Community Grants & Opportunities

Seeking Applicants for Arizona Youth Arts Council – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: October 24, 2019
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is inviting teen creatives to join the AZ Youth Arts Council to ensure that Arizona’s youth perspective is heard in arts programming and policy. We are seeking creative young people between the ages of 14 and 19 who have an interest in the arts and represent Arizona’s 15 counties. For more information and to apply, click here.

Research and Development Grant – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: October 25, 2019 (11:59pm PST)
Research & Development (R&D) Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists as they work to advance their artistic practice, expand their creative horizons, and deepen the impact of their work. Artists working in any discipline who live and work in Arizona. Whether you’re just getting started or you have already experienced many career successes, the R&D Grant is available to help you take your artistic practice to the next level, including: exploration of new techniques, experimentation with new materials or technologies, creation of new work, and development of new strategies for engaging your community of practice. For more information and to apply, click here.

Inception Writing Contest – Sunspot Literary Journal
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Sunspot Literary Journal wants your best fiction, nonfiction, or poetry opening. No restrictions on theme, category, or length of the piece from which the beginning is excerpted. Length for the entry: Up to 250 words for prose. Up to 25 words for poetry. First place winner will be published, and finalists will be offered the chance to be published. Enter as many times as you like. Simultaneous submissions accepted. Work can have won other awards without being disqualified. Cash award of $250 for the winner. For more information and to submit, click here.

Poetry Out Loud! – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: October 31, 2019
Poetry Out Loud seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry – recitation and performance. The program builds on the resurgence of poetry as an oral art form, as seen in the slam poetry movement and the immense popularity of rap music among youth. Poetry Out Loud invites the dynamic aspects of slam poetry, spoken word, and theater into the English class. Through Poetry Out Loud, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. For more information and to register your school, click here.

Opportunity Grant – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: November 1, 2019
Opportunity Grants provide funding support to Arizona artists, teaching artists, and arts administrators as they take advantage of specific, unique opportunities that have the potential to significantly impact their professional growth. These grants support and empower arts sector workers at critical stages in their creative lives as they work to advance their career and continue to innovate in their work. For more information and to apply, click here.

Speaking of Data Workshop – SMU DataArts
Event Date: November 6, 2019  (10am-12pm MT)
Attendees will take a deep-dive into their own organization’s data and practice learning from and using that data as part of their work. This intensive session is ideal for decision-making staff and board members interested in learning how to read their SMU DataArts Analytic Reports and practice using them in conversations with various stakeholders and audiences. This workshop is produced in partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Registration closes on November 1, 2019. To register for the workshop, click here.

Ambos Nogales Border Art Project Opening Reception – Studio One: A Space for Art and Activism
Event Date: November 8, 2019 (7-11pm)
The Ambos Nogales Border Art Project is composed of artists from the border cities of Nogales, Patagonia, and the Interstate 19 corridor north to Tucson, Arizona. The vision for this border arts movement in southern Arizona and northern Sonora, Mexico is to bridge and celebrate the diversity, talent, and innovation of a multi-generational group of artists. Ambos Nogales is a bi-national exchange of heritage, food, language, ideas, family, and history, The sister city community is set against the reality of a political presence of divisiveness and a wall that makes the attempt to physically separate a history that is rooted in the spirit of the land. For questions, contact abnvelez@gmail.com.

Innovator-in-Residence Program – Library of Congress
Deadline: November 15, 2019, January 15, 2020, March 15, 2020 (5pm PST)
One of the missions of Library of Congress’ Labs (Labs) at the Library of Congress (Library) is to enable transformational experiences between the Library’s digital collections and the American people. Labs established an Innovator in Residence Program (IIR) in 2017 to invite creative people to develop research concepts or projects inspired by the Library’s collections that demonstrate possibilities of how the Library relates to and enriches the work, life and imagination of the American people. By encouraging the expertise of outside voices to contribute short-term, high-impact projects, the residency will serve the Library’s Digital Strategic Plan by supporting creativity in emerging styles of research.This opportunity will support the objectives of Labs, enabling transformational experiences between the Library’s collections and the American people. For more information and to apply, click here.

USArtists International – Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
Deadlines: November 22, 2019, April 1, 2020 (11:59pm EST)
USArtists International supports performances by U.S. artists at important cultural festivals and arts marketplaces around the globe. Committed to the presence of U.S. based artists on world stages, USArtists International provides grants to ensembles and individual performers in dance, music and theatre invited to perform at significant international festivals and performing arts markets. USAI encourages and promotes the vibrant diversity of U.S. artists and creative expression in the performing arts by expanding opportunity and exposure to international audiences, encouraging international cultural exchange and enhancing the creative and professional development of U.S. based artists by providing connections with presenters, curators and artists around the world.  USAI extends the reach and impact of professional touring artists and ensembles from the United States and is committed to expanded touring opportunities for continued sustainability of U.S. artists. For more information and to apply, click here.

Mellon-Fronteridades Creative Scholars – University of Arizona Confluence of Creative Inquiry
Deadlines: November 29, 2019
The Mellon-Fronteridades Creative Scholars program seeks to expand border interdisciplinary scholarship and engagement with Arizona-Sonora border communities through the lens of the humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences. This program supports the overarching goal of Fronteridades to address the gap in knowledge between the lived experience of the border and how the border is perceived by those without such personal experience. This program provides funding for students, postdoctoral scholars, professionals, artists, and local community members passionate about enriching understanding of the US-Mexico borderlands through community-based art or social justice projects. For more information and to apply, click here.

Arts Learning Collaboration Grant (Cycle C) – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: January 30, 2020 (11:59pm PST)
Arts Learning Collaboration Grants enhance the work of school-based arts teaching and learning programs through collaborative projects taking place in-school, after-school, or during summer/inter-session and in-services in one of the following three categories: Planning, Professional Development, and Student Learning. For more information and to apply, click here.

Lifelong Arts Engagement Grant (Cycle C) – Arizona Commission on the Arts
Deadline: January 30, 2020 (11:59pm PST)
Lifelong Arts Engagement Grants support partnerships that foster meaningful arts learning experiences in community settings for learners of any age in one of the following three categories: Participant Engagement, Planning, and Professional Development. For more information and to apply, click here.

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