The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture recently announced the recipients of the Community Arts Support Grants Program for the 2014-2015 fiscal year.

The Office of Arts and Culture will award a total of $805,346 to 47 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving the residents of Phoenix. Grant funds support the general operating costs of major, mid-size and small arts and culture organizations, specific arts projects related to festivals, as well as arts education activities. Funds also are allocated to a rental support program operated by the Office of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Phoenix Convention Center.

According to Office of Arts and Culture Executive Director Gail Browne, arts and culture organizations in Phoenix provided more than 8,000 performances, 250 exhibitions, 2,000 classes and workshops and 2,500 school programs last year.

All grants are dollar-for-dollar matching grants, requiring grantees to raise funds from corporations, foundations and/or individuals in the city of Phoenix.

Organizations that received general operating support provide substantial outreach and education programs to the community. General operating support grant recipients include Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Alwun House, Arizona Opera, Arizona Science Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Ballet Arizona, Black Theatre Troupe, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Desert Botanical Garden, Great Arizona Puppet Theater, Heard Museum, iTheatre Collaborative, Jazz at AZ/The Nash, Musical Instrument Museum, Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Boys Choir Association, Phoenix Center for the Arts, Phoenix Chorale, Phoenix Symphony Association, Phoenix Theatre, Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children, Roosevelt Row CDC, Rosson House Heritage Square Foundation & Guild, Shemer Art Center & Museum Association, Xico, Valley Youth Theatre and Young Arts Arizona.

Arts education grant recipients partner with schools, school districts, after-school programs or other community-based organizations that serve youth, seniors or special target populations. Festival projects advance, preserve or celebrate cultural expressions of diverse populations or present multiple performances dedicated to a specific art from, such as theatre, dance, film, etc.

Festival and arts education grant recipients include African Association of Arizona, Arab American Festival, Arizona Matsuri, Center Dance Ensemble, Childsplay, Cultural Coalition, Free Arts of Arizona, Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix, Movement Source, Phoenix Blues Society, Phoenix Chamber Music Society, Phoenix Children’s Chorus, Phoenix Chinese Week, Phoenix Conservatory of Music, Phoenix Film Foundation, PSAArt Awakenings, Red Rocks Music Festival, Release the Fear and Rising Youth Theatre.

For more information on the Office of Arts and Culture, visit phoenix.gov/arts or call (602) 262-4637.

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