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: 

Local Artists  -  Local Themes  -  Local Interest

Tempe Galleries is an extension program of the Gallery at Tempe Center for the Arts. Exhibitions aim to place visual art in high traffic public spaces such as Tempe Public Library and the Tempe Post Office on Mill Avenue. Exhibitions and programs are developed to broaden the mind, relate to multiple age groups and create interest in a variety of fields and subjects.

The Gallery at TCA and its sister program, Tempe Galleries, have produced more than 150 large and small-scale art exhibitions and featured more than 2,500 artists over the past ten years. Combined, these exhibitions reach an estimated 4 million people each year. New and exciting exhibitions continue to be developed with a special focus to broaden the mind, relate to multiple age groups and create interest in a variety of fields and subjects. 

Artists will be chosen by a jury panel. 2019 exhibition dates and locations are determined by the city.
All media will be considered.

Please read these guidelines before applying:

  • Artists may apply with completed artwork and/or may propose to create new artworks.
  • Artists shall apply to exhibit original artwork only. 
  • Artists may not exhibit work that has been previously shown in other City of Tempe galleries.
  • Artists are encouraged to submit works completed within the last two years.
  • Artists must be Arizona residents and at least 18 years old.
  • All 2-dimensional (2-D) artwork must be framed and ready to hang. 
  • Pedestals can be provided for 3-dimensional (3-D) artwork. 
  • Materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2018. 
  • Late applications will not be accepted. No extensions will be granted. 
  • City of Tempe (“City” or “Tempe”) employees, volunteers and/or steering committee members or their family members are not eligible to apply.
  • Faxed or e-mailed applications will not be accepted.
  • In no event will the City be responsible for costs or expenses attendant to exhibiting art, or submitting any proposal or responding to a “Call for Art.”
  • All applicants are encouraged to visit gallery spaces before applying.

This 2019 Call for Art application does not commit the City to enter into an agreement, to pay any costs incurred in the preparation of the proposal to this request or in subsequent negotiations or to produce any contract for the project referenced herein. The City reserves the right to reject any or all applications, reissue the application process, revise the project terms or procure any service by other means. While reasonable care will be taken, the City is not responsible for loss or damage to materials included with mailed applications. 

Alternate submission format: Hard copy/CD applications will be accepted. Send to:
TEMPE GALLERIES | 2019 CALL FOR ART | 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway |Tempe, AZ 85281

* Materials must be received by 5 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2018. No late applications will be accepted. No extensions will be granted. 

More information:

Inquiries: or 480-350-2867

TEMPE GALLERIES | 2019 CALL FOR ART | 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway |Tempe, AZ 85281

Request for Qualifications (RFQ) — IN FLUX Cycle 8

Deadline – October 12, 2018 | Midnight Arizona Time

Projects – Multiple opportunities throughout the Valley

IN FLUX Partner Cities: Peoria, Chandler, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Glendale

Opportunities range from $5,000 to $10,000 

Eligibility –professional artists and artist teams*
*Artists commissioned in the previous Cycle 7 are not eligible for the current Cycle 8.

IN FLUX Cycle 8 Partner Cities invite artists across all disciplines to create temporary public artworks in a wide variety of locations throughout the Valley. 

Project Information

IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art through a showcase of site-specific projects by visual artists working in various mediums. These opportunities provide artists a chance to expand their skills, challenge their creativity, and garner public recognition for their work. Presented simultaneously by 6 Partner Cities, IN FLUX fosters the notion of the Valley as one art community. IN FLUX creates connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists, and audiences. 

IN FLUX partners seek to provide opportunity, experience, and education to emerging and established artists who want to enter the field of public art. These opportunities are well suited for artists with no public art experience but also offer a fresh approach for experts in the field. Arizona artists are strongly encouraged to apply.

To see previous IN FLUX artworks and learn more visit 

Selection Process

A selection panel representing all Valley commissioning agencies will recommend finalists for each available project opportunity. Members of the panel will include artists, arts professionals, and community members. The selection panel will meet in early November. 

