Dashboard & Trends

Current data and information on regional investments in the arts and the impact those investments have on our economy and quality of life.

  • $130,000

    to 31 organizations
  • $15,000

    to 5 individual artists
  • 530,000

    people impacted
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The Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona assesses impact through the work of our grantees. Support of local artists, arts organizations, and arts and cultural events demonstrate the contributions that the arts make to our economy and identity as a region.

In FY 2015/16, The Arts Foundation granted:

  • $130,000 to 31 organizations.
  • $15,000 to five individual artists.

The individual artists, venues, organizations, and projects funded by The Arts Foundation reach approximately 1.5 million members of our community and visitors each year.

Over the last five years, we have granted more than $1,000,000 to approximately 350 artists, arts organizations, community groups, and neighborhoods.

From 2011 to 2015, The Arts Foundation administered $4.2 million to more than 80 artists for the creation of 61 public art projects.

Arts and the economy

The nonprofit arts sector in Pima County creates:

  • 2,602 full-time jobs.
  • $87.7 million in annual revenue (the national median is $49 million).
  • $55 million in salaries and wages.

The nonprofit and for-profit arts sectors:

  • Produce $8.1 million in tax revenue for local and state government.
  • Make up 5.08% of industries in Tucson and Southern Arizona.
  • Provide the equivalent of 9,000 full-time jobs.

Arts and culture events:*

  • Fill 2 million seats (not including University of Arizona arts and culture events or festivals where you bring your own seat).
  • Generate $45 million beyond admission revenue ($7.4 million more than sports).
  • Annually generate $8.2 million tourist dollars.


Programs include The Lumies: Noche de las Artes, community partnerships with TENWEST and Cyclovia, and professional development workshops and seminars for grantseekers, artists, and arts administrators.

The City of Tucson and Pima County have held funding steady for The Arts Foundation for fiscal year 2017. This is a reverse of the funding trajectory we have seen over the past five years.

2017 City of Tucson budget
Pima County budget

*Numbers include repeat participation by Southern Arizona residents and visitors in our region.

The above data is drawn from research conduced by Americans for the Arts and Visit Tucson.


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