Sunday, December 14, 2008

Creative Opportunities

A rundown of grants, awards, calls for entries and donations.

Arts for All, Inc. Graffiti Competition
Deadline: January 5, 2009 at 5:30pm

Finalists notified: January 15
Finalist presentations: January 21
Winners notified: January 22
Public unveiling: April 5

Artists ages 12-22 are invited to submit their designs for Arts for All's first ever graffiti competition. If you can paint with a brush, stencil, sticker or spray paint, they want to see your art ideas. Entries can be individual or collaborative, however, there is a limit of one submission per person or group. Finalists will be asked to present an accurate representation of the proposed design the the judges' panel on January 21, then one winner will be chosen on January 22. Winners will receive a cash award, a photo of their artwork and the opportunity to fully realize their designs on a wall in February with supplies provided by Arts for All. The wall will be unveiled publicly in April 2009. Submit designs via email to, or by mail or in person to by January 5:
Arts for All, Inc. Graffiti Competition
2520 N. Oracle Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85705
Any questions should be directed to Marcia Berger or Valerie Burnside at 622-4100 ext. 204. For more information how Arts for All serves the community, click here.

Deadline: December 31
276 E. Congress

Play's second show, PIECE will run January 3-24, consisting partly of a 4 ft. by 15 ft. puzzle on the east wall. Come into the gallery and collect a puzzle piece to contribute. The resulting work will be donated to a local school. Submissions are currently being accepted for the west wall. Email or call 904-8898 for more information.

Pima County Arts Project Grant
Deadline: January 30, 2009

Pima County Arts Project Grants (formerly Rural arts project grants) provide support for programs that contribute to the rural community's participation in the arts and promote local arts programming. Non-profit arts organizations and community organizations that have evidence of support in the Pima County community served are eligible to apply. Projects must occur in Pima County (outside Tucson city limits). Applications will be accepted until January 30 for projects which occur from January 1 through June 30, 2009. For more information contact Leia Maahs, Community Arts Development Coordinator or click here for applications and more information.

Printmaking Collective Donations
Dinnerware Artspace

Dinnerware Artspace is looking to form a new printmaking collective and is seeking the donation of an etching-intaglio press and assorted printmaking tools such as rollers, brayers, inks, felt blankets, hotplate, drying rack, varnishes, tarlatan, etc. Donations to Dinnerware are tax deductible. Contact David Aguirre at 792-4503 if you or someone you know has a press they want to be donated for collective use.

Lumies Arts Awards
Tucson Pima Arts Council
Deadline: March 1, 2009
Awards Gala: May 7, 2009

Now in its 5th year, the Tucson Pima Arts & Business Awards recognizes individuals and organizations that have made exceptional efforts to nurture and advance the arts in Pima County through leadership, support, participation and advocacy through artistic achievements and contributions. Click here to download a nomination form.

Quick Turnaround Grants (QTG)
Arizona Commission on the Arts

Deadline: flexible

The Arizona Commission on the Arts is pleased to offer Quick Turnaround Grants to organizations, individuals, artistic companies, schools, and after-school programs. Quick Turnaround Grant (QTG) applications are accepted by mail between July 1 and May 1 annually, or until all grant funds are expended. Grants are based on a fiscal year calendar (July 1 through June 30 of the following year) and proposed activities must take place within this timeframe. Applications for all Quick Turnaround Grant categories must be submitted at least 6 weeks in advance of an activity. Click here for details and applications for each category.

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