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Arizona Community Foundation Partnership to Support Arizona Artists
The Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts have partnered to support Arizona artists including additional funding from the recently established Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, an endowment held at Arizona Community Foundation.
The partnership will utilize the Arizona Community Foundation’s resources and collaborative practices and the Arts Commission’s statewide reach and artist-services infrastructure to invest in individual artists and their work.
“Arizona is home to many artists who lead with creativity, resourcefulness, and ingenuity. The Rosenzweig Fund has provided ACF with a great opportunity to encourage and support their work,” said Steve Seleznow, president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation. “This partnership also deepens our collaboration with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, given the strength of their artist programs and our shared values related to statewide support.”
The funding will be available to Arizona artists through two grant programs administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts — the already established Artist Research & Development Grant and a new program to debut early next year.
Artist Research & Development Grants provided up to $5,000 in support to Arizona artists who have completed a competitive review process and are awarded based on the strength of the artist’s vision and craft, the integrity and feasibility of their process and the potential for impact on the artist’s practice and community.
Through the partnership, the number of grants awarded through this program will double from 15 to 30.
“We are grateful for ACF’s partnership enabling us to steward monies from the Rosenzweig Fund,” said Jaime Dempsey, executive director of the Arts Commission. “This partnership materialized as the Arts Commission is analyzing its services and resource-distribution, asking ourselves in every case, is this process accessible? Is it equitable? Is it responsive to the people who live here?”
The new program debuting in 2019 will provide grants of up to $1,500 to support artists’ ability to take advantage of specific entrepreneurial and career-development opportunities.