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Grants to Arizona Artists, Arts Administrators, and Teaching
Artists for Professional Development Opportunities

Agency Type:

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Funding Source:

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Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Community Foundation (ACF)

Deadline Date:

02/14/20

Description:

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Grants starting at $500 to Arizona artists, teaching artists, and arts administrators for a one-time opportunity that will have a substantial impact on their artistic work and professional life. Funding is intended to support and promote individuals in the arts sector at important stages of their careers, as they they continue to develop their professional and creative work.

Artists may work in all disciplines and be at any stage of their career. An arts administrator is any individual who works to create, develop, facilitate, manage, and evaluate arts and cultural programs and organizations. Arts administrators may be serving as full or part-time staff, full or part-time volunteers, and/or board members with an organization, but organization affiliation is not a requirement. A teaching artist is a practicing professional artist with the complementary skills and sensibilities of an educator, who engages people in learning experiences in, through, and about the arts. Teaching artists may work in long term or short-term residencies in classrooms or in a community setting or may lead program development through involvement in curricular planning and residencies with school or community partners.

For artists, proposed opportunities may be self-generated or by invitation and must have potential for significant impact in one of these three categories:

  • Introduce Your Work to New Audiences: An opportunity to present your work in a significant way that will expose your work to new audiences or raise your artistic profile.
  • Develop New Skills: An opportunity to develop new artistic skills though participation in activities such as conferences, artist residencies, workshops, fellowships, master classes, or apprenticeships.
  • Develop Your Artistic Entrepreneurship: An opportunity to engage in entrepreneurial activities directly related to the advancement of your work. Such activities may include production of marketing materials, website development, payment of professional fees (lawyers, accountants, etc.), and any practice-related capital expenses (equipment, materials, short-term rental, etc.). The opportunity should not duplicate previous work or experiences, but should represent a new and exciting professional endeavor.

For arts administrators opportunities may be self-generated or by invitation and must have potential for significant impact in development of new skills and/or broadening your network. Eligible opportunities may include participation in activities like workshops, master classes, training, conferences, institutes, etc., which develop new administrative skills; consultations with experts in fields related to your area of desired learning or development; formal or informal mentorship; other professional development opportunities that introduce you to new people and resources that can help advance your work. The opportunity should not duplicate previous work or experiences, but should represent a new and exciting professional endeavor. Funds may be used for travel necessary to engage in the opportunity; registration fees, lodging, and consultation fees.

For teaching artists, Proposed opportunities may be self-generated or by invitation and must have potential for significant impact in one or more of these two categories:

  • Develop New Skills: An opportunity to develop new skills by participating in activities like conferences, workshops, institutes, fellowships, master classes, trainings, or apprenticeships. New skills could be technical or pedagogical.
  • Introduce Your Work to New Audiences: An opportunity to present your work in a significant way that will expose your work to new audiences or raise your profile as a teaching artist, such as: presenting at a conference or engaging in an out-of-state teaching artist residency.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 185308

Number of Grants:

The number of grants awarded is dependent upon the amount of funds available.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Artists may request between $500 and $1,500 in funding.
- Arts administrators may request between $500 and $1,000 in funding.
- Teaching artists may request between $500 and $1,000 in funding.

Term of Contract:

Eligible project activities must take place between September 18, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Artists must be individuals and may submit only one application per year. Organizations are not eligible to apply. At the time an application is submitted, and the grant is awarded, an applicant must be:
- 18 years of age or older;
- not enrolled for more than three credit hours at a college or university;
- and a resident of Arizona.

Full-time faculty at a college or university are not eligible to apply. Adjunct faculty are eligible to apply.

This program does not fund the following:
- Support for opportunities, activities, or projects which would otherwise be eligible for another Arts
Commission grant, such as the Research & Development Grant, Arts Learning Collaboration Grant or
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant;
- Opportunities that take place outside of the funding period;
- Curatorial costs or curatorial projects;
- Ongoing studio or space rental;
- Equipment not related to the opportunity;
- Costs related to activities for which the applicant is employed or contracted;
- Costs related to academic research or formal study toward an academic or professional degree;
- Fundraising projects, food and beverages for any purpose;
- Grant administration, overhead, or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization.

Pre-Application Information:

Application Cycles:
- Application Due: November 1, 2019, 11:59 pm
- Funding Period: September 18, 2019 – June 30, 2020

- Application Due: February 14, 2020, 11:59 pm
- Funding Period: November 2, 2019 – June 30, 2020

Applications are internally reviewed within approximately 5-6 weeks of each due date and you will be notified via email shortly after if your application will receive funding.

The number of grants awarded is dependent upon the amount of funds available. No match is required.

Grant announcement: https://azarts.gov/news/announcing-opportunity-grants/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online (artists): https://azarts.submittable.com/submit/143347/oga20-fiscal-year-2020-opportunity-grant-for-artists

Apply online (arts administrators): https://azarts.submittable.com/submit/148827/ogaa20-fiscal-year-2020-opportunity-grant-for-arts-administrators

Apply online (teaching artists): https://azarts.submittable.com/submit/148321/ogta20-fiscal-year-2020-opportunity-grant-for-teaching-artists

Primary Staff Contact:
Anna Needham (Red Lake Ojibwe), Artist Programs Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6526
Email: aneedham@azarts.gov

Brad DeBiase, Programs and Grants Coordinator
Phone: (602) 771-6534
Email: bdebiase@azarts.gov

Elisa Radcliffe, Arts Learning Manager
Phone: (602) 771-6528
Email: eradcliffe@azarts.gov

Submittable Technical Support:
(855) 467-8264, ext. 2
support@submittable.com

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