An arts organization and grantmaking organization with the power to build community through the arts 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.

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona mission is 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.

– The Arts Foundation Mission Statement


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Board & Staff:

The Board of Directors meets every other fourth Tuesday at 5:00 p.m.

Board of Directors

  • Evan Mendelson
    Board President
  • James W. Glock
    Past Board President
  • Eva Romero
    Vice President
  • Rey Robles
  • Felipe Garcia
  • Darlane E. Santa Cruz
  • Lynn Davis
  • Michele Orduña
  • Tracy Taft
  • Magdalena Verdugo
  • Priscilla Fernandez
  • Alex Winkelman
  • Marcos Ysmael
  • Paul Reimer



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 all 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


The Arts Foundation mission  is 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.


  • An environment that values our diverse arts and culture, which creates a sense of unique place and vitality.
  • A region where participation in arts and culture is the norm for residents and visitors.
  • A place where arts and culture organizations and individual artists bring their creative talent and power to build community and solve problems.
  • A society where arts and artists are an essential driver of equitable economic growth in Southern Arizona.
  • A community that looks to The Arts Foundation for leadership as an “arts and culture hub.”
  • A populace that sufficiently supports arts and culture organizations and individual artists with the financial and capacity-building resources they need to thrive.

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 Carol Varney, 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: Carol Varney, Executive Director
33 South 5th Avenue
Tucson, Arizona 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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