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Vibrant City Grant

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This grant will be available again in Spring 2019!

2018-2019 Vibrant City Cohort

Michelle Marji is a dance artist, social activist, teacher, and avid rock climber. She performs and choreographs dance with an emphasis on improvisational practice, and awareness of her social landscape. Her goal is to bring communities together over common interests and knowledge sharing.  Website

The Rae Lydia Project acts to inspire and educate Tempe's homeless population, who often don’t get the privilege of something so integral to the human experience, often taken for granted. TRLP offers music to those who have the least access to it and need it the most. Website

Diane Silver is a contemporary mixed media artist whose artwork explores the fragility and ephemeral nature of memory through paintings based on her recollections and installations of our collective memories. Diane exhibits both nationally and internationally with her work in many private collections. She is represented by Gebert Contemporary, Scottsdale, AZ. Website

Wicked Pitch of the West is a women’s a cappella group based in the East Valley. This diverse, multi-generational chorus brings music into informal community settings. The group is led by Cary Burns who has been directing the Tempe Community Chorus since 1998.

Red Beach is an enhancing lifestyle brand which focuses on empowering the younger generations by providing resources in order to cultivate their creative expression. We focus on providing clothing, food, shelter and artistic entertainment. We do it because we believe everyone deserves a chance to live their best life. 

Tempe Artists Guild members are passionate about creating art, becoming better artists, displaying our work, and doing art-related service projects that benefit Tempe residents. We believe that by encouraging the artist through education, exhibition and supporting art-related community projects and programs, we enrich the community. Website


Vibrant City Grants are intended to activate Tempe through the inclusion of arts and cultural participation, celebration of diversity, building community connections, and support for local artists. This grant is available to emerging individual artists, community groups, and non-profit organizations to produce arts-related performances, festivals, and activities that encourage community participation in the arts. Grant recipients will be part of a year-long cohort where they will receive support and training in both professional and programmatic development. Grant awards include access to free space, support and mentorship, and up to $1,000. Applicants do not need to be Tempe-based, but their projects must occur in Tempe.

Amount & Deadline
This grant will be available again in Spring 2019
Final Report

Within 60 days of completing the project, a Final Report must be submitted.  The report must be a summary of the 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.

Final Report Form
Actual Budget Sheet
Audience Data Sheet


Julie Akerly, Arts Engagement Specialist

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