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Protect arts and culture by preserving the tax deduction for charitable contributions. Contact your members of Congress today through Voter Voice


The Arizona General Election is November 4, 2014, but the time to prepare for the election is now. If you are not already registered to vote, the deadline to be eligible to participate in the General election is October 6. 


 Arts and culture voters can also visit VotesmART Arizona 2014, for information about candidates and arts and culture issues. Also, watch for special information - available soon --- about how to find out about local school district elections and arts education issues. 

Sponsor Spotlight 

At a time of shrinking corporate support for arts and culture, Resolution Copper Mining stands firm in its commitment based on a simple premise:  "at the end of the day, we want our communities to be better off by having our presence in their lives."


Over the last four years, the company's sponsorship of the Governor's Arts Awards has reflected its advocacy for programs that "encourage reading, writing, the arts and culture and support the mastery of other basic skills."


Located near Superior, Resolution Copper hosts one of the world's largest untapped copper resources.  Copper from the proposed mine will help wire a rapidly growing world and drive the new green economy, powering
everything from wind turbines to electric cars.


 For more information, visit


Member News

There's a new home for the arts in the Valley thanks to the efforts of the West Valley Arts Council.  Arts HQ, a 2,500 square foot space in the city-owned building that previously housed the Heard Museum West, opened in July.


West Valley Arts Council Executive Director Bernadette Mills said the new venue at 16126 N. Civic Center Plaza will offer "everything from performing art to curated exhibits to traveling shows, and we plan to take advantage of the location to host outdoor art shows and concerts."


The West Valley Arts Council, first incorporated in 1969, has been central to creating what is recognized as a "high quality of life" for West Valley residents, and is the only multi-disciplinary arts organization of its type and scope in the Valley.


For information, go to


AzCA Seeks 
Office Manager

Arizona Citizens for the Arts seeks an office manager to support Arizona's only statewide non-profit arts advocacy and service organization. 

The ideal candidate should be pleasant, energetic, 
well-organized and enjoy an active work environment that requires balancing multiple tasks and priorities. The candidate should possess broad office skills, understand basic bookkeeping, be proficient in common office management software, know how to use social media, be familiar with managing customer relationship databases and updating web pages. 

For more information and application details click here.

 Board of Directors


Michael Vargas


Robert Knight 

Vice President 

Phil Jones


Rick Pfannenstiel 


Joel Hiller 

Past President

Laurie Goldstein


Jeff Rich 


Bernadette Mills  

Advocacy, Chair



 Allan Affeldt

 Winslow Arts Trust

 Jason Baran

Salt River Project

Rep. Kate Brophy McGee

 Arizona House of Representatives

Dawn Brown

AZ Business Consulting

Jennifer Burns

Public Policy Consultant 

Sam Campana  

Chair Emeritus 

Tom Chapman

Arts Advocate

Mary Dryden

Tucson Symphony Orchestra League  

Sen. Steve Farley

Arizona State Senate

Mark Feldman

Miller-Russell & Associates

Chuck Goldstein


Cindy Gresser

Smoki Museum 

Anne Kleindienst 

Polsinelli, PC

Steve Martin


Maureen O'Brien

Musical Instrument Museum

Leah Fregulia Roberts

Arizona School for the Arts

Peter Rutti

Westlake Reed Leskosky
Lynn Tuttle

Arizona Board of Education

Vincent VanVleet

Phoenix Theatre

Suzanne Walden-Wells

DMB Associates, Inc.

Thomas Wilson

Arizona Museum of Natural History

Message from the director

Put arts and culture 

on the agenda 

for election debates


As of the August 26 Primary Election, the candidates for state leadership have been chosen, and the races are sharply defined. Partisan campaigns for the offices of Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, our Congressional seats and several key state legislative seats have begun in earnest.


It also time for all good citizens of our state to step up to their responsibilities in electing leaders. Amidst the campaign rhetoric, it is up to citizen voices to demand a vision for how to shape a vibrant future for our state. 


For arts and culture voters, that means demanding that candidates acknowledge the remarkable strength of Arizona's arts and cultural resources.  


We know that arts and culture have always been vibrant contributors, not only to our economy, but to the best of Arizona's unique identity - defining our sense of place, our long and diverse history and a lifestyle shaped so much by our natural environment.


Our task is to ask candidates to articulate how they will support and leverage the power of the arts and culture sector.  That means getting involved -- attend local candidate debates and ask questions; participate in tele-town halls; correspond by email; submit questions to media debates.


Here are a few suggestions that will shed light on how a candidates values Arizona arts and culture.


How would you describe the importance of arts and culture resources to the development of our state?


What role should the state (or your local community) play in investing in assuring that nonprofit arts and culture experiences are available to all Arizonans?

How can you as an elected official encourage the development of arts and culture resources in the state? K-12 schools and state standards for arts

How would you support arts education in Arizona's K-12 schools and state standards for arts education?


What is your personal participation or interest in arts and culture activities?


