The Tempe Arts & Culture Division develops and manages the city's arts and culture programs and services. The City is dedicated to enriching the lives of the local and extended community by providing life-long engagement through accessible cultural, social, and educational experiences. The links below lead to Tempe Arts & Culture programs to help you discover and enjoy a variety of creative and cultural experiences. See a show, take a class, tour a building, peruse an exhibit… there’s much to see and do in Tempe! 

For information about Tempe’s public art program visit:

For information about Art Grants visit: 

For information about Galleries and Performing Arts visit: 

Studio Artists Residency Description: 

The Studio Artists Program is looking for a visual artist with experience in teaching for a three-year residency. This partnership between Tempe Elementary District and the City of Tempe provides students with an opportunity to experience quality arts programming and provide personal studio space for the artists.  

Artist Expectations

  • Be available to teach workshops in different schools in the Tempe Elementary School District during the 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-2026 school years. 
  • Upon selection, complete fingerprint clearance card application (reimbursement available).
  • Develop a hands-on workshop that relates to the artist’s expertise and style. 



  • Lives in Maricopa County
  • Experience in teaching visual arts (i.e., workshops, adjunct, after school programs, etc.)  
  • Interest in working with elementary school students 
  • Actively creating work


Artist Residency Compensation 

Up to $5,000 per school year 

  • Artists will receive $200 per 4-hour workshop in approximately 25 classrooms
  • Workshops divided into four class meetings (in school classrooms, not artist’s studio) 

24/7 access to art studio space in district building (shared with one other artist)


Residency Timeline

  • June – New Artist Orientation Meetings 
  • July – Workshop Development with Support & Studio Move-in 
  • August – Scheduling Workshops in Classrooms 
  • September through May – Workshops in Classrooms


Application Materials

  • Submittable Application: Create Submittable account and/or sign in to Submittable. Complete questionnaire.
  • Resume/CV: Include recent teaching experience and accomplishments as an artist (up to 2 pages)
  • 5 Images: Images of personal completed artwork 


Deadline: Open Until Filled. First Review April 19th.   


Amanda McGlothern, Community Arts Specialist 

To submit your final report you must login or create a Submittable account

Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted to the City of Tempe. The report will require you to share the outcomes of your project as well images and/or video documentation of your programming. Applicants who fail to complete final reports on time will not be eligible for future arts grants funding from the City of Tempe.

Pursuant to the Grant’s terms and conditions, the City of Tempe has the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes. 

Tempe Arts and Culture