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.

Ends on February 1, 2017





The City of Tucson, Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona, and University of Arizona Poetry Center are pleased to announce an open call for nominations to appoint Tucson's next poet laureate. The selected individual will serve a two- year term to begin March 1, 2017.  Poets laureate may not serve more than three terms. 

The purpose of the Tucson Poet Laureate position is to promote poetry and an appreciation of poetry amongst the general public and to inspire an emerging generation of literary artists and readers of literature. The Tucson Poet Laureate will serve as an ambassador to the literary arts and reflect the spirit of the community by promoting literary education in our schools and communities and bringing poetry to the people in Tucson who have limited access or exposure to the literary arts. 


Nominations Open: December 1, 2016 
Deadline for Nominations: February 1, 2017, 5:00 PM 
Review Panel to Select 3 Finalists: February 18, 2017 
Final Selection by Tucson Mayor: March 1, 2017 


To be eligible for this appointment, all applicants must: 

  • Have been a resident of Tucson for at least two years from the date of nomination;  

  • Reside in this state for at least six months of the year;  

  • Be a poet of stature recognized in the literary, cultural, or education communities;  

  • Have a significant prior record of high quality, published or documented work or service through the literary arts;  

  • Be willing to make presentations throughout the Tucson area.  


Tucson poets laureate may be asked to perform the following duties throughout their appointment:  

  • Give four public readings per year;  

  • Compose poems for ceremonial occasions, as requested;  

  • Pursue a major literary project with an emphasis on outreach and education;  

  • Pursue other projects related to poetry and literary arts, such as involvement in the Tucson Festival of Books or other such activities;  

  • Collaborate with other city and state poets laureate (including the Arizona state poet laureate).  


Individuals may nominate an individual of their choice or may self-nominate. Nomination materials will be accepted online using this link: 

Materials emailed or mailed will not be considered.  
To begin the nomination process, please collect the following materials:  

  • Complete the cover form with comprehensive contact information (found on our grant page); 

  • Nominating Statement explaining why the nominee wishes to be considered for the position of poet laureate and what the nominee hopes to accomplish in the office,  not to exceed one page;  

  • One Letter of outside support from an individual, organization or school with recent and direct experience of working with or learning form the nominee; 

  • Nominee's current resume or curriculum vitae (CV) 

  • Writing sample of nominee's work (published or unpublished), not to exceed 10 pages; 

  • Contact information for at least two professional references. 

All nominations will be reviewed by community panel, administered by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. The final review will result in a list of three individuals, in ranked order, outlining the panel’s recommendations for poet laureate.  The Mayor shall choose the appointee from the submitted list within 30 days of receipt of panel recommendations. The Tucson Poet Laureate will receive a $2,500 stipend during the two-year term. 

Questions related to the nomination process should be directed to: 




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

Ends on March 31, 2017

Deadline is now ongoing until funds expended, so apply NOW.  Funding is limited.


The stART Grant provides support to encourage neighborhood and/or project-based art endeavors focused on problem solving. Now in its pilot year, stArt explores what impact these small infusions of funds can have on a community.

Award amount: $300 for each award. (Please note we have limited funding in this pilot year)

Focus of funding: This funding is meant to help complete projects or initiate small projects that impact a local neighborhood or community.  For example, funds may be used for paint to complete a mural, pay local artists to teach a free workshop in their neighborhood, help cover material costs to complete a residency in a local school.


  • Individuals, small groups OR organizations that have not received funding in the last two grant cycles or this current year may apply (i.e., you may not have received funding from The Arts Foundation or The Tucson Pima Arts Council in FY 2013-2014, FY 2014-2015, or this current FY 2016-2017, including a prior stART Grant). Priority is given to small group efforts rather than large, established organizations.
  • You do not need 501c3 status to apply.
  • Applicants must be have been based in Southern Arizona for at least 1 year before applying.
  • Projects must take place within the Southern Arizona area.
  • Projects may already be in process but must be completed by April 20, 2017.
  • Funds may be used for marketing, supplies, or for artist or project coordinator fees, or honoraria for community partners directly involved in the project.
  • Funds may not be used for fiscal sponsor administration costs, or University Facilities and Administrative (F&A) costs, or other “overhead.”


  • You will need to upload your signed award letter and W9 form by the due date indicated on award letter. 

  • Final Reports are due April 30, 2017.  You must complete this report on time to be considered for future funding from The Arts Foundation.
  •  Contact The Arts Foundation and receive permission to make significant changes (e.g., change of project location or project focus). Failure to do so requires you to forfeit your award and renders you ineligible for future funding from The Arts Foundation.

  • Please credit us in all printed, broadcast material.  Use The Arts Foundation logo (scroll to bottom and download PDF), or the phrase “Made possible in part by a The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona stART Grant,“ in all your marketing for the event.

If you have any questions please contact the Denise Uyehara, Grants Program Manager at

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

Application deadline: Monday, February 21, 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: