PLACE V Initiative Grant

Supported in part by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and
Open Society Foundations

 **Postmark Deadline: Monday, November 4, 2013**


This PLACE Initiative Grant is designed to leverage and enhance resources and talent to implement arts based civic engagement projects, which deal with issues of cross-cultural understanding, tolerance and or civil society in Tucson and Pima County. Informing this opportunity is the issue of cultural and civic belonging—how to understand and accommodate cultural difference in matters of civic participation; how to build tolerance for diverse views, be they religious, cultural or aesthetic; and how to enhance understanding of the common good.

The Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) will fund requests that provide a way of engaging in the world that supports how individuals interact and collaborate to achieve a common purpose that enlivens a healthy, just and vibrant civil society. This could take the form of arts-based civic engagement projects, [for example,] festivals, residencies, public programs or projects that contain cross-sector partnerships aimed at addressing community issues over an extended period of time.  Community arts practices that incorporate “placemaking”, public art, cultural celebrations and festivals will be considered for funding if the public events include opportunities for community engagement or culturally based civic dialogue. The intention is to provide our community with the opportunity, support and tools to build civil society, understanding and tolerance through arts projects focused on engagement and collaboration.

TPAC is the designated local arts agency for the City of Tucson and Pima County.

Projects may include (but are not limited to):

  • Art as an invitation to participate: for example, an oral history project that invites civic leaders and community members to address the role of debate, dialogue and deliberation in civil society.
  • Art event or presentation:  for example, a reading series on democracy is an opportunity to partner with a civic and or arts and cultural organization. Public forums could be held in community spaces that use the artistic work as a catalyst for dialogue about democracy and actions the community can take.
  • Art as space for engagement: for example, an artist’s residency at a social service agency or library that creates a safe environment for new immigrants to express their concerns about cultural misunderstanding, tolerance or their political rights as they relate to civil society. The art created is exhibited and used as a space for public discourse.
  • Civic engagement: individual and collective actions designed to identify and address issues of public concern.
  • Community arts: art forms that provide opportunity for individual and collective actions that identify and address issues of public concern.
  • Placemaking: creating a shared vision of a community’s assets and needs, culture, history and common interests.


  • Open to artists and arts organizations.
  • Open to past PLACE Grantees for new projects.
  • Open to service organizations providing programming in the arts including social service organizations, neighborhood development agencies, schools, civic associations or municipal agencies.
  • Tax-exempt status or fiscal sponsors are encouraged but not required.
  • Funded projects must take place in Tucson and Pima County.
  • No grants will be awarded for general operating support or capital improvement requests.
  • Demonstration of local partnerships or community support for the project is compulsory.

Applications may be declined based on the following criteria:

  • Not following application guidelines.
  • Incomplete application materials.
  • No arts and culture component.
  • No connection to social issues and/or no planned community participation.

How to Apply:

  • Step One: Complete an application.
  • Step Two: submit application. Applications must be postmarked or dropped off to Leia Maahs, Grants/Community Cultural Development Manager.

At this workshop, potential applicants will be introduced to the guidelines criteria and application there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

TPAC Grant Protocol:

  • Step One: a selection panel and grants committee will review Applications.
  • Step Two: All applicants will receive award notification by December 30, 2013.

Orientation Workshop:
Date: Thursday, October 3, 2013 4:00 -6:00 p.m.
Location: Tucson Pima Arts Council 100 N. Stone Ave Suite # 109.

At this workshop, potential applicants will be introduced to the guidelines criteria and application there will be an opportunity for questions and answers.

Dates to remember:

  • DEADLINE: Monday November 4, 2013 at 5 p.m.
  • Review of applications: December 12-13, 2013
  • Notification: December 30, 2013
  • Project completion date: January 1, 2014
  • Final Report Due: January 30, 2015

We encourage all applicants to seek support in pursuit of this opportunity. Attend the workshops. Contact staff to take advantage of technical assistance which could include the review and edit of narrative; programming and administrative advice; the development of budgets and work samples; or leads to collaborating agencies, organizations, or artists.

For more information or technical support, please contact Leia Maahs, Grants/Community Cultural Development Manager at 520-624-0595 x18,

New ARTiculations Dance Theatre

Projects should:

  • Encourage civic dialogue around challenging issues.
  • Engage residents in active participation building civil society.
  • Foster shared understanding and a stronger sense of civic wellbeing through participation in the arts.
  • Address the problem of civic fragmentation through cultural activities.
  • Increase understanding of the ethics of tolerance that respects, accepts and appreciates a diversity of worldviews.
  • Special attention will be paid to artistic rigueur and innovation in the field.
  • Special consideration will be given to projects that demonstrate strong support from the communities and or partners they target.



Read more about the PLACE Initiative 

See past PLACE Initiative grantees