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 


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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. 

The Vibrant Artist Cohort (VAC) is for performance-based artists who are ready to advance their creative careers, and deepen their administrative skill sets. Artists who participate in the program will develop all aspects of their career through workshops, one-on-one mentorship, artistic support, project development, and financial support. Artists in the program will work towards creating a project that supports their long-term goals and activates Tempe through the inclusion of arts and cultural participation, celebrating diversity, building community connections, and/or supporting local artists.

Arts Festival Grants support festivals that celebrate a community, neighborhood, or shared cultural interest with arts and culture programming. Festivals are regularly occurring events that build community through positive arts and culture experiences. Projects that are funded by this grant are held in public spaces and are accessible to the public. This grant 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:

  •  Support community festivals celebrating cultural diversity
  • Support community-wide festivals of the arts and creativity
  • Continue, expand and enhance informal arts programming provided in community settings

Deadline: May 13, 2019 @ 5:00pm 

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

Eligibility: Non-profit organizations producing arts & culture festivals in Tempe


Community Arts Grants are available to non-profit organizations to fund projects with a primary mission of supporting a specific community such as youth, seniors, veterans, and cultural groups in Tempe. Projects should provide quality arts experiences that have a lasting impact on the intended community and project partners. The grant supports the following Public Art and Cultural Amenities Goals from the General Plan 2040:

  • Advance Tempe as a vibrant and progressive community for cultural and artistic activity
  • Collaborate with community partners and educational institutions
  • Enhance art that supports, educates and enriches the community

Deadline: May 13, 2019 @ 5:00pm 

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

Eligibility: Non-Profit organizations providing arts programming in Tempe 

 

TCA Excellence Grants are available to non-profit organizations that develop artistically complex and rigorous programming, and provide impactful arts experiences to Tempe residents. Eligible activities include the production/presentation of artistic performances, commissioning of new works, or continued innovation of existing programming. The grant 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
  • Expand co-productions, rentals and collaborations at the TCA
  • Increase culturally diverse programming at the TCA


Deadline: May 13, 2019 @ 5:00pm

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

Eligibility: Non-Profit Organization programming at the Tempe Center for the Arts

  

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