Arizona Commission on the Arts
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is an agency of the State of Arizona whose mission is to create opportunities for all Arizonans to participate in and experience the arts. To that end, we deliver grants and support to cultivate sustainable arts communities and promote statewide public access to arts and cultural activities.
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies, the Arts Commission supports a statewide arts network. The agency is governed by a 15-member Governor-appointed Commission and a professional staff, grounded in the arts. Our staff includes practicing artists, skilled administrators and education specialists who serve in local and national arts leadership roles.
We 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 artistsâ€™ craft and skills, preserve the rich traditions of Arizona communities, and encourage participation by citizens of all ages and abilities.
Through the Arts Commission, the State of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts make strategic investments of public dollars to support our stateâ€™s arts industry, helping Arizona communities to attract and retain skilled workers and creative businesses. This public investment leverages additional contributions from the private sector, increasing the sustainability of Arizonaâ€™s arts and culture industry and thereby promoting statewide economic growth.