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: 

If you are an artist with a workshop idea that will help other artists develop some creative entrepreneurial savvy, you could receive up to $500 and support from the city to host your workshop through the Tempe Creatives program. The application is just two easy questions to get an idea for who you are and what the workshop will be about. Artists may submit up to 3 workshop ideas, and workshops will be selected to provide a range of topics and experiences through out the year from September to June. Once workshops are selected, artists will work closely with city staff to further develop and market their workshop as part of the Tempe Creatives program.

Who Can Apply: Artists & Artist teams
Amount: $200-$500 ($200 for lead organizer, up to $500 for artist teams)
Deadline: May 18, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

The Tempe Creatives program is led by artists, for artists who are interested in networking, developing their creative entrepreneurial skills, and getting hands on experience to further their career in the arts. Past workshops have included Marketing for Musicians, Selling your Work in Festivals & Stores, Applying for Artist Calls, and more. 


                   Westside Multi-Generational Center   


Tempe Public Art Opportunity

The City of Tempe Public Art invites artists residing in Arizona to submit their qualifications in consideration for a commission to create a site-specific artwork at the Westside Multi-Generational Center. The site for artwork is along the walls facing the playground of the Center. The selected artist(s) will be tasked with creating an artwork that can be either painted or mounted onto the wall with materials appropriate for outdoor application (mural paint, ceramic, metal, concrete, and the like). The intent is for the artwork is to invite a sense of playfulness and interactivity that compliments the experience of those engaging with the Westside Center facilities, and to enhance the patio and playground. 

The Westside Multi-Generational Community Center has been dedicated to serving the community through early education, youth programs, counseling and senior programming since 2001.  The 30,000 square foot facility offers education and recreational opportunities to youth and adults. Currently, the outdoor play area is available to young children, aged 0-5, and is enclosed by an L shaped wall where the artwork will be attached. Artists who are interested in this opportunity should note that the site is one that may in the future be used for public workshops, gardening demonstrations, and public meetings spaces, as well as for young children. Selected artist(s) will be required to meet with stakeholders during the design process as means to better understand the site and its users. 

The wall that surrounds the outdoor play area of the center is 67ft on the shortest side and 167 on the longer end. In total, the wall’s dimensions are 230ft in length and 8.5ft in height. The selected artist(s) will be asked to create a dynamic artwork that covers the length of the entire wall in some capacity. The artwork may take the form of a mural, a mixed media installation, or some combination of the two. The artwork must be able to withstand the elements and be appropriate for a play area. The shorter end of the wall is west facing and the longer is north facing with shade available throughout the day from surrounding buildings and trees.

The selected artist(s) will be expected to begin design work in early summer of 2020 with the design process lasting through the summer months. Installation will begin in the early fall of 2020 with completion expected before the end of the year.


This Call to Artists is open to professional artists or artist teams residing and eligible to work the United States. This Call to Artists is open to professional artists residing in Arizona. Artist must demonstrate an ability to design and execute large artwork for an outdoor environment and have knowledge of durable materials appropriate to the Sonoran Desert climate. 

Accepted artist will be required by Arizona State Law HB 2008 to sign a statement verifying that they are lawfully present in the United States. City of Tempe employees, steering committee members, and their immediate family members are excluded from participating in this project.


Up to $35,000 

The current budget covering all costs associated with design and execution of the public art elements at the site is up to $35,000.The project budgets must include all costs related to the artist’s project management fees; the artwork’s final design, materials, fabrication, transportation, delivery and installation costs; subcontractor and consultant fees including any engineers or fabricators; permit and license fees; General Liability and other insurance required by the City, and all other costs associated with the art project. 


