News & Opps – May 19, 2017
By: Arts Foundation
News & Opps

News & Opps – May 19, 2017


Arts funding: turning good news into a regular agenda item


Perhaps you may already know that Governor Doug Ducey signed the 2018 fiscal year budget, which includes a one-time $1.5 million appropriation to the Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA) for the second year in a row.

Did we think it would happen? We hoped it would. Did we fear the worst? You bet. Are we thankful? Of course!

But, we now know that public funding alone cannot solve the deeply-rooted issue of long-term, sustainable funding for the arts. Artists, arts organizations, private and public foundations, local governments, and even the business community have worked hard for years to figure out how to support the arts in a meaningful and sustaining way. How do we help the collective efforts of both public funding and private philanthropy to actualize a larger vision for arts and culture in our community?

We continually ask our community to tell us why the arts are important. We have created an entire postcard advocacy campaign around this sentiment. And the answers are clear and provocative and TRUE! But given the lack of growth in public funding for the arts, and the constant threat of cuts in in funding, I think the real question is, “Why don’t the arts matter enough?”

We know our advocacy efforts will never be over. And we appreciate the fact that our local, state, and federal government recognize that eliminating funding for arts and culture would have a devastating effect on our economy and our sense of civility. There is so much more work to be done.

All of us here at the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona are really proud of the incredible advocacy work done by our staff, our board, and YOU. We know these collective efforts are what keep the arts alive.


In case you missed it:


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.

New Works 2016-2017 Awardees
Upcoming Public Viewings:

New Works 2016-2017 Awardees
Upcoming Public Viewings:

Nika Kaiser
“Threshold: Sonoran Sea”
Date: May 20, 2017, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Location: Steinfeld Warehouse | 101 West 6th Street
A multi­-channel video installation set at the meeting of the desert and the sea in coastal Sonora, where a narrative of transformation between human and dolphin realities takes place.

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


Kirk-Bear Canyon Library
Deadline: Rolling application
Artwork must be original and professionally presented. Exhibits rotate monthly.
If interested, submit three digital images of your artwork and a brief bio to


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)


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

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.


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.


Credit to Mindfulness Education Exchange for the following photos (mistakenly credited Food Pantry):


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