Deadline Extended for Scottsdale’s Community Arts Grant Program

Scottsdale’s Community Arts Grant Program provides funding to nonprofit arts and cultural organizations in Scottsdale and throughout the Valley for projects that serve the Scottsdale community. The deadline to submit grant applications for the upcoming year has been extended. The new deadline is June 26, 2020, at 11:59pm MST.

In 2019, Scottsdale Arts awarded $100,000 to 14 different organizations for general operating support and projects during the 2019–20 fiscal year.

Applicants may submit grant requests for activities that will take place between July 1, 2020, and June 30, 2021. An all-volunteer committee of arts, community and business leaders will review the applications and make recommendations for funding to the Scottsdale Arts Board of Trustees.

The application opened online Monday, April 6, at Award Alley. Information and guidelines are available online at scottsdalearts.org/about/community-arts-grant-program.

For questions regarding the program or application, contact Cassandra Buruato, Community Arts Grant administrator, at 480.874.4610 or cassandrab@scottsdalearts.org.

The grants are funded by the City of Scottsdale and administered by Scottsdale Arts, a nonprofit organization that includes Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA), Scottsdale Public Art and Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation. Learn more at scottsdalearts.org.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival Has Gone Virtual

The Scottsdale Arts Festival was scheduled to host its 50th anniversary celebration March 13–15, but the decision was made to cancel the in-person 2020 Festival out of an abundance of caution, given rising concerns around COVID-19. In light of the cancellation, the Festival is now online to view.

Festival organizers are calling on the community to help support art in the Valley and the participating artists during this time of uncertainty by considering a donation to Scottsdale Arts, through the Scottsdale Art Festival, by purchasing a voluntary virtual ticket. Virtual ticket holders will also be automatically entered to win a goodie bag.

The Scottsdale Arts Festival features artists working in all media, and residents can check out the complete Artist Catalog online now during the 2020 Virtual Scottsdale Arts Festival. A jury of local arts professionals selects the artists to exhibit and, during the Festival, awards prizes in numerous categories, including painting, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewelry, photography, printmaking, textiles, woodworking and more.

A complete list of 2020 exhibiting artists is available online, and if visitors discover an artist they like, the Festival has provided links to websites on each category page, and in the comprehensive PDF list on the event website. The list was compiled by Scottsdale Arts in support of the participating artists who were registered and booked for the Festival in 2020 prior to cancellation in an effort to, “show our support for these wonderfully talented and amazing artists who share their talents with our community.” The Festival encourages patrons to consider showing support by visiting the artist websites or contacting them via email to inquire about commissions or pieces they currently have for sale.

Visit the Scottsdale Arts Festival website to purchase a virtual ticket and to view the artwork.


Photos courtesy Scottsdale Arts Festival

Feature photo: artwork by Ivano Stocco

%d bloggers like this: