The arts benefit Tucsonans of all ages, are an essential part of K-12 education, and help attract tourists and employers to our region. Here are some ways the Mayor’s Office is promoting the arts.

Mayor’s Gallery exhibitions feature local artists

The Honorable Mayor Jonathan Rothschild invites you to enjoy the fine art photography of Sean Stuchen, Thursday, May 18th, 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., City Hall, 10th Floor, 255 W Alameda St, RSVP preferred but not required, Photos on display through September 2017 (weekdays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.). Available for purchase on May 18th or contact Sean at Light hors d'oeuvres provided by Café a la C'Art. Special thanks to the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.
Currently, the Mayor’s Gallery exhibition features local artist Sean Stuchen. Visitors to the office can enjoy the artworks, which are also available for purchase. The exhibition will be up until September 2017.

Mayor’s Gallery exhibitions are curated by the Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona.

Previous exhibitions

November 2016-April 2017: Artists Jerry Cagle, Sheryl Hester, Linda Merz, Vivian Rayford and Jessie Shinn
April 2016-October 2016: Artists Barbara Brandel, Maura Grogan, Judi Hasbrouck, Janelle Krause, Sharon Nemirov, Miriam Otte, Aimee Smythe, Shirley Wagner, Ashley Weymouth, Kathryn Wild, and Janet Windsor
October 2015-March 2016: Artists Jean Beck, Eric Jabloner, Janice MacKenzie and Lowell Richardson.
April 2015-October 2015: Artists Lester Aguirre, David Contreras, Michael Contreras, Neda Contreras, Ceci Garcia, Lydia Maldonado, John Salgado, and Glory Tacheenie-Campoy
September 2014-April 2015
: Artists Dee Bates, Jennifer Day, Lynn Rae Lowe and Peggy Wilmore
January 2014-September 2014: Artist Howard Paley
May 2013-January 2014: Artist Randy Hansen’s Blackwolf Series
October 2012-May 2013: Artist Vytas Sakalas

Mayor appoints Poet Laureate to promote writing, literacy

In 2012, Mayor Rothschild restored the tradition of a Tucson Poet Laureate, naming Rebecca Seiferle to that voluntary position. In that role, Ms. Seiferle taught writing workshops in local classrooms and held two poetry contests, open to all Tucson K-12 students.

In 2016, after Ms. Seiferle moved to Ohio to teach at Kenyon College, the mayor initiated a search for a new Tucson Poet Laureate. A panel of finalists was again selected by the Arts Foundation of Tucson and Southern Arizona and the University of Arizona Poetry Center, from which the mayor selected T.C. Tolbert, who will continue the work of promoting poetry to youth and other underserved populations in Tucson.

Mayor announces Tucson Festival of Films, a “best of” 7 local festivals

At an October 2014 press conference, Mayor Rothschild announced that 7 local film festivals had agreed to combine forces to create a “best of” festival, with promotional assistance from Visit Tucson, the agency charged with increasing tourism in the Tucson region. The goal is to further establish Tucson as a destination for film and filmmakers—attracting tourists and industry professionals while raising the profile of individual festivals.

Arizona International Film Festival's Mia Schnaible being interviewed by Bud Foster at the press conference announcing the Tucson Festival of Films, October 2014

Arizona International Film Festival’s Mia Schnaible being interviewed by Bud Foster at the press conference announcing the Tucson Festival of Films, October 2014

The Tucson Festival of Films took place October 8-10, 2015 at the Temple of Music and Art.

Featured festivals

Arizona International Film Festival
Arizona Underground Film Festival
Native Eyes Film Showcase
Tucson Cine-Mexico
Tucson Film & Music Festival
Tucson International Jewish Film Festival
Tucson Terror Fest