Commission on the Arts invests in Yavapai County arts, culture

The Arizona Commission on the Arts on July 1 announced 222 grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, agencies, schools and community organizations in the categories of Community Investment, Arts Learning, and Festival Grants.

Out of the total $1,208,717 invested through the grant review process for the fiscal year of 2016, Yavapai County recipients received $25,000. Recipients include Prescott Center for the Arts, George Phippen Memorial Foundation and Sedona International Film Festival.

In a statement by the commission, Mark Feldman, CEO of Miller Russell Associates and the Arts Commission's Governor-appointed Chairman, said Gov. Doug Ducey spoke of the place Arizona's creative sector has in the state.

"Governor Ducey has spoken of Arizona's creative sector as a critical part of building the state's future, pointing to the sector's tremendous capacity to enrich communities, promote civic pride and contribute to the economic health and competitiveness that make Arizona great," Feldman said. "These grants represent a sound investment in Arizona's continued growth and vitality."

Grants were awarded in the categories of Community Investment Grants, which provide operating support to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies and tribal cultural organizations whose mission is to produce, present, teach or serve the arts; Arts Learning Grants, which provide funding for projects which support lifelong learning in, through and/or about the arts; and Festival Grants, which support organizations' efforts to provide arts and cultural programming through community festival activities.

Jon Meyer, executive director of the Prescott Center for the Arts, said in an email that the PCA is grateful to receive the financial assistance.

"However, we have received half of the amount we have received each of the last two years as a result of the ACA's funding being cut by $1 million," Meyer wrote. "This, among other factors, has had a negative impact on preparing the '15-16 budget."

Meyer said the grant will be used for general operating support as designated.

Kim Villalpando, executive director of the Phippen Museum, was also grateful to receive a portion of the investment and said that it will be used to enhance programming separate from the exhibits.

In the statement by the commission, Robert Booker, the commission's executive director, said that the commission uses its grant programs to provide investments across Arizona.

"As part of this grant making effort, the state of Arizona is an indispensable partner to Arizona's arts sector in pursuit of a shared mission: to imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate and experience the arts."

Grant funding is provided by the State of Arizona and funding awarded annually to the Arts Commission by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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