The Local Arts Agency for Tucson and Pima County, managing the public art process for the city and county, providing grant opportunities, and supporting professional development for artists and arts organizations in Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Who we are:

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and funding agency. We consist of staff, a board of directors, and community members who serve on grant panels and committees and are passionate about the arts. The Arts Foundation provides arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance and professional development opportunities, and manages the creation of public art for the City of Tucson and Pima County.

Our Mission Statement:

To advance artistic expression, civic participation, and equitable economic growth of our diverse community by supporting, promoting, and advocating for arts and culture in our region.

Our Vision for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in our work:

Through forward-thinking, accountable leadership, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona works to affect systemic change that fosters an accessible, diverse, inclusive and equitable local arts community.


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Board & Staff:

The Board of Directors meets every two months on the fourth Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Board of Directors

  • Eva Romero
    Board President
  • Michele Orduña
    1st Vice President
  • Terrol Dew Johnson
    2nd Vice President
  • Rey Robles
  • Marco Ysmael
  • Evan Mendelson
    Past President
  • Khailill Knight-Papaioannou
  • Ethan Orr
  • Marcia Nedland
  • Celina Ramirez
  • Paul Reimer
  • Tracy Taft
  • Magdalena Verdugo



In 1971, a group of citizens came together to form the Tucson Council on the Arts; and organization to serve as a catalyst and information resource for cultural development.

The year 1984 marked the establishment of the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) as the arts council for the City of Tucson and Pima County, “the principal mechanism through which arts and cultural activities will be planned and carried out within the metropolitan area.”

In 2016, the Board of Directors voted to change the name of TPAC to The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. This name change reflects the vision of the agency as one that serves a community and region rich in culture and committed to supporting the arts in both the public and private sectors.

Who we serve:

The Arts Foundation provides funding and services to organizations and community members residing in the city of Tucson, Pima County, and increasingly, in the Southern Arizona region.

We aim for our efforts to reach and engage both urban and rural communities.

“Art is about how we see the world, whether it’s a painting, film, or other things, it is a reaction to our human condition. Throughout history, the relationship between art and society is such that it helps people to innovate. Artists help us imagine how things can look different and they can help tell a story of the future.”

Favianna Rodriguez, from the interview Favianna Rodriguez and the Power of the Artist

Our Strategic Plan:

In summer and fall of 2018, with support from community members, elected officials, grantees, prospective grantees and others, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona embarked upon a strategic planning process that resulted in a set of guiding principles, priority goals and strategies that were formally adopted in January 2019 to guide our work over the next three years. We believe these goals and strategies will help to grow the ways in which we serve the artists and arts organizations in our community as well as the public. Since January 2019 we’ve been working on – and beginning to make progress toward meeting – these goals.

Below is a summary of what Arts Foundation has outlined as guiding principles, goals, and strategies for the next three years:

Guiding Principles, Priority Goals, & Strategies

Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona (AFTSA), together with community partners, has identified five priority goals for the 2018-2021 time period. For the purposes of this strategic plan, the priority goals and strategies are listed separately, however, the strategies identified will contribute, together, to AFTSA achieving its goals.

