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

Through a range of programming, the organization encourages neighborhood, youth, and community involvement in the arts. It provides opportunities for artists and crucial support for arts organizations while enhancing educational opportunities.

PLEASE NOTE: The stART Grant application process is now closed as all funds have been expended. If you have not done so already, please sign up for our New and Opps for future funding opportunities.

Application Workshop meeting: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 4:30pm-5:30pm
Joel D. Valdez Main Library (101 N. Stone Ave. Tucson, AZ 85701), Second Floor Santa Rita Meeting Room

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about the award

DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:59pm

Please read the full PCYAA guidelines here before you apply:


1)        Complete this electronic application

2)        Upload the appropriate support material within your discipline (see the guidelines on what to send);

3)        Upload two (2) reference letters - one from a fine arts teacher (including creative writing, music, dance, and drama) and the second from a non-fine arts teacher or mentor.

4)         Upload a personal statement of maximum 300 words specific to art discipline.  Please type with 1 inch margins, using Helvetica or Verdana 12 point font.  Your personal statement should be formatted in three paragraphs:

  • Paragraph #1 should be a brief artist statement that includes details about your art form, your training in the arts and what you are inspired by,

  • Paragraph #2 describes your educational goals and long term aspirations and

  • Paragraph #3 tells us why you are applying for this scholarship opportunity. 


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