In January 2014, the Governor-appointed board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts awarded $111,000 in Community Catalyst Grants to 13 arts organizations based in small and rural communities throughout the state. This highly-competitive grant program awards funding of up to $10,000 to support community-focused partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations in Arizona towns and cities with populations under 100,000. Among the 2014 recipients was Cottonwood’s Old Town Center for the Arts. Old Town Center for the Arts will lead a collaboration between the Cottonwood Economic Development Council, AZ Culture, Cottonwood Old Town Association, and Local First Arizona to create The Cottonwood Culture Challenge, a scavenger hunt/reality TV project involving over 200 participants. This multi-tiered, multi-media cultural tourism project will increase awareness and enhance future tourism to the Cottonwood area.
Made possible by a one-time state budget allocation for Fiscal Year 2014, the Community Catalyst Grant program was designed to make significant investment in Arizona’s small and rural communities through local arts organization-led partnerships.
“Partnerships between arts and non-arts organizations can be effective drivers of economic development, cultural tourism, civic pride, neighborhood revitalization, and youth engagement,” says Arts Commission Executive Director Robert Booker. “An investment in such partnerships is really an investment in the whole community.”
For additional information about this program and a complete, statewide list of grantees, please visit http://www.azarts.gov/news-