News & Opps – April 21, 2017
By: Arts Foundation
News & Opps

News & Opps – April 21, 2017


Here, now, is an opportunity to align.



Partnership and collaboration: two words used a lot recently from everyone in the start-up community, to the arts community and beyond. But what do these two words really mean? What do they imply?

To me, partnership and collaboration means equity and understanding. It means respecting the assets and challenges that all parties bring to the table to achieve a shared goal.

This week, the Arizona Commission on the Arts,  Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and the Southwest Folklife Alliance issued an invitation to every locally-elected official and those working in local government agencies in the State of Arizona inviting them to collaborate with their community through the AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI). These collaboration would work to identify complex challenges and create innovative solutions to those challenges.

This is the perfect opportunity to put collaboration and partnership into action. Reasons why the arts have seen a steady reduction of funding from the City and County are–in part–due to pressures on the budget to meet the needs of our collective community, often leaving the arts in the wake of other priorities.

Here, now, is an opportunity to align interest. The Arts Foundation will begin to pursue this unique funding opportunity. The priorities for public safety, infrastructure repair, education, healthcare service, and the other services that serve Tucson and Southern Arizona, do not exist in a vacuum. The need for a strong and robust arts sector is essential for creating a vibrant, safe, and healthy community. In fact, the arts can help provide a pathway to addressing issues of collective concern in our region and support the efforts of the many individuals and organizations working toward the same goal.

We invite you to be a part of the conversation. The application information (in the section below) provides details about the grant. Please let us know your thoughts and ideas about how

individuals, organizations, and the arts and creative sectors can partner and collaborate with City and County entities to bring much needed resources to our region.

We look forward to hearing from you!



AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI)

Application is now open.
Application deadline:
 Wednesday, May 24, 2017, at 11:59 p.m.
The AZ Creative Communities Institute (AZ CCI) offers small teams, made up of diverse members of your community, a unique opportunity to explore the many ways creativity can be put to work for positive community impact. AZ CCI teams will become members of an active learning network, with opportunities to learn from and with local and national experts, as well as peers from other Arizona cities, towns, and neighborhoods.
Click here for more information and to apply.


Congratulations to Dancing in the Streets AZ for being nominated for the Tucson Metro Chamber Copper Cactus Awards, presented by Wells Fargo, in the category of Tucson Electric Power Charitable Non-Profit!

New Works 2016-2017 Awardees
Upcoming Public Viewings:

Wesley Fawcett Creigh

“Of Rocks and Bullets”
Date: Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Location: EXPLODED VIEW Gallery/Microcinema as part of “Peripheries: Border Video Works”
For event information, click here.

Bill Mackey

“SUNDAY DRIVE – Old Nogales Highway”
Date: Sunday, May 14, 2017 at 10:00 a.m..
Location: Tucson to Old Nogales Highway
Bill Mackey with Worker, Inc. invites you to a one-time-only bus ride from Tucson, down Old Nogales Highway and back. The trip will take approximately 2 hours. Riders will receive a map and collage of Old Nogales Highway created by Worker, Inc.
Please contact Bill Mackey at for more information.

GoFundMe: The Arts Foundation Art Fund

Goal: $5,000 

We’re halfway to our goal and with your help, we can surpass it!

Our campaign will continue until May 31st !


Visit our GoFundMe page now!


News & Opps


All Tribes
Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | San Xavier Recreation Center.
True Descendants, Loud Republic, & Barrio Mindz present All Tribes, 2 VS 2 Breaking battles and 1 VS 1 Popping Battles. Featuring Alias, Randy Boogie, Lingos, Phen, Chuxx Chingon. Hosted by Nate Killa Robot. For event information, click here.

A Short Film: “Food, Water and Traditional Knowledge in Arid Lands”
Southwest Folklife Alliance Screening. Free and open to public.
Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | The Loft Cinema, 3233 East Speedway Boulevard.
For more information, contact Leia Maahs at or (520) 621-4046.

Dedication of Agnese Nelms Haury Lecture Hall
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Agnese Nelms Haury Building
An artwork dedication in tribute to Mrs. Agnese Nelms Haury, University of Arizona supporter and life-long advocate for social justice. For event information, click here.

Arizona Abstract at Tohono Chul
April 27 – August 13, 2017 | Main Gallery, Tohono Chul
Reception with the Artists: Thursday, April 27, 2017, from 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Curators’ Talks: Tuesday, May 2, 2017, and Thursday, May 4, 2017, at 10:00 a.m.
For more information, click  here.

