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 


Tempe Arts Grants are available to non-profit organizations providing inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe. Arts Grants support 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 and from Public Art and Cultural Amenities Goals from the General Plan 2040:

  • Increase and promote Community-Initiated Arts projects
  • Increase culturally diverse programming at the TCA
  • Support community festivals celebrating cultural diversity
  • Continue, expand and enhance informal arts programming provided in community settings
  • Collaborate with community partners and educational institutions (GP2040)
  • Enhance art that supports, educates and enriches the community (GP2040)

Amount: Up to $10,000 – requires equally matching cash contributions

Deadline: July 6th, 2020 at 11:59pm  

How to Apply: All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with city staff before completing the application. Online scheduling poll and application found at www.tempe.gov/artsgrants. Sign up for a one-hour mentoring session with Maja Aurora, Director of Arts Engagement. Sessions are held at Connections Cafe inside the Tempe Public Library (3500 S. Rural Road). 

Expectations:

  • Requests may include services of artists, arts educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, space rental, travel, food, marketing and printing.  

Program structures may include:

  • Programming with Youth
  • Within Schools 
  • Within Community 
  • Programming with Community 
  • Festivals 
  • Multiple programming throughout the year
  • Programming at Tempe Center for the Arts 
  • Festivals or a Performance
  • Multiple programming throughout the year 

Eligibility: 

  • Non-Profit organizations providing arts programming in Tempe
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive one Arts Grant per year (August 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021), with one exception: applicants may also apply for and receive a Museum Series Grant even if they have already received an Arts Grant.

Restrictions:

This grant does not fund:

  • activities that occur outside of the City of Tempe
  • projects that enhance a facilities exterior facade (i.e. Murals or permanent infrastructure)
  • construction or renovation of facilities, capital expenditures, reduction of debt, feasibility studies, receptions, fundraising, lobbying expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs or awards
  • 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
  • organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes
  • university- or college-sponsored projects or unless they are open to non-credit participants
  • an applicant who failed to submit a Final Report from a previously funded grant


Review Process:

To ensure fairness in the distribution of public funds, applications will be reviewed by an Arts Grant Review Panel comprised of Tempe residents, artists, arts educators, representatives from the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission and the Tempe business community. Please note that the review process is competitive and based on available funds, some applications may receive partial or no funding. The Panel will recommend awards to the Tempe City Council, which will vote on issuing the grants.  

Final Report:
Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted. The report will include a summary of the project, actual budget and professional quality images. 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.

Vibrant City Arts Grants are intended to activate Tempe and build community connections through inclusive arts and culture programming. This grant is available to cultural groups, LLCs, individual artists, non-profit organizations, and arts collectives. Grant awards up to $2,500. Applicants do not need to be Tempe-based, but their projects must occur in Tempe.

Amount: Up to $2,500 (no match required) 

Deadline: July 6th, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

How to Apply: All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with city staff before completing the application. Online scheduling poll and application found at www.tempe.gov/artsgrants

Expectations:

  • Develop a project that will take place in Tempe between August 1, 2020-June 30, 2021. Program structures may include, but are not limited to:
  • Artist Residencies in communities
  • Workshops or panel discussions
  • Artist/Organization Development 
  • Pop-Up arts events
  • Community Arts Program
  • Site-Specific Performances 

Requests may include services of artists and educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, food, travel, marketing and printing. 

Eligibility

  • Arizona cultural group, LLC, individual artist, non-profit organization, or an arts collective providing arts programming in Tempe. 
  • Organizations that have an annual budget above $50,000 are not eligible for this grant category and are encouraged to apply for Tempe’s other arts grant opportunities. An applicant’s current programming must be majority related to arts and/or culture. 
  • Applicants are only eligible to receive one Arts Grant from the City of Tempe per year (August 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021), with one exception: applicants may also apply for and receive a Museum Series Grant even if they have already received an Arts Grant. 

Restrictions

This grant does not fund:

  • activities that occur outside of the City of Tempe
  • projects that enhance a facilities exterior façade (ie. Murals or permanent infrastructure);
  • corporations, organizations, or LLCs with an annual budget of over $50,000;
  • construction or renovation of facilities, capital expenditures, reduction of debt, feasibilities studies, receptions, fundraising, lobbying expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs or awards; 
  • organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes;
  • university- or college-sponsored projects or unless they are open to non-credit participants;
  • individuals who are full-time faculty at a college or university (adjuncts are still eligible to apply as an individual artist).
  • an applicant who failed to submit a Final Report from a previously funded grant.

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of staff from Arts and Culture Division and a member of the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission.  Applicants will be notified after the review process is complete. Please note that the review process is competitive and based on available funds; some applications may receive partial or no funding.

Final Report
Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted. The report must be a summary of the project and include professional quality images. 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.

Museum Series Grants are intended to encourage community participation through inclusive arts and culture programming, performances, and activities during the series at the Tempe History Museum. This grant is available to cultural groups, LLCs, individual artists, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and arts collectives. Grant award includes free space at the Tempe History Museum and support for program costs of up to $500. 

The Museum Series are eclectic, community-hosted experiences that highlight creativity, history, arts and/or culture. Often organized in two parts that include performance or presentation and audience participation with a coffee/refreshment break, this series is part coffeehouse, part artist and performing series, and part community forum. The concept is intended to offer an entertaining and thought-provoking evening to community members. Strong applications will highlight an innovative topic that will instill creative conversations. Examples of previous events:

  • Oh My Ears: new directions in music
  • Ken Koshio: Japanese roots music and Taiko drumming
  • Phoenix Radio – panel discussion – radio then and now
  • The Space in Between: Biraciality and Music
  • Henri Benard: Making Junk Percussion and a Musical Masterpiece
  • Tempe Bicycle Action Group & Pedal Haus Brewery: Bikes and Beer
  • Café Lalibela: History and Tastes of Ethiopia 

Amount: Up to $500 (no match required) + Free Space & Mentorship

Deadline: May 18, 2020 at 11:59pm  
How to Apply: All applicants are strongly encouraged to meet with city staff before completing the application. Online scheduling poll and application found at www.tempe.gov/artsgrants

What you will get:

  • Up to $500 to use towards your project
  • Free space at the Tempe History Museum 
  • Audio-Visual Equipment and staff provided (stage, lighting, sound)
  • Mentorship and Support from Tempe Arts and Culture Division staff 
  • Promotion and marketing through City of Tempe and Tempe History Museum

Expectations

Develop a program that will take place during one evening between September 2020-May 2021. Program structures may include, but are not limited to:

  • Workshops or Panel Discussions
  • Community Arts Program
  • Site-Specific Performances
  • Cultural presentation, tasting and/or experience  
  • Requests may include services of artists and educators, professional services, supplies, stipends, production costs, food, travel, marketing and printing. 

Eligibility

Arizona cultural group, LLC, individual artist, non-profit organization, local business, or an arts collective providing arts and culture programming at the Tempe History Museum.

Restrictions

This grant does not fund:

  • construction or renovation of facilities, capital expenditures, reduction of debt, feasibilities studies, receptions, lobbying expenses, re-granting, scholarship programs or awards. 
  • organizations that are incorporated for religious purposes or projects that focus on religious themes.
  • individuals who are currently full-time faculty at a college or university (adjuncts are still eligible to apply as an individual artist).

Review Process 

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of staff from Arts and Culture Division, a member of the Tempe Arts and Culture Commission and a member of the Tempe History Society.  Applicants will be notified after the review process has been completed and grants are issued. 

Final Report

Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted. The report must be a summary and include professional quality images. 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.

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. 

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. 

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 15, 2020 at 11:59pm


Guidelines

  • 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:  http://gis.tempe.gov/publicartmap/ 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. 


Contact

For questions contact Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist at julie_akerly@tempe.gov 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

  

Budget:

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 TempePlaylist@gmail.com

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