The Arizona Commission on the Arts has almost $5 million each year to dole out to artists and arts educators, and executive director Robert Booker said he'd like to see some of that money in Payson.
Booker said he'd especially like to see grant applications coming from art educators involved in local schools.
"I'd love to see some grants coming to schools up here," he said.
The Arizona Commission on the Arts is a state-funded agency dedicated to the advancement of art in all forms, both on amateur and professional levels. They provide assistance to artists and art educators every year through grants and technical support.
The commission hosted a workshop in Payson on Monday at Gila Community College, hoping to increase awareness of the arts and to notify those in attendance of grants still available.
Executive Director Robert Booker said that the commission's hope for the workshop was to increase the level of participation in the arts in the Rim Country.
Booker said that developing ties with the community, discovering new volunteer grant-review panelists and creating projects with schools and organizations in the area will benefit many people.
"Our goal is for all Arizonans to have access to arts wherever they live," he said.
The commission typically offers grants of around 3 to 5 percent of an organization's or project's budget.
The commission also provides other forms of assistance, such as networking with other artists or donating staff members to help with a program.
The next grant application deadline is March 22. Grant submissions are reviewed by a volunteer panel in May and final decisions will be announced in June.
For more information about the commission, including how to submit a grant application, visit www.azarts.gov.