The Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) is pleased to announce that due to a generous donation of $21,000 from Jim Click and Fletcher McCusker, the Fall Open Studio Tour is back in action for 2015. The tour will take place November 14 and 15 from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
The Open Studio Tour (OST) is a weekend long celebration of Pima County art, where the public is invited to tour the studios of artists from all over Pima County.
Earlier this month, TPAC announced cancellation of the tour as a result of diminished funding. After hearing the news, arts supporters Jim Click and Fletcher McCusker responded with an incredible donation to keep the event running. “Our family has been blessed by this community and when I heard the news I just felt compelled to help out,” said Click. “My wife and I are fans of the many artisans here in Tucson and know how hard they work to make sure this community thrives.”
Last year’s Fall Open Studio Tour drew in over 200 artists and 7,000 visitors. This year organizers are excited to implement a more streamlined web registration process for participants, as well as a marketing plan which will include printed maps, new banners, and new partnerships around the event.
“After the initial news of cancellation, it was nice to see so many artists band together to ensure some sort of studio tour took place,” said TPAC CEO Debi Chess Mabie. “We look forward to supporting those efforts—including Art Trails and Heart of Tucson Art—along with the TPAC OST.”
In an effort to make the event even more accessible to artists, organizers have lowered the registration fee to $35 from last year’s fee of $45. “TPAC is committed to making sure that artists get their work shown and marketed,” said Mabie. “We hope the lower registration fee encourages more artists to participate. Our artists are the backbone of our creative community.”
Artist registration will open September 8 and remain open up to the day of the event. To be included in print materials (including guides and maps), register by October 14.
Thank you for your continued support of the arts in Tucson and Pima County.
View 2014 Fall Open Studio Tour Artists.