Materials must be received by midnight on Monday, March 16, 2020. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Submit application to:

Pre-submittal Coffee Chat

Friday, February 28, 2020. 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

Press Coffee, 601 West Rio Salado Parkway #103, Tempe, AZ

Bring your draft submittal materials and/or project questions for an optional, informal one-to-one session. Please arrive anytime between the two-hour block of time. If have questions about the project, but are unable to attend a pre-submittal session contact Rebecca Blume Rothman, 480-350-2827 

How to Apply

The entire submission must be completed on Submittable at . All requirements listed below must be met or the application will be removed from consideration. Specific proposals are not requested at this stage in the process and will not be accepted. NOTE: All written documents (resume, letter, image list) should be saved into a PDF format and uploaded to the Submittable site. 

o Digital Images: 6 images of previously completed work. Specific proposals will not be accepted. All images should be jpeg format.

o Letter of interest: (Maximum 1 page) Describe why you are interested in this project and explain previous relevant experience. If you are applying as a team, the letter should clearly describe the contribution of each collaborator. 

o Resume: (Maximum 2 pages) Outline your recent experience and accomplishments as an artist including any public art experience. If applying as a team, each member may submit a one page resume. 

o Image List: (Maximum 2 pages) A separate document listing information about the 6 digital images. For each image submitted list the title, date, size, location, and budget with a thumbnail of the image. 

Artist Selection Process 

Applications will be pre-screened by City staff to ensure that the submissions meet the minimum qualifications as described in the eligibility section. An artist selection committee will review artists’ submissions and select 2-4 finalists. The finalists will be provided with a stipend to create a proposal and be invited to interview with the selection panel. The steering committee is comprised of members from the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission, community stakeholders, arts professional and associated city staff. The selected Artist will work with Tempe Public Art throughout the project. 

Estimated Project Schedule

 Pre-submittal Coffee Chat February 28, 2020

Submission Deadline March 16, 2020

Finalists notified Early April, 2020

Finalist orientation Mid-April 2020

Proposals and interviews Late April/early May, 2020

Contract issued June,2020

Design period June- September 2020

Artwork installed October - December 2020


Tempe Public Art aspires to cultivate a unique community identity that advances Tempe as a vibrant and progressive destination. Tempe's diverse collection of permanent and temporary public art complements the natural and built environment through innovative place-making, installations and infrastructure enhancements. Tempe Public Art promotes artistic expression, bringing people together to strengthen Tempe's sense of community and place.

We are here to help, contact:

Rebecca Blume Rothman, Director of Public Art | | 480-350-2827 OR

Sofia Dotta Villegas, Public Art Specialist | | 480-350-2833 

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

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. 

Dance filmmakers are invited to submit short films that are created at Tempe Town Lake to be screened during "EDGE: Tour de Dance" at the Tempe Center for the Arts on April 18, 2020. 

Deadline: March 2, 2020 at 11:59pm


  • Films can be up to 5 minutes in length
  • Films must be based around themes of water, the history of Tempe Town Lake, the Tempe Community, or inspiration from Public Art works on Tempe Town Lake (to view public art projects visit the public art map found at: and select the "all art tab")
  • Films may not include footage of any content that breaks the law, religious content, profane language, or nudity.

Project Information

This event is part of EDGE programming at the Tempe Center for the Arts, produced in collaboration with artist, Halley Willcox. Films will be screened after a bike tour that will travel around Tempe Town Lake stopping at locations with live performances. 


For questions contact Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist at or (480) 350-5175.

Musicians, singers and emcees in the 85283 and 85284 zip codes are invited to submit their songs for a chance to be included on the next edition of Tempe Playlist: Saturn Sessions. This is a locally-inspired collection of songs that captures the talents and the vibe of south Tempe musicians.

Selected songs will be compiled into a digital playlist that will be available online and marketed throughout the city, including on Tempe’s Orbit neighborhood shuttles. Musicians can submit up to three songs for consideration and must live, work, attend school or have a strong tie to south Tempe.  

Who can apply:

Musicians, singers and emcees who live, work, attend school or have a strong tie to south Tempe.  

- If there are multiple people in a group, at least one person must be connected to 85283/85284

- If an artist is in several groups, he/she may submit in multiple groups

- Up to three songs may be submitted per individual/group

- Artists who are concerned about the quality of their song are encouraged to submit anyway. Selected songs will be eligible for a professional recording session

- City of Tempe employees may not apply



Depending on the number of entries and selections; selected songs will receive a small stipend ranging from $100-$300 and be eligible for a free professional recording session. Tempe Playlist will be promoted on the City’s website, social media and on the Orbit neighborhood shuttles. 

Need help? Contact Samuel Pena at

Tempe Arts and Culture