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Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the Arizona Commission on the Arts supports a statewide arts network. The agency is governed by a 15-member Governor-appointed Commission and a professional staff grounded in the arts. Their staff includes practicing artists, skilled administrators and education specialists who serve in local and national arts leadership roles.
They receive and administer funds from the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts and direct this funding to programs that contribute to the growth and stabilization of the arts, impact student learning, nurture and develop artists’ craft and skills, preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities, and encourage participation by citizens of all ages and abilities.
City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture
In 1985, the Phoenix City Council established the Phoenix Arts Commission to “preserve and enhance the natural beauty of Phoenix, its cultural and artistic heritage and to encourage the proliferation of the arts in all facets of the public and private sectors.” The creation of the commission marked the city’s commitment to the key role art can play in building a better city. The agency has since expanded to become the Office of Arts and Culture. Its work is supported by the Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission, a body of citizen volunteers who advise the City Manager and City Council on the city’s cultural programs and efforts.
National Endowment for the Arts
The National Endowment for the Arts was established by Congress in 1965 as an independent agency of the federal government. To date, the NEA has awarded more than $4 billion to support artistic excellence, creativity, and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities. The NEA extends its work through partnerships with state arts agencies, local leaders, other federal agencies, and the philanthropic sector.