Legislator Voice – Lela Alston!

Lela Alston is a native Arizonan and a product of our state's public education system, from kindergarten to graduate school. She has been a champion for public schools, teachers, children and families, protecting women's health and reproductive choices, advancing opportunities for women, girls, aging Arizonans and our homeless community, throughout her career in the Arizona Legislature. In 2020, Lela began her 28th year in the Arizona State Legislature. From 1977 through 1995, she served as an Arizona State Senator and was a member of the Appropriations Committee throughout her years in tha...
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MEET YURIKA ISOE

Hello friends of AZCA, I'm Yurika! I've been working with Sarah and Joseph since October. I'm doing this dual-city life where I spend the first half of the week in Phoenix and the rest of my time in Tucson where I was born and raised. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor in Finance/Business Administration, I started to explore the arts- the industry, the effects on the local economy, and the community. I was immediately drawn to the makers of all kinds. Ceramics, murals, woodwork, metalwork, and textile art are all abundant in Tucson's tight-knit community. My firs...
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Gertrude’s Introduces Fall Menus & Newly Renovated Patio

      Gertrude’s Introduces Fall Menus Gertrude’s new patio features a canopy over the patio and on site restrooms. The exterior Courtyard Bar, in front of the restaurant, is open in evenings as weather permits.   Gertrude’s, the highly touted full-service restaurant located just inside the Desert Botanical Garden, has reopened its interior dining […]This post is only available to members.
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Legislator Voice – Representative Charlene Fernandez is committed to seeing arts programs funded

I don't have an artistic bone in my body. But I know the value of the arts to our communities and the value of arts education to our students. For many students ARTS are the reason they come to school and stay in school. Whether it be a favorite music class or teacher or the opportunity to express themselves on canvass, ARTS impact our students. It's heartbreaking to me, and to my colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus that I lead, that so many schools can no longer offer art or music in any form. We are committed to seeing those programs funded. On a statewide scale, I was so proud of my c...
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January is Services Month

January is "services" month -  your month to create change. Here’s the plan:  Identify an “Advocacy Deputy” in your organization. This person will be your advocacy organizer and be the point of contact for us. They can be anyone: Board Member, CEO, Program Manager, or Volunteer, etc. They just need to be someone willing to be responsive to us and to organize a few meetings a year. Have the Advocacy Deputy setup meetings with your legislators. The goal is to make these elected officials aware of your organization and who you serve.  The meetings should: A) Take place at your l...
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The problem with arts and culture

As most people who know me are aware, I’m a product of the arts. Theatre is what kept me in school and the arts have provided me with a career ever since.    Over the years as I moved from acting, to directing, to nonprofit management, and now arts advocacy, I have often asked (and been asked) why the arts are so underfunded in Arizona and other places.    Some of this is cultural and inherited. For example, for some people the historical term “arts & leisure” is still part of the conversation wherein arts & culture (arts) are seen as something nice to have around...
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Legislator Voice – Why Arts Education is vital to the future for our young people

My name is Daniel Hernandez Jr and I'm honored to represent the 2nd Legislative District in the Arizona State House. My district is special and is all of Santa Cruz County, Green Valley, Sahuarita, and South Tucson. I served from 2011 to 2019 on the Sunnyside School Board and during that time helped open a K-8 Fine Arts Magnet school. I recently had the joy of visiting the Pesidio School in Tucson which spent an entire week with their students from Kindergarten to 12th grade integrating Art into their work. Presidio like many schools across Arizona knows the value and importance of Art so t...
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On the Horizon – Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center’s mission is to invite all people to create and discover entertaining, challenging, and diverse art and arts experiences within joyous, dynamic, and welcoming environments. Owned and operated by the City of Mesa, Mesa Arts Center is a unique, architecturally stunning, international award winning facility located in the heart of downtown Mesa. Arizona's largest multidisciplinary arts center is home to four theaters, five art galleries, 14 art studios, and a seven acre campus with two outdoor stages. Guests come to Mesa Arts Center to experience the finest live entertainment an...
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We Stand with Aliento

Aliento is a community organization that is DACA, undocumented, and youth-led. They are directly impacted people and allies who are invested in the well being, emotional healing, and leadership development of those impacted by the inequalities of lacking an immigration status. They are currently working on the Arizona’s Future campaign which aims to ensure that college tuition is accessible to all Arizona high school graduates regardless of immigration status. (As you may know, on August 22, 2019 the Arizona Board of Regents unanimously voted on extending the 150% tuition rate to all AZ hi...
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