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ACF names 14 finalists in the Water Public Art Challenge

The Arizona Community Foundation, Republic Media and Morrison Institute for Public Policy are pleased to announce the 14 finalists in the Water Public Art Challenge, the third philanthropic prize competition offered under the New Arizona Prize banner.

Sixteen teams met the August 30 deadline for submitting projects for consideration by their peers and a Technical/Cultural Advisory Committee of community leaders. Fourteen teams met the criteria to qualify as finalists. These finalists will showcase their temporary public art projects at the Phoenix Art Museum on Wednesday, November 7 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. The top five projects, as selected by a seven-member Selection Committee, will be named during the event and each will receive $50,000 to develop their project.

“We are continually amazed by the innovative approaches and ideas that come to light through the New Arizona Prize challenges, and the Water Public Art Challenge is no exception,” said ACF President & CEO Steve Seleznow. “In this latest challenge, local artists and art organizations have an opportunity to share their creative power with our community in a way that shows respect for our region’s cultural history and the continuing need to properly steward our water resources.”

Finalists are judged on their ability to illustrate how their art project honors the legacy of the ancestral Sonoran Desert people (Huhugam), whose irrigation engineering and agricultural achievements laid the foundation for the very existence of life in the Valley of the Sun. Experts representing the arts sector and Native American cultures helped shape this challenge and many are active participants in the review process.

The finalists for the Water Public Art Challenge are:
Ariztlan, Inc.
Blessings of Sacred Water

City of Mesa | Water=Life: Making the Invisible Visible
Making the Invisible Visible

Collaborative team between academia and architectural firm (lightvox studio)
Ephemeral Agriculture: Take One

Colwell Shelor Landscape Architectural Association for Novel Demonstrations (CSLAAND)
Our hydrological past present future

Indigenous Artists + Architects
The River Carries Our Stories

The Traveling Canal

Rio Salado Foundation Water Is Life

Scottsdale Arts
A Deeper Map

Spaces of Opportunity
Streams of Time

Team Farina-Brown
Data Flows

The Continuum
Su:dagi Haichu Agga (Waters Story)

Vesich eth ve:m (All of Us Together)
We Are Still Here

Water Fox
Come Alive! Desert Waterways

Water Heritage Collective

Portal to the Past
The New Arizona Prize is aimed at creating the Arizona of tomorrow: a state where innovation thrives, ingenuity is supported, and the best thinking is harnessed to create long-term, positive solutions to persistent needs. While continuing to award grants, scholarships, and community loans that topped $67 million in its last fiscal year, the Arizona Community Foundation has committed to hosting philanthropic prize competitions designed to attract new thinking and innovation. Through these open, fair and transparent competitions, ACF, in partnership with Republic Media and the Morrison Institute for Public Policy, deploys a portion of its philanthropic resources to generate innovative solutions to our state’s challenges.

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