Groovin’ Together: Artists of Many Hands Courtyard and the Tucson Arts Cooperative
A Multi-media Exhibit featuring ten female artists from Tucson.

Sunday, April 23, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. | The J, 3800 East. River Road.
Free reception open to public to meet artists:
For more information, click  here.

Owl & Panther: Expressive Arts for the Refugee Families
April 25, 2017, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Tucson Museum of Art:, 140 North Main Avenue
Join the Owl & Panther program for a community event at the Tucson Museum of Art. Owl & Panther participants will be showcasing their adventures for the past year (Fall and Spring). Click here for more information about the Program.

La Doce Food Documentation Team Presents: Community Pachanga – Sharing Stories Through Food!
Saturday, May 6, 2017, from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., | Pueblo High School
Come join the community to learn about the community mapping project along South 12th Avenue with food, music, dancing, learning and fun.


For Youth Artists: PAG Youth Art Project, Summer 2017
Application Deadline
: April 27, 2017, at midnight
To apply and for more information, visit The Arts Foundation website.

The William H. Johnson Foundation – 2017 William H. Johnson Prize
Deadline: Thursday, November 16, 2017.
To apply, click here.
(Photo from William H. Johnson Foundation website)


Board Training Opportunity 
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Abrams Public Health Center in Tucson.
If you have new, prospective, or current board members who would like training or a refresher on their fiduciary, legal, or fundraising duties, this would be a great opportunity.
For more information and to register, click here.

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process: One-Day Intensive Workshop
Sunday May 21, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $145 (Limited amount of scholarships are available to full-time students and artists.)
To register and get more information, click here.

Speak out for the arts and why they are important to you! 

1) Stop by our Connect Coworking office lobby at 33 South 5th  Avenue (on Fifth/Congress downtown)
2) Fill out a postcard with why the arts are important to you.
3) Pop it in the box!
We will take what you’ve written and read it to local and national  officials. Feel free to write, draw, color, etc., to express yourself and  your love for all things art and culture.


Artist Position 
Southwest Beverages is seeking an imaginative and highly skilled artist to join a talented team and create high quality images. Contact Bob Jenkins at (520) 690-1000, and send resume and sample of work to

Grantmakers in the Arts is working with Koya Leadership Partners to conduct a search for its new CEO. For more information and to apply, click here.

Membership Manager/Director 
Tucson Botanical Gardens is seeking a new Membership Manager/Director. This position manages Tucson Botanical Gardens’ Development Department’s Membership Program, serve as the principle liaison to the Tucson Botanical Gardens’ members, also works with and assists the Executive Director with senior management duties. Applicants may apply to:

Executive Director
The National Museum of Toys and Miniatures (T/m) has engaged EFL Associates in a search for the Executive Director.  The Director will serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the organization and will be responsible for the effective leadership, management, and operations of the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures while ensuring the organization’s consistent achievement of its mission and financial objectives. To view the full position description or make a referral, please contact Kathryn Bradley at EFL Associates at

Teaching Artists
Arts for all, Tucson is seeking Teaching Artists for dance, drama, music & jewelry making! Visit our website to learn more: They are also hiring for Direct Support Professionals for their adult Day Program, and Counselors for their upcoming Summer Arts Camp. Call 520-622-4100 to inquire.

Property Manager
The Historic Y is seeking a property manager, approx. 30-hour per week, flexible hours, schedule, status (1099 or employee), start date.  Requires knowledge of building systems, hands-on construction experience, basic computer and office skills, and ability to interact with people, respond to inquiries and maintenance requests, manage projects, coordinate events, oversee small cleaning & maintenance staff, and monitor work by contractors.  Starting salary $18-21/hour DOE. Prospective candidates can find out more about this unique opportunity and community by


Space Opportunity: Rain Crow Artist Collective
Artist Studio spaces available at Rain Crow Artist Collective in Placita de la Luna. Open, creative, inspired space in a supportive artistic community. Shared bathroom. New a/c. Utilities and wi-fi included. Features include glass block, adobe walls, stained concrete floors, courtyard access. Very good natural light and well planned existing light fixtures too. For more information email Susan: or call 520-270-6351. 250/mo – 400/mo.


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The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona News & Opps is primarily geared to providing artists information on arts-related opportunities, including calls to artists for exhibitions, commissions, fellowships, employment and free professional development training/workshops, and educational opportunities. News & Opps does not announce exhibit openings, fee-based news, programming, workshops or performances, fundraising events, or commercial art venues. News & Opps is a free service based upon received announcements.

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