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July 22 @ 8:00 am - December 31 @ 5:00 pm MST

New opportunities for local musicians, visual artists and exhibitors
  • Plein Air Painting Opportunity
  • Performing opportunities at SAACA Fall 2021 Festivals, Concerts & Events
  • Local businesses seeking artists to exhibit work
  • Roche Gallery Exhibition: Ribbons of White Lung Cancer Awareness Show
  • Job Opening Opportunity – Community Life Associate – Arts & Culture Focused
  • Limited artist exhibit space available for 2021 Fall Art Festival Season
  • Video and Digital Project: Monsoon Memory
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences.
Southern Arizona has long served as a hub for arts and culture. Despite the deep profusion of talent, our creative community has found difficulties in making a living from their work as well as sharing it with the community. We created SAACA to address these needs by cultivating programming that puts a spotlight on our local creatives and celebrates our unique culture, while providing direct opportunities for artists to make and sell their work.
APPLICATIONS OPENED FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS AT SAACA FALL 2021 EVENTS, FESTIVALS & CONCERTS
CALL FOR MUSIC AND DANCE PERFORMERS
SAACA FALL FESTIVAL SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED
SAACA is taking applications for performances at our upcoming Fall festivals and art markets. Opportunities range from acoustic pop-up music performances at artisan market to mainstage performances with full production. At the link below, you will find a list of current festivals and performance opportunities (with potential for more additions and referrals). For all of our festivals, we will do our best to jury a balanced performance line-up with a variety of performers and backgrounds at all the events.
Opportunities Include Performances at:
  • Sahuarita Rock and Roll / Sep 11, 2021
  • Oro Valley Concert Series / Second Thursdays of Each Month October – April
  • Oro Valley Fall Artisan Market / Oct 2-3, 2021
  • Sky Islands Fall Artisan Market (Formerly the Patagonia Fall Festival) / Oct 9-10, 2021
  • POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival / Nov 6-7, 2021
  • Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting / Dec 4-5, 2021
RIBBONS OF WHITE: INTERPRETATIONS TO HONOR LUNG CANCER AWARENESS
Call for Entries
Ribbons of white: Interpretations to honor Lung Cancer Awareness
Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer of both men and women in the U.S.¹
Roche Tissue Diagnostics is partnering with the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance to host an exhibition focused on the primary color of white, which corresponds with the white ribbon that showcases Lung Cancer Awareness Month each November.
The content of the art can be the choice of the artist, with the only caveat that the finished pieces be at least 50% white, to truly make a statement in honor of this important month. White can sometimes be associated with a sense of stillness/isolation (e.g., snow), mortality/transition (e.g., bone), softness (e.g., cotton or clouds), wishes (e.g., seeded dandelion), infiniteness (e.g., shell) or coolness (e.g., alabaster or marble). It can be used to enhance, emphasize or be a focal point. The color white can seem like a blank slate, symbolizing a new beginning or a fresh start. Whatever the chosen content, the prevalence of white should enhance the works’ narrative and may be expressed as representational, expressionistic, surrealistic or abstract.
With a Roche vision of doing now what patients need next, disease awareness is always top of mind. For the duration of the exhibition, the Oro Valley site will host an internal giving campaign to support the El Rio Foundation’s Cancer Fund, which helps with costs associated with diagnosis and treatment of uninsured and underinsured patients, ensuring they can get what they need to treat their disease. We’ll also invite the local community to contribute to this important cause.
Eligibility: This competition is open to artists 18 years of age or older.
Deadline for Submission: October 10, 2021
JOB OPENING – COMMUNITY LIFE ASSOCIATE AT HACIENDA AT THE CANYON
COMMUNITY LIFE ASSOCIATE – ARTS & CULTURAL FOCUS
Job Opening: Hacienda at the Canyon
LOCATION: Tucson, AZ
Watermark Retirement Communities has been a leader in the senior housing industry for over 30 years, and our commitment to a strong, positive culture is a significant part of how we achieve that industry leadership. When you walk through the front door of one of our communities, you can feel something special there. This atmosphere comes from a culture of personal, authentic human connection. We invite you to be part of a team where you are encouraged each day to slow down, see the value in every person, and build connections. As a Watermark associate, you will touch lives and create stories, but what you will receive far exceeds what you will give. As one of the Top 25 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by the Great Place to Work Institute, Watermark is committed to offering unique benefits like Dayforce Wallet to improve the lives of our associates. Dayforce Wallet enables our associates to access earnings “on the go” as wages are available, free of charge. Watermark is focused on keeping our communities healthy and our residents thriving through leading-edge technology and well-being programs that benefit our entire Watermark family. Learn more Stay Safe. Be Well. We are proud of the talented and nurturing associates that have chosen to work for Watermark, and we honor each of them. Join a company that celebrates people, their stories, and their meaningful interactions—because every interaction matters.
