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.

Help SAVE ARTS in our schools

The results are in.

Study after expert study concludes arts education is the special ingredient helping our young people learn better in school. Do better at math. Perform better at complex, higher-order thinking tasks. Achieve better reading and language skills.

Yet more than 115,000 students in Arizona attend schools without any arts instruction in their classrooms, and a third lack music and visual arts taught to state standards.

kids for arts ed 2-2Too many Arizona young people are missing out on the opportunity for the quality arts education they deserve. Arizona Citizens for the Arts is committed to giving them that opportunity.

Along with parents, teachers, school boards, school administrators and people like you, Arizona Citizens for the Arts is building a coalition to insure arts education is available in every Arizona school.

Our goal is to raise $6,000 in NEW contributions by June 30 to add to commitments we already have from others who believe as we do – Arts is essential to a quality education for our young people.

We’re launching our Arts Education Outreach and Advocacy Initiative so not one more school year goes by without a strong voice speaking up for arts education in our schools.

Join our coalition AND contribute today so we can reach our goal.

Learn more about the challenge arts education faces in Arizona.

 

How  can you help the arts in Arizona?

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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.