Care to take your business venture outside the box? Then the Arizona Commission in the Arts might be interested in hearing from you.
The organization is bringing back Arizona Art Tank to invest in arts-based ventures that are "not business as usual but business unusual." These creative entrepreneurial ideas will ultimately be pitched in front of a live audience and a panel of judges for a chance to receive grant funding.
Previous winners of the Art Tank include Rising Youth Theatre, Prescott Center for the Arts, Arizona State University School of Art, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and Phoenix Center for the Arts.
Eligibility for the 2015 grants is open to schools (pre-K through college), nonprofit organizations, incorporated or unincorporated, that serve the community or the arts, individual artists partnered with an Arizona nonprofit, and municipal or government agencies such as libraries, parks, tribal entities, and councils. Art Tank grant winners from 2014 cannot apply. Interested applicants can find out if they're qualified by taking the Art Tank Compatibility Quiz.
Initial applications for the Art Tank are due Thursday, September 18. Selected applicants will be notified no later than Friday, October 24. From there, potential grant winners can prepare their six-minute pitches (pitch guidelines can be found online) for the 2015 Arizona Art Tank presentations, scheduled Monday, January 12, through Friday, January 16. Exact times and locations have yet to be released. Funds for the highest-scoring pitches will range anywhere from $4,000 to $10,000 and must be used by June 30, 2015.
At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, September 2, Practical Art will host "The Insider's Guide to Arizona Art Tank: 2015." This free information session will give interested applicants a chance to talk with Arizona Commission in the Arts staff and one of last year's $10,000 grant winners. Seating is limited, so guests are encouraged to RSVP.
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For those who can't make it, there will also be an online information session held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, September 9. Interested participants can register for this event online.
For information and to submit application materials, visit www.azarts.gov/grants/special-initiatives. Editor's note: This post has been modified from its original version.