Arizona Citizens for the Arts Advocacy Newsletter February 2008


In this Issue:

        Legislative Session Opens

        22nd Annual Arts Congress

        Governorís Arts Awards

        Organization Members

        Downtown Phoenix Arts District

        Scottsdale Historic Preservation

        Tucson Pima Arts Awards



Legislative Session Opens
Significant cuts proposed for Arizona Commission on the Arts Budget

The 48th Legislative session opened January 14, 2008. Facing shortfalls of more than $1 billion in the current 2008 fiscal year, the JLBC has proposed 10% cuts across the board. Additional threats to the Arizona Commission on the Arts in 2009 have been identified and hearings are being held at the capitol. We are working closely with our lobbyist to monitor the hearings and will get the word out to the filed as soon as we determine what action is needed.Be on the look out for Arts Action Alerts.


22nd Annual Arizona Arts Congress/Advocacy Day
Focus on Arts Education and Economic Development

On February 4, 2008 Arts advocates gathered at the state capitol to meet with their legislators for the 22nd Annual Arts Congress. Even in the cold, rainy weather, approximately 300 attendees gave their full energy, time and attention to advocating for the arts. The wonderfully informative speakers: Susan Franano-Tucson Symphony, Johann Zietsmann-Mesa Arts Center and Andre Licardi-City of Peoria discussed the economic impact of the arts and the value of arts education. A major highlight of the inspiring programwas the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education student essay contest winners sharing their winning work with the audience on how the arts contributes to their success as students. Thank you to all who attended and visited with their lawmakers For those who could not attend, the materials and talking points are available by calling AzC/AA at 602-253-6535. Click Here for pictures.


27th Annual Governors Arts Awards
Save the date: Wednesday April 23, 2008

Presented by the Office of the Governor, Arizona Citizens for the Arts and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Annual Governorís Arts Awards is a dynamic celebration of the arts in Arizona. The 27th Annual Governorís Arts Awards Dinner is set for Wednesday April 23, 2008 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort. Watch for more information and invitations in the next several weeks!


Arizona Action for the Arts thanks our Organizational Members.
2007-2008 Membership Renewal

Arizona Action for the Arts is the most effective arts advocacy organization in Arizona. Through membership contributions AzAA employs a full time lobbyist working on behalf of all arts organizations statewide. We would like to thank those arts organizations who have renewed their memberships (please see list on right). It is your contributions and support that allows Arizona Action for the Arts to successfully advocate for public arts funding at the local, state and national level. Membership support from all arts organizations is critical to continuing public support of the arts and arts education. Call Tia at 602-253-6535 for more information. Renew your membership today!


Downtown Phoenix Creates Art District Overlay
Focus on Arts Education and Economic Development

The City of Phoenix Planning Department is holding public hearings for residents to consider the proposed Arts, Culture and Small Business overlay for a proposed zone in downtown Phoenix. An overlay district contains use regulations and/or district standards that vary from what is allowed or required in the Zoning Ordinance. Overlay districts retain the underlying zoning of the property. Some of the proposed changes would make the particular area more ďarts friendlyĒ. Varied uses proposed include property allowances for restaurants, art galleries and book stores, outdoor crafting of art and outdoor display of art items for sale, opportunities for existing homes to be more viable as businesses and commercially zoned properties with outdoor dining without obtaining approval of a use permit through a public hearing process. Approval of the overlay district would make it possible to add character and vitality to the downtown area. The current hearing schedule is March 12th at the Planning Commission and April 2nd at the City Council. Review the Plan


Scottsdale Historic Preservation
Kerr Cultural Center benefit event February 24


Concerned Citizens for the Kerr Cultural Center will host an event to benefit interior improvements on the Kerr Cultural Center at 2pm on Sunday February 24th. Tickets are $65 for reserved seats and $50 general admission. To purchase tickets call Kerr at 480-596-2660. On March 13, 2008 the Scottsdale Historic Preservation Commission will meet to discuss the future of the Kerr Cultural Center. In January, the Commission reluctantly gave in to Arizona State University's request to postpone designating the Kerr Cultural Center as an historic property. On her death in 1977, composer and arts patron Louise Lincoln Kerr bequeathed her home and performance hall at 6110 N. Scottsdale Road to the university so famed concerts and programs could continue there. To get the full story, click HERE and consider attending the March meeting.


Tucson Pima Arts Awards
Call for Nominations
You are invited to submit nominations for the Tucson Pima Arts Awards. These annual awards recognize and honor outstanding contributions to the arts in Southern Arizona. Nominees will be honored and winners announced at the Fox Tucson Theatre on Sunday, May 4, 2008, from 6:00 to 8:30pm. The program is a project of the Tucson Pima Arts Council, in partnership with the business, government, and arts community. Deadline for nominations is March 7. Nomination Information.

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Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts is a partnership of two organizations working together to encourage support for the arts in Arizona. Arizona Citizens for the Arts, a 501 (c ) 3 non-profit charitable organization increases discussion and awareness of the importance and impact of the arts in achieving quality of life, educational excellence and economic health for all Arizonans and Arizona enterprises. Arizona Action for the Arts, a 501 (c ) 4 non-profit statewide arts advocacy membership organization, promotes public dialogue, public policy and legislation favorable to the arts, ensures and increases state funding for the arts, and serves as a resource for expanding other public arts funding sources


3/19/08 National Spotlight on Arizona Arts

State Capitol

Watch for details coming soon
3/30-4/1/08 National Arts Advocacy Day

Washington D.C.

4/23/08 Governorís Arts Awards Dinner

Arizona Biltmore Resort

FY 2007-2008 Members
Actors Theatre of Phoenix
Arizona Art Alliance

Arizona Humanities Council

Arizona Museum for Youth
Arizona Opera
Arizona Theatre Company

Arts for All
ASU Public Events
Arts & Business Council of Phoenix
Chamber Music West
Chandler Cultural Foundation
Cross-Cultural Dance Resources, Inc
Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts
East Valley Childrens Theatre
Free Arts of Arizona
Glendale Library and Arts Department
Great Arizona Puppet Theater
Invisible Theatre
Mesa Arts Center

Metropolitan Youth Symphony
Museum of Northern Arizona
Odaiko Sonora
Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Bach Choir

Phoenix Boys Choir
Phoenix Conservatory of Music

Phoenix Symphony
Phoenix Theatre
Santa Cruz Valley Art Association
Scottsdale Artists School
Scottsdale Cultural Council
Sedona Arts and Culture Division
Silver Creek Performing Arts Association
Sonoran Desert Chorale, Inc.
Sons of Orpheus - The Male Choir of Tucson
Southwest Shakespeare Company, Inc.
Tempe Cultural Services
Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus
Tucson Pima Arts Council
Tucson Symphony Society

Valley Youth Theatre
West Valley Arts Council
West Valley Youth Orchestra

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