  • Guiding principles: AFTSA’s work is guided by its mission and vision. From this mission, the following four guiding principles should inform all goals, strategies, and investments made.
    1. Diversity: AFTSA is dedicated to supporting diverse artists and arts organizations throughout the region. Diversity refers to race and ethnicity, language, geography, age, gender, and genre of art.
    2. Equity: Equity is at the core of AFTSA’s mission. This includes, but is not limited to, equitable access to art among Tucson, Pima County, and Southern Arizona’s diverse community; equitable access to resources by the arts community; and equitable economic development for the region.
    3. Community: AFTSA believes that art is core to all aspects of the Tucson and Pima County communities and plans to explore its role in Southern Arizona broadly. AFTSA believes that art enriches community development.
    4. Creativity: AFTSA seeks to support creativity in our region, and that it is fundamental to how AFTSA operates. It is the energy that connects people, ideas, and communities.
  • Priority goals: Given the challenges and opportunities identified in the previous section, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona has identified the following five priority goals in the upcoming three fiscal years (2019-2022).
    1. Community impact: AFTSA’s mission is one of community impact: “to advance artistic expression, civic participation, and equitable economic growth of our diverse community.” Successful community impact will include:
      • Increased capacity and professionalization of arts organizations.
      • Increased financial sustainability of working artists.
      • Increased diversity in artists and arts organizations supported by AFTSA.
      • Increased participation with artists, arts organizations, and the broader community.
      • Increased access and exposure to arts among Tucson, Pima County and Southern Arizona’s diverse community.
    2. Organizational sustainability: AFTSA aims to increase its budget in the next three years.
      • Secure a dedicated revenue source by 2021.
      • Secure funding from private foundations.
      • Secure additional public funding.
    3. Arts coalition building: AFTSA aims to support the arts in the community beyond funding to meet a need identified by community members to build a strong coalition that can provide support among its members and advocate for the arts in a coordinated fashion.
      • Connect artists, arts organizations, and the community more broadly.
      • In addition to financial support in the form of grants, provide non-financial support and resources to artists and arts organizations.
    4. Expand public art program: The Foundation will explore opportunities to expand its public art program, both to increase its community impact and as a potential contributor to organizational sustainability.
    5. Perception change: AFTSA considers that work to achieve the first four priority goals will naturally contribute to increased name recognition for the Foundation and a shift in perception about the role of the Foundation in the region, which was impacted in part by a name change that took place in 2016. With increased name recognition and perception change, which we hope to achieve through our community-based work, we aim for more community members to engage in our work and that of art organizations and artists in the community.
      • Increased name recognition of AFTSA in the community.
      • Increased understanding about AFTSA’s work and role in the community among artists, arts organizations, and community members, broadly.

Financial contributions:

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, Arts Foundation welcomes financial contributions to support and sustain the artistic and cultural vibrancy of Tucson and Southern Arizona. Contributions are tax deductible.

If you are interested in making a donation to support The Art Foundation’s programming in general or in a customized capacity, we encourage you to contact Adriana Gallego, Executive Director, at (520) 624-0595.

You may also donate now, online.

Other contributions may be sent to:

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona
Attn: Adriana Gallego, Executive Director
236 S. Scott, Ste 150
Tucson, AZ 85701


Sponsors and partners:






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Employment opportunities:

Please check out Opportunities in the ARTISTS & ORGANIZATIONS / News & Opps section of our site for the latest information about The Arts Foundation employment and internship opportunities.

News & Opps:

News & Opps is our eNewsletter that is distributed every two weeks. You can sign up for News & Opps to receive the most current details about upcoming vacancies and all the other information we receive about our arts commununity.

Logo downloads:

Name and logo use guidelines:

Our name signifies a commitment to the arts and culture. The Arts Foundation helps hundreds of artists and arts organizations and touches the lives of thousands of people.

Our name:

DO list us on all promotional and programmatic materials, and refer to us, when verbally acknowledging sponsors as, “The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.”

DO NOT use “Tucson-Southern Arizona,” or ”Tucson/Southern Arizona.”

Our logo:

Our Addy Award-Winning logo represents our effort, energy, and commitment to the arts in Tucson and Southern Arizona. Our logo is an expressive and multi-dimensional arts “energy ball”.

When creating print materials featuring our name or logo, please make use of the following standards. The guidelines for usage are essential to the strong visual identity and name recognition of The Arts Foundation.

One-color logo:

  • Black 100%.
  • Black 50%.

Two-color logo:

  • Green
    Web: 79BA00.
    RGB: 21 86 0.
    CMYK: 58 0 100 0.
    Pantone: 368.
  • Warm Gray
    Web: 6e615d.
    RGB: 110 97 93.
    CMYK: 20 29 28 56.
    Pantone: Warm Gray 10.

Primary font:

  • Domestos Sans Black.
  • Domestos Sans Bold.
  • Domestos Sans Black used for ARTS and Foundation.
  • Domestos Sans Bold used for FOR TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA.

Secondary font:

  • Franklin Gothic Demi.
  • Used for text on letterhead business cards, etc.


Please ensure a minimum reproduction size so that “The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona” is legible. A 1/2” minimum of space should be left around the logo for all print materials.

The placement of your audiences and the distance from which the logo is viewed should always be considered.


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