Programs

Grants Program – The grants program provides financial support for artists, arts organizations and creative projects throughout Pima County. During fiscal year 2010, TPAC awarded nearly $400,000 to arts organizations, individual artists, and other community-driven projects. Complete details about TPAC’s grant program, including funding opportunities and deadlines, can be found on the Grants page.

Public Art – TPAC administers Percent for Art programs for the City of Tucson and Pima County. It coordinates the artist selection process and oversees production and installation of original design and hard-crafted artwork for public facilities, transportation projects, neighborhood centers, and parks. Complete details about TPAC’s public art programming, including calls to artists, can be found on the Public Art page.

Community Cultural Development – TPAC encourages creativity and active dialogue, helping residents of Tucson and Pima County find expression and meaning while pursuing lifelong learning through the arts. The program also promotes cultural tourism by showcasing and promoting the rich, diverse cultural traditions and expressions throughout the county.

Arts Education – TPAC supports community engagement through arts-based cultural education, including school-based artist residencies, exhibits, grants, and workshops.

Open Studio Tour – This free, self-guided tour provides an up close and personal look into the unique creative process of over 200 Pima County artists. Visit artists of every kind: bookmakers, sculptors, photographers, ceramic artists, fiber artists, metal smiths, glass blowers, and painters. See artworks in every stage, from start to finish. Explore what lies behind the creative process, and learn about Tucson’s vibrant arts scene.

LUMIES: Tucson Pima Arts and Business Awards – The LUMIES is an annual celebration hosted in partnership with business, arts, and government community members. The award ceremony is designed to honor outstanding arts luminaries who have made significant contributions to the artistic and cultural vitality in the region.