Arizona Arts & Culture News: Arizona announces 367 grants; Heard Museum Indigenous Canadian art; World’s largest Navajo rug

September 8, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Arizona invests $5.4 million in nonprofit arts sector / Daily Independent

The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced 367 grant awards totaling $5.4 million to an array of organizations and programs, from world-class museums to rural arts centers. The agency is now accepting applications for the second round of grants through Sept. 14.

How pairing an artist and a scientist helps creatively communicate bioscience research / KJZZ

Art and science are often viewed through an either-or lens. But not in the Phoenix Bioscience Core. The Artist + Researcher Year 2 Exhibition consists of 10 teams, each made up of one researcher and one artist. The scientific topics and artistic mediums vary, but the goal is the same: to creatively communicate the research.

Heard Museum is first stop for large-scale Indigenous Canadian art touring exhibition / Arizona Foothills Magazine

With an ongoing dedication to the advancement of American Indian art, the Heard Museum has partnered with the McMichael Canadian Art Collection as the first stop for its upcoming touring exhibition, “Early Days: Indigenous Art from the McMicheal.”

Dr. Jeff Weiss: A love of art and medicine / Flinn Foundation

During his time as a pediatrician at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, amid countless medical conferences and meetings, Dr. Jeff Weiss began creating detailed artistic designs to pass the time in-between lectures. When he began volunteering at the Arizona Science Center, in its CREATE makerspace, he found a way (and a tool) to transform his doodles into tangible pieces of art.

The world’s largest Navajo rug to be on exhibit at Affeldt Mion Museum / Navajo-Hopi Observer

After more than 40 years in storage, the world’s largest single-loom Navajo rug, the Hubbell-Joe Rug, will return to the town for which it was created: Winslow, Arizona, and be on display at the Affeldt Mion Museum.

ASU-LACMA Fellowship expands, garners $200K from Hearst Foundations / ASU News

The Phoenix Art Museum and the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art have been announced as the latest partners in the ASU-LACMA Master’s Fellowship in Art History, a fellowship program that aims to culturally diversify the leadership of art museums in the United States.

This UA-driven project is bringing Tucson history to life through augmented reality / KGUN

Brightly colored metal signs in Tucson hold QR codes that reveal decades of the city’s history. These history lessons via augmented reality can be found at points all over Tucson, thanks to a new project spearheaded by the Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona’s Center for Digital Humanities.


Flinn-Brown Fellow leads Globe public art initiative

The Honorable Thea Wilshire, Ph.D., a 2011 Flinn-Brown Fellow, leads the I Art Globe public art initiative, whose projects include murals and painted stairways of the Stairizona Trail in Globe and the surrounding region. I Art Globe was recently nominated for a 2023 Arizona Creative Excellence Award, specifically the Oonagh Award, which recognizes innovative collaboration and the power of teamwork.

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