Welcome to Arizona Citizens for the Arts

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 conversations 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.


Congratulations: 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards Honorees

Tucson artist and performance art pioneer Daniel Buckley was named Artist of the Year and Anni Beach of Chandler whose love of rhythm, melody and teaching music to children led to development of the Jam Pak Neighborhood Blues ‘N Grass Band 20 years ago, earned the Individual Award at the 2014 Governor’s Arts Awards at the Mesa Arts Center March 25.

The world-renown University of Arizona Poetry Center in Tucson earned the Community Award; the Arts In Education (Individual) honor was awarded to Dr. Robert Benson of Peoria; Rosie’s House: A Musical Academy for Children, Phoenix, was awarded the Arts in Education (Organization) honor, and BMO Harris Bank received the Business award.

Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer of Tucson, whose multi-faceted legacy spans arts, culture and education, received the 9th annual Shelley Award.

For more information about the evening and the honorees, please visit: governorsartsawards.org.

For fabulous pictures, visit the Arizona Citizens for the Arts Facebook Page.

Huge thanks also goes to APS, the Presenting Sponsor, and the other major sponsors: SRP, Audio-Visual and Print Sponsor: Nominees Sponsor: Resolution Copper Mining, Nominees sponsor, and The Arizona Lottery, Artists Award Sponsor.

Now is the time to apply for a summer internship

Arizona Citizens for the Arts is seeking two individuals — one who is interested in arts administration and another who wants to learn about public policy-makingspecifically for arts and culture.

This summer we’ll be busy educating candidates and reaching out to arts voters in preparation for the fall elections. If you are a student who is an energetic, innovative self-starter and a multi-tasker, we could be your answer to getting hands-on experience in arts advocacy. Deadline to apply is April 25. The details are here.





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