At Hacienda at the Canyon our Community Life activities will be programmed and inspired by our innovated partnership with the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance (SAACA).
MONSOON MEMORY PROJECT
MONSOON MEMORY PROJECT
LOCATION: Tucson, AZ
Tucson Water selected local Artist Alex Jimenez as part of a program run by the US Water Alliance called the Water, Arts, and Culture Accelerator. For the past few months, the selected artists have been part of a cohort of other water utility/artist teams in Philadelphia, PA, Little Rock, AR and Madison, WI. The artists have been learning about strategies for public engagement and developing project goals and have identified early on that “Listening” was a major component of the work I would do with the public. The project seeks to develop unique sensory experiences of our desert storms and how the intensity of our storms has changed so much in a lifetime. The artist is seeking submissions to create a public audio archive that will house the auditory experience of our summer monsoons. The artist is calling on the public to help capture the sounds of the monsoons this season, with a particular interest in capturing the loud chubascos that roll into our desert and swiftly leave. These audio samples will become part of the Chubasco Channel on YouTube where the public can access the sounds of Tucson rains at any time.
SUBMIT A PIECE: Project Website and Public Site for Submission: www.tucsonaz.gov/water/chubasco
PLEIN AIR PAINTERS NEEDED FOR SAHUARITA ROCK AND ROLL
Sahuarita Rock and Roll
Quail Creek – Veterans Municipal Park
1905 N. Old Nogales Hwy, Sahuarita, AZ 85614​
September 11, 2021
​Join the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and the Town of Sahuarita for a community celebration of music, arts, and classic cars.
Seeking plein air painters to live paint exhibiting cars onsite.
Event Date: Saturday, September 11, 2021 from 5pm-8pm
Event Location: Quail Creek – Veterans Municipal Park, Sahuarita, AZ
$50 Honorarium + 24″ x 24″ canvas
  • Email [email protected] for interest in participation. Include work samples or artist website.
ORO VALLEY FALL ARTISAN MARKET
Oro Valley Fall Artisan Market
Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
October 2 & 3, 2021
The 2-day outdoor artisan market in Oro Valley showcases some of the Southwest’s finest artisans in fashion, food, home goods, painting, and visual arts. In addition, pop-up music performances and food trucks will be onsite for attendees to enjoy. The event will feature a reduced capacity of 60 artisans and five food vendors. The curated arts and crafts market celebrates the ingenuity of independently owned, small businesses and artists who channel their passions into creating one-of-a-kind handcrafted products.
ARTIST APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
NON-ARTIST EXHIBITOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
NONPROFIT EXHIBITOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
SKY ISLANDS ARTISAN MARKET
Sky Islands Fall Artisan Market
(Formerly the Patagonia Fall Festival)
Patagonia Town Park, 325 McKeown Ave, Patagonia, AZ 85624​
October 9 & 10, 2021
The 2021 event will take on a new feel in the community of Patagonia, AZ, with a reduced capacity and focus on supporting the entire Sky Islands communities. In light of the tremendous toll the pandemic has caused in communities throughout the State, the Sky Islands Tourism Association has decided to introduce the Sky Islands Artisan Market.
​The event will focus on tourism to the Sky Islands region and introduce programming to support the small businesses, wineries, and regional experiences that only Patagonia, Sonoita & Elgin can offer. The weekend will feature the main event located at Patagonia Town Park, featuring up to 100 artisans, food vendors, and exhibitors, live music, entertainment, and picnic fun. Additional programming is designed to support businesses throughout the weekend. We encourage the community to visit the artisan market and take part in visiting local wineries, shops, outdoor spaces, and restaurants.
