The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) has supported the arts since its founding in 1980. As one of only 7 community foundations to receive a 2:1 challenge grant in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CFSA embraced the opportunity to establish a fund to support the work of small- and medium- sized arts organizations based in rural communities. Since 1987, 354 unrestricted operating grants have been distributed totaling $536,390. This year, the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is pleased to help facilitate the award of these funds.
The goal of the Endowment for the Arts Fund is to assist arts groups develop into organizations that:
- possess a mission/vision that promotes high quality artistic expression;
- have an active and engaged Board of Directors; and
- recruit volunteers and staff members that have a strong relationship with the community.