Please remember: No conversation about Arizona's future goes on very long before acknowledging the importance of Arizona's arts and culture assets in attracting and keeping the industries we desire and the highly-skilled employees we covet.

Let's make sure we communicate that message to the candidates in the General Election too.

We'll be doing our part through the VotesmART Arizona website, but it will take all of us to make an impact. 

So, spread the word, and most importantly, vote on November 6.


Arts and culture are a part of the new and the old Arizona, and most importantly, the future Arizona



Catherine "Rusty" Foley

Executive Director

Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Arizona chosen to participate in national initiative to expand advocacy for arts education 

Arizona is among 10 states selected to join a three-year Americans for the Arts pilot program designed to expand policy support for local arts education and access to arts program and instruction in Arizona schools.


Lead members of the team who will coordinate the initiative in Arizona include Catherine "Rusty" Foley, executive director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts; Lynn Tuttle, director of arts education for the Arizona Department of Education; Alexandra Nelson, director of arts learning, Arizona Commission on the Arts; and Tee Lambert, president of the Washington Elementary School District and a member of the Arizona School Board Association's Legislative Committee.


Americans for the Arts will provide customized coaching and technical assistance and provide $10,000 in direct grants in each of the initiative's three years.


"The link between arts education and student performance is well documented in terms of improved test scores and critical thinking.  We are committed to doing all we can to build awareness of that dynamic with a collective goal to expand arts education in our schools," Foley said.  "We will support the effort in every way possible." 

U.S. Senate draft proposes "level" funding for NEA

and NEH 

The U.S. Senate Appropriations committee's draft of the Fiscal Year 2015 Interior Appropriations bill provides an additional $4 million to both the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Humanities Endowment (NEH), an increase from the House version, to provide "level" level funding of $146 million.


A record number of Senators have requested higher funding for the NEA and NEH, although it's doubtful a final bill will be negotiated before the end of the fiscal year.  A continuing resolution is now expected when Congress returns in September. Sign up for future notices about federal, state and local developments in advocacy at the AzCA Legislative Action Center. 

Arizona Art Tank applications being accepted now

Applications are being accepted until Thursday, Sept. 18 for Arizona Art Tank, a competitive funding initiative of the Arizona Commission on the Arts that makes strategic investments in arts-based ventures that best reflect the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of Arizona's arts and culture sector.


An information session is planned at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 2 at Practical Art, 5070 N. Central Ave. An online information session is scheduled at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9.  A reservation is required for both sessions and can be completed online at

The Arizona Commission on the Arts defines "arts-based ventures" as a product or idea that represents a strategic departure from standard practice and "business as usual," in favor or exploring new approaches and new markets.  In other words: business unusual.


Art Tank was made possible by successful advocacy by arts supporters that led to the state legislature's approval of a $1 million allocation to the Arts Commission from interest earned by the state "rainy day" fund.


Top Art Tank applicants will pitch their ventures to live audiences and expert panels at public, regional events in four Arizona communities to be scheduled in January.  Dates, times and locations will be announced by Sept. 18.  Details are also available at

New Mexico report shows 

$5.6 billion impact on state economy

Building on the Past, Facing the Future: Renewing the Creative Economy, a comprehensive, statewide report conducted by the University of New Mexico Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER), revealed a $5.6 billion impact on the state's economy.


The report, commissioned by the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, challenges business, government and nonprofits to capitalize on opportunities to fully realize economic potential of a sector that represents one of every 10 jobs in the state.


"This comprehensive economic research on New Mexico paired with the extensive national policy review from BBER, directly links the economic vitality of our communities statewide to the health of our arts and cultural sector," said Veronica N. Gonzales, the cultural affairs department's cabinet level secretary.


Key findings of the report beyond the $5.6 billion contribution to the state's economy show that the arts and cultural industries: 

  • provide primary employment for 76,756 New Mexicans.
  • contribute $2.2 billion in wages and salaries each year.
  • generate $137 million in state and local government revenues.

To read the full report, go to

Comment deadline for Arizona Arts Education standards

is August 29

Public comments for the Arizona Academic Standards in the Arts in four specific disciplines - art, dance, music and theatre - will be accepted until Aug. 29.


The 17 standards will provide guidance on what students should know and be able to do in all four disciplines.  The standards call for every student to receive arts instruction through the intermediate level in all art forms as well as reach an advanced level in at least one art form before graduating high school.


To submit comments, visit

Early registration open for the 2014 Joint Arts Education Conference on October 20

The Phoenix Art Museum will host the 2014
Joint Arts Education Conference: Mapping the Future on Monday, Oct. 20.


The full-day conference, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., includes 12 breakout sessions and presentations by keynote speakers John Abodeely, Deputy Director, President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, and Mary Leuhrsen, Executive Director of The NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) Foundation.


Early-bird registration through Sept. 5 is $95 and goes to $120 from Sept. 6-Oct. 15.  Student registration is $75.  Complete information can be found at  

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