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: www.tempe.gov/PublicArt

For information about Art Grants visit:  www.tempe.gov/artsgrants 

For information about Galleries and Performing Arts visit: www.tempecenterforthearts.com 


Deadline 

Wednesday, July 31st 2024, at 5:00 PM


Description

The City of Tempe invites skilled local designers or artists to submit qualifications to create an eye-catching T-shirt design for our highly anticipated Tempe Jam event. The selected artist will be asked to create designs that draw inspiration from the local music scene and the event's iconic imagery of astronauts. The final design will be printed on commemorative T-shirts which will be given away for free to hundreds of event attendees.

The selected artist will be expected to participate in up to four design progress/revision meetings as well as the Tempe Jam event itself, on the evening of Saturday, November 16th.

Artists who have an active visual art practice as well as digital design skills are encouraged to apply. Artists who submit for this opportunity may be considered for other design related projects. Applications will be kept on file for use in the event of short turn around art commission opportunities.

  Click here to see the 2023 design by Kelsey Phillips. 


Tempe Jam Event Description

Tempe Jam is a free City of Tempe Community Arts event that honors and highlights local bands and musicians who live, work, or play in Tempe. This annual music celebration also features art activities, performances, food trucks, and a beer garden. The fourth annual iteration of the Tempe Jam will happen in Fall 2024 at the Tempe Sports Complex (8401 S. Hardy Drive.) The Tempe Jam highlights a few out of the 44 bands that were selected for the 2023-25 Tempe Playlist Program, which offers professional development resources to local bands and musicians.

www.tempe.gov/TempeJam


Compensation: $750 for the final design.


Qualifications 

Artists who meet the following qualifications are encouraged to apply:

  • Active visual art practice
  • Skills in digital art: creating vector files, incorporating text and implementing revisions
  • Reside in the metro-Phoenix area: Maricopa County and Pinal County
  • Will be available the evening of Saturday, November 16th 2024.

 

Timeline 

  • June 10th  - Call opens
  • July 31st  - Call closes at 5PM 
  • Beginning of Aug– Artist selected and notified.
  • Aug– Sept – Progress/Revision Meetings 
  • Mid-Sept – Final design due
  • Nov 16th – Tempe Jam event

 

How to apply 

Work Samples 

 8 images

  • We are looking to see a portfolio of your past work and not requiring a completed T-shirt design for this RFQ.
  • At least half of the work samples must be created digitally

 

For Questions Contact:

 Dani Godreau, Community Arts Coordinator

 Dani_Godreau@tempe.gov 

 (480) 793-1257

 

Schedule a one-on-one meeting regarding this call here.

Vibrant City Arts Grants are available to artist collectives, cultural groups, and arts organizations providing inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe. The Community Arts Grants Program aims to activate Tempe as a supportive place for artists and a home for community creativity in all its forms.


Amount: Up to $2,500 – no match required


Deadlines:

Cycle 1: July 1, 2024 for projects taking place between September 1, 2024 – June 30, 2025

Cycle 2: December 16, 2024 for projects taking place between February 1 – June 30, 2025


How to Apply: All applicants are required to meet with Maja Aurora, Community Arts Manager, before completing the application. Schedule a meeting and find the application at www.tempe.gov/artsgrants


Expectations:

• Applicants do not need to be Tempe-based, but their projects must occur in Tempe

• Requests may include services of artists, professional services, stipends, supplies, production costs, space rentals, food, marketing and/or printing.

• Projects may include:

▪ Performances

▪ Residencies/Workshops

▪ Arts Events


Eligibility:

• Artist collectives, cultural groups, or arts organizations providing arts programming in Tempe.

• Applicants are only eligible to receive one Community Arts Grant per year (September 1-June 30).

Restrictions; this grant does not fund:

• activities that occur outside of the City of Tempe;

• organizations with an annual budget over $100,000;

• entirely virtual programming (activities can simultaneously occur in-person/virtual);

• permanent enhancements of infrastructure (i.e. murals or public art);

• construction or renovation of facilities, reduction of debt, feasibilities studies;

• projects in schools (see Arts in Schools Grant);

• parent teacher organizations (i.e. booster clubs, PTA or PTO) or TCA home/resident companies;

• projects associated with universities or colleges;

• projects funded by a TCC Grant or a Neighborhood Grant;

• organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes;

• fundraising, re-granting, scholarship programs or awards;

• an applicant who failed to submit a Final Report from a previously funded grant.


Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by an independent Arts Grant Review Panel comprised Tempe residents, artists, arts educators, representatives from the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission and the Tempe business community. The review process is competitive and based on available funds, therefore, some applications may receive partial or no funding. The panel will recommend awards to the Community Services Director for final approval.

Final Report: Must be submitted within 60 days of completing the project. The report will include a summary of the project, final budget and professional quality photos. The grant recipient agrees to give the City of Tempe the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes.

Wavemaker Arts Grants are available to arts non-profit organizations providing inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe (501c3 status required). The Community Arts Grants Program supports a commitment to advancing Tempe as a vibrant and progressive community for cultural and artistic activity, and aims to fulfill the following recommendations from the Arts and Culture Plan:

  • Increase and promote Community-Initiated Arts projects
  • Support community festivals celebrating cultural diversity
  • Continue, expand and enhance informal arts programming provided in community settings

Amount: Up to $10,000 – no match required

Deadline: July 1, 2024

How to Apply: All applicants are required to meet with Maja Aurora, Community Arts Manager, before completing the application. Schedule a meeting and find the application at www.tempe.gov/artsgrants

Expectations:

  • Project must take place in Tempe between September 1, 2024 - July 30, 2025.
  • Requests may include services of artists, professional services, stipends, supplies, production costs, space rentals, food, marketing and/or printing.
  • Project structures may include:
  • Performances
  • Residencies/Workshops
  • Festivals/Arts Events

Eligibility:

  • Non-Profit organizations providing arts programming in Tempe (501c3 status required)
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive one Community Arts Grant per year (September 1-June 30)

Restrictions; this grant does not fund:

  • activities that occur outside of the City of Tempe;
  • entirely virtual programming (activities can simultaneously occur in-person/virtual);
  • permanent enhancements of infrastructure (i.e. murals or public art);
  • construction or renovation of facilities, reduction of debt, feasibilities studies;
  • projects in schools (see Arts in Schools Grant);
  • parent teacher organizations (i.e. booster clubs, PTA or PTO) or TCA home/resident companies;
  • projects associated with universities or colleges;
  • projects funded by a TCC Grant or a Neighborhood Grant;
  • for-profit organizations or organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes;
  • an organization or learning institution’s administrative or artistic staff salaries; grant administration, overhead or processing fees taken by an umbrella/parent organization as a percentage of the total award;
  • fundraising, re-granting, scholarship programs or awards;
  • an applicant who failed to submit a Final Report from a previously funded grant.

Review Process: Applications will be reviewed by an independent Art Grant Review Panel comprised of Tempe residents, artists, arts educators, representatives from the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission and the Tempe business community. The review process is competitive and based on available funds, therefore, some applications may receive partial or no funding. The panel will recommend awards to the Community Services Director for final approval.

Final Report: Must be submitted within 60 days of completing the project. The report will include a summary of the project, final budget and professional quality photos. The grant recipient agrees to give the City of Tempe the rights to use any materials submitted in the Final Report for data collection and promotional purposes.

Studio Artists Residency Program 

tempe.gov/StudioArtists 

 

Studio Artists Residency Description: 

The Studio Artists Program is looking for a visual artist 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 2024-25, 2025-2026, and 2026-27 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 with support. 

· Prior to working in the schools, meet with City Staff for workshop development for a minimum of four times at two hours each during the July and August. 

 

Qualifications

· Lives in Tempe, AZ or surrounding city (i.e., Phoenix, Chandler, Mesa, Scottsdale, Gilbert, etc.) 

· Experience in teaching visual arts (i.e., workshops, adjunct, after school programs, etc.) 

· Interest in working with elementary school students 

· Actively creating visual artworks 

· Availability two days a week during school hours (8am to 2pm) 

 

Artist Residency Compensation 

· $50 per one hour classroom visit 

o Classroom visits between 12 and 15 classrooms four times per school year

o Workshops held in school classrooms. 

· 24/7 access to art studio space in district building in Tempe, AZ 

o Shared space with up to two other artists

o Studios do not currently support ceramics.

 

Residency Timeline

· June/July – Selected artists notified 

· July – New artist orientation meetings & contract offer

· July/August – Workshop development with support & studio move-in 

· Late August through May – Workshops taught in classrooms

 

Application Materials

· Submittable Application

o Complete questionnaire on Submittable.com and upload requested documents/files

o Resume/CV: Include recent teaching experience and accomplishments as an artist (up to 2 pages)

o 5 Images: Images of personal completed artwork (no student examples) 

 

Deadline: July 2nd  

 

Questions: 

Amanda McGlothern, Community Arts Specialist 

amanda_mcglothern@tempe.gov 

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. 

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