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Arts Workshops

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Tempe Public Art

Tempe frequently offers opportunities for artists to apply for Tempe Public Art commissions. These projects are open to artists nationally or locally, depending on budget and the amount of community contact that needs to take place.


IN FLUX Cycle 7 is currently seeking qualifications from Arizona artists across all disciplines to create temporary public artworks in a wide variety of locations. IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art projects through a showcase of Arizona artists creating original site-specific installations presented within the context of viewing the Valley as one community. IN FLUX provides unique project opportunities for artists to expand their skills, innovatively apply their creativity, and garner public recognition for their work. IN FLUX offers a new perspective on the connections between community organizations, city governments, local businesses, artists, and audiences.

Deadline: May 26, 2017 at Midnight
*Artists commissioned in the previous Cycle 6 are not eligible for the current Cycle 7



Tempe Galleries

Tempe frequently offers opportunities for artists to apply for Tempe Center for the Arts and Tempe Galleries exhibitions.

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 Tempe Arts Jobs

If you're interested in the administration side of the arts, you'll find Tempe jobs posted here. Tempe Arts + Culture is made up of a diverse, enthusiastic, and talented team!

Youth Arts Program Assistant

This position is responsible for the early childhood arts programs (1-6 year olds) at the Edna Vihel Center. Programs include Free Art Fridays, Tea Time Thursdays and Holiday Workshops. This role requires related experience and/or completed coursework in early childhood education, arts education, visual arts, performing arts, museum studies and/or arts administration. Position is 10 hours a week; Thursdays from 9:30am-2:30pm & Fridays 8am-1pm

Wage: $14-$16/hour
Deadline: Open until filled

Youth Art Instructor

Teach a variety of youth art classes to students’ ages 2-13 at the Edna Vihel Center. Looking for instructor who has instructional experience, education in visual arts and knowledge of teaching techniques.

Wage: $14/hour
Deadline: Open until filled


Tempe Arts Grants

Sustaining the Arts Grant

Sustaining Arts Grants are available to individual artists and non-profit organizations to help produce capacity building and artist resource initiatives that would support the long-term growth of artists and arts organizations in Tempe. Grant requests are available for up to $750. Due 6 weeks before project start date. 


Mini Grant

Mini Grants are available to schools and non-profit organizations to help fund arts-related projects serving Tempe residents. Mini Grant requests are available up to a maximum of $750, and the budget must show equal matching dollars. Due 6 weeks before project start date. 



Other Opportunities

The city of Tempe is happy to share local, regional and national opportunities with its residents.

Valley Metro

RFQ No. 17012-SCEART

Valley Metro Rail, Inc. requests interested parties to submit Statements of Qualifications (“SOQ”) for Artist Services for the South Central Extension.
Scope of Services:
  Valley Metro is looking for fourteen experienced artists for the South Central Extension Light Rail Project.  Each artist will be tasked with designing and creating artwork for a light rail facility. There are eight station projects and one park and ride project for experienced artists and five traction power substation projects for emerging artists available.  Each artist will work directly with stakeholders to create unique and engaging artworks.
Pre-Submittal Conference:
   A Pre-Submittal Conference will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:00 P.M. (MST) at Nina Mason Pulliam Rio Salado Audubon Center, 3131 S. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona  85040.
Submission Date/Time:
  Wednesday, June 28, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. (MST).  Submittals received after the specified time will not be accepted.

The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) documents will be available for downloading on or about Monday, May 8, 2017.  Interested firms may log in and download the RFQ documents at Valley Metro’s third party bidding site
Any questions regarding this solicitation should be directed to Agency’s Contracts and Procurement Department via email to                                   

Valley Metro reserves the right to reject any and all Submittals.


Artist Resources

Arizona Commission on the Arts (ACA)

The Arts Opportunities page is a great resource for artists, educators, and administrators to find local and national opportunities in all arts disciplines. Join the ACA mailing list to receive email notices about new postings.

Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
As an arts leader, you need opportunities for learning, dialogue, and sharing strategies with colleagues. Americans for the Arts offers an array of leadership development programs and tools to assist you at every level of your professional career. Find professional development tools on the Services and Training page of the AFTA website.



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Tools for Artists

These Guides may help you format your Tempe Public Art project submissions:

Letter of Intent Guide

Artist Resume Guide

Image List Guide




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