Selected artists will be contracted by each commissioning agency and work directly with the project manager designated by their assigned partnering organization. All artists will be notified of selection results via e-mail in early November and given the opportunity to request feedback from the selection panel.

Evaluation Criteria

During the selection process, applicants will be ranked on the basis of a 20-point system. Qualified applicants will be scored based upon the following distribution of possible points: 

1. Demonstrated quality of art and design in past built projects - 8 points 

2. Potential to create creative and impactful art projects for public spaces - 8 points 

3. Experience in collaborative design work and community engagement - 4 points 

Opportunity Categories

In your application submission, please include the opportunity you are interested in. This does not guarantee that the selection panel will place you in that specific opportunity however it will give the panelists a better idea of how you would approach this opportunity. The following opportunities have been identified:


Pedestals on Arizona Avenue between Chicago St and Boston St. The pedestals are roughly 24” high and 42” in diameter. There is more than one pedestal available, and the artwork could go on one or more of the pedestals. All pedestals are outside, and artworks will need to be able to stand up to the elements. Artworks will be bolted to the pedestals, and artist should take care to cover the attachment points to keep the transition from artwork to pedestal as clean and secure as possible. 


The lobby of City Hall, 5850 W Glendale Ave.

To the left of the security/information desk is a floor to ceiling space. Desire is that the artwork utilize the verticality. The space is adjacent to windows, thus the selected artwork can be seen from the outside as well as greet visitors and City staff and government officials. Please keep in mind that security will prohibit covering the windows.


3-dimesional outside the Main Library at 8463 W. Monroe Street (Pad size TBD)

3-dimensional outside the Sunrise Mountain Library at 21109 N. 98th Ave. (Pad size TBD)


Two locations – indoor and outdoor – at the Burton Barr Central Library, 1221 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004. Selected artists will have the opportunity to work with the library to create static or event-based works of art for an interior gallery and an exterior plaza site. The works may hold the potential to be portable and presented in highly visible and accessible public areas of other libraries in the City of Phoenix.


Plinth at N Scottsdale Road and E Oak Street (NE Corner)

Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works. The size of the concrete mounting surface on the plinths is 40” x 40”. Outdoor/Streetscape installation.

Plinth at N Scottsdale Road and E Roosevelt Street (NE Corner) 

Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works. The size of the concrete mounting surface on the plinths is 40” x 40”. Outdoor/Streetscape installation.

Plinth at Via Linda just east of the 101/Pima Freeway (South Side of Street) 

Concrete plinth for 3-D sculptural works. The size of the concrete mounting surface on the plinths is approximately 40” x 40”. Outdoor/Streetscape installation.

Miller Plaza 

Retail Complex at N Miller Road and E Indian School Road (NE Corner). Outdoor Installation in landscaping beds for 3-D sculptural works.


Reflection pool at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 200 West Rio Salado Parkway Tempe Arizona

The Reflecting pool faces the Tempe Town Lake and is adjacent to the North side of the Tempe Center for the Arts. Desired artwork includes an outdoor installation with possibility of floating elements, sculptural pieces or other artworks that would be placed in and around the reflection pond at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Edna Vihel Art Center - 3340 S Rural Road, Tempe Arizona

Exterior of the building possible for temporary 2-Dimensional large-scale work using vinyl reproductions, wheat paste, or the like. Selected artist will also have the opportunity to work with instructors and students on an interior piece for the ceramic studio that will correspond with the exterior temporary work.

Please keep the following in mind when creating your proposal:

· Outdoor Installation – Materials must be durable enough to withstand up to one year in the elements and be safe if the public interacts with the piece. 

· Mural – Can be painted directly onto a building surface if applicable with commissioning agency or on a removable surface, i.e. vinyl, board, etc. that is attached to a surface.

· Plinth – These are existing concrete plinths. Proposals for plinths could be a loan agreement for a new commission of a sculptural work. The artist would retain ownership of the work following the completion of the IN FLUX Cycle. 

· Indoor Installation – No exposure to the elements or access to the public.

