The Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the state of Arizona, announced that it will pilot a new artist-to-artist professional development program called AZ ArtWorker in three Arizona cities: Douglas, Phoenix and Tucson.

Funded by a grant from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and produced in partnership with Arizona State University, AZ ArtWorker will provide opportunities for Arizona artists to learn from national and international artists who are at the frontlines of contemporary art and community practice.

AZ ArtWorker will provide an expansive learning platform, which will include training with national and international artists, capacity- and leadership-building opportunities, community-focused programs and digital tools to support the business side of creative practice. To realize the program’s ambitious goals, the Arts Commission will partner with three Arizona State University initiatives: ASU Art Museum’s International Artist Residency Program, ASU Performance in the Borderlands and ASU Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship.

The Arts Commission will launch AZ ArtWorker in the border city of Douglas Oct. 10 and 11, presenting a series of conversations and workshops with the indigenous artist collective Postcommodity (AZ/NM/OK), visual artist Ana Teresa Fernandez (CA/MX) and media and performance artist M. Jenea Sanchez (Douglas/Agua Prieta).

For more information about AZ ArtWorker, visit www.azarts.gov/azartworker.

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