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.

Call to Artists/Request for Qualifications:

Pima County Department of Transportation, Tucson AZ

Budget for Artwork:  $92,000

Application Posted:  January 14, 2017

Application Deadline: February 14, 2017 11:59 p.m.

The Pima County Department of Transportation is seeking an artist or artist team to design and create public art to enhance transportation improvements along Kolb Road from Sabino Canyon Road to Sunrise Drive. The Kolb Road improvements are part of the Regional Transportation Authority’s voter-approved twenty year plan for major corridor improvements. As such, this is a high visibility, high accountability project. The improvements will include the widening of approximately 1.9 miles of roadway from a two-lane roadway to a three-lane roadway with paved shoulders, sidewalks, curbs, raised medians and landscaping. The roadway design and engineering phase of this project began in August 2016 and is expected to take approximately 18 months.  Properties located adjacent to the roadway are primarily suburban, single-family dwellings.  No noise walls are currently planned, however sound walls do exist near the intersection of Kolb Road and Sabino Canyon Road and could serve as supports for artwork.

Please see project link below:

Budget: The budget of $92,000 for art includes all costs related to design, preliminary and final drawings, materials, fabrication, production, transportation and installation of the artwork, travel, and costs for insurance that are required by Pima County. 

Opportunities: Opportunities for art could potentially include roadside sculpture and free-standing art, sidewalk treatments, wall treatments, steel railings and other opportunities not yet identified.

Expectations:  The artist will work with the art panel, Public Art Coordinator, Project Manager and Design Team, and the community to identify and determine art elements and how to best integrate the artwork into the roadway project.  As part of the roadway project, the selected artist will attend meetings during that time with the project team, art panel, the Community Advisory Committee and the general public. The artist will be expected to present the artwork designs to stakeholders and the community in person at a minimum of one public meeting.

Deliverables Design phase deliverables include conceptual, preliminary, and final design drawings. If the artwork is integrated into roadway elements, final art drawings may include CADD drawings that may be incorporated into the roadway construction drawings.  Roadway and artwork design will be completed in 2017 and construction and installation is scheduled for Spring 2018. Do to the nature of these projects a long term commitment from the artist is required.

Selection Process:  A panel composed of members of the Project Design Team, community members, local artists, and a local arts professional will select up to three finalists, based on qualifications as demonstrated through the materials requested below.  Each finalist will receive a $200.00 honorarium for their interview.  Travel funds are not available for this call.

Calls to Artists issued by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona are available on our website at Internet access is available at all public libraries. Artists may sign up to receive email notification of public art opportunities offered through the Tucson Arts Foundation at

Application Procedure: Your application should reflect your aesthetic/artistic sensibility, and your professionalism.  Applications are reviewed by volunteer panel members who review large numbers of applications.  Please follow the instructions.  The Arts Foundation reserves the right to reject any application not following the stated instructions in the online process. 

Applications will be through the Arts Foundation website using the application process called “submittable”.

Time frame (Tentative and Subject To Change Without Notice)

Call to Artists Issue Date                                Jan. 14, 2017

Application Deadline                                      Feb. 14, 2017   11:59 PM

Announcement of Finalists                             Feb.28, 2016

Finalists Interviews                                         Mar. 15, 2016

Announcement of Selected Artist                   Mar. 17, 2016

Approval/Contract Process                             Mar. - Apr.

For more information, contact Jeff DaCosta at 520.351.9864 or or Jonathan Crowe at PCDOT 520.724.6383 or

Application Workshop meeting: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 4:00pm-5:00pm
Connect Coworking, 33 S. Fifth Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about the award

NEW EXTENDED DEADLINE: Monday, February 27, 2017
11:30pm (online application deadline)
5pm (if you hand in a hard copy of the application to our office)

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 Denise Uyehara at 
Ends on March 14, 2017
You MUST refer to the New Works Grant Guidelines for details on The Arts Foundation website on how to apply: