New Initiatives

Cultivating arts-based solutions to complex community issues.

 

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona has developed two initiatives stemming from advocacy efforts and community conversation:

  • The Arts and Culture Facilities Initiative.
  • The Arts and Cultural Learning Initiative.

Arts and Culture Facilities Initiative

How can the The Arts Foundation partner with the City of Tucson and other public and private entities to identify opportunities for the development of affordable, public-owned spaces for arts and culture?

We have consulted with ArtSpace, a nonprofit facilities development organization, to create a framework for identifying and assessing space and facilities development needs and opportunities. You can read the full  Creative Spaces Consulting Report here.

This work reflects a growing interest in the preservation and animation of cultural spaces. The P.L.A.C.E. Report, and our initial investment in art-based civic engagement projects, highlights how place-making and place-keeping should inform the built environment.

“Before you can have places of belonging, you have to have a sense of belonging.”

– Roberto Bedoya

In 2006, The Arts Foundation published the Pima Cultural Plan. In it, an agenda was set to advance the growth and expansion of performance, exhibition, studio, rehearsal, instruction, office, storage, incubator and cultural business space.

Dozens of arts and cultural organizations are in need of affordable space in the context of our local economy. We are partnering with public and private community leaders, policy makers, and philanthropists to identity and leverage resources that address this goal.

“The final product of culture is not a commodity, it is a society.”

– Jeff Chang

 

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Arts & Cultural Learning Initiative

When did the arts become only an elective or after school program?

We believe the arts are integral to a well-rounded education. The Arts Foundation is focused on bringing real solutions to support arts education. We are currently developing a series of forums to bring together artists, organizations, social scientists, and educators to address this issue jointly. Over the next year, our goal is to facilitate an ongoing conversation around arts education, to put together a solid understanding of our community’s needs, and imagine new partnerships. The plan is to have these conversations inform a larger convening in late 2017.

We will be posting dates and more detailed information soon. Please visit our Contact Us page to stay informed on these initiatives.

“Our responsibility is not to teach kids what they already know, where they know it, but to build bridges … that make that local knowledge relevant for them and for us all.”

– Maribel Alvarez, Associate Research Professor in the School of Anthropology and Associate Research Social Scientist at the Southwest Center, University of Arizona

 

 

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