Issue: March/April 2014
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Gold Canyon Arts Council


2014 Governor's Arts Awards nominee (Arts in Education - Organization) Gold Canyon Arts Council sponsors and promotes performing, visual and other related arts activities in the greater Gold Canyon area through a series of culturally diverse public performances, festivals, educational residency programs, artistic awards and by encouraging arts in area schools. 


Gold Canyon Arts Council requires all artists performing in its Canyon Sounds Series to present residences in schools on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, Coolidge, Florence, Mesa, Gilbert and Apache Junction. 


More than 15,000 students have experienced one or more of these programs that average 25 each year.  The Council's board of directors has made a priority of reaching out to more remote communities expressing a need and desire to provide arts opportunities to their students.


For more information, click here.



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It's a clearinghouse for local and federal arts and culture-related news and information as well as complete details about important legislation and how to find and contact your legislators.


It only takes a minute to register, but the impact of our collective voice can last a lifetime.


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SRP's passion for community service dates back more than 100 years and is certainly most-recently reflected in its contribution to the 2014 Governor's Arts Awards as the Audio-Visual and Print Sponsor.


But the company's outreach is as diverse as its customer base with support of key facets of Arizona's nonprofit community including human service, civic, education, environmental and arts and culture. At the same time, SRP is a strong advocate for teachers and students with more than 200,000 students touched by SRP-originated educational programs every year.


SRP's employee volunteer program is nationally recognized as a model of innovation and effectiveness, and the company is widely recognized for its commitment to safety-related initiatives, including water and electric safety programs.


For more information, visit


Arizona Citizens seeking summer interns for public policy, arts administration work


Arizona Citizens for the Arts is offering two internships for this summer, one in arts administration and the second focusing on public policy-making for arts and culture.


The Arts Administration internship will provide a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations to learn skills in office management, community outreach and event coordination.


The Public Policy internship will offer hands-on involvement in civic engagement activities that help build constituencies to advance public policy; skills addressed include office management, community outreach, issues management, data analysis and grassroots communications.

Deadline is April 25. To apply and for more information, visit


Register now for the Americans for the Arts

national convention set for June 13-15 in Nashville

Innovation and inspiration will be two major themes at the American's for the Arts annual convention June 13-15 in Nashville.


This year's event includes three preconferences on June 12 (Public Art & Placemaking, Arts Education and Arts Leadership), three hand-picked keynotes and more than 30 specialized breakouts with a reception at the expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.


Complete registration information and fees can be found at

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 Board of Directors


Joel Hiller  


Robert Knight 

Vice President 

Phil Jones


Dawn Brown 


Rick Pfannenstiel 


Jeff Rich 


Steve Martin 

Past President  

Tom Chapman

Chair, Advocacy Committee

Lynn Tuttle

Chair, Finance Committee 



 Alan Affeldt

 Winslow Arts Trust

 Jason Baran

Salt River Project

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee

 Arizona House of Representatives

Jennifer Burns

Consulting & Policy Development 

Sam Campana  

Chair Emeritus 

Mary Dryden

Tucson Symphony Orchestra League  

Sen. Steve Farley

Arizona State Senate

Mark Feldman

Miller-Russell & Associates

Chuck Goldstein


Laurie Goldstein

Freescale Semiconductor 

Anne Kleindienst 

Polsinelli, PC

Cathy Knapp  

Frazer Ryan Goldberg & Arnold LLP

Bernadette Mills

West Valley Arts Council

Maureen O'Brien 

Musical Instrument Museum

Leah Fregulia Roberts

Arizona School for the Arts

Michael Vargas

Arizona Public Service

Vincent VanVleet

Phoenix Theatre


Message from the Director
AzCA set to use positive energy for spring and summer outreach

"Artists reflect the world around them - both the things they love and those they don't. But art is always about trying to make the world a better place. And so I use my art to celebrate our land, our multicultural heritage and our history to focus on the things that bring all Arizonans together. There is far more we have in common than that which divides us." - Excerpted from the acceptance speech of Daniel Buckley, 2014 Governor's Arts Awards Artist honoree.


So far 2014 has been, for us, all about extending the influence and the impact of the arts in Arizona for all of the positive contributions they make to our state.


With the help of 200 advocates from around the state, we had a successful Arts Congress in February, meeting with three-quarters of the members of the Arizona Legislature and making progress in our arguments for increased funding for the Arizona Commission on the Arts. (As state budget negotiations continue, we hope to have good news to report sometime soon.)


Late last month the 2014 Governor's Arts Awards celebrated 84 wonderful nominees from 27 communities and, of course, the amazing new honorees (See story below.)

Now we're ready to build on the positive energy of those two events as we move into the difficult season of city budgeting.


Stories here outline our efforts and ask for your assistance in advocating against serious, proposed cuts to city arts and culture budgets in both Phoenix and Tucson.


For those of you who reside elsewhere - visit the website of your local city or town and seek out information about your own city's budget and how it will address the art and culture priorities of your communities.


And because 2014 is an election year, we will be ramping up our voter and candidate education efforts very soon. We are redesigning and reinvigorating VotesmART Arizona our social media-based campaign to distribute information about voter registration, early balloting, candidate positions on arts and culture issues and information about federal, state and local funding for arts and culture in our state.


This effort is so important that we've made it the centerpiece of our Arizona Gives Day campaign on Wednesday, April 9. Every dollar we receive on Arizona Gives Day will support VotesmART.


