Our grants provide direct funding for individual artists, arts organizations, and community-based arts projects throughout Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Over the past five years, we have provided more than $1,000,000 to approximately 350 artists, arts organizations, community groups, and neighborhoods. This money has allowed working artists to pursue their passions, local neighborhoods to animate shared space, and arts organizations to continue to open their doors to the community and provide a wide range of programming.


Click the link to view our Year of Grants Funding Calendar: 2017-2018.

General Operating Support

General Operating Support (GOS) is unrestricted funding that gives grantees the rare opportunity to fund the day-to-day needs of a non-profit organization. Read More

New Works

Support provided to individual artists that allows them to pursue creative projects or see their work in new light. Read More

P.L.A.C.E. Initiative

Influential on a national level, this local initiative has provided the foundation for the vision of Arts Found Now. Read More

Pima County Youth Arts Award

Acknowledging the next generation of artists in Pima County. Read More

stART Grants

Community Cultural Development Mini-Grants. Read More

The Arts Foundation Fair Labor Standards

All Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Grant recipients must abide by the following standards: Fair Labor Standards All professional performers related or supporting professional personnel employed on projects or Read More

The Talking Mural: A New Works Grant Project by Alex Jimenez and Johanna Martinez

On Friday, June 23, 2017, a very special mural unveiling took place at Oasis Fruit Cones on South 12th Avenue in South Tucson. Arts Foundation New Works Grantee artist, Alex Jimenez, in collaboration with artist Johanna Martinez, presented Read More

“The whole culture is telling you to hurry, while the art tells you to take your time. Always listen to the art.”

– Junot Diaz

Grant Review Process

All grant applications are evaluated by staff for completeness, followed by a panel comprised of peer and community members (open to the public). The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Grants Committee and the Board of Directors make final approval on all allocations of funding.

Grants Committee and Panelists

The Grants Committee includes community members with an expertise in the arts, arts management, and/or nonprofit administration. The Grants Committee functions as an advisory group to The Art Foundation’s Board of Directors. Committee members establish guidelines for the application process and review of grant applications and awards, as well as make allocation recommendations to the Board of Directors.

Grants Committee
  • Jim Glock

    Arts Advocate, The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona Board Chair

  • Karen Thompson Hymer


  • Michele Orduña

    M.Ed, Arts Advocate-Community Development Professional

  • Josh Schachter

    Teaching Artist

  • Craig Sumberg

    Executive Director, Fox Theater

  • John-Peter Wilhite

    Director of Donor Relations, YWCA Southern Arizona

Grant Panelists 2018
  • Andrew Birgensmith
  • Bjorgvin Benediktsson
  • Candace Feldman
  • Christian Ramirez
  • Elizabeth Burden
  • Elizabeth Pocock
  • Gretchen Kappel
  • John Hudack
  • Kelsey Havens
  • Robin Blackwood
  • Roxane Ramos
  • Shawna DaCosta
  • Stephen Frankenfeld
  • Terry Nordbrock
  • Valetta Canouts
  • Violette Kasser Pirzadeh
  • Yvonne Montoya
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