Museum Association of Arizona


Arizona Commission on the Arts

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is an agency of the State of Arizona whose mission is to create opportunities for all Arizonans to participate in and experience the arts. To that end, we deliver grants and support to cultivate sustainable arts communities and promote statewide public access to arts and cultural activities.


Arizona Poet Laureate
The Arizona Poet Laureate is a Governor’s appointee whose purpose is to champion the art of American poetry, inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and educate Arizonans about poets and authors who have influenced our state through creative literary expression.

AZ Creative Aging
An ambitious and comprehensive initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, AZ Creative Aging will build a creative aging infrastructure to enhance quality of life for older Arizonans. With funding from Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, AZ Creative Aging will provide training to teaching artists, support the development of high-quality arts programs for older adults and embed creative aging knowledge and best practices in the community.

AZ ArtWorker
Through an innovative partnership with Arizona State University and the generous support of the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, AZ ArtWorker offers artist-to-artist professional development, creating opportunities for Arizona artists to learn from national and international artists who are at the frontlines of contemporary art and community practice.

Poetry Out Loud
Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage.

In the 2014-2015 school year, the Arizona Department of Education and the Arizona Commission on the Arts collaborated on the pilot project Arts2Go, which proposed a new model for teacher professional development and community arts connection.

Joint Arts Education Conference
Every two years, Arizona’s teaching artists, educators, arts administrators and arts education advocates gather to explore key areas and trends in education and the significant role arts educators play in the academic, social and personal success of students. The Joint Arts Education Conference is a co-presentation of the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Department of Education.

Arizona Art Tank
At regional events in four Arizona communities, top applicants are given six minutes each to pitch innovative arts-based ventures to a live audience and a panel of experts for a shot at up to $10,000 in seed-funding.


Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships support substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools.

Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school (during regular school hours), after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in a variety of community settings for learners of any age. Community/social service organizations or governmental entities partnered with arts organizations or professional teaching artists are eligible to apply.

Professional Development Grants provide funding support for participation in artistic development and skills building activities or opportunities that contribute to professional growth and career development.

Community Investment Grants (CIG) are available to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose primary mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts. Organizations may use CIG funds for general operating expenses.

Festival Grants assist local arts agencies, tribal cultural organizations, government departments or agencies, university/college departments and other nonprofit cultural and social service organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts programming through festival activities.

Artist Research and Development Grants (ARDG) are designed to support individual artists from all disciplines. The purpose of this grant is to aid in the development of artistic work, support the advancement of artistic research and recognize the contributions individual artists make to Arizona’s communities.

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