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Act One Celebrates National Arts in Education Week, September 9-15, 2018

Act One and Arizona’s arts community celebrate National Arts in Education Week to bring awareness to the importance the arts play in student success. The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school or community. Students of all ages — from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs — benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking and creativity. When we celebrate National Arts in Education Week together, we recognize the transformative power of the arts and demonstrate our collective support for the priority of arts in education.

Designated by Congress in 2010 through House Resolution 275, the celebration is intended to bring attention to this cause for elected officials and educational decision makers across the country and to support equitable access to the arts for all students. National Arts in Education Week is led nationwide by Americans for the Arts and celebrated locally by Act One and Arizona’s arts community.

Act One’s primary reason for celebrating National Arts in Education Week is to lead a movement in support of the arts in education. Through the celebration, Act One seeks to mobilize people who believe in the value of the arts in education to make their voices heard. The desired outcome is increased public and private funding devoted to an arts-rich education that includes educational arts field trips for all Arizona students.

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YWCA Annual Women’s Leadership Conference

Dear Lovell Foundation Friends and Grantee Partners,

The YWCA of Southern Arizona is one of the organizations the Lovell Foundation supports (Gender Parity is one of our four focus areas). YWCA is an amazing force in our community; you might remember how they stepped up in helping organize the Women’s March, and their current effort to mobilize all citizens’ voices in our statewide policy through Operation Haboob. Operation Haboob Link

Their upcoming 30th Annual Women’s Leadership Conference on October 19th at the Starr Pass J.W. Marriot Resort in Tucson should be a good event, and I highly recommend it to any woman (and any man who is interested in being more of an ally in Gender Parity). Keynote speakers are Alejandra Castillo, CEO of YWCA USA, and Jess Baker, local body-positive advocate, among others, and there are two different tracks with informative sessions. It will be the third one I’ve attended and I’ve learned a lot each year. It is a truly inspiring day and easily one of the most inclusive events (perhaps surpassed only by Tucson Meet Yourself) in the yearly Tucson calendar. Check it out, and even if you can’t attend, there are lots of other resources the YWCA offers that you may find useful: Women’s Business Center, Micro Loan Fund, Kitchen Incubator, Financial Literacy classes, Women’s Counseling Network (subsidized personal counseling/coaching for underserved women), etc. YWCA Website

Women’s Success = Everyone’s Success.

See you there, I hope?

John Amoroso
Executive Director, The David and Lura Lovell Foundation

State Arts Commission Awards $2.65 Million in Grants

July 25, 2018

State Arts Commission Invests $2.65 Million in Arts & Culture Programs Across Arizona
State’s total investment in nonprofit arts sector up $500,000 over last year

Approved in May as part of the State of Arizona’s $10.4 billion fiscal year 2019 budget, an additional $2 million investment in arts and culture is already making its way to communities across Arizona.

Derived from interest accrued on Arizona’s Rainy-Day Fund, the State’s $2 million allocation represents a 33% increase over funding assigned to the Arizona Commission on the Arts in the previous fiscal year.

“With their action in the FY2019 state budget, Governor Ducey and state legislative leaders made a strong statement about the value of arts and culture in Arizona,” said Jaime Dempsey, Executive Director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts. “Their message is clear: Arizona’s arts sector has a significant role to play in unleashing our state’s boundless potential, with its wealth of positive outcomes on community and economic resilience, lifelong learning, and individual ingenuity. Arizona creativity is a wise and productive investment.”

At their quarterly meeting in June 2018, the Governor-appointed board of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a state agency that also administers funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, approved $2.65 million in grants to Arizona nonprofit arts organizations, festivals, schools, and community-based programs throughout the state. This action represents the allocation of 80% of the Arts Commission’s annual grant budget, with several other grant programs running throughout the year.

Full List of Grantees

Grants Awarded

Grants were awarded via three distinct programs:
Festival Grants support organizations in their efforts to provide quality arts and cultural programming through community festival activities. Forty-three Festival Grants were awarded, totaling $114,000—an increase of 28% over Festival Grant funding awarded last year.

Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships Grants support substantive school/community partnerships that strengthen teaching and learning in arts education and/or arts integration in Arizona Title I schools. Seven Strengthening Schools Through Arts Partnerships grants were awarded, totaling $127,041—increasing the investment in this program by over 300% from last year.

Community Investment Grants provide operating support to nonprofit arts organizations, local arts agencies, and tribal cultural organizations whose mission is to produce, present, or teach the arts, and/or to provide arts-based services. One-hundred eighty-three Community Investment Grants were awarded, totaling $2.41 million—a 10% increase over last year’s Community Investment Grant total.

NAMI Southern Arizona Receives Planning Grant for Statewide School-Based Initiative

(Tucson, AZ—August 2, 2017) The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Southern Arizona received funding from the David & Lura Lovell Foundation for a planning grant to advance a state-wide school-based mental illness stigma reduction initiative.

Fifty percent of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14, and 75% by age 24. NAMI Southern Arizona’s goal is to reach young people when they are first experiencing symptoms of mental illness with the message that mental illness is just like any other illness, they are not alone, and it’s okay to talk about it and get help.

“If we can get to children before they accept the stigma that has long been associated with mental illness, we can show them how to connect to those who can help them, reducing the average delay of 8-10 years between onset of symptoms and treatment,” said H. Clarke Romans, executive director of NAMI Southern Arizona. “Most importantly, we want young people to know that with help they can get better and have bright futures.”

The planning grant funding will enable NAMI Southern Arizona to engage leaders in education, behavioral and physical health, government, business, the judicial system and the faith community to discuss and develop a plan to address the inclusion of mental health education in all Arizona schools. NAMI has an effective stigma reduction program, Ending the Silence, for middle and high school students that is already being implemented in some schools through local affiliates of NAMI, and can be expanded to schools throughout the state.

“We believe in bringing people together to create systems change and address root causes of social issues,” said John Amoroso, executive director of the Lovell Foundation. “We are pleased to support NAMI SA and their partners as they work to eliminate stigma before it takes hold, making it possible for young people to get the help they need to improve their chances of success in school and beyond.”

The result of the planning grant will be an assessment and recommendations for the best course of action to pursue in providing effective school-based mental health education in Arizona.

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About NAMI Southern Arizona,
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. Started by volunteers in 1983, the Southern Arizona affiliate was the fourth to be established nationally. NAMI Southern Arizona serves primarily Tucson and Pima County through education, advocacy and support at no cost to anyone affected by mental illness.

About the David and Lura Lovell Foundation
Over the past 23 years, the Lovell Foundation awarded more than $14 million in grants to nonprofits for specific projects. For more information, visit or call (520) 325-3656.

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Save the date for the 2017 Fast Pitch Event: Thursday, November 9, from 6:15-8:00 pm in the Leo Rich Theater.

ICS Care Partners Program

The attached article on the Care Partners Program was featured in the Interfaith Community Services Spring 2017 newsletter. [Download not found]