Arizona Citizens for the Arts acts as the eyes, ears and voice of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in Arizona – at the State Legislature, in local city halls and in partnerships with business and community leaders involved in building and supporting quality of life in Arizona.

Nonprofit arts organizations represent more than a half billion dollars of economic activity in communities all across Arizona. And they help support a larger creative industries sector that employs more than 50,000 individuals statewide.  Arts and culture contribute to local tourism, support job attraction efforts and contribute to excellence in education in our schools.  Get Connected to Arizona Citizens for the Arts, visit our Legislative Action Center or review Arts and Public Policy  to learn more about what we’re doing to support arts, culture and arts education in Arizona.



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Phoenix Conservatory of Music, ASU’s Margaret Schmidt Receive Arts Education Awards; CopperPoint Mutual is Business Honoree

PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 24, 2015):  Guitar artist, musician and luthier William Eaton of Sedona, Tucson arts advocate I. Michael Kasser and Arizona State University strings professor Dr. Margaret Schmidt captured the top individual awards at the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards tonight at the Sheraton Phoenix Downtown Hotel.

More than 600 arts supporters, artists, advocates and business leaders were on hand for the gaa-medallionpresentation of awards and remarks by Arizona Governor Doug Ducey.  The event was emceed by CBS5 anchor Nicole Crites.

Sixty-five nominations were submitted from 22 Arizona communities in six categories for this year’s awards. SRP was the Presenting Sponsor; APS, the Nominees Sponsor; Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, the Entertainment Sponsor; and the Arizona Lottery was the Artist Award Sponsor.

The 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards were presented to:

  • William Eaton, Artist Award
  • I. Michael Kasser, Individual Award
  • Dr. Margaret Schmidt, Arizona State University, Arts In Education Individual Award
  • Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Arts in Education Organization Award
  • West Valley Arts Council’s Gallery 37, Community Award
  • CopperPoint Mutual, Business Award.

Also during the evening, the tenth annual Shelley Award was presented to the Papp Family for their individual and collective support of the arts as advocates and donors.  The Papp Family is represented by family patriarch the late L. Roy Papp and his wife, Marilyn  A. Papp; their son, Harry A. Papp, and his wife, Rosellen Papp.  The Papp family’s devotion to arts and culture endeavors also is shared by Marilyn and Roy’s daughter, Victoria Papp Cavallero and her husband, Patrick F. Cavallero.

Each honoree received specially created awards by Arizona artists Alexandra Bowers, Randy Kemp, Jacob Meders, Gabriela Muñoz, Rossitza Todorova, Kathleen Velo and Claire A. Warden.

Learn more about the Shelley Award winner — The Papp Family.

Read more about the 2015 Governor’s Arts Awards honorees here:


  How  can you help the arts in Arizona?


We need your voice all year long to  support the Arizona Commission on the Arts, arts education in our schools and community-based arts and culture programs in Arizona cities and town – especially now that budget for the Arizona Commission on the Arts has been cut by $1 million for the Fiscal Year 16.

Visit our Legislative Action Center and sign up now to join our Voter Voice network so we can keep in touch with you when we need you to contact your state legislators about funding for the state Arts Commission and  your members of Congress about federal funding that also benefits Arizona. You will receive timely updates all yearlong.

You may also learn more about where Arizona Citizens for the Arts stands on state funding for  the arts by reviewing the 2015 Arts Congress Talking Points  used by the 200 or so arts advocates who visited the Capitol in February for Arts Congress day.