We're ready to go to work for your interests in arts and culture. But you can contribute to our success by making a special contribution on Arizona Gives Day to help us raise the funds we need to finance our VotesmART civic education campaign. Visit our page now

and schedule a contribution for Wednesday, April 9 - Arizona Gives Day.


Thank you. Now let's get to work on our future in arts and culture!




Catherine "Rusty" Foley

Executive Director

Arizona Citizens for the Arts

2014 Governors' Arts Awards Honorees celebrated 


More than 500 arts supporters, adv
ocates, business leaders and elect ed officials packed the Mesa Arts C
enter on March 25 to recognize the 2014 Governors Arts Awards honorees 

chosen from 84 individuals, artists, businesses, arts education programs and community programs from communities around the state.


Tucson artist and performance art pioneer Daniel Buckley, who spent 22 years with the Tucson Citizen before creating a documentary film series about the political and social evolution of Tucson's Mexican-American population, was named Artist of the Year, and Anni Beach of Chandler whose love of rhythm, melody and teaching music to children led to development of the Jam Pak Neighborhood Blues 'N Grass Band 20 years ago, earned the Individual Award.


Also honored were: UofA Poetry Center, Community Award; Dr. Robert Benson, Arts In Education Individual; Rosie's House: A Musical Academy for Children, Arts in Education Organization; and BMO Harris Bank, Business.


Drs. John P. and Helen S. Schaefer received the 2014 Shelley Award for their lifelong support of arts and culture and special support for numerous Tucson institutions, including the Poetry Center and the Center for Creative Photography. 


Each honoree received specially created awards by Arizona artists: Steve Bunyard, Phoenix, procelaneous clay; Monica Aissa Martinez, Phoenix, limited edition lithograph; Cindy Schnackel, Phoenix, acrylic on canvas; Rand Carlson, Tucson, recycle tin on wood; Don Carter, Tucson, acrylic; Paul Anders-Stout, Tucson, blown glass; and Thomas McKee, Scottsdale, three-dimensional mixed media.


Enjoy highlights from the event here.  

Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture needs the help of supporters at budget hearings

Arts supporters in Phoenix are being asked to turn out for the public hearings on the City Manager's proposed FY 15 city budget continuing over the next two weeks across the city.


After two years of increases to partially restore funding to the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture (POAC), the proposed budget proposes to reverse the recovery and cut the FY15 grants budget by 18% and eliminate a staff position that supports the Public Art Program.


Now is the time for Phoenix supporters of arts and culture to make your voices heard so that this important sector of our local economy and community is not unfairly burdened by the need to balance the city budget.


After suffering massive cuts during the recession, falling from an historic high of about $1 million to only $140,346 in FY11, the budget received partially restorations from the Mayor and City Council, adding $250,000 in FY13 and $280,000 in FY14.


The proposed FY15 cut of $123,000 in FY15 would bring the POAC's grants budget to its 1999 level of $557,346.


For more information and a complete list of budget hearings click here. 

Tucson proposes 75% to TPAC funding 


The City of Tucson Manager's draft budget for 2014-15 proposes cutting funding for the arts by a staggering 75 percent.  These cuts follow on the heels of a 45 percent decrease in public sector funding for the arts since 2007.


If approved, per capita funding in Tucson and Pima County will drop from 64 cents per person to around 20 cents compared with the national average of $5.44 per capita.


The impact would:

  • Severely compromising the ability of the Tucson Pima Arts Council to support the local arts sector.
  • Impacting TPAC's ability to attract major national funding to sustain the arts sector.
  • Weakening TPAC's capacity to support development of the cultural community.

Considering that non-profit arts generate $87.7 million in annual revenue for Tucson and Pima County in an industry supporting some 9,000 jobs, even consideration of such a cut is mind numbing.


If you live in Tucson and Pima County, attend a City Council budget hearing this Tuesday or at 5:30 p.m., April 23, at City Hall, 244 W. Alameda St. or write or call your elected officials.


More information is available here.


New national study shows Arizona Creative Industries employ nearly 50,000

Using data from Dun & Bradstreet, Americans for the Arts has released its 2014 Creative Industries Report for the United States and each individual state.


In Arizona, 14,526 arts-related businesses employ 47,168 people, representing 4.5 percent of the total number of businesses and 1.8 percent of the people they employ.  The two largest business segments are Design and Publishing (5,880 businesses, 16,582 employees) and Visual Arts/Photography (4,208 businesses, 10,434 employees).


Nationally, creative industries (for-profit and non-profit arts-related businesses) comprise 750,453 businesses employing 3.1 million men and women This represents 4.2 percent of all U.S. businesses and 2.2 percent of all U.S. employees.


For more information and to see the full report, go to


Arts and culture contributes to $504 billion to U. S. economy; larger than tourism industry nationally

The first federal in-depth analysis of the non-profit and for-profit arts and culture sector contributions to current-dollar gross domestic product (GDP) and estimated value to the U.S. travel and tourism industry show reveals surprising numbers.


The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)'s recently released "prototype" estimate showed a 3.2 percent, or $504 billion, contribution to GDP, compared to an estimated value of 2.8 percent of GDP contributed by the U.S. travel and tourism industry.


"Art and culture is a significant part of the U.S. economy," said NEA Senior Deputy Chairman Joan Shigekawa. "Not just its contributions of ideas and creativity to the innovation economy, but also as an important part of the labor force and our country's GDP."


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