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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


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. 


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.


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.

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