ARTIST APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
NON-ARTIST EXHIBITOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
NONPROFIT EXHIBITOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
POP ART IN UNEXPECTED PLACES FESTIVAL
POP: Art in Unexpected Places Festival
Kierland Commons, Kierland Boulevard, 15205 N Kierland Blvd Suite 150, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
November 6 & 7, 2021
A series of interactive arts experiences – spanning live art, music, philanthropy, culinary, wellness and more will kick off the holiday season as part of the fifth-annual Kierland POP experience in Scottsdale. The festival will take place in 2021 with a modified structure to accommodate changing public health needs, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Browse and shop from up to forty local artists, creators, and makers selling a variety of beautiful handmade creations. Whether you’re shopping for the holidays or looking to treat yourself to something unique, these artists are sure to have something you’ll love!
ARTIST APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
This festival does not provide space for nonprofit, non-artisan or food truck vendors.
LA ENCANTADA FINE ART MARKET
La Encantada Fine Art Market
La Encantada Shopping Center, 2905 E Skyline Dr, Tucson, AZ 85718
November 20 & 21, 2021
From metalwork to locally-designed fashion, the open-air La Encantada Fine Art Market is an opportunity to support local artisans and fine art crafters while strolling the lush and ever-blooming garden walkways of the outdoor La Encantada Shopping Center. Artists are among the hardest hit during the pandemic. We invite the community to come out to support their work and be inspired by their creativity in a safe and socially distanced atmosphere and a kickoff to the holiday shopping season.
ARTIST SPACE IS SOLD OUT
This festival does not provide space for nonprofit, non-artisan and food vendors.
ORO VALLEY FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS & HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
Oro Valley Festival of the Arts & Holiday Tree Lighting
Oro Valley Marketplace, 12155 N Oracle Rd, Oro Valley, AZ 85737
December 4 & 5, 2021
The Oro Valley Festival of the Arts and Holiday Tree Lighting is a two-day Festival that adds vibrancy to Oro Valley by creating opportunities for people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to celebrate the arts alongside a meaningful celebration to welcome the Holidays. The mission of the Festival of the Arts is to connect art and the community by presenting an annual arts festival and by promoting the arts in the Southern Arizona community.
In 2021, the event will feature a reduced capacity of artists, featuring space for up to 120 exhibitors, artists, and food vendors. The event will maintain vibrancy by featuring student performances, Tuba Christmas performances, free children’s activities, and a modified community gathering around the Holiday tree for a unique tree lighting experience. More details will be announced in September 2021 as to the event details and activations.
ARTIST APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
NON-ARTIST EXHIBITOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
NONPROFIT EXHIBITOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
FOOD VENDOR APPLICATION DOWNLOAD HERE
LOCAL BUSINESS SEEKING ARTISTS TO EXHIBIT WORK ON WALLS
JKAISER WORKSPACES
JKaiser Workspaces Showroom Artist Wall
LOCATION: JKaiser Showroom – 40 E. Congress St. Tucson, AZ 85701
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: 8/10/2021
We are opening a new one-of-a-kind showroom in Downtown Tucson and want to use the back wall of our sample showroom to showcase local artists. On a rotating basis, artists will be able to hang their work in our space, hanging system and plaques provided. The sample showroom will be used to show our clients our design capabilities and give them an opportunity to sample our furniture and your art will be showcased alongside the sample showroom to show off your work and show how art contributes to the design of a space. There will be room for 9 pieces of framed art total. Depending on the number of artists that respond, we will decide how many pieces each artist can showcase.
HOW TO APPLY: Email Jess, JKaiser Director of Operations, at [email protected] to apply.
LOCAL GALLERY SEEKING ARTISTS
UNTITLED GALLERY
Member artist opportunity at Untitled Gallery
LOCATION: 8/7/2021
Untitled Gallery is an exhibition space devoted to showcasing some of Tucson’s most talented local artists while operating as a team of ambitious creators. We provide the public with a platform to discover local talent and provide our artists with a beautiful space to share their 2D & 3D creations and we are currently looking for new artists to join our team! Member artists show their work in monthly group exhibits, solo shows and other events hosted by the gallery. Artists also share all the responsibilities of running the gallery from curating new shows to marketing, website maintenance, social media, event hosting, maintenance and photography. It is an exciting opportunity to be a part of shaping the future of Untitled Gallery!
About the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating, preserving, and advancing the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place, and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences. SAACA (formerly the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council) was created to develop cultivated programming that spotlights local creatives and celebrates unique culture while providing direct opportunities for artists to make and sell their work. To date, SAACA has created over 200,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development and accessible arts enrichment programs. SAACA continues to grow in footprint and impact while strengthening the bonds between people, place, and purpose.

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July 22 @ 8:00 am MST
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December 31 @ 5:00 pm MST
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