Arts & Culture Opportunities

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Explore all the ways Tempe can help you enrich your life with arts & culture!


Calls to Artists

Calls to Artists

Tempe Arts + Culture frequently has opportunities for artists and creatives to perform at events, share work in gallery spaces, design and create public art, and many other opportunities with Tempe History Museum, Tempe Public Art, Tempe Galleries, Tempe Arts Engagement, and Tempe Center for the Arts.

ADOT I-10 Pedestrian Bridge Public Art Opportunity

The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to create enhancements for two pedestrian bridges that will cross the I-10 connecting residents between the east and west side of Tempe along the freeway. ADOT (Arizona Department of Transportation) is currently working to design two bridges, one located at Alameda and one connecting the Western Canal. The ADOT aesthetics team has determined a standard bridge cage for these areas. One artist or artist team will be selected to work with the ADOT team on the aesthetics of both bridges with a focus on enhancing the pedestrian experience.

Deadline: 11:59pm, Wednesday, May 29
Pre-Submittal Session
: 11:00am-1:00pm, Tuesday, May 21, at the Tempe Center for the Arts lounge 
More Info | Apply

Park Play Areas Public Art Opportunity

The City of Tempe invites artists to submit qualifications to create designs that would be used in the play area rubberized surfaces of upcoming Tempe Park Playground renovation projects. The selected artist(s) will work with the City Public Art Program and Parks Services Section to create images that can be translated into rubber surfaces used in playgrounds. The selected artist(s) will be expected to provide consultation services with staff throughout the project as needed.

Deadline: 11:59pm, Monday, June 10
Pre-Submittal Session: 11:00am-1:00pm, Friday, May 31, at the Tempe Center for the Arts lounge
More Info | Apply

Arts & Culture Employment

Arts & Culture Employment

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!

Public Art Specialist | Tempe Public Art

Tempe Arts & Culture seeks a Public Art Specialist to join the Tempe Public Art team to assist with the project management of permanent and temporary projects around the city. This role requires excellent communication skills, creativity, attention to detail, and experience with project management.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled
Position type: part-time, non-benefited
Wage: $18-20/hour
Schedule: Maximum 28 hours/week; flexible weekday scheduling; occasional weekends
Job Description & Application PDF

Studio Artist

The Studio Artists Program is looking for a visual artist with teaching experience. This partnership between Tempe Elementary District and the City of Tempe provides students with an opportunity to experience quality arts programming while providing personal studio space for the artists.  

Artists receive $150 per four-hour workshop taught in approximately 25 classrooms. The artist will develop one workshop that relates to his or her artistic expertise and teach that same workshop to 4th graders. The residency commitment is two years with an option to renew.  The artist will receive a studio space located at an elementary school in Tempe. The personal studio space is available to the artist at all times of the day and throughout the year. 

Deadline to apply: Monday, July 8 at 5 p.m.
Position type: part-time, non-benefited
Compensation: $150/workshop + Studio Space
Apply: Visit Studio Artist Website for more information

Arts Office Assistant | Edna Arts Center

Tempe Arts & Culture seeks an Arts Office Assistant to work at the front desk of the Edna Vihel Arts Center (Edna Arts). Tasks include administrative duties, class registration, accounting and marketing for the arts education programming. This role requires customer service skills, creativity, attention to detail, and project management skills.

Deadline to apply: Open until filled; first review of applications on 5/15/19
Position type: part-time, non-benefited
Wage: $12-14/hour
Schedule: 19-28 hours/week; flexible scheduling Monday-Saturday
Job Description & Application PDF

Event Attendants | Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts continually accepts applications for four Event Attendant positions from applicants with strong customer service skills. Event Attendants interface with the public, ensure house safety procedures are followed, assist patrons during events, and/or drive golf cart shuttles. 

Positions: Parking Attendant | Event Attendant | Event Attendant Senior | Event Attendant Lead
Deadline: Open until the needs of the City are met;
To apply: Print and complete an Application PDF; delivery instructions stated on the position descriptions

Tempe Arts Grants

Tempe Arts Grants


Grant deadlines have passed, check back in Spring 2020!

For more information about Arts Grants visit the website


Arts & Culture Workshops

Arts & Culture Workshops

Tempe frequently offers arts entrepreneurship workshops for artists. These workshops are open to the public, and serve a wide range of artistic disciplines.

Knowing Who You Are in Today's World of Music

July 9, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts

A workshop to starting and maintaining a viable career as a working musician lead by musician, Sandra Bassett. This workshop will help you to identify your music style, goals and objectives and show you how to begin, maintain and grow your career as a working musician!

This event is FREE but registration is limited to 30

Marketing Yourself as a Musician

October 8, 2019, 6-8 p.m. at the Tempe Center for the Arts

Ever wonder how to use social media and other marketing tools to grow your music exposure? This workshop lead by musician, Sandra Bassett, will help you learn how to use different tools to get exposure and create your own music brand identity!

This event is FREE but registration is limited to 30

Other Opportunities

Other Opportunities

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

Artist Resources & Tools

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.

Tools for Artists

These Guides may help you format your Tempe Public Art project submissions:
Letter of Intent Guide PDF
Artist Resume Guide PDF 

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