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State of the Arts Arizona

Arts & Culture Podcasts

Local arts and culture groups entertain us, connect our communities, and help attract new businesses and residents to Arizona. Nonprofit arts organizations were in a precarious situation before the virus altered our world. Now, they are adapting to new methods of providing services while trying to remain relevant. State of the Arts Arizona focuses on how arts nonprofits are connecting with us no matter what the circumstances. This arts and culture podcast series is supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Local arts and culture groups entertain us, connect our communities, and help attract new businesses and residents to Arizona. Nonprofit arts organizations were in a precarious situation before the virus altered our world. Now, they are adapting to new methods of providing services while trying to remain relevant. State of the Arts Arizona focuses on how arts nonprofits are connecting with us no matter what the circumstances. This arts and culture podcast series is supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

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Local arts and culture groups entertain us, connect our communities, and help attract new businesses and residents to Arizona. Nonprofit arts organizations were in a precarious situation before the virus altered our world. Now, they are adapting to new methods of providing services while trying to remain relevant. State of the Arts Arizona focuses on how arts nonprofits are connecting with us no matter what the circumstances. This arts and culture podcast series is supported by Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

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@heararizona

Language:

English


Episodes

Episode 7: Investing in Art

6/11/2021
Arizona ranks near the bottom of the country in state funding for the arts. So here, artists and arts organizations rely heavily on the generosity of donors big and small—and that generosity pays off in a myriad of ways. We hear from a number of art organization leaders about how they’re working to make a community that’s full of inspiration, character, and growth. We’ll also hear about their dreams for the future and what they could do if we continue to support them. See...

Duration:00:27:19

Episode 6: The Violet Protest

5/28/2021
How can art make community out of conflict, and help us see the world with a little more color and empathy? Throughout this tumultuous past year in American history, Arizona artist Ann Morton has led a decidedly non-radical protest: “The Violet Protest.” She, and thousands of collaborators from all 50 states, wove opposing colors—blue and red—together to make a harmonious whole. In this episode, we dive into that project and the larger issue of division and political polarization. We’ll hear...

Duration:00:26:33

Episode 5: The Value of Art

4/7/2021
What is the value of art? Is it merely a nice add-on, luxury or past-time? Or is it truly valuable and maybe essential for a thriving and healthy life and society? In the United Kingdom, research revealing the surprisingly strong link between arts participation and health outcomes has led doctors there to prescribe cultural activities as medicine. In this episode, we hear from Arizonans benefiting from the healing power of art—from veterans doing glass art to people dancing with dementia—and...

Duration:00:33:53

Episode 4: A Year Without Live Performance

3/9/2021
The pandemic has almost completely deprived us of going in-person to concerts and plays. What is still unclear is how available they will be to us once the threat of the virus subsides. Smaller theaters like the Brelby Theatre Company in Glendale and The Rogue Theatre in Tucson are scratching and clawing to survive, but even more established arts organizations, like the Arizona Theatre Company and The Phoenix Symphony, are struggling. We hear from researchers, actors, playwrights, and...

Duration:00:31:11

Episode 3: Small Venues, Big Mission

2/18/2021
With nearly all concerts, festivals, and comedy shows canceled over the past year, the live event industry has been significantly impacted by the pandemic. And it’s been particularly tough for America’s small, independently owned venues—those like The Rebel Lounge on 24th street and Indian School. One survey in April found that 90% of these venues across America were in danger of closing. There was only one thing that could save them: unprecedented government action. Let us know what you...

Duration:00:30:41

Episode 2: Arts' Economic Perseverance

2/3/2021
The arts and the economy are inextricably linked. The arts community creates 90,000 jobs and 3 percent of the state's GDP -- yet the state allocates less than one-tenth of one percent of the annual budget to the arts. As Arizona navigates a post-pandemic economic recovery, the local arts scene will inevitably play a big role in the state's future. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the show:...

Duration:00:30:29

Episode 1: Arts Off Pointe

12/11/2020
Even in the best of times, arts organizations sometimes struggled to stay afloat, despite their significant economic and cultural impact. The upheaval of 2020 has forced them to adapt to a world where revenue is even less stable than before, and even their most basic mission could be unsafe. Leaders of some major local arts nonprofits share their insights on the state of the arts in Arizona. Let us know what you think. Please take our survey (https://heararizona.org/survey). Support the...

Duration:00:17:40