The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona (CFSA) has supported the arts since its founding in 1980. As one of only 7 community foundations to receive a 2:1 challenge grant in 1986 from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), CFSA embraced the opportunity to establish a fund to support the work of small- and medium-sized arts organizations based in rural communities.
The goal of the Endowment for the Arts Fund is to assist arts groups in developing into organizations 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, 364 unrestricted operating grants have been distributed totaling $614,390.
Our hope is to focus in on the arts organizations in rural communities, learn more about the work that is being done in these communities, enhance our knowledge of that work and increase the amount of funding per organization. This will ensure that our granting dollars are making the most impact in southern Arizona’s rural arts communities.
Applications for our annual Endowment for the Arts grant round are closed, and recipients for 2023 have been chosen.
The Community Foundation for Southern Arizona would like to announce the Endowment for the Arts 2023 grantees:
The Bisbee Radio Project is a nonprofit that is dedicated to enhancing art, entertainment, culture, and education through radio. The Bisbee Radio Project is volunteer-driven, with volunteers managing all aspects of the radio station, including live broadcasting, studio-to-transmitter technology, library and database maintenance, and more!
Founded in 1985, our 3-fold mission is: to provide affordable studio space to artists; historically preserve the 1905 facility; and foster appreciation for the arts in our community, which includes: delivering arts learning and art exposure opportunities at no or low cost for a multigenerational, low income, and diverse public.