Our grants provide direct funding for individual artists, arts organizations, and community-based arts projects throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Over the past five years, we have provided more than $1,000,000 to approximately 350 artists, arts organizations, community groups, and neighborhoods. This money has allowed working artists to pursue their passions, local neighborhoods to animate shared space, and arts organizations to continue to open their doors to the community and provide a wide range of programming.

General Operating Support

General Operating Support (GOS) is unrestricted funding that gives grantees the rare opportunity to fund the day-to-day needs of a non-profit organization. Read More

New Works

Support provided to individual artists that allows them to pursue creative projects or see their work in new light. Read More

P.L.A.C.E. Initiative

Influential on a national level, this local initiative has provided the foundation for the vision of Arts Found Now. Read More

Pima County Youth Arts Award

Acknowledging the next generation of artists in Pima County. Read More

stART Grants

Community Cultural Development Mini-Grants. Read More

The Arts Foundation Fair Labor Standards

All Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Grant recipients must abide by the following standards: Fair Labor Standards All professional performers related or supporting professional personnel employed on projects or Read More

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”

– Junot Diaz

Grant Review Process

All grant applications are evaluated by staff for completeness, followed by a panel comprised of peer and community members (open to the public). The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Grants Committee and the Board of Directors make final approval on all allocations of funding.

Grants Committee and Panelists

The Grants Committee includes community members with an expertise in the arts, arts management, and/or nonprofit administration. The Grants Committee functions as an advisory group to The Art Foundation’s Board of Directors. Committee members establish guidelines for the application process and review of grant applications and awards, as well as make allocation recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Grants Committee
  • Jim Glock

    Arts Advocate, The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Board Chair

  • Eric Holtan

    Music Director, True Concord Voices & Orchestra

  • Karen Thompson Hymer


  • Michele Orduña

    M.Ed, Arts Advocate-Community Development Professional

  • Josh Schachter

    Teaching Artist

  • Craig Sumberg

    Executive Director, Fox Theater

  • Kathleen Velo

    Teaching Artist

  • John-Peter Wilhite

    Executive Director, Sonoran Glass Foundation

Grant Panelists 2017
  • Eileen Bagnall
  • Bjorgvin Benedlktsson
  • Robin Blackwood
  • Mari Broce
  • Simmons Buntin
  • Veletta Canouts
  • Adam Cooper-Teran
  • Lynn Davis
  • Elva De La Torre
  • Teré Fowler-Chapman
  • Jim Glock
  • Heather Gray
  • Jeff Grubic
  • Eric Holtan
  • Karen Hymer
  • Jackie Kain
  • Lendre Kearns
  • Sarah Kortemeier
  • Martin Levy
  • T. Loving
  • Tyler Meier
  • Michael Martinez
  • Sharon O’Brien
  • Michele Orduña
  • Christian Ramirez
  • Roxane Ramos
  • Julie Ray
  • Josh Schachter
  • Craig Sumberg
  • Margie Torres
  • Kathleen Velo
  • Karen Wiese
  • John-Peter Wilhite
  • Amy Zuckerman
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