For the second consecutive year, the Arizona Jewish Historical Society (AZJHS) has received a grant from the city of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture.

The Community Arts Support grant for general operating costs is $12,039, an increase from last year’s $7,835.

“It basically helps underwrite our many arts and culture activities here at the Cutler-Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center, including our monthly documentary film series, monthly book discussions, summer music series and other live performances, and of course, our regular exhibitions on art, history and culture,” Lawrence Bell, AZJHS executive director, told Jewish News.

Bell said that AZJHS is very thankful for receiving this support from the city.

“In many ways, I think it is reflective of a growing recognition in the general community of the many fine arts and culture-related programs that we produce and host here,” he said.

The city will award 63 grants this month to 54 nonprofit arts and culture organizations serving Phoenix for a total a total of $865,346. Grant funds support the general operating costs of major, midsize and small arts and culture organizations, specific arts projects related to festivals, as well as arts learning activities. Grants are for the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

The Community Arts Support grants are dollar-for-dollar matching grants, requiring grantees to raise funds from corporations, foundations and/or individuals in the city of Phoenix.

In a press release announcing the grants, Mayor Greg Stanton stated that “Investment in arts and culture is vital to our economy and quality of life in Phoenix. Supporting artists and outstanding organizations helps introduce our residents and visitors to the distinct vibrancy of our community. These grants also help attract and retain a more creative and innovative workforce that wants to live in a culturally rich city.”

The Phoenix City Council recently approved an additional $20,000 in new grant funding for youth-oriented programs. The first round of Youth Arts and Culture Grant proposals will be solicited in the early fall. For more information about the grants, visit phoenix.gov/arts. JN

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