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.


The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona’s stART Mini-Grants provides two alternate tracks of support: 

  • The Community Impact track provides financial support to individuals, groups or organizations with projects that will positively impact a community through an artistic endeavor. 
  • The Artist Resource track provides financial support to artists for whom a specific, practice-related capital resource will make an impact on their artistic practice. 

Select the category most applicable to your proposal's needs in the drop-down menu below.

Please see the full grant guidelines, available here: https://artsfoundtucson.org/grant/start-grants/ 


Dates & Deadlines

  • Application Opens: Monday, July 16, 2018
  • Information Session & Workshop: Monday, July 30, 2018
  • Application Deadline: Thursday, August 23, 2018


Be sure your video application addresses these questions: 

  1. Who are you? Introduce yourself and/or your organization. 
  2. What is your project or material resource need? Explain your project or material resource, and how you determined there was a need for this project/item.
  3. Why are you excited about this project/resource? What is it going to make possible? 
  4. How will you know the project/resource met the need you had intended for it to meet?  


Questions?

If you encounter any problems with the online application platform, please reach out to the Submittable team at support@submittable.com or (855) 467-8264. 

If you have any questions about the application process or content of your proposal, please contact Natalia Gabrielsen, Program Coordinator, at ngabrielsen@artsfoundtucson.org or (520) 624-0595. 

 Call to Artists: Defense Services Building – Juvenile Courts
Pima County Tucson, Arizona

Budget for Artwork $ 43,200.00 

Application Deadline                            August 9, 2018

Project Description

Pima County is in the process of selecting an Architectural & Engineering team to design a new 2 story, 25,000 square foot office building for 3 divisions of the Public Defense Services department including the Public Defender Juvenile and Dependency Unit, Legal Defender Dependency Unit and the Office of Children’s Counsel. This department provides court authorized legal services to their clients. All 3 divisions serve juveniles making proximity to the Juvenile Court a priority in the site selection.  

The design phase will start in early September 2018 with construction projected to start the following year, in September of 2019. The new offices will likely be open to the public in late 2020. 

The community is interested in artwork that embodies goal oriented optimism which is a theme common to the missions of the Office of Children’s Counsel and the dependency units of the Public and Legal Defender’s Offices. The artwork is to be located inside, on or near the new building. Artists interested in presenting work that embraces this concept are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background

These 3 divisions need to expand by hiring full time attorneys that are employed by Pima County rather than hiring outside attorneys under contract. With more in-house attorneys, these divisions will be able to work more efficiently, thereby reducing costs for the County. At their current locations, space for their needed growth is not possible.

As previously mentioned, because these attorney serve clients in juvenile matters before the Court, proximity to the Juvenile Courts building determined the site selection. In addition, since the County prefers their facilities are served by a central plant for heating and cooling, a space immediately east of the existing central plant was selected.

Opportunities for Art

Since the project design has not begun, potential selected locations have not been formally identified. It is anticipated the architectural design will be sufficiently developed by early January to start the conceptual planning for the art. Early planning solutions for the building reveal that it will have 3 separate lobbies, the art could then be 3 separate pieces. Alternatively, an exterior piece should be located somewhere that is neutral or common to all 3 divisions.

Art Budget

The budget of $43,200for art must cover all costs related to design, materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, as well as costs for permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by the City of Tucson or Pima County. This may include soil analysis, engineering as well as a footing and base for the piece.

Public Interface and Expectations

The selected artist will work with the Project Manager, the Project Engineer and the Project Design Team and may be expected to attend one or more public meetings to present the artwork to the community. The artist must meet with the Project Panel organized by the Arts Foundation for review, comment, and approval of the design before entering into production of the artwork.

Selection Process 

A panel composed of members of the Project Design team, artists, arts professional, and community members will select up to three finalists from the pool of applicants to the open call to artists. Presentations by finalists are tentatively scheduled for Aug. 31, 2018 beginning at 9am. Each finalist will receive a $100 honorarium to interview and/or present a preliminary proposal for artwork for the project. The Tucson Pima Arts Council is unable to pay travel expenses at this time.

Time frame 

Please note: Public art project schedules follow the schedule of the larger improvement. This schedule presented below is tentative and most likely to be modified.

Call to artist posted                                                                                            July 9, 2018 

Application Deadline                                                                                         Aug 9, 2018

1st Art Panel Meeting to select 3 finalists for                                                 Aug. 15, 2018

2nd Art Panel Meeting, Finalists Interviews                                                   Aug. 31, 2018 

Announcement of Selected Artist                                                                   Sept. 3, 2018

Completion of Approval/Contract Process                                                    October 2018

Art Production – Completion of Installation                                                   August 2020

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta at jdacosta@artsfoundtucson.org  or by phone at (520) 460-4506. 

 SE Library Public Art Project: Call to Artists

Pima County, New Buildings Department

Tucson, Arizona

Budget for Artwork                                       $22,500 

Application Deadline                             Aug. 2, 2018

Project Description

The Library is currently in the design phase with construction likely to begin in late 2018 through 2019 with a grand opening celebration planned for 2020. Southeast Library is a partnership between the Pima County Board of Supervisors, Pima County Staff, and the greater Vail community. The artwork is to be located within the boundaries of the construction project.

Opportunities for Art

There are multiple locations that may suit a free-standing artwork for exterior spaces. The artwork should reflect the historical/cultural/esthetic aspects of the community/building design.Thecommunity is interested in an artwork that captures the history of the area while also being a relevant work of the future reflecting the mission of the library. Artists interested in addressing the regions cultural diversity through a historic and contemporary lens are strongly encouraged to apply.

Historic Background

Link to Vail Preservation Society-  https://www.vailpreservationsociety.org/about-2/

Please see Esmond Station PDF on the Arts Foundation website.

Art Budget

The budget of $22,500 for art must cover all costs related to design, materials, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, as well as costs for permits, taxes, and insurance that may be required by the City of Tucson or Pima County. This may include soil analysis, engineering, and footer.

Project Stats

Please see schematic design PDF on the Arts Foundation website.

Public Interface and Expectations

The selected artist will work with the Artist Selection Panel, Project Manager, the Project Engineer and the Project Design Team and may be expected to attend one or more public meetings to gather  input and then to present the artwork to the community. The artist must meet with the project panel organized by the Arts Foundation for review, comment, and approval of the design before entering into production of the artwork.

Selection Process 

A 7-person panel composed of members of the Project Design team, artists, arts professional, and community members will select up to three finalists from the pool of applicants to the open call. Presentations by finalists are tentatively scheduled for August 15, 2018 beginning at 1:00PM. Each finalist will receive a $100 honorarium to interview and/or present a preliminary proposal for artwork for the project. The Arts Foundation is unable to pay travel expenses at this time. 

Time frame 

Please note: Public art project schedules follow the schedule of the larger improvement. This schedule presented below is tentative and most likely to be modified.

Call to Artist posted                                                                                            July 2, 2018 

Application Deadline                                                                                         Aug. 2, 2018

1st Art Panel Meeting to select 3 finalists for                                                   Aug. 3, 2018

2nd Art Panel Meeting, Finalists Interviews                                                   Aug. 15, 2018 

Announcement of Selected Artist                                                                    Sept. 1, 2018

Approval/Contract Process                                                                          Sept. 15th 2018

Art Production/Installation. (Const. completion will be Jan/Feb 2020)     Sept. 15th 2018

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta at jdacosta@artsfoundtucson.org  or by phone at (520) 460-4506

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. 

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