Commission on the Arts invests in Scottsdale arts programs

On July 1, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, announced 222 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, schools and community organizations in the categories of Community Investment, Arts Learning and Festival Grants.

In total, $1,208,717 was invested through the competitive grant review process for fiscal year 2016.

Among this year’s grantees are a number of Scottsdale-based organizations and programs, including Arcadia Neighborhool Learning Center; Desert Foothills Theater; Jazz in Arizona, Inc.; Laguna Elementary; Musica Nova; Redfield Elementary School; Scottsdale Cultural Council; and Sidepony Music.

“Governor Ducey has spoken of Arizona’s creative sector as a critical part of building the state’s future, pointing to the sector’s tremendous capacity to enrich communities, promote civic pride and contribute to the economic health and competitiveness that make Arizona great,” stated Mark Feldman, CEO of Miller Russell Associates in Phoenix and the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed Chairman, stated in a press release. “These grants represent a sound investment in Arizona’s continued growth and vitality.”

Grants were awarded in three categories:

  • Community Investment Grants provide operating support to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts.
  • Arts Learning Grants provide funding for quality projects which support lifelong learning in, through and/or about the arts.
  • Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts and cultural programming through community festival activities.

In accordance with the Arts Commission’s strategic plan and governing statutes, schools and nonprofit arts organizations are awarded grants based on such factors as community investment, quality of programming, fiscal ingenuity and responsible stewardship of public funds, according to the release.

Grant applications are reviewed within rigorous panel processes which are open to applicants as well as the broader public. Review panels are led by Governor-appointed commissioners and are composed of diverse volunteer experts, arts practitioners and community leaders from rural, urban and suburban areas throughout Arizona, stated the release.

Grant funding is provided by the state of Arizona and funding awarded annually to the Arts Commission by the National Endowment for the Arts, according to the release.

“From Yuma to Teec Nos Pos, from Kingman to Bisbee, the Arts Commission utilizes its grant programs to provide essential investment in communities across Arizona,” stated Robert Booker, executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, stated in the release. “As part of this grant making effort, the state of Arizona is an indispensable partner to Arizona’s arts sector in pursuit of a shared mission: to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.”

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