Flinn Foundation

Improving the quality of life in Arizona to benefit future generations.

Arts and Culture

Improving the financial and creative health of Arizona’s arts-and-culture organizations.

A Flinn program helping large arts organizations increase capitalization and strengthen creative programs.
View snapshots of the nearly 20 participants taking part in the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health.
A Flinn partner and resource for grantees that collects and shares data to strengthen decision-making.
A state agency and Flinn partner helping Arizonans participate in and experience the arts.
Read about the latest developments in Arizona's dynamic arts-and-culture sector, including the Arizona Arts & Culture newsletter.

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Arts and Culture

Flinn Arts & Culture

The Flinn Foundation supports arts and culture in Arizona principally through the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health, which helps Arizona’s largest arts-and-culture organizations identify and design strategies to impact priority capitalization needs.

The Foundation also supports SMU DataArts, which gives Arizona’s arts-and-culture sector access to standardized data to strengthen organizational effectiveness, and the Creative Communities program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Arts and Culture

NAU researcher, HonorHealth physician join Flinn Foundation board of directors

A leading Northern Arizona University researcher and a Scottsdale pulmonologist who serves in HonorHealth leadership have been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors.

The election of Julie Baldwin, Ph.D., Regents Professor of health sciences and the founding director of NAU’s Center for Health Equity Research, and Dr. Alpa Shah, a physician who serves on the HonorHealth board of directors and as chief of staff at HonorHealth Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center, increases the number of Flinn Foundation board members to 10. [Read more]

Arts and Culture

Flinn inaugural exhibition features 15 Arizona artists

The Flinn Foundation welcomed artists and supporters March 30 to the opening of its inaugural art exhibition, featuring 15 works of art displayed throughout the lobby and conference center at the Foundation’s office in central Phoenix.

The exhibit, planned and presented in partnership with Artlink Inc., displays a variety of styles from Arizona artists whose works were selected following a public call for submissions.

The selected artists are Jose A Benavides, Carlos Encinas, Linda Enger, Bela Fidel, Aryana Londir, Eric Matranga, Daniel Moore, Joey Melinda Morgan, Mary Neubauer, ML Paulos, Cyd Peroni, Dee Ruff, Lisa Galloway Sprietsma, Loretta Tedeschi-Cuoco, and Joan Waters. [Read more]


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Flinn Foundation launches newsletter for Arizona arts