The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona is the designated arts agency for City of Tucson and Pima County, responsible for providing local arts and cultural development services through direct funding, technical assistance, commissions, and contracts to artists and arts organizations.


Budget for Artwork: $50,000 and below

Application Deadline: Rolling

Project Description: The Artist Roster for Public Art

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona invites all local and out of state artists to apply to be a part of the AFTSA’s Artist Roster for Public Art.

What It Is:The Artist Roster is a standing list of pre-qualified artists that work in public art. It is used as an optional artist selection process for 1 percent for art public art projects with budgets under $50,000. This is a rolling application, allowing artists to join the roster on an ongoing basis.  

When It Is Used:The Artist Roster is an option ONLY for small budget Public Art projects ($50,000 or less). It is an alternative selection process used to expedite low budget projects, and not all projects under $50,000 utilize the list. The City or County has the discretion of using the roster provided it meets the budget criteria.

How It Is Used:The Artist Roster will be reviewed by a project specific 7 member panel comprised of community members, city/county employees, artists, and arts professionals. The panel selects three finalists from the Artist Roster for interviews and presentations after which the artist for the given project is selected. 

How to Apply:

You will be asked to provide up to 10 images of recent work, a CV (resume), and an Artist Bio. Applications are online through the submittable portal only. Applications received via email or mail will not be accepted. Approval for the Artist Roster is done by the AFTSA’s Public Art and Community Design (PACD) Committee on the second Wednesday of every month. The artist will be notified after their application has been reviewed as to whether they have been accepted to the roster. 

Artists approved for addition to the Artist Roster will be on the roster for a term of two years. Four months prior to their two-year term limit, they will be contacted via email to fill out a short form confirming their desire to either remain on the Roster – with the option to update their portfolio – or to remove themselves from the Roster. 

The Pima County Youth Arts Award is an opportunity to earn a $1,000 scholarship toward an Associate Degree at Pima Community College. The Youth Arts Award is designed to identify and reward high school seniors within Pima County who demonstrate excellence in Dance, Music, Theater, Visual Arts, Media Arts, or Literary Arts.

The application deadline is Friday, March 1, 2019. Students will be notified of the status of their application by Monday, April 1, 2019. Funds are made available to Pima Community College for the students’ use at the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.

Please be sure to read the full PCYAA guidelines before you apply. These can be found here


If you have technical questions (such as trouble uploading a video or file), contact Submittable at (855) 467-8264. For further questions contact Natalia Gabrielsen at ngabrielsen@artsfoundtucson.org. 

The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona