Panelists are volunteers, serving on panels comprised of community members from cities and towns across Arizona, as well as artists, arts professionals, educators, business owners, and others actively involved in the nonprofit and public service sectors. Panels are constructed to represent diverse Arizona communities and areas of expertise.
Panelists are appointed to volunteer service on a panel-by-panel basis and may be reappointed to the same panel for up to 2 consecutive years. Volunteer panelist appointments are reviewed and approved by the Arts Commission’s Governor-appointed commissioners.
The Arts Commission uses both internal and external nomination processes to identify potential panelists. Individuals may nominate themselves or others.
VOLUNTEER PANELIST PROFILE
Nominees must be at least 18 years of age and reside in Arizona.
Panelists must work well in a group and exhibit sensitivity in constructive critical review, and must be willing and able to commit time and energy to a comprehensive review process.
In addition, a potential panelist’s experience with some or all of the following is of significant value. (This list is not comprehensive.)
- Artistic disciplines
- Arts education, including lifelong learning in, through, and about the arts
- Community-engaged public programs, including but not limited to festivals
- Community leadership and service
- Education: preK-12, college, university, and other
- Financial and organizational management of nonprofit organizations, including volunteer and board service
- Leadership and management of nonprofit arts and cultural organizations or for-profit creative-sector businesses
To help reflect the diversity of the state and to effectively review grant programs’ specific focus areas, the Arts Commission considers geographic representation, areas of expertise within and adjacent to the arts, gender, cultural background, and other criteria (depending on program area) when assembling panels.
The Arts Commission endeavors to engage interested panelist nominees. Given the multivariable panel construction process, not all nominees will be appointed to panels. If a nominee’s service is not immediately required, her/his nomination form may be reconsidered for up to 3 years.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AND ACCESS
Equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from programs of the Arizona Commission on the Arts is provided to all individuals regardless of race, national origin, color, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, or disability, in admission, access, or employment. Panel meetings are held in accessible locations.
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ABOUT THE ARIZONA COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 50-year-old agency of the State of Arizona and a leading force in the creative and professional development of Arizona’s arts sector. Through robust programs, research initiatives and strategic grantmaking, the Arts Commission catalyzes arts-based partnerships that strengthen Arizona communities through the arts.
We imagine an Arizona where everyone can participate in and experience the arts.
MAKE A NOMINATION
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer panelist, or if you wish to nominate other individuals who would make valuable contributions to review panel processes, complete the following form.