4 Arizona arts organizations receive grants to serve BIPOC communities



Four Arizona arts organizations will receive much-needed funding to help them stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Arts for All, Museum of Indigenous People, Rising Youth Theater and Xico Inc. will receive grants ranging from $ 30,000 to $ 74,000.

The grants are part of the Western States Arts Federation’s Regional Arts Resilience Fund, which was designed to help small to medium-sized arts organizations that have state, regional, or national impact.

What you need to know about the winning organizations

Arts for all is a Tucson-based non-profit organization that offers arts events, camps, and activities for children with disabilities. The Indigenous Peoples Museum in Prescott holds collections of Native American artifacts and cultural resources.

Rising Youth Theater, a theater company that creates socially relevant original plays with young people, presents "Antonia: A Chicana, Hip Hop Antigone, an adaptation of classic Greek tragedy.

Rising Youth TheaterPerformances have taken over in non-traditional theater spaces, including Valley Metro Rail stops to amplify the voices of young people in Phoenix communities. For 45 years, Xico Inc. created opportunities for Latinx and Indigenous artists to practice, grow, and showcase their works of art.

“It is a huge honor and we are proud to be in such an extraordinary company. Thank you to the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund for this support, which will allow us to continue our operations, even with everything that is happening in the world, ”Rising Youth Theater said in a Facebook post.

Arizona arts organizations are among 39 grant recipients operating in the 13-state western region. The announcement was made on October 27.

“Organizations supported by the WESTAF Regional Arts Resilience Fund are deeply committed to serving their communities through arts, culture and creativity, even in this time of challenge and crisis,” said WESTAF Director of Public Policy , David Holland, in a press release.

Here’s how the winners were selected

Recipients were selected through a two-step process, with a request for nominations released in July, followed by a request for selected applicants to submit a full application.

A panel of regional advisers provided advice on the selection of organizations invited to submit a full application and participated in the application review process that took place in October.

According to the press release, WESTAF prioritized organizations led by and / or primarily serving historically marginalized communities, including individuals who identify as Black, Indigenous or people of color.

“As a group of beneficiaries, they demonstrate resilience in their responses to change, the breadth and depth of their partnerships and alliances, and their focus on access and engagement. We thank the 20 panelists from across the Western Region who not only helped us identify these beneficiaries, but also inspired us with their commitment to equity and inclusion, ”said Holland.

Elizabeth Montgomery is an arts and culture reporter for The Arizona Republic, azcentral.com. Reach her at [email protected] or 602-444-8764. Follow her on Twitter @emontnews. Support local journalism. Subscribe to azcentral.com today.



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