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CFSA Endowment for the Arts

The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona has supported the arts since its founding in 1980. As one of seven community foundations to receive a 2:1 challenge grant in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts, CFSA embraced the opportunity to establish a fund to support the work of arts organizations based in rural communities.

The goal of CFSA’s Endowment for the Arts Fund is to support rural arts groups that:

  • possess a mission/vision that promotes high-quality artistic expression;
  • have an active and engaged Board of Directors; and
  • recruit volunteers and staff members that have a strong relationship with the community.

Since 1987, 360 unrestricted operating grants, totaling over $575,000, have been distributed to small- and medium-sized arts organizations based in rural communities. If you are a rural arts organization, we encourage you to contact us. We are always seeking to learn more about what both emerging and established art organizations are doing.

If you have questions please contact Enedina Miller, Program Manager with the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, at emiller@cfsaz.org.


2021 Endowment for the Arts Grant Recipients

Border Arts Corridor
We see the border between Douglas, Arizona and Agua Prieta, SON as an opportunity to create art that transcends boundaries and unites communities. We work to drive forward social justice policies, public art, and local artists who shine a light on the communities in which they live.

Bi-National Arts Institute
To celebrate and strengthen our border community through bi-national arts creation, education, performance, and exchange.

Previous Award Recipients

2019
Border Arts Corridor
Patagonia Creative Arts Association

2018
Ajo Council for the Fine Arts
Benson Clean and Beautiful Inc.
Central School Project, Inc.
Patagonia Creative Arts Association

2017
Central School Project, Inc.
Dancing in the Streets
Patagonia Creative Arts Association
The Bisbee Radio Project Incorporated

2016
Ajo Council for the Fine Arts
The Bisbee Radio Project Incorporated
Central School Project, Inc.
Green Valley Community Chorus
Patagonia Creative Arts Association
Willcox Historic Theater Preservation, Inc.

2015
The Bisbee Radio Project, Inc.
Central School Project, Inc.
Cowboy Poets, Inc.
Patagonia Creative Arts Association
Patrons of the Arts
Santa Cruz Advocates for the Arts

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