Final Round of Grants Awarded at Arizona Art Tank in Tucson

The final round of Arizona Art Tank grants were awarded last night at the El Casino Ballroom in Tucson. Arizona Art Tank is a funding initiative of the Arts Commission that makes strategic investments in Arizona’s best arts-based entrepreneurial ventures. At live events in four Arizona communities, top applicants pitch their innovative ventures to a distinguished panel and a live audience from the community. 

Ten applicants pitched their ideas to the panel and audience in Tucson. Ventures were evaluated on their impact, responsiveness and visibility.  The panelists selected their top five finalists and an audience vote determined the “audience choice award.” After a brief intermission, awards were announced.

The awards are as follows:

$10,000 – Tucson Museum of Art

$7,500 – Opening Minds through the Arts & Tucson Unified School District

$6,000 – Gold Canyon Arts Council

$5,000 – Solar Sculptures & Dinnerware Arts Space

$4,000 – Black Box Foundation

$500 (Audience Choice Award) – Moises Orozco & Phoebe Jenkins

Last night’s panelists included Steve Farley, Arizona State Senator for District 9; Ethan Orr, Arizona State Representative for District 9; Tim Bee, Governor-appointed Commissioner for the Arizona Commission on the Arts; Senior Associate Vice President for Legislative and Community Relations for the University of Arizona; Chelsey Killebrew, Communications Director for Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance; Joyce Jackson, Vice President of Instruction for Estrella Mountain Community College; and Nadia Hagen, Artistic Director for All Souls Procession and Flam Chen.

Our thanks to all those who presented; our host, the El Casino Ballroom; our Emcee, Elizabeth Burden; our musical guest, DJ Carl Hanni; and to everyone who came out last night to support and celebrate the Arts in Southern Arizona!

Last week, Arizona Art Tank events were held in Peoria, Chandler and Prescott.

About the Arizona Commission on the Arts
One of 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the United States, the Arizona Commission on the Arts is a 48-year-old agency of the State of Arizona which supports a statewide arts network. Through the delivery of professional development, services and grants, the Arts Commission supports access to quality arts and arts education opportunities for all Arizonans; the cultivation and retention of statewide jobs in the nonprofit arts, culture and education sectors; and increased economic impact in local communities through arts-based partnerships which develop tax and small business revenue.

For more information about Arizona Art Tank and the Arizona Commission on the Arts, visit

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