Arizona Citizens for the Arts and Arizona Action for the Arts are two separate and legally distinct organizations with the common goal of creating an environment in which the arts can flourish in the state of Arizona.Arizona Citizens for the Arts, formerly Arizonans for Cultural Development. The nonprofit charitable arm of Arizona Action for the Arts, Arizona Citizens for the Arts increases discussion and awareness of the importance and impact of the arts in achieving quality of life, educational excellence and economic health for all Arizonans and Arizona enterprises.
Arizona Action for the Arts was incorporated in 2005 with the goal of promoting public dialogue, public policy and legislation favorable to the arts, ensuring and increasing state funding for the arts, and serving as a resource for expanding other public arts funding sources.
Arizona Action for the Arts, together with the Arizona Commission on the Arts and the Arizona Alliance for Arts Education, will gather together more than 500 arts, business, and community leaders at the Arizona State Capitol for the annual Arizona Arts Congress event in February 2009 to talk to their elected officials about the importance of the arts in their lives.
“Your Superintendent of Public Instruction Candidates Forum allowed me to showcase my life long passion for the arts, and to highlight that arts education would be a priority for me as Superintendent. I truly appreciate your work in supporting quality arts education for Arizona’s children.”
—Tom Horne, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction
“Seeing more than constituents annually at your Arizona Arts Congress event is a powerful factor in influencing votes for the arts budget at the state legislature.”
—Gabrielle Giffords, Arizona State Senate