News & Opps – January 27, 2017
By: Arts Foundation
News & Opps

News & Opps – January 27, 2017


A Note from The Arts Foundation Staff and Board

The Role of the Arts in a Just Society.

The arts are the purest reflection of democracy at work. They provide a universally accessible language through which members of a society can exercise the individual and collective power to create community, catalyze change, and drive self-determination.
From work of artists such as Hulleah J. Tsinhnahjinnie to Ai Weiwei, from murals calling back to a historical moment to recent protest signs, artists and the arts have been rooted in every social justice movement throughout history.
Art and culture in the public sphere not only propel a community’s values and ideals into the future, they are also powerful reminders of a complicated past.  Without such expressions, entire histories are altered and sometimes, erased.

The image above is by local artist Luis Mena. It is called La Vida de Nuestros Barrios Viejos, and addresses the Mexican-American experience of urban renewal here in Tucson. At the corner of Cushing and Interstate 10, a woman stands with a child and points to the location of her old home, which was destroyed when the Convention Center was built in the 1970s.
A decade before, when the once vibrant downtown experienced an exodus of shops and businesses, it was artists who kept the dream of a thriving downtown alive by opening studios and galleries and pushing for land ownership. Thanks to their efforts, the Warehouse Arts District is now a robust and animated haven for artists and arts lovers, providing an anchor for downtown revitalization.
From Public Art, to Grantmaking and Advocacy, our job at The Arts Foundation is to hold space for cultural-ists, art-makers, creators, and the organizations that support them. Now, more than ever, the arts and culture sector must continue to reflect who we are as a community and bring forward those who have been rendered invisible.
We at The Arts Foundation are in solidarity with those who work to create a safe and equitable community for all who inhabit this region. We work to place ourselves around the tables where conversations effecting public policy, public safety, living wage jobs, affordable housing, access to healthcare, equity in education, food security, and quality of life for all are taking place.
Our ability to be effective in all of these public arenas is deeply rooted in our ability to receive public funds that support the artists and arts organizations that push our cultural and creative community forward and continue collaborations with City and County departments that create and support art-based policies and programs that serve to revitalize communities, deter crime, develop employment skills and support opportunities to engage and experience the arts though out the culturally rich Sonoran region.
With continued public support of the Arts Foundation from both the City of Tucson and Pima County, we can address the issues that matter most.


We are calling on you to act. Put the events below in your calendar now, and take a stand. 

City Council Meetings
February 7
March 7
April 5
May 9
June 6

Learn more from the leadership of our city and let them know the issues that are important to you. The Arts Foundation will be at each upcoming meeting to share stories of the arts’ impact in our region. We welcome you to join us.


Arts Congress on March 14
Phoenix | AZ
Arts Congress is a day when legislators open their doors to arts advocacy groups to talk about the issues that matter most to artists and arts organizations.

Arts Congress Workshop & Discussion
February 17 | 5pm-7pm

For those interested in attending Arts Congress, The Arts Foundation will host a public workshop where attendees can discuss and learn about helpful advocacy tools and ways to encourage constructive dialogue with legislators. Stay tuned for more information.

Pay attention to the upcoming local election. 
The health of a community relies of the ability of the many to act. We look forward to continuing to work with you here in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Sign the Americans for the Arts’ Petition to Support Federal Funding for the Arts
President and CEO of Americans for the Arts Robert L. Lynch discusses the latest topics around federal funding for the arts and asks for support in his next letter to the new administration.

-The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona 


Estrellas de Tucson/Stars of Tucson

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The deadline to nominate Tucson’s next poet laureate is February 1, 2017. The Tucson Poet Laureate will work to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry and to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and readers of literature.

Click here to nominate!


News & Opps

New Works Project Grant

Important dates for the New Works grant for FY 2017-2018 have been changed to the following:

Application opens (online only): January 10, 2017.
UPDATED: workshop date: Friday, February 3, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona: 2250 East Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85719.
Application deadline: March 14, 2017.
Panel date: April 13, 2017.

The New Works Artist Project Grant seeks to support the depth and breadth of new artwork created and produced in the City of Tucson. It supports individual artists’ projects that meet the highest standards of excellence across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines. All New Works projects must include the development and production of new art work and take an original and imaginative approach to content and form.

To get more information and apply, please visit The Arts Foundation website.


Pima County Youth Arts Award (PCYAA)

Application opens (online only): November 1, 2016.
UPDATED application deadline: February 21, 2017.
Workshop date: Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. at Connect Coworking, 33 South Fifth Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701.
Panel review and notifications: late March 2017.

The Pima County Youth Arts Award is an opportunity to earn a scholarship toward an Associate Degree at Pima Community College. The awards are made possible in collaboration with the Pima Community College Foundation and the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Awards range from $1,000 to $2,000.

To get more information and apply, please visit The Arts Foundation website.


New Opportunity: Workshops: “The Artistic Entrepreneur”

Workshop dates:

  • Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Eckstrom-Columbus Library, 4350 East 22nd Street (all ages)
  • Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:00-6:30 p.m. – Joyner-Green Valley, 601 North La Canada, Green Valley (all ages)
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017, 1:00-2:30 p.m. – Joel D. Valdez Main Library, 101Space, 101 North Stone Avenue (teens)
  • Thursday, February 23, 2017, 4:30-6:00 p.m. – Joel D. Valdez Main Library, Idea+Space, 101 North Stone Avenue (all ages)

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, in partnership with the Pima County Public Library and artist and entrepreneur Björgvin Benediktsson, are excited to present a specially-curated workshop: “The Artistic Entrepreneur.” These professional development workshops will teach artists how to generate creative solutions to business and marketing obstacles while tackling artistic marketing strategies. Tucson artists will come away with a better understanding of how to increase both their exposure and build audience awareness in order to successfully develop and sustain themselves as artists. For more information and workshop details, please visit The Arts Foundation website.


New Opportunity: Saguaro National Park: Artists-in-Residence

Application deadline: Mid-January 2017 (for February and March 2017 residencies).
Selection date and phone interviews: End of January 2017.
Saguaro National Park is accepting applications for artists to take part in the Artists-in-Residence (AiR). The AiR program will offer artists publicity and visibility in the community, as well as career development and time in seclusion to create nature-inspired works. The selected artist(s) will live in the park for two to four weeks during the months of February and April. To download the application, and for more details about this program, please visit The Arts Foundation website.

New Call to Artists/Request for Qualifications: Kolb Road: Sabino Canyon Road to Sunrise Road

Pima County Department of Transportation, Tucson AZ
Budget for Artwork:
Application Posted: January 14, 2017.
Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

The Pima County Department of Transportation is seeking an artist or artist team to design and create public art to enhance transportation improvements along Kolb Road from Sabino Canyon Road to Sunrise Drive. The Kolb Road improvements are part of the Regional Transportation Authority’s voter-approved, twenty-year plan for major corridor improvements. As such, this is a high visibility, high accountability project. The improvements will include the widening of approximately 1.9 miles of roadway from a two-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway with paved shoulders, sidewalks, curbs, raised medians, and landscaping.

For more information and to apply, please visit The Arts Foundation website.


Arts Congress







Join The Arts Foundation at the State Capitol on Tuesday, March 14, for this year’s Arts Congress!

You won’t want to miss this opportunity to make your voice heard!

This special day of arts advocacy will be held on the Senate Lawn of the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and program activities will run until 2:00 p.m.

Arts Congress is the one day each year that arts and culture advocates, patrons, educators, business people and voters gather to speak directly to Arizona legislators about the importance of support for arts and culture in our state. Do not miss it!

Click here to register and to get more information.


Regional News & Opps

NEW News: Next50: Share your creative spark with the Arizona Commission on the Arts


NEW Call to Artists: Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center: Spring Eco-Art Workshop

Photo credit: Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center website

Photo credit: Sonoran Desert Inn & Conference Center website

Registration Now Open!
Are you an artist, scientist, educator, or researcher seeking a new way to experience the desert? Sign up for “Art & Science: Ways of Knowing the Sonoran Desert,” March 31-April 2! Led by Dr. Lee Ann Woolery, participants will learn Art-Based Perceptual Ecology methods, using art and science to discover place-based stories of this ancient desert landscape.

To register and get more information, click here.


NEW Call to Artists: 7th Annual Rodeo Days Arts Celebration 

Plaza Palomino is now accepting vendors for its arts celebration day on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. First accepted 45 vendors. All media welcome. Live music, “Quick Draw” with Tucson notables, food trucks, and western-themed activities.

For more information, call (520) 907-7325 or email before February 10, 2017.


NEW Call to Artists: 9th Annual Curious Camera Competition

Juried show with prizes for images made with fun, quirky cameras and/or alternative process printing techniques. Deadline April 16, 2017 at midnight.

Click here for more information.


NEW Call to Artists: Red Clay

200 lbs of fire clay is available.

For more information, contact Ron Nelson at (520) 884-5510 or


NEW Exhibition: “X is for Xenophobia- I am America”

Photo credit: Oziem Ayse Ozgur

Photo credit: Oziem Ayse Ozgur

Artist and curator, Ozlem Ayse Ozgur, with the Steinfeld Warehouse Arts Center, presents “X is for Xenophobia- I am America” exhibition. The exhibition, curated by Ozlem herself, features both local, Tucson artists and artists from across the nation. Its aim is to change the way societies with growing xenophobic tendencies perceive and act in the world, while furnishing resources to groups, alliances, networks, and communities struggling to build a more just, equitable, and inclusive future.
The opening reception is on February 4, 2017, from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at the Steinfeld Warehouse Community Arts Center at 101 West 6th St, Tucson, Arizona 85701. The exhibition will be up until March 30, 2017.


For questions or more event information, please click here or email Ozlem at


NEW Call to Artists: Heart of Tucson Art

Heart of Tucson Art invites artists to exhibit with us in a Winter PopUp Art Event, February 18.

To learn more, click here.


NEW Call to ArtistsPima County’s Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery

Pima County’s Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery is accepting applications from artists to display their work during a four-week exhibition period in 2018. Original artwork must reflect nature, wildlife, landscapes, Southwestern themes, or local cultures that are in keeping with the park setting.

To be considered for a session during the January- December 2018 exhibition period, please submit the following by (postal mail or email) March 10, 2017.

  • Cover Sheet with your name or name of organization, contact information: phone number, email address, and mailing address.
  •  Six ten-color photographs (4”x 6” or no larger than 8”x 10” prints) that are representative of the work you propose to exhibit. Email submissions should be jpg or pdf attachments. Please label images with artist name, title of work, dimensions of the piece, and art medium.
  • A brief resume or biography.
  • An artist’s statement and description of work.
  • Stamped, self-addressed envelope if you want application materials returned.

Send mail to:
Agua Caliente Park Ranch House Art Gallery
Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation
3500 West River Road
Tucson, AZ  85741

Or email to: (use jpeg or pdf attachments)

For more information, contact:Julie Strom, Environmental Education Program Coordinator at (520) 615-7855 ext. 8 or by email at

 Jobs & Intern

NEW Job Opportunity:  Arts For All, Tucson

Teaching artists wanted at Arts For All, Tucson. Arts For All, Tucson is seeking Teaching Artists for dance, drama, music & jewelry making! Visit their website to learn more at Also hiring for Direct Support Professionals for their adult Day Program. Call (520) 622-4100 to inquire.

NEW Job Opportunity:  Arizona Citizens for the Arts

Arizona Citizens for the Arts seeks a part-time Office Coordinator to support Arizona’s only statewide nonprofit arts advocacy organization. The ideal candidate should be pleasant, energetic, highly-organized, detail oriented, and enjoy an active work environment that requires balancing multiple tasks and priorities while finding creative solutions to any arising complications. The candidate should possess broad office skills; be proficient in Microsoft Office; and be familiar with customer relationship databases and mass communications platforms such as WordPress, MailChimp and Facebook. Please submit cover letter, resume, and three references by email to info@azcitizensforthearts.orgwith the subject line: Office Coordinator Position. For more information about the position click here.


NEW Job Opportunity: Bookkeeper

Local organization Spoken Futures, Inc. ​is looking for a committed bookkeeper to help keep track of in/out finances for 2017. Spoken Futures is a Tucson-based, small, volunteer-run organization with annual income and expenses around $25,000. Position details include, 1-4 hours per week, unpaid, located in Downtown Tucson and remote. Perks include: volunteer hours, public recognition, experience with grassroots organization widely recognized as having a positive impact on the lives of young people in Southern Arizona.

To apply, submit a one page letter of interested and CV/resume to

Space Opps

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 or call Susan at (520) 270-6351. Price is $250/mo – $400/mo.

About News & Opps 

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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