News & Opps – July 13, 2017
By: Arts Foundation
News & Opps

News & Opps – July 13, 2017


Julie Lauterbach-Colby joined the Arts Foundation as the Deputy Director in 2016, and ever since I’ve seen first-hand the dedication and passion that Julie has for the arts community in Southern Arizona. Often behind the scenes, Julie’s work has been instrumental in securing a future for the arts, and I’m pleased to have her featured in this week’s News & Opps. 



Julie Lauterbach-Colby, Deputy Director of The Arts Foundation

This week marked a milestone that those of us in Southern Arizona pine for every Summer: As the temps rise, we all wait, with baited breath, for the change in weather that is monsoon season. I’m sure this week you welcomed the change with me, as the rain brought us a bit of reprieve from the intense June heat.

The idea of welcomed change was felt across the Arts Foundation on the heels of the public announcement of our agency becoming a Supporting Organization of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona. As the announcement hit my inbox, I had to smile. What a change for this 30+ year organization! And yet, just like one season can never tell the story of the entire year, I smiled to myself because I started to think about all the small changes, the behind-the-scenes and unnoticed changes that helped bring us to that moment.

I joined the Arts Foundation in April 2016, and was welcomed by a staff committed to ensuring that, by the end of our fiscal year, the Arts Foundation would be in a position to fully operate under a mandate we’ve internally come to adopt: Sustain, promote, and advocate for an equitable arts and culture ecosystem. It wasn’t easy (change never is!), I can you that, and I can go on and on about the work it took to overhaul our operations budget, our internal file drives and records, as well as move offices and reconstruct some of our staffing roles and responsibilities.

However, right now, I can’t help but feel overwhelmingly hopeful. Maybe that feeling of hope has something to do with the first monsoon that hit Tucson this week, but mostly, I think the hope comes with knowing that each of the changes made over the past year were made with this region in mind.

In the coming year, we will strengthen community partnerships here in Tucson, while also reaching out to those in Tubac, Bisbee, Nogales, and Ajo. We will continue to take action through our facilities and cultural spaces initiative, as well as host a region-wide Arts+Learning Convening this fall. Most exciting, we will lay out a year-long advocacy plan to identify and work toward a permanent revenue stream for the arts as well as gather research materials for an arts engagement digital platform. I can’t wait to see how our season of change will help us tell the story of Southern Arizona’s arts and culture for future years. Thank you for being a part of that story.

-Julie Lauterbach-Colby





– Deadline: July 15, 2017
– Read information about performing at TMY here.
– Direct link to Performer’s application here.

– Deadline: First-Come, First-Served (spaces are limited)
– Read information about exhibiting/selling products at TMY here.
– Direct link to Exhibitor application here.

– Send message to:

– To showcase or demonstrate recipes, food justice work, ethnobotony, local
food entrepreneurs, heritage crops, and products, send message to:

– To help your brand identity by gifting this beautiful event to the community, send
message to Festival Director, Dr. Maribel Alvarez:



News & Opps


NEW Art Trails Studio Tour
Registration begins: July 2, 2017
Event Date: October 21-22, 2017 (10am-4pm)
For artists who live or work in west or northwest Tucson who would like to open their studios. Includes a preview show at the Jewish Community Center from September 19 – October 18. For more information and to register, click here.

NEW Desert Artisan’s Gallery
Tucson’s longest running artists’ cooperative, is currently jurying for 2D artwork, with an emphasis on abstract art; metalwork; fiber art; blown glass; and modern, unusual pottery. For more information, click here.

Sonoran Glass School – Pumpkin Fiesta
Registration Deadline: August 8, 2017
Date of Event: October 7-8, 2017
Sonoran Glass School invites Southern Arizona artists working in all media. Work must include glass in some capacity and integrate well into a fall-themed show.
For more information and to apply, click here.

Heart of Tucson Art (HoTArt) Fall 2017 Open Studio Tour
Deadline: September 1, 2017
Date of Event: October 28-29, 2017
HoTArtists will participate in a pre-Open Studio Tour art exhibit with Art Trails on September 29-October 18, 2017 at Tucson JCC.
For a map and information on how to register, click here.

The Tubac Center of the Arts – “19” Exhibition
Deadline: July 30, 2017
Exhibit open: October 27, 2017- December 3, 2017
Features artists along the I-19 arts corridor from Nogales to South Tucson. Artists must live for at least part of the year south of 29th Street (east of Kolb and west Kenney Rd) in Tucson, within First Nations in Southern Arizona, City of South Tucson, Sahuarita, Green Valley, Amado, Tubac, Tumacacori-Carmen, Rio Rico, or Nogales. Please note, artists from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base are eligible. This exhibition accepts 2D, 3D art and video. For more information, click here.

Tohono Chul Park – Dia de los Muertos Exhibition
Deadline: July 17, 2017
For more information, click here.

The William H. Johnson Foundation – 2017 William H. Johnson Prize
Deadline: November 16, 2017
To apply, click here.


NEW: Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund 2017-2018 Grant Round
Deadline: July 31, 2017
The Phil and Carol Lyons Family Fund is a donor advised fund of the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, open its 2017-2018 grant round for nonprofit organizations in Tucson and Flagstaff. Proposals must fall within established guidelines: only one application will be accepted per organization and are limited to a maximum of $5,000. The grant period is for one year: October 1, 2017 – October 1, 2018.
For established guidelines and to apply, click here.

NEW: Speakers for the 2017 TENWEST Festival
Event date: October 14-22, 2017
Suggest a speaker who is passionate about Arts, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and/or Community to participate at Tucson’s Community Innovation Festival. To submit a speaker, click here.

NEW: Elevating Community Leaders
Deadline: July 28, 2017
This will help develop diverse leaders who are grounded in their own leadership, sustain themselves as leaders, and drive community change.
Click here to apply.

NEW: Free Workshop – “Creating Sustainable Funding for Your Nonprofit”
Date: August 28, 2017 (1-3pm)
Location: Tucson Electric Power, 88 E Broadway Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85701
Who should attend: Key organizational leadership, including board members, executive director or CEO, development director, and volunteers.
For questions: Contact Bianca Galam at (206) 428-2150 or

Arizona Humanities – AZ Speaks Catalog
Organizations are invited to book speakers for programs taking place November 1, 2017 – October 31, 2018.
Send additional questions to Dyadira Fajardo (Programs and Grants Coordinator)

Rancho Linda Vista Writers Workshop
Led by award-winning poet Adrian Matejka
Deadline: July 15, 2017
Date of Event: November 4-11, 2017
Inviting writers of different stages to apply to attend Rancho Linda Vista’s inaugural writer’s retreat and workshop. For more information, click here.

1st Annual Resource Summit for Pima County
Date of Event: August 16, 2017 (8am-3:30pm)
Location: Plaza Arboleda Conference Center – 2502 N Dodge Blvd.
Registration available on June 26, 2017

Nominations wanted for Strada Artist of the Week
Deadline: August 31, 2017
A celebration in support of local Tucson artists who create amazing work in any art form. For more information and to register, click here.

Volunteers wanted to join Artists of the Southwest show planning committee
Date of Show: November 10-11, 2017
Location: Rillito River Pavilions
This show will have an attractive price for vendors, with no commission taken.
Contact Geraldo Campos at for more information.




NEW: Director of Finance and Administration – Western National Parks Association
Provides overall direction, coordination and implementation of the financial and administrative activities of Western National Parks Association (WNPA) including serving as the primary financial officer, in support of WNPA’s mission and as a member of the management team. For more information and to apply, click here.

Volunteer Coordinator/Education Specialist – Tohono Chul
The Volunteer Coordinator/Education Specialist is responsible for the advancement of the volunteer program at Tohono Chul through the active recruitment, screening, orientation/training, scheduling and supervision of the volunteer corps. The Volunteer Coordinator/Education Specialist assists the Director of Education, the Docent Instructor, and at times the Director of Marketing, in interpreting Tohono Chul’s mission for members, visitors and the community. Email resume and cover letter to Penny Poynter, Director of Finance and HR at


NEW: Steinfeld Warehouse Community Art Center, 101 W 6th Street
Studio 101 F, Available August 1, 2017.
$200/mo rent, 175 sq ft, includes utilities, evaporative cooling. Contact Jim at


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