panels including the National Endowment for the Arts.<br><br>“It is an honor to be able to serve the arts community of Phoenix, the place I call home. The city’s vibrant artists and innovative community organizations are truly what makes Phoenix a great place to live,” said Menchaca. “Learning about the needs of our community and how arts and culture can serve them is a top priority, as I embark on this new adventure."​<br><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Funds 10 Neighborhood Art Projectshttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/407Arts and Culture8/17/2018 12:15:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/407/Newsroom_arts_011.jpg Phoenix Office of Arts & Culture Funds 10 Neighborhood Art Projects<div class="ExternalClass98A8A640AA3A4574ADCD41F39BF0B2F2"><html> <div><table width="100%" border="0" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td width="350" valign="top"><div><div dir=""><div>The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has awarded ten groups funds through the city’s Neighborhood Arts Grants program for 2018-2019. Using funding provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Office of Arts and Culture will support ten projects for a total of $30,000. Projects will be implemented through June 30, 2019.<br><br>“Thanks to the continued support of the National Endowment for the Arts, we are able to offer a second year of grant funding to neighborhood arts projects that emerge from the vision and talents of the people who live and work in communities across Phoenix,” said Gail Browne, Executive Director for the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.  <br><br>Neighborhood Arts Grants encourage partnerships between artists, arts and culture organizations, neighborhood community groups and businesses, bringing them together to propose temporary or permanent art projects that address community needs.<br><br>The following projects received individual awards between $1990 and $3,500:<br><div><ul><li>Garfield Saturday Arts Experience with Alwun House in the Garfield Neighborhood<br></li><li>Tupan Bie Bulgarian Folklore Festival with Santos Sofia Bulgarian Community<br></li><li>Oak Street Alley Mural Festival with Coronado Neighborhood<br></li><li>Coronado Dance Project for young children with Love to Dance<br></li><li>Honest Expressions Urban Arts Festival with Cyphers Center for Urban Arts<br></li><li>Jazz and Yoga 2019 with the Nash and Phoenix Downtown Neighborhood Alliance<br></li><li>Sunday in the Park family event with Phoenix Center for the Arts and Roosevelt Action Assoc. at Margaret T. Hance Park<br></li><li>Roosevelt Row Academy Arts and Culture Series at 3rd Street and Roosevelt Public Art Installation<br></li><li>Pharmacy Drive Through Mural at Sunnyslope Historical Society and Museum<br></li><li>Jazz Improv Day Camp and Concert with Young Sounds Arizona at Phoenix Musicians Union Building</li></ul></div> <div>The National Endowment of the Arts announced in May 2018 that it has awarded a third year of funding to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture for the Neighborhood Arts Grants program.  In partnership with the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department and Neighborhood Services Department, the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture will provide grants for neighborhood-initiated projects to take place in a diverse selection of Phoenix's 182 neighborhood parks. A series of orientations and grant workshops will provide technical assistance for residents, artists, and arts organizations interested in submitting grant applications. </div> <div> </div> <div>Information about the 2019-20 Neighborhood Arts Grants program will be available in early 2019 on the Office of Arts and Culture’s website:  <a href="/arts/grants-program" target="_blank">https://www.phoenix.gov/arts/grants-program</a>.</div> <div><br><strong>About Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture </strong><br></div> <div>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. For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1383729/4958081/1100/6/" target="_blank">phoenix.gov/arts</a> or call 602-262-4637.  Follow the Office on Facebook:<a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1383729/4958081/21853/9/" target="_blank">facebook.com/phxofficeofartsandculture</a> and Twitter <a href="http://lists.phoenix.gov/t/1383729/4958081/20594/10/" target="_blank">@phxarts_culture</a>.</div> </div> </div> </div> </td></tr></tbody></table></div> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C

 

 

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