AZPM and CFSA present Community Interactive: The Arts

A live event featuring national and local arts community experts

TUCSON, AZ – January 23, 2018 – Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona will present the fourth in a series of community conversations, Community Interactive: The Arts – a live, interactive event featuring in-depth discussions with national and local leaders in the arts on January 29 at the Temple of Music and Art. The event will be moderated by Jeffrey Brown, Chief Correspondent for Arts, Culture, and Society for PBS NewsHour.

Guests include Deborah Jordy, Americans for the Arts Board Member and Executive Director of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District in Denver Colorado; Cindy Ornstein, Director of Arts and Culture, City of Mesa; Fletcher McCusker, CEO UAVenture Partners; David Ivers, Artistic Director, Arizona Theater Company and past Artistic Director of the The Utah Shakespeare Festival; Marc David Pinate, Producing Artistic Director, Borderlands Theater; Jeremy Mikolajczak, Chief Executive Officer of the Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block; Ginger Shulick Porcella, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson; Randi Dorman, Chairwoman of the Downtown Tucson Partnership and Immediate past president of the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art. Participants full bios are available at

The importance of the arts in Tucson is evident across many facets and industries, many groups and individuals have a vested interest in ensuring that the city always has a vital and thriving arts community. This public conversation will focus on the nature, growth and future of arts and culture in Southern Arizona with insight into the following topics:

  • Why the Arts matter to business, in education, and to making Tucson what it is.
  • Economic impact of the arts in the community.
  • Fresh ideas from people who have improved the arts in their own communities.
  • How we can become an even more engaged, vital, and thriving arts community.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. General admission tickets will be available through Eventbrite ( Live performances by various local artists and groups will take place throughout the evening. For more information, call AZPM at 520-621-5828.

Please direct media inquiries or request for credentials to Jessica Stephens, AZPM Marketing Specialist ( | 520-621-1988) or Ana Tello, CFSA Senior Director of Marketing & Communications ( | 520-209-2874).


About the program:
Community Interactive is a series of engaging and informative live events addressing issues Southern Arizonans face, such as Poverty, the Border, Education, and the Arts. Produced in partnership by Arizona Public Media and the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, each event offers an opportunity to participate in a solution-driven conversation on the challenges and potential solutions to these pressing issues.

About AZPM
Arizona Public Media (AZPM) is a member-supported, non-profit public media organization that serves all of Southern Arizona with three public television channels and two radio stations, including PBS 6, PBS 6 PLUS, PBS Kids, NPR 89.1, and Classical 90.5. AZPM has received 33 individual Emmy® Awards (Rocky Mountain Chapter) in the past three years, including the Overall Station Excellence Award. This coveted honor is awarded for an organization’s overall portfolio, including locally produced programs, on-air examples of events hosted by the organization, and involvement in the community. AZPM is an operating unit of the University of Arizona and is provided as a community service and educational resource since its inception in 1959. Located on the University of Arizona campus, AZPM maintains editorial independence from the University. More information about AZPM can be found at Arizona Public Media® and AZPM® are registered trademarks of the Arizona Board of Regents.

About CFSA
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) was created to help connect donors to the causes they care about by serving as a vital link between philanthropy and the community’s needs. CFSA’s impact is a collective one, with funds being held by individuals, families, and businesses with unique interests, ideas, and passions for making our region a better place. Like Southern Arizona itself, CFSA’s funds are diverse. Our collective work touches every aspect of daily life, including animal welfare, arts and culture, community development, education, environment, health and human services, and so much more. For more information, visit