An arts agency with the power to build community and create solutions for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Who we are:

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)3 funding agency. We consist of staff, board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions, and contracts to artists and arts organizations.

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona mission is to advance artistic expression, civic participation, and equitable economic growth of our diverse community by supporting, promoting, and advocating for arts and culture in our region.

– The Arts Foundation Mission Statement

Board & Staff:

The Board of Directors meets every fourth Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.
Please see the calendar for the latest information about The Arts Foundation public meetings.

Board of Directors

  • James W. Glock
    Board President
  • Sue De Benedette
  • Darlane E. Santa Cruz
  • Susan Franano
  • Susan Gamble
  • Felipe Garcia
  • Curtis J. McCrary
  • Evan Mendelson
    Vice President, 1st Position
  • Michele Orduña
  • Rey Robles
  • Eva Romero
  • Sarah J. Stanton
  • Tracy Taft
  • Magdalena Verdugo
  • John-Peter Wilhite
  • Cree Zischke
    Vice President, Second Position



In 1971, a group of citizens came together to form the Tucson Council on the Arts, whose purpose was to serve as a catalyst and information resource for cultural development.

1984, marked the establishment and designation of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) as the arts council for the City of Tucson and Pima County, “the principal mechanism through which arts and cultural activities will be planned and carried out within the metropolitan area.”

In 2016, the Board of Directors voted to change the name to The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. This name change reflects the vision of the agency as one that serves a community and region rich in culture and committed to supporting the arts in both the public and private sectors.

Who we serve:

The Arts Foundation provides funding and services for organizations and community members residing in the city of Tucson and Southern Arizona region.

Our efforts reach and engage all aspects of our urban and rural communities.


“We are not just talking about more people playing music and making art, we are talking about more people using artistic approaches to understanding and diagnosing problems in a variety of domains and seeking non-routine solutions.”

– Steven Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University



The Arts Foundation mission  is to advance artistic expression, civic participation, and equitable economic growth of our diverse community by supporting, promoting, and advocating for arts and culture in our region.


  • An environment that values our diverse arts and culture, which creates a sense of unique place and vitality.
  • A region where participation in arts and culture is the norm for residents and visitors.
  • A place where arts and culture organizations and individual artists bring their creative talent and power to build community and solve problems.
  • A society where arts and artists are an essential driver of equitable economic growth in Southern Arizona.
  • A community that looks to The Arts Foundation for leadership as an “arts and culture hub.”
  • A populace that sufficiently supports arts and culture organizations and individual artists with the financial and capacity-building resources they need to thrive.

Financial contributions:

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Arts Foundation welcomes financial contributions to support and sustain the artistic and cultural vibrancy of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Contributions are tax deductible.

If you are interested in making a donation to support The Art Foundation’s programming in general or in a customized capacity, we encourage you to contact Debi Chess Mabie, Executive Director, at (520) 624-0595.

You may also donate now, online.

Other contributions may be sent to:

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Attn: Debi Chess Mabie, Executive Director
33 South 5th Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 85701


Sponsors and partners:



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Employment opportunities:

Please check out Opportunities in the ARTISTS & ORGANIZATIONS section of our site for the latest information about The Arts Foundation employment and internship opportunities.

And you can sign up for News & Opps e-newsletter to receive the most current details about upcoming vacancies.

Logo downloads:

Name and logo use guidelines:

Our name signifies a commitment to the arts and culture. The Arts Foundation helps hundreds of artists and arts organizations and touches the lives of thousands of people.

Our name:

DO list us on all promotional and programmatic materials, and refer to us, when verbally acknowledging sponsors as, “The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.”

DO NOT use “Tucson-Southern Arizona,” or ”Tucson/Southern Arizona.”

Our logo:

Our Addy Award-Winning logo represents our effort, energy, and commitment to the arts in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our logo is an expressive and multi-dimensional arts “energy ball”.

When creating print materials featuring our name or logo, please make use of the following standards. The guidelines for usage are essential to the strong visual identity and name recognition of The Arts Foundation.

One-color logo:

  • Black 100%.
  • Black 50%.

Two-color logo:

  • Green
    Web: 79BA00.
    RGB: 21 86 0.
    CMYK: 58 0 100 0.
    Pantone: 368.
  • Warm Gray
    Web: 6e615d.
    RGB: 110 97 93.
    CMYK: 20 29 28 56.
    Pantone: Warm Gray 10.

Primary font:

  • Domestos Sans Black.
  • Domestos Sans Bold.
  • Domestos Sans Black used for ARTS and Foundation.
  • Domestos Sans Bold used for FOR TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA.

Secondary font:

  • Franklin Gothic Demi.
  • Used for text on letterhead business cards, etc.


Please ensure a minimum reproduction size so that “The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona” is legible. A 1/2” minimum of space should be left around the logo for all print materials.

The placement of your audiences and the distance from which the logo is viewed should always be considered.


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