Dashboard, Trends & Reports

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

  • $161,000

    to arts organizations
  • $22,000

    to 16 artists
  • 600,000

    community members 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 lives, our economy and identity as a region.

In calendar year 2018, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona granted:

  • $162,000 in support to 49 organizations.
  • $15,764 to 11 individual artists through both New Works and stART grants.

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

In Public Art, the Arts Foundation supported the ongoing development of more than 20 projects and the completion of four projects.

Arts and the economy

In the most recently completed fiscal year, the nonprofit arts sector in Pima County created:

  • 3,688 jobs
  • $57,452,743 in unrestricted revenue
  • $24,563,538 in salaries and benefits
  • $4,117,631 in payment to contractors and other related arts workers

And in 2015 (the most recent numbers available nationally), the arts sector overall in Arizona (for-profit and not-for-profit):

  • Added $4.9B to the state’s economy
  • Added 3.1% to the State’s economy
  • Employed 90,287


Programs supported by the Arts Foundation in 2018 calendar year included:

  • Open Studios Tours
  • Tucson Meet Yourself, from Southwest Folklife Alliance
  • Ajo Arts Weekend: Community Arts Residency and Street Art Happening
  • ArtTalks at the SculptureTucson Festival Show & Sale, SculptureTucson
  • BRAVO TSO at the Tucson Symphony Orchestra
  • Cyclovia Tucson, Living Streets Alliance,
  • MOCA’s Tucson Five Minute Film Fest
  • Stories that Soar! at the Tucson Festival of Books, Literacy Connects
  • Tucson Cine Mexico, from the Hanson Film Institute
  • The U.S. Air Force Band Concert, Fox Tucson Theatre Foundation
  • Artistry on Wheels from Southern Arizona Adaptive Sports
  • Procession of Little Angels from Many Mouths One Stomach
  • Remembering Kristallnacht Art Exhibit Opening at the Tucson Jewish Community Center
  • Kore Institute Salon Series at Kore Press, sponsoring “Kore Institute Salon Series”
  • Loft, Jr. at The Loft Cinema, sponsoring “Loft, Jr.”
  • Lumenaria, a Lantern Sidewalk Parade from Warehouse Management Arts Organization, Inc.
  • The fall 2018 concert of the Sierra Vista Symphony Association

Arts Foundation also offered several professional development and networking opportunities including workshops and seminars for grantseekers, artists, and arts administrators.

The City of Tucson and Pima County held funding steady for The Arts Foundation for fiscal year 2018, for which we are grateful. The total funding from the City’s base contract in 2018-2019 was $350,000, and $110,000 from the County.

The above data is drawn from research conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts and Data Arts.


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