Arizona Citizen Newsletter
Issue: 20November/2011
Message from the Director 


A longtime equity theatre company launches an emergency funding campaign...The state arts agency loses its general fund appropriations in a state budget cut... Arts groups slash budgets to stem the red ink,  only to confront new income shortfalls.


On the other hand, some smaller Arizona cities and towns actually report increases in public funding... More than 250 arts enthusiasts gather at Arizona Town Hall to plan a vibrant future for arts and culture in our state....Some communities design new bond programs that include arts facilities.


And the Arizona Commission on the Arts emerges from a legally-required legislative hearing with a unanimous recommendation for a 10-year renewal.


Yes, 2011 has been a study in contrasts for Arizona's arts and culture industry but, looking forward, there is reason for optimism.


New arts-friendly elected leadership in Phoenix and Tucson.  Renewed energy from a Town Hall report defining how to empower our industry. Newly-identified support in our state legislature for the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the political opportunities presented by an election year and potentially redrawn legislative maps.


The big question is: How can the arts and culture community take advantage of opportunities to rebuild support when they must devote so much time to their own survival?


The answer? That is the very reason Arizona Citizens/ Action for the Arts exists. As the statewide voice for arts and culture in Arizona, our mission is to promote awareness about the importance and impact of arts and culture. 


We are the eyes, ears and, most importantly, the voice of arts and culture in public policy at the state and local level.  Our goal is to reach out and engage others in public dialogue to rebuild arts support among corporations, private givers and public funders.  We build new coalitions among educators, parents, arts organizations and community and business leaders so that they all become arts advocates.


In fact, it is more than our job, it is our promise.  With a month still left this year, preparations are underway for 2012.  But your help and participation are critical in achieving the successes we all want.

Many of our upcoming initiatives are in this newsletter.We hope you will support us through your advocacy, your participation and with your membership dues as we work hard to take advantage of hopeful signs of recovery for the arts and culture industry. We look forward to seeing you and hearing from you. 



Catherine 'Rusty' Foley

Executive Director
Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts


Arizona Commission on the Arts
Gains New Chair, New Commissioners


"The benefits of a thriving arts industry to our state are evident; a vibrant arts industry aids in economic revitalization, has a positive impact on education, and encourages civic engagement in our state."  


Chairman FeldmanAnd with those words, Mark Feldman began his tenure as chair of the Arizona Commission on the Arts after serving as a governor-appointed commission member since 2009.  Feldman, who also sits on the Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts board of directors and the Free Arts of Arizona , blends a highly successful business career with his passion and love for Arizona arts and culture.


"I am hopeful that my experience in financial planning, my understanding of the challenges facing the arts and culture sector, and my passion for advancing our collective cause, will be useful in my role as Commission Chair," he wrote in his welcome message in azArts417, the Arizona Commission on the Arts newsletter. To read the complete letter, click here.


New commissioners joining Feldman on the panel are former State Senator Carolyn Allen of Scottsdale, vice chair; former State Senator Tim Bee of Tucson; and Carol Crockett, a Phoenix-based public affairs professional.  Museum of Northern Arizona Director Dr. Robert Breunig was appointed to a second, two-year term.

Senator Allen Commissioner BeeCommissioner CrockettCommissioner Breunig

Register Now for 2012 Arts Congress
Represent Your District in Support of Arts and Culture


ArtsCongressArts Congress 2012 will be an especially important opportunity to meet at the Capitol with our elected officials. We will be celebrating Arizona's centennial with performances by several youth groups. And most importantly, we will be educating our state senators and representatives about the incredible challenges facing the state's arts and culture community. the upcoming Arts Congress holds special


Scheduled on the Arizona State Capitol House Lawn on Tuesday, Feb. 7, the event will bring together arts advocates from across the state, carrying the message of how important the arts are to our local economy, community life and educational excellence. Last year we conducted 82 meetings with members of the state's House and Senate, and we plan to equal or exceed that record this year


A full day of celebration and advocacy for the arts, culture and education in Arizona begins with registration at 7:30 a.m..  Stay tuned for more information about the full agenda as well as dates for advocacy training.

This year Arts Congress will focus on reauthorization of the Arizona Commission on the Arts (see story below); preserving the Arts Trust Fund, the Commission's only remaining public funding stream and promoting the teaching of arts education to state standards in all of our K-12 schools.


For more information and to register, click here. And watch your e-mail for more details about this important gathering.

Sunset Review Committee Recommends
10-Year Reauthorization for Arts Commission


Following a brief hearing at which testimony was provided by Arizona Commission on the Arts Executive Director Bob Booker, the Committee of Reference for Sunset Review recommended the commission be authorized for the full 10 years allowed by law.


The 10-member committee took its lead from Committee Chair Senator Al Melvin of Tucson who expressed his view that the arts play a key role in Arizona economic development and suggested the 10-year renewal.


The Committee of Reference review is the first step in the full legislative process for reauthorization.  Following up on this victory, we will continue to work with Sen. Melvin and other arts supporters in the legislature on the drafting and introduction of  the actual legislation to insure the Arts Commission continues to exist as a means of supporting, promoting and growing the arts and culture industry in Arizona. We will keep you updated as the process moves forward.

"A Christmas Story", You Don't Want to Miss 

Fundraiser for AzCA on December 13th


Performances of the iconic holiday tale "A Christmas Story" are selling out at Phoenix Theatre. But you have a special opportunity to see this classic during a special performance for Arizona Citizens for the Arts on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at Phoenix Theatre.


You remember this show:  Ralphie Parker hopes to find an "Official Red Ryder Carbine-Action Two-Hundred-Shot Range Model Air Rifle" under the Christmas tree, but first must overcome a series of challenges from a frozen flagpole to his parents constant admonition that  "you'll shoot your eye out."


Tickets are $65 per person for premium seating and $40 for regular reserved seats. All proceeds benefit the outreach and awareness-building programs of Arizona Citizens for the Arts.


Tickets may be purchased directly from Phoenix Theatre. For questions or additional information, call (602) 253-6535, or visit the Arizona Citizens for the Arts website

Nominate Arizona's Best 
For 2012 Governor's Arts Awards


Only two weeks or so remain to submit nominations for the 2012 Governor's Arts Awards, which will be presented on Tuesday, March 27 at the Herberger Theater Center, 222 E. Monroe.


Organized by Arizona Citizens for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Office of the Governor, the evening begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction and follows with the theatre-style awards ceremony.


Nominations are being accepted for Artist, Arts in Education (individual), Arts in Education (organization), Business, Community and Individual. The seventh annual Shelley Award also will be presented that evening.


Nomination deadline is 5 p.m., Dec. 16.  For details and a nomination form, click here:

Be Part of Our Advocacy Agenda for 2012
Become a Member of AzCA


Join TodayNot a member of AZCA yet? Consider joining today. With a full agenda of activity ahead for 2012, Arizona Citizens for the Arts needs your financial support so we can continue our work on your behalf.


Membership dollars support comprehensive community engagement programs for arts and arts education, timely action alerts, an interactive digital advocacy center, advocacy trainings, the AzCA Legislative Liaison program and national and statewide webinars, among other benefits.


In addition to other benefits, your $100 Arts Activist membership level includes a ticket to the Arts Congress.  Membership levels begin at just $10 for students and $15 for teachers all the way to $500 for Arts Champions and $1,000 for Arts Heroes.


Organizational memberships also are available.


Every dollar counts.


For more information and to become a member, click here:

Americans for the Arts
Assess 2011 Elections


The recent nationwide elections were "fairly good for incumbents" and resulted in the election of many candidates supportive of the arts and creative economies, according to Americans for the Arts.


A full assessment of elections nationwide, including that of Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, can be found by clicking here.


Three of the nation's mayors who were re-elected are recipients of the Americans for the Arts Public Leadership in the Arts Awards:  James Brainard, Carmel, Ind.; Michael Nutter, Philadelphia; and Joseph Riley, Charleston, S.C.

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In This Issue
Arts Commission Gets New Chair
Register Now for 2012 Arts Congress
Sunset Review Committee Recommends 10-Years
"A Christmas Story", You Don't Want to Miss
2012 Governor's Arts Awards
2012 Advocacy Agenda, Become a Member
2011 Elections Assessed
Support Az Citizens
Become a Member Today

A Christmas Story
for AzCA


The weather may not be frightful (is it ever?), but the holidays are, indeed, nearby and so is a fund-raising opportunity for Arizona Citizens/Action for the Arts.


Phoenix Theatre has set aside Tuesday, Dec. 13th for a special production of "A Christmas Story".  


You remember the one-legged lamp and the Red Ryder BB gun don't you? If you loved the movie - the play will put you in a holiday mood in a special baby boomer kind of way.  


On this date only, the tickets will include a preshow gathering with light hors d'oeuvres, holiday snacks during intermission and fun raffle that you do not want to miss.


Premium Tickets are starting at $65, and Regular Reserved tickets are starting at $40.


These prices are a limited time offer. To buy tickets now, click here .




Upcoming Events
 City Elections, Tucson & Phoenix  
November 8, 2011


A Christmas Story 

at Phoenix Theatre

December 13, 2011    


Arts Congress

February 7, 2012      


Governor's Arts Awards

March 27, 2012

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Board of Directors



Steve Martin,  

President, Arizona Citizens 

Brenda Bernardi,  

Vice President, Arizona Citizens 

Joel Hiller,  

President, Arizona Action

Julie Richard 

Vice President, Arizona Action

Tom Chapman,  


Dawn Brown,  


Jeff Rich,  


Jessica L. Andrews,  

Past President, Arizona Citizens 




Allan Affeldt,  

Winslow Arts Trust

Robert Benson,  

Peoria Unified School District

Jennifer Burns,

Consulting & Policy Development 

Sam Campana,  

Audobon Arizona

Bill DeWalt,

Musical Instrument Museum

Mary Dryden,  

Tucson Symphony Orchestra League  

Karen Falkenstrom

Odaiko Sonora 

Representative Steve Farley 

Arizona House of Representatives

Mark Feldman,

Certified Financial Planner

Barbara Fenster,

Free Arts of Arizona

Wes Gullett,  

First Strategic

Phillip C. Jones,

Community Volunteer 

Cathy Knapp,  

Quarles & Brady LLC

Kate Marquez,  

Southern Arizona Arts & Culture Alliance

Senator Michele Reagan,  

Arizona State Senate 

John Tannous,  

Flagstaff Cultural Partners

Jackie Thrasher,

Washington Elementary School District 

Lynn Tuttle,  

Arizona Department of Education

Roberta Ukura,  

City of Yuma Park & Recreation

Cathy Weiss,  

Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts