Community Input Sought to Update City of Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial https://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1896Arts and Culture5/12/2021 11:00:00 PMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1896/Civil Rights Memorial view from the north.JPGCommunity Input Sought to Update City of Phoenix Civil Rights Memorial <div class="ExternalClass43025ECB451E4A55A0B5FE77AF1901FE"><html> <p>​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-start"></span>The city of Phoenix is seeking community input to update the Civil Rights Memorial located in Eastlake Park, near 16th and Jefferson streets. The memorial, which was completed in January 1997, includes a timeline that denotes honorees and significant historical events that have impacted the civil rights movement over the past 100 years. The city of Phoenix created a Civil Rights Memorial Task Force to update the timeline to include notable accomplishments from 2000 to 2020. The task force seeks the community's input for the final panel of the monument. Recommendations can be of national and statewide events and people. To learn more or to share your ideas by May 31, please visit<a href="/arts/memorial-timeline" target="_blank"> <strong>phoenix.gov/arts/memorial-timeline</strong>.​<span id="ms-rterangepaste-end"></span><br>​</a><br></p> </html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
Maryvale’s Newest Public Art Is A Time Machinehttps://www.phoenix.gov/newsroom/arts-and-culture/1863Arts and Culture4/21/2021 1:00:00 AMhttps://www.phoenix.gov/newssite/Lists/NewsArticle/Attachments/1863/A Time Machine for Tinaja.JPGMaryvale’s Newest Public Art Is A Time Machine<div class="ExternalClass36E83DD0AC2146B6A565BC436CD927DF"><html> <div> <span style="font-size:13.3333px;"></span></div><div><p>Arizona artist Bobby Zokaites and landscape architects from Dig Studio have transformed a city of Phoenix water well site at North 73<sup>rd</sup> Avenue and Crittenden Lane into a new community greenspace. It's the latest in a series of projects that combine public art and landscaping to enhance the security and appearance of inactive city well sites.  </p><p>"This is a great example of how our artists and construction workers can partner with the city and community to enhance our neighborhoods," says District 5 Councilwoman Betty Guardado. "It turned a large vacant lot surrounded by chain link fence into a great new community space, with improved lighting at night."<span style="background-color:window;color:windowtext;font-size:10pt;"> </span></p><p>Developed through a partnership between the city's Water Services Department and Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program, the project includes walking paths, sculpture, fencing, lighting, and landscaping.  </p><p>Zokaites created two central sculptures at the site to symbolize the look and feel of water. The two steel and polyurethane arches, 16' and 19' tall, provide a bright, blue landmark and passage for students walking to and from the nearby middle school and high school. Dig Studio arranged the site's rows of native desert trees and other resilient botanicals in sections and rows to symbolize the area's agricultural history and help to reduce the impact of urban heat.  At night, the site's illuminated sculpture, paths and fences brighten a formerly dark stretch of North 73<sup>rd</sup> Avenue. </p><p>The design team drew inspiration for the enhancements from the history of the area and meetings with neighbors and school workshops with more than 100 students at nearby Trevor G. Browne High School. The students and neighbors encouraged the team to incorporate color, shade trees, artwork and night lighting in redesigning the site. <br></p><p>The team turned first to historic aerial photographs to see how the area evolved from desert and farmland, in the 1950s and 1960s, into the residential neighborhoods of today. The aerials also revealed how the site itself changed from a place with an active well supplying an above-ground water tank to a ​fenced empty gravel lot.  These changes led them to imagine the city landscape as a time machine, shifting its form in step with changing community uses and needs. </p><p>The project title, <em>A Time Machine Called</em> <em>Tinaja</em>, refers to just that.  <em>Tinaja </em>is the Spanish word for jar or water jar. It also refers to small natural pockets of water that sit atop the Sonoran desert floor, offering respites for desert travelers – an apt description for this newly beautified Maryvale well site.<br></p></div><br></html></div>https://www.phoenix.gov/artsNewsarts-and-cultureA+C
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



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