Office of arts and culture awards over $850,000 to local organizations

CmnjbEYUMAAS_zH.jpg smallThe Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture has announced the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2016-17 fiscal year.

This month the office will award a total of $865,346 to 55 non-profit arts and culture organizations serving the residents of Phoenix through arts and culture activities.

Grant funds support the general operating costs of major, midsize, and small arts and culture organizations, specific arts projects related to festivals, as well as arts learning activities.  Funds are also allocated to a rental support program operated by the Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Phoenix Convention Center, according to a press release.

Approved by mayor and council on June 22, the funding allocation includes a $60,000 increase to the grants program.  

We can’t create a strong economy without a vibrant arts community, which is why we tripled our funding for the arts over the past four years,” said Mayor Greg Stanton, in the release.  “This year we were able to amplify that investment in the arts and culture sector through our grants program. The outstanding organizations receiving these funds will help our economy, bringing artistic excellence and cultural vibrancy to our community.”

According to Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Executive Director, Gail Browne, arts and culture organizations in Phoenix provided approximately 7,000 performances, 300 exhibitions, 2,500 classes and workshops, and 3,000 school programs last year.

“The arts and culture sector supported by these grants contributes more than $300 million in economic impact and generates more than $14 million in Phoenix tax revenue, based on the last economic study of the sector,” she said in the release.

All grants are dollar-for-dollar matching grants, requiring grantees to raise funds from corporations, foundations and/or individuals in the city of Phoenix. Organizations that received general operating support provide substantial outreach and education programs to the community.

Arts and culture learning grant recipients support lifelong learning in the arts through projects in partnership with schools, businesses, social service organizations, parks, recreational centers, libraries, senior centers and more.

Festival grant awards support public festivals that highlight an arts or cultural discipline, or multi-disciplinary celebration of a specific culture.

Through the Rental Support Program a total of $250,000 is awarded to major cultural organizations that help revitalize the Phoenix downtown corridor through their presentations in city-owned performing arts facilities, Symphony Hall, Orpheum Theater and Herberger Theater Center.  Grantees include Arizona Opera, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, Center Dance Ensemble, iTheatre Collaborative, Phoenix Symphony and Valley Youth Theatre.

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture, established by the Phoenix City Council in 1985, works to foster a sense of cultural identity, celebrate diversity and ensure an outstanding quality of community life.   The Office is advised by a 22-member Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission.

A listing of the total amounts awarded to all grant recipients follows. Asterisked organizations also receive rental support.

  • Alwun House: $5,000
  • Arab American Festival: $3,150
  • Arizona Jewish Historical Society: $7,835
  • Arizona Matsuri: $3,500
  • *Arizona Opera: $37,354
  • Arizona Science Center: $48,354
  • *Arizona Theatre Company: $78,909
  • Artlink: $1,800
  • *Ballet Arizona: $62,792
  • Black Theatre Troupe: $9,750
  • *Center Dance Ensemble: $10,357
  • Children’s Museum of Phoenix: $31,080
  • Cultural Coalition: $8,500
  • Cyphers Center for Urban Arts: $3,500
  • Desert Botanical Garden: $59,108
  • Essential Theatre: $3,500
  • Flamenco Por La Vida: $2,450
  • Grand Avenue Arts & Preservation: $3,500
  • Grand Canyon Performing Arts: $5,000
  • Great Arizona Puppet Theatre: $13,464
  • Heard Museum: $36,218
  • Honest Words, Open Minds: $2,190
  • India Association of Phoenix: $2,800
  • Indo American Cultural Connect: $3,325
  • *iTheatre Collaborative: $8,325
  • Jazz in AZ/The Nash: $13,653
  • Movement Source Inc.: $2,000
  • Musica Nova: $5,000
  • Musical Instrument Museum: $31,771
  • Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix: $7,700
  • Phoenix Art Museum: $20,291
  • Phoenix Blues Society: $2,800
  • Phoenix Boys Choir Assn.: $16,493
  • Phoenix Center for the Arts: $16,114
  • Phoenix Chamber Music Society: $10,204
  • Phoenix Children’s Chorus: $15,072
  • Phoenix Chinese Week: $3,500
  • Phoenix Chorale: $13,294
  • Phoenix Conservatory of Music: $15,587
  • Phoenix Film Foundation: $11,206
  • Phoenix St. Patrick’s Day & Irish Society: $2,100
  • *Phoenix Symphony Association: $99,449
  • Phoenix Theatre: $30,400
  • Red Rocks Music Festival: $3,150
  • Rising Youth Theatre: $3,325
  • Roosevelt Row CDC: $5,000
  • Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children: $15,355
  • Scorpius Dance Theatre: $5,000
  • The Rag Collection: $3,500
  • *Valley Youth Theatre: $39,087
  • Young Arts Arizona: $8,500
  • Xico: $13,966

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