Mesa Arts Center Foundation

Mesa Arts Center Foundation

The mission of Mesa Arts Center is to invite all people to create and discover entertaining, challenging, and diverse art and arts experiences within joyous, dynamic, and welcoming environments. The non-profit Mesa Arts Center Foundation is a community-driven, volunteer-run fundraising organization for Mesa Arts Center.


Mesa Arts Center Foundation’s mission is to engage with Mesa Arts Center to support the arts through community advocacy, philanthropy and service.


In support of the Mesa Arts Center, Foundation board members 

  • Advocate for Mesa Arts Center and the arts through personal contacts, public speaking, letters and calls to newspapers and public officials and agencies and other means
  • Ensure that the City of Mesa provides adequate financial support for maintaining Mesa Arts Center as a robust venue and community space for performing and visual arts
  • Raise funds for Mesa Arts Center’s youth and adult community engagement and access programs

The Mesa Arts Center Foundation's Board members are elected and serve voluntarily in various positions. Board members are engaged in fundraising, support and advocacy efforts on behalf of Mesa Arts Center. If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact Jason Davids Scott at




Effective July 28, 2022


Chair                                                             Heidi Kimball


Vice Chair                                                     Paula Gibson


Secretary                                                      Spencer Dickson


Treasurer                                                      Rebeca Macia




Standing Committee Chairs


Effective July 28, 2022


Arts at the Center                                         Dennis Kavanaugh


Business and Corporate Engagement         John Lewis


Governance and Development                    Dr. Jason Davids Scott


Legacy Giving                                              Mike Elliott


Special Projects                                           Rose Hanne


MAC Store                                                   Patrick Walsh


Membership                                                Lisa Knowles



NOTE: All Officers & Standing Committee Chairs are members of the Executive Committee.



Board Members


Effective July 28, 2022



Sheenam Arora


Kathleen Bonzani


Juan Carrillo


Dr. Louis Cuoco


Spencer Dickson


Mike Elliott*


Joanie Flatt


Paula Gibson


Rose Hanne*


Nicolle Karantinos


Dennis Kavanaugh*


Heidi Kimball


Lisa Knowles*


John Lewis*


Rebeca Macia


Larry Pobuda


Manny Ruiz


Dawnyce Schutz


Dr. Jason Davids Scott*


Patrick Walsh*


Marilyn Wilson


Katie Yursky


                        * denotes Standing Committee Chair





City of Mesa Councilmember Julie Spilsbury


Are you interested in having your educational or arts organization perform on one of the beautiful world-class stages at Mesa Arts Center? Would you enjoy a day or night in the spotlight? If so, then consider applying for a Mesa Arts Center Foundation (MACF) grant awarded via the popular Arts at the Center Program.


Up to six Arts at the Center grant recipients are chosen each year to present a performance or activity on one of MAC’s stages or in one of its other spaces (studios, outdoor spaces). Theater seating can accommodate from 100 to 1,500 attendees, depending upon the selected space and the type and size of presentation. 


An Arts at the Center grant allows presenters to

(1) have the facilities rental fee waived and

(2) receive up to $1,000 in financial support to offset some of the related production costs.

Arts at the Center grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 
There are openings available and application for performance opportunities is strongly encouraged. 


We’ve made it easy! A simple Letter of Interest form is your first step.



  • The current application is for projects between July 1, 2023 – Jun 30, 2024.
  • DEADLINE for Letters of Interest (LOI’s) by APRIL 14.
  • Selected applicants will be NOTIFIED BY APRIL 26 and sent a short application, which must be returned by MAY 26.
  • Award Notification: By JUNE 15.


 PLEASE NOTE both the Letter of Interest and Finalist applications are very short and easy to complete. The two-part process is designed to make applying quick and painless.


To download the letter of interest form, click here. 


Natalie Booth at


2022-23 Grant Recipients

Grey Box Collective

Owlsong Productions

Central Arizona Flute Ensemble

Phoenix Boys Choir

Skeleton Key


2021-2022 Grant Recipients

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli

Bharathakshetra School of Dance

Grey Box Collective

Phoenix Boys Choir

Places Production

Sounds Academy


2019-2020 Grant Recipients

Alice Cooper’s The Rock Teen Center-Proof is in the Pudding

Dobson Montessori

Mesa Arts Academy-Willy Wonka


2017-2018 Grant Recipients

Arete Preparatory Academy

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Harmony Project

Mesa Arts Academy

Montessori International School


2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Arete Preparatory Academy

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Harmony Project

Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School

Mesa Arts Academy


2015-2016 Grant Recipients

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Mesa Arts Academy

Symphony of the Southwest

Tanner Community Development

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