Pima County voters will decide fate of $815 million bond program this fall

Pima County voters will decide fate of $815 million bond program this fall
Arts and culture venues as well as parks and recreation facilities stand to be huge beneficiaries if Pima County voters approve three of the seven County Bond propositions on the Nov. 3 ballot. Supporters also project that voter approval of the entire bond package will create thousands of new construction jobs,and provide significant economic benefits for Pima County whose population is projected to grow by 11 percent over the next 10 years. Key ballot propositions for arts and culture supporters are: 427 – Tourism Promotion: $98.6 million will be designated for tourism-related proje...
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New Arizona arts standards adopted by state board of education

“Artistic literacy” -- the ability of students to create art, perform and present art, respond or critique art and connect art to their lives and the world around them – is at the heart of the Revised Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts for K-12 schools. Adopted this spring by the Arizona State Board of Education, the new standards are being introduced to Arizona schools during the 2015-16 school year with full implementation the following year. Trainings and webinars will be offered by the Arizona Department of Education. The new standards are designed to emphasize the contribution a...
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Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) preserves arts education as “core subject”

Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) preserves arts education as “core subject”
Teachers and students moved a step closer to the end of the No Child Left Behind era when the Senate passed the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA) in June. Contained in the bipartisan legislation crafted by Sens. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are 11 arts-friendly provisions, according to Americans for the Arts. The Senate will now need to work with the U. S. House of Representatives on a final bill that can be signed into law. The House passed its own bill (H.R.5) earlier in June, but without any Democratic support. That version contained two “pro-arts” provisions, but does no...
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City of Phoenix Elections: August 25

City of Phoenix Elections: August 25
Early voting has begun for the August 2015 Mayor and City Council election. Phoenix voters will elect a Mayor and council members representing Districts 1, 3, 5 and 7. Voters in Phoenix will head to the polls on August 25. If needed, a runoff election is scheduled Nov. 3. Those up for reelection include Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, who is being opposed by Anna Maria Brennan and Matt Jette. Council candidates running for reelection are Thelda Williams (District 1), Bill Gates (District 2), Daniel Valenzuela (District 5) and Michael Nowakowski (District 7.  Running against them are Sabrina ...
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Proposition 104: The MovePhx Initiative

Between now and August 25, Phoenix voters also will have the chance to vote on Proposition 104, a proposal to create a 0.7 cent sales tax to fund $23 billion in transportation improvements that also will include public art enhancements to further stimulate local community and economic development. The tax will replace the current 0.4 percent sales tax, and enable the city to expand the light rail system to the south and west, build a connection to the ASU West campus, and build a streetcar around downtown Phoenix. Bus frequency will increase by 70 percent and a “Bus Rapid Transit” will be d...
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National Endowment for the Arts wants to hear your story

During the 50th anniversary year of the signing of the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965, which created the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities, they want to tell your story. Beginning Sept. 29, the date President Lyndon Johnson signed the Act, the NEA will begin posting stories on its website and across social media. To be considered, complete this form and explain how the arts are part of your day, how they’ve inspired you do to something unique in the community or how they have made a difference among you, yo...
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Sponsor Spotlight

Sponsor Spotlight
CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company Founded in 1925, CopperPoint Mutual Insurance Company, a leading advocate of workplace safety, also promotes community health. In the last three years, CopperPoint donated more than $250,000 to direct scholarship or educational programs, and made more than $6.4 million loans and grants to various K-12 inner-city schools for improvements and expansion. In that time, the company also contributed $239,000 to organizations supporting young entrepreneurs and youth outreach. A consistent supporter of the arts, Copperpoint earned the 2015 Governor’s Arts Aw...
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Member News

Member News
Phoenix Center for the Arts Hits the Big 4-0 That the Phoenix Center for the Arts made it to its 40th anniversary is a milestone on its own. In 2011, City of Phoenix budget cuts put the Center on the list to be closed. But the community wouldn’t let that happen, organizing, forming committees and speaking in one very loud voice. The Center’s operations were turned over to an existing nonprofit, the Phoenix Center for the Arts Association. With the change, the Center went from a foundation for the arts in Phoenix to a dynamic community center for the visual and performing arts. What that...
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Advocacy Highlights

Advocacy Highlights
Frustrated over the state of education funding in Arizona?This fall there may be something that you can do in your very own neighborhood for your local public school. Many school districts all over our state will hold elections in November that usually get very little attention. These are special elections either to authorize bonds to fund school district capital expenses, or so-called “override” elections which allow local schools to assess local tax adjustments that put money directly into local classrooms.Few people vote in these elections, and that means a very small percentage of our citi...
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Arizona groups win grants to support nationwide Latino history project

Seven Arizona institutions are among more than 200 libraries, museums and other nonprofit organizations nationwide who have been awarded Latino Americans: 500 Years of History programming grants totaling more than $1 million from the National Endowment for the Humanities, American Library Association. Arizona organizations receiving grants are the Arizona Historical Society (Tucson), Arizona Humanities Council (Phoenix), Borderlands Theater (Tucson), Bullion Plaza Cultural Center and Museum (Miami), Chandler Gilbert Community College, City of Chandler Public Library and Phoenix Public Libra...
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