The Town of Clarkdale, City of Cottonwood and AZ Culture receive Art Tank Grant

AZ Culture, in partnership with the Town of Clarkdale, Cottonwood Economic Development Council, Old Town Center for the Arts, Old Town Association, and Local First AZ will present the premiere of the Verde Valley Open Air Cinema, which will begin in Clarkdale’s historic Town Park on May 9, 2014 and will include a double feature of “The Great Train Robbery” and Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest.”  Residents and visitors will be treated to local food, beverage, wine and entertainment prior to the screening. There will be six screening taking place throughout the summer with screenings held in Clarkdale, Cottonwood and at Yavapai College's Verde Valley campus. Details about screenings coming soon! Made possible by a one-time 2014 state budget allocation through the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Cottonwood Culture Challenge is part of the Art Tank Grant program, which was designed to make significant investment in Arizona’s small and rural communities through local arts organization-led partnerships. AZ Culture is proud to bring the Verde Valley Open Air Cinema to the Clarkdale/Cottonwood area and to provide residents with a local movie experience for the first time in over a year.

“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.”

Juliana Brutsche of AZ Culture and Jodi Filardo of Town of Clarkdale received the top award at the Northern regional event.

“Art Tank was a success in so many ways,” said Robert Booker, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “Organizations and artists imagined new entrepreneurial ventures that required them to move beyond the status quo into a realm of risk and creativity.  This leap of faith by our arts leaders has allowed us to support projects that reach into every corner and community of our state and serve Arizonans in new and exciting ways.”

Arizona Art Tank review panels were composed of Governor-appointed Arts Commissioners, elected officials, business leaders and arts professionals from each region. An additional $1,000 grant, the APS Innovation Award furnished by event sponsor Arizona Public Service Co., was awarded to the presentation which received the most votes from the audience.