City Proposes to Cut TPAC Budget by 75% .. Find Out What You Can Do!


City Proposes to Cut TPAC
Funds by 75 Percent

April 4, 2014


The City of Tucson Manager’s draft budget for 2014/15 proposes cutting funding for the arts by 75 percent. These suggested cuts come in the wake of a 45 percent decrease in public sector funding for the arts since 2007.

If the proposed budget is accepted, per capita funding in Tucson and Pima County will total around 20 cents per person, down from the current amount of 64 cents per person. The national average by comparison is $5.44 per capita.


  • Less Arts Funding: The proposed cuts would severely compromise TPAC’s ability to support a local arts sector that is striving to bring rich arts programming into our communities.
  • Reduced National Support: TPAC’s ability to continue attracting major funding from national sources to help sustain our arts sector may be jeopardized if TPAC cannot show that sufficient local support for the arts exists.
  • Compromised Services: TPAC’s capacity to feed the development of our cultural community will be weakened, as it is less able to provide the essential services to our arts providers that allow them to stay current and competitive on a national level.


Non-profit arts alone generate $87.7 million in annual revenue for Tucson and Pima County and the combined non-profit and for-profit creative industries create some 9,000 jobs. An important engine of economic growth, the arts depend on public sector support to thrive. Passage of a cut to arts funding in May will diminish the ability of the arts to remain a cornerstone of economic vitality, educational achievement and community identity.

The arts have been pivotal to Downtown Tucson’s redevelopment. As Tucson looks to position itself as a hub of innovation and draw in new industry—as well as grow its tourism—it needs a vibrant arts sector more than ever.


1) Show Up on April 8th and April 23rd and tell the City Council that you:

  • Reject the City budget proposal
  • Support arts funding for the Tucson Pima Arts Council at $1.00 per capita

Meetings start at 5.30 PM and take place in the Mayor and Council Chambers, City Hall, 255 W. Alameda Street. To confirm dates/times, please visit:

2) Write or call your elected officials and tell them:

  • To reject the City budget proposal
  • To support arts funding for TPAC at $1.00 per capita

Please send a copy to each Council Member, the City Manager and the City Clerk’s office. (SEE CONTACT LIST BELOW.) We would be grateful if you would also copy TPAC at or fax 520-624-3001.

3) Tell your friends! Please share this email and like our Facebook page. Help us spread the word.

4) Keep checking our website and/or facebook page for updates.


Mayor Jonathan Rothschild 
City Hall, 10th Floor
255 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-791-4201 | Email:

Richard Miranda
City Manager
City Hall, 10th Floor
255 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone: 520-791-4204 | Email:

Regina Romero
Council Member, Ward I
940 W. Alameda Street, Tucson, AZ 85745
Phone: 520-791-4040 | Fax: 520-791-5393 | E-Mail:

Paul Cunningham
Council Member, Ward II
7575 E. Speedway, Tucson, AZ 85710
Phone: 520-791-4687 | Fax: 520-791-5380 | Email:

Karin Uhlich
Council Member
Northside Council Office, Ward III
1510 East Grant Road, Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-791-4711 | FAX: 520-791-5391 | E-Mail:

Shirley Scott
Council Member, Southeast Ward IV
8123 E. Poinciana, Tucson, AZ 85730
Phone: 520-791-3199 | Fax: 520-791-4717 | Email:

Richard Fimbres
Council Member, Southside Ward V
4300 South Park Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85714
Phone: 520-791-4231 | Fax: 520-791-3188 | Email:

Steve Kozachik
Council Member, Midtown Ward VI
3202 East 1st Street, Tucson, AZ 85716
Phone: 520-791-4601 | Fax: 520-791-3211 | Email:

City Clerk’s Office
P.O. Box 27210, Tucson, AZ  85726-7210
Phone: 520-791-4213 | Fax: 520-791-4017 | Email:



April 2014 TAM Meeting

Due to TAM Board schedule conflicts, April’s monthly meeting will be held Friday, April 11th. The meeting will be held at the location of a prospective new TAM Member, the Tucson Desert Art Museum, which opened in November of last year. We encourage everyone to attend this meeting- to cast your vote for approval of TAM Membership and introduce yourselves to this team of fellow museum professionals.

When: Friday, April 11th

Where: Tucson Desert Art Museum, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road, Suite 16

3:30pm – 4:00pm [Brief Tour and Introduction by TDAM]

4:00pm – 5:00pm [TAM Business Meeting]

Colossal Cave Mountain Park

FREE GUIDED HIKES on the Path of the Ancestors Archaeology Trail

March 15th: 10:00 a.m. • 12 noon • 2:00 p.m.

Easy-to-moderate 1-mile walk through Hohokam lands                             

(not handicap-accessible)

Sample prehistoric life with hands-on tasks– learn how the Hohokam lived and worked!

DeGrazia’s Biography

Celebrate the publication of this first-ever comprehensive biography of artist and Tucson legend Ted DeGrazia. Artist Ted DeGrazia (1909-1982) lived life with passion and verve, embracing risk and romance, becoming a legend in Arizona and gaining international acclaim. DeGrazia: The Man and the Myths, by James W. Johnson with Marilyn D. Johnson, is a biography that reveals the eccentric, colorful man behind the myths. It tells the story of a life remarkably lived. Please join us Saturday, March 1, 2014 from 5:30pm-7:30pm, for book talk and signing, refreshments, and music by Domingo DeGrazia. Free and open to the public. DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.










Saturday 10 am–5 pm | Sunday 10 am–4 pm
$10 adults | $7 ASM members | 17 and under free

Southern Arizona’s premier Indian art show and market is on Arizona State Museum’s front lawn, rain or shine.  Shop a wide array of top-quality, handmade art as you meet 200 Native artists from around the region all selling directly to you. Talk with them about their work and learn about their ancient cultures. Choose from pottery,
katsina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets, and much more. Bring the whole family to enjoy  artist demonstrations, Native food, lively music, and colorful dance performances.

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