Deadline for Governor’s Arts Awards nominations is near

Deadline for Governor’s Arts Awards nominations is near
Time is growing short to submit a nomination for the 2016 Governor’s Arts Awards. All nominations are due Friday, Dec. 11. Awards will be presented in seven categories to individuals, businesses and organizations that have made substantial and outstanding contributions to arts and culture in Arizona. For the first time, the business category has been split into two categories, one for small businesses with 1-99 employees and another for businesses with more than 100 employees. Winners will be announced at the Governor’s Arts Awards dinner and celebration, March 23, 2016, at the Sheraton...
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Fine Arts students compete for their work to be featured in the Governor’s Arts Awards program, invitation

Fine Arts students compete for their work to be featured in the Governor’s Arts Awards program, invitation
An Arizona college student’s artwork will be featured on the cover of the 35th annual Governor’s Arts Awards program and in formal invitations to the March 23 event, and submissions are now being accepted for consideration. Deadline for submission is January 22, 2016.Eligible two-dimensional works of art must have been created in the last two years and should embody artistry and Arizona culture as interpreted by the artist. There are no size or medium restrictions, but the artwork must be fit for digital reproduction. Images should not contain any frame, mat or watermark and selection will be ...
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2016 Arts Congress: No time is more important than now to get involved

2016 Arts Congress: No time is more important than now to get involved
Arts Congress, the chance to let Arizona legislators know how you, as voters, feel about the importance of arts and culture in Arizona’s economic success and day-to-day life, is Thursday, Feb. 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the State Capitol. This once-a-year opportunity to meet face-to-face with your elected officials is critical in Arizona Citizens for the Arts’ advocacy efforts to support state funding of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and arts education in our K-12 schools. Individual registration is $30, and sponsorships for organizations and small businesses are $130 and inclu...
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Free Arts unveils foster kids’ mural in Glendale

Free Arts unveils foster kids’ mural in Glendale
We often hear that art “heals” and art builds communities. These two “truths” about the power of the arts were joined recently when Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona and the City of Glendale unveiled a colorful mural depicting the city’s history on a vacant building at 57th Drive near Grand Avenue in late November. Created by more than 150 children in foster care, the mural evolved as a special project from the national Make A Difference Day in October and was led by local artist Oliverio Balcells. Free Arts partnered with several other nonprofits on the project. One of the you...
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Heard Museum to restore 8 Iconic Sculptures with BofA grant

Heard Museum to restore 8 Iconic Sculptures with BofA grant
The Heard Museum is known internationally for its work in promoting the beauty and cultural richness of Native American art. Its work is done through many partnerships with individuals, foundations and businesses. One such partnership will result in the restoration of eight iconic sculptures by noted American Indian artists in its collection as the result of a contribution from Bank of America’s 2015 global Art Conservation Project. Since the program’s inception in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 28 countries supporting 85 conservation projects. In each of t...
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Federal legislation integrates arts into STEM education

Federal legislation integrates arts into STEM education
The U. S. House of Representatives has passed a measure to rewrite the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) which contains special provisions to incorporate arts education into STEM education (science, technology, engineering and math) provisions. Considered a major “win” for arts education, the provisions were included in an amendment that was adopted unanimously by voice vote by the House-Senate Conference Committee working on the rewrite of ESEA (also known as “No Child Left Behind”). According to Americans for the Arts, “after many years of anticipation, this bipartisan legisla...
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Member News – Red Rocks Music Festival

Member News – Red Rocks Music Festival
Red Rocks Music Festival presents chamber music concerts in Sedona and Phoenix and master classes for young people presented by some of Arizona’s best musicians. It’s not surprising that website design is not part of its repertoire. However, this summer Red Rocks took a step forward by working with AzCA’s Business Volunteer for the Arts and BVA volunteer Jo Namio, a professional website designer, to create a new website that enhances the organization’s brand and its ability to communicate with audiences and potential festival participants. Now, Red Rocks is better able to fulfill its ...
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Arts education resources at stake in school finance elections scheduled across the state

Arts education resources at stake in school finance elections scheduled across the state
With funding cuts by the Arizona State Legislature continuing to take their toll on schools and school systems statewide, school finance elections across the state can help fill critical gaps targeting critical needs. Voters in 50 school districts statewide have the opportunity to approve funding for critical resources like new schools, maintenance and operations, bus purchases, heating and air conditioning upgrades, support for specialized programs like ROTC, full-day kindergarten, arts instruction and classroom resources, and to hire and train teachers and staff. This is the vote...
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2016 Arts Congress is Thursday, Feb. 4 at State Capitol

2016 Arts Congress is Thursday, Feb. 4 at State Capitol
It’s not too soon to join other arts and culture advocates from across the state for Arts Congress. Arts Congress 2016 is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Thursday, February 4, on the Senate Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol. Registration is now open. Sponsorships for organizations and small businesses are $130 and include registration for four people. Individual registration is $30. Your registration comes loaded with advocacy training and materials as well as lunch on the lawn. Arts Congress is the one day of the year when the collective voice of Arizona's arts and culture communit...
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Pima County voters can make a positive difference for arts and culture in bond election

Pima County voters can make a positive difference for arts and culture in bond election
Major arts and culture institutions in Pima County stand to benefit if voters approve seven bond propositions in November. The bonds will fund libraries, parks and recreation, natural area conservation and historic preservation and tourism-related projects including expansions and improvements to the Arizona-Sonoran Desert Museum, Old Tucson, Reid Park Zoo, Children’s Museum Tucson, Music Hall Theater and Colossal Cave Mountain Park. Among the projects included in Proposition 427 are: Rehabilitating the historic Canoa Ranch complex, a cultural and historic centerpiece of Santa Cruz Val...
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