Verde Valley Arts Council

Who We Are:
The Verde Valley Arts Council is a subsidiary of the Cottonwood Economic Council.  It provides service and support to Verde Valley artists and arts organizations; it also promotes Creative Placemaking
to support arts and culture based economic development.
The Verde Valley Arts Council is your source for public, private, not for profit and community sector partnerships that strategically enhance the "quality of place" and economic growth through art and culture. 
We help to reconnect people to their communities through arts and culture by helping them translate their collective personal stories into a "blueprint" for creative community building.
In addition to traditional artists and arts organizational support, our services and consulting include forming strategic partnerships, small business development, grant writing, fundraising,
event planning and management, community asset mapping, arts impact/analytics, cultural tourism, branding and marketing.
The Verde Valley Arts Council serves the entire Verde Valley region, including tribal and under-served communities, non-profits, economic development organizations, real estate developers,
local businesses, arts organizations, and artists.

Products and Services Include:

Creative Placemaking:
Work with Economic Development staff, Elected Officials, Business Leaders, and Artists and interested stakeholders from every area of the Verde Valley to develop a comprehensive arts and culture asset map,
cohesive community vision and strategic funding plan for achieving regional objectives
Small Business Development for Arts and Culture:
Work with Yavapai College and state universities to develop an entrepreneurial approach to art-making that helps artists successfully connect their work to their audience/market.
This means that the artist’s work should have both intrinsic and extrinsic value for the market and for the artist/maker. 
The incubator should also provide a physical or virtual environment that helps the artist recognize and develop those connections.
Arts & Culture Events and Event Management:
Serve as the region's source for comprehensive arts and culture event planning
Provide affordable event equipment, displays, etc for emerging and established artists
Help with forms, site maps, insurance, codes, city council presentations, and business filings
Volunteer recruitment and management
Marketing: including but not limited to website design, social media,  press releases, printing, SEO, media relations, and video production
Artist Work/Live Space
Work directly with Economic Development groups, elected officials and developers to develop affordable artist work/live space for emerging artists and creative entrepreneurs.
Diverse Outreach to including but not limited to Creative Aging, Disabled, Veteran and LB GT communities:
Develop programs that engage underserved or marginalized communities.
Incorporate teaching artist programs
Address language, cultural, and communication barriers for participation
Help to ensure ADA compliance in all programming
Promote diversity of age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and ability
Grantmaking and Consultation:
Project Development
Grant and funding calendar development
Research and analysis
Funder relations
Grant management and compliance
Cultural Tourism:
Work with AOT, Chambers of Commerce, Elected Officials, Arts Organizations, and business leaders to create events that foster tourism
Secure funding for a Cultural Tourbus for the Verde Valley Region
Establish  relationships with event planners to bring more cultural events and attractions to the region
Arts Education and Incubation:
Establish a network of teaching artists
Work with Yavapai College to develop an integrated arts learning program for schools in the region
Network with other leaders that have successfully launched arts incubators to determine best practices
Shared Workshop and Equipment:
Acquisition of equipment
Development of Co-operative and sharing system
Central Banking/barter system
Workshops, seminars and conventions:
Coordination of artist workshops that focus on business development, marketing, funding, etc
Promotion of events to enhance tourism and attract new creative sector industry
Cooperative Gallery Space:
Establish rotating exhibits of local artwork 
Provide affordable gallery space and marketing opportunities for local artists
Community Supported Arts Initiatives:
Work with existing farmer's markets, events and festivals to support arts and artists
Create networks and volunteers to assist with deliverables