[{"id":1,"title":"Announcing the Water Public Art Challenge","date":"May 30, 2018","author":"Author","category":"Press Release","image":"/image/news/news_2.jpg","description":"The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the official launch of the Water Public Art Challenge...","content":"\n\t\n\t\n\t\n\n

PHOENIX—The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the official launch of the Water Public Art Challenge, the third philanthropic prize competition offered under The New Arizona Prize banner.

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With awards of $50,000 to the top five collaborative teams, the Water Public Art Challenge will offer an opportunity for creative groups to develop temporary public art projects that build connectivity between cultures through creative expression. Teams will be judged on their ability to illustrate how their art installation honors the legacy of the Hohokam People, whose irrigation engineering and agricultural achievements laid the foundation for the very existence of life in the Valley of the Sun. Experts representing the arts sector and Native American cultures helped shape the third challenge and many are active participants in the review process.

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\"We are continually amazed by the innovative approaches and ideas that come to light through the New Arizona Prize challenges, and we know that the Water Public Art Challenge will be no exception,\" says ACF President & CEO Steve Seleznow. \"In this latest challenge, local artists and art organizations will have an opportunity to share their creative power with our community in a way that shows respect for our region’s cultural history and the continuing need to properly steward our water resources.\" Teams can register and begin preparing their applications now at www.WaterPublicArtChallenge.com. Each team must include an artist or arts organization and someone who has the authority over a public or private space for the temporary project. Those who would like to compete must register by August 16 and complete their applications by August 30. All information and updates regarding the Water Public Art Challenge will be posted on the website throughout the competition. Teams can meet the judges, read the scoring rubric, access resources, get news and updates, reference the competition timeline, and, once registered, use back-end tools and features.

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The New Arizona Prize is aimed at creating the Arizona of tomorrow: a state where innovation thrives, ingenuity is supported, and the best thinking is harnessed to create long-term, positive solutions to persistent needs. While continuing to award grants, scholarships, and community loans that topped $67 million in its last fiscal year, the Arizona Community Foundation has committed to hosting philanthropic prize competitions designed to attract new thinking and innovation. Through these open, fair and transparent competitions, ACF, in partnership with Republic Media and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, deploys a portion of its philanthropic resources to generate innovative solutions to our state’s challenges.

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Established in 1978, the Arizona Community Foundation is a statewide family of charitable funds supported by thousands of Arizonans. With five regional offices serving communities across Arizona, ACF is among the top 25 community foundations in the nation with more than $935 million in trust and endowment assets, and is certified under the National Standards for U.S. Community Foundations. Last year, ACF and its affiliates awarded more than $67 million in grants, scholarship and loan funding to some 7,700 nonprofit organizations, schools and government agencies. More information is available at www.azfoundation.org.

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The Arizona Republic writes:

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There’s a big money offer on the table for artists who can help solve Arizona’s water problem.

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If that sounds bizarre, think again.

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Water is Arizona’s existential challenge.

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But let’s face it: Most people find the subject a snore.

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So good luck ginning up the boldness, courage and creativity necessary to secure an adequate supply of water for Arizona’s future.

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But unless the people of Arizona pay attention, we may not get solutions future generations will celebrate. And we need solutions.

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Read the Full Article Here.

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KJZZ Radio writes:

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\"A trio of Phoenix-area organizations on Wednesday is launching the Water Public Art Challenge, the third challenge the groups have issued over the past few years.

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The first was to raise water consciousness and the second dealt with new water innovation. They’ll pick five winning teams, which will each get $50,000.

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The Arizona Community Foundation is one of the groups organizing this challenge led by their president and CEO, Steve Seleznow, joined The Show to talk about it.\"

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Listen to the Interview

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Phoenix New Times writes:

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With any luck at all, the summer finds you with a bit more time on your hands. If you’re an artist eager to invest that time in future opportunities, we’ve got the rundown on 15 places where you might want to start.

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Arizona Community Foundation is seeking team proposals for temporary public art projects that use creative expression to build connections between different cultures. Five winning teams will receive $50,000 to create and install their work. Teams must register online by Thursday, August 16, then submit applications by Thursday, August 30.

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Read the Full Article Here.

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*Photo:Work by Jacqueline Chanda previously shown at ASU Gammage, posted by Phoenix New Times

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