*Note: The City of Phoenix has required agreement terms that are noted in the submission form

IN FLUX Cycle 8 Timeline:

Deadline for Application – October 12, 2018

Panel Selection – Early November 2018

Contracts signed in November – schedule will vary depending on IN FLUX partner’s artist approval process.

Design process begins in November – timing of approval/acceptance of final design varies depending on IN FLUX partner’s design approval process.

Installation of all projects completed by end of March, 2019.

Cycle 8 Kickoff event early April 2019 

De-installation of all projects completed by March 1, 2020.

The above timeline may be varied at the discretion of the applicable partner city/cities. 


 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. 


In order to successfully complete your Final Report, you will need to begin planning how to document and evaluate your programming. 

Your Final Report will need to include:

  • Audience data for each activity funded by the Tempe Arts Grant including the number of adults, youth (under 18),  Tempe residents, staff, artists, volunteers 
  • Demographics of audience served including age group, race/ethnicity, and any distinct groups directly served by programming
  • Description of how Tempe funds were used
    • Samples of participant testimony/quotes; or summary of data results
  • Goals and Expectations: What were your expected goals and outcomes for your program? How did you evaluate your ability to achieve your goals? What were the results of your evaluation methods? How will you apply the results from your evaluations towards future programming?
  • Actual project budget for Tempe Programming, which only includes the revenue and expenses of programming that occurred in Tempe. 
  • 3 professional quality images 
  • Optional - Video of programming (3 minutes max)


Your final report can be submitted online at The online form will allow you to enter data, share links, and upload images/files. Budget and Audience data forms can also be found on the website. 

 The artist database is for artists across all genres who are interested in participating in future City of Tempe and community programming. The list is available for artists across all genres who are interested in performing, teaching classes or workshops, working in communities, and/or participating in residences. City programs that will use this list to find artists for hire might include EDGE Happy Hour, Arts in the Parks, Vibrant City, Arts Career Day, and Studio Artist Programs.

Being on this list does not imply that you will be employed by the City of Tempe, and is not an endorsement or recommendation from the City of Tempe. The list serves soley as a database of artists who are interested in participating in Tempe Arts programming. 

This list will be shared with staff, community members, organizations, and associations looking for artists and will be available on the City of Tempe website.

VIBRANT CITY GRANTS are intended to activate Tempe through the inclusion of arts and cultural participation, celebration of diversity, building community connections, and support for local artists. This grant is available to emerging individual artists, community groups, and non-profit organizations to produce arts-related performances, festivals, and activities that encourage community participation in the arts. Grant recipients will be part of a year-long cohort where they will receive support and training in both professional and programmatic development. Grant awards include access to free space, support and mentorship, and up to $1,000. Applicants do not need to be Tempe-based, but their projects must occur in Tempe.

AMOUNT: Up to $1000 (no match required) + Free Space & Mentorship

DEADLINE: October 7, 2018 @ 11:59pm

HOW TO APPLY: Complete the online application found at
All applicants are required to either:

  • Attend a FREE Vibrant City Grant Writing Workshop
    Wednesday, August 29, 6-8pm
    Tempe Public Library, BRiC Training Room
    3500 S Rural Rd. Tempe, AZ 85282
  • Schedule a meeting with city staff
    Contact Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist,


  • $1000 to use towards your project
  • Free space at the Edna Vihel Arts Center or Tempe History Museum for your project
  • Free professional development and mentorship


  • Develop a project that will take place in Tempe between January 1, 2018-December 31, 2018. Program structures may include, but are not limited to: Artist Residencies in communities, Workshops or panel discussions, Artist/Organization Development, Social and Civic Engaged Projects, Community Arts Program, Site-Specific Performances.  
  • Meet with the cohort at least 3x/year. Dates & training topics will be determined based on the availability and interests of the cohort. Topics may include: Career Planning, Developing a Business Plan, Becoming an LLC, Marketing, Promotions, Recordkeeping, or Fundraising


Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist
(480) 350-5175 or

Tempe Arts and Culture