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.

  • $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 fiscal year 2017, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona granted:

  • $130,000 in general operating support to 31 organizations.
  • $12,000 to four individual artists through the New Works grant.

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.

In Public Art, the Arts Foundation supported the ongoing development of 11 projects and the completion of two 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 2017 fiscal year included The Lumies: Noche de las Artes, Open Studios Tours with Southern Arizona Art & Culture Alliance as operator, 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 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 2016-2017 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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