Lemons from lemonade

Earlier this year, a non-profit known as the Metro Phoenix Partnership for Arts and Culture decided to cease operations. But not before assuring with its main funders, the Flinn Foundation and the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust–that remaining monies would be put to good use.

The Flinn Emergency Fund for Arts Organizations made one-time grants totalling $500,000 to 21 arts and culture organizations. Grant amounts were based on each nonprofit’s annual operating budget, and designated “unrestricted” so recipients have freedom in deciding how to use the funds.

The Flinn Foundation Emergency Arts Grants, announced in April, went to several types of organizations noted below:

Museums: Arizona Science Center, Desert Caballeros Western Museum, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum
Dance: Ballet Arizona
Music: Arizona Opera, Phoenix Boys Choir, Phoenix Chorale, The Phoenix Symphony, Symphony of the Southwest
Theater: Actors Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Arizona Theatre Company, Black Theatre Troupe, Childsplay, Phoenix Theatre, Theater Works
Visual Arts: Xico, Inc. (featuring the work of Latino and Native American artists)
Other: Herberger Theater Center, Scottsdale Cultural Council, West Valley Arts Council

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust anounced 11 awards totalling $1.2 million through its Arts Restructuring and Transformation (ART) Fund on August 11. Recipients were chosen from among the 37 previous Piper arts and culture grantees invited to apply.

Funded organizations/projects include the following:

Museums: Desert Botanical Garden (for website improvements), Heard Museum (to expand retail space, add bookstore and coffeeshop), Phoenix Art Museum (to develop a center for film)
Dance: Ballet Arizona (to establish a community school of dance)
Music: Arizona Opera (for construction of theater, education wing and artists space), Phoenix Conservatory of Music (to promote a strategic alliance with Ear Candy), The Phoenix Symphony (to restructure marketing and development functions)
Theater: Arizona Theatre Company/Actors Theatre of Phoenix (to explore a strategic alliance), Childsplay (for increased patron participation and expanded technology), Theater Works (for arts storage and rental facility)
Other: Chandler Cultural Center (for youth training in arts and arts administration)

Stay tuned to the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust and Flinn Foundation websites for details on an upcoming four-day town hall they’ll be co-sponsoring during April 2011. The four-day conference will focus on the impact of arts and culture on Arizona’s economy.


Note: Stay abreast of various grant opportunities by tuning into websites for the Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts.

Coming up: Finding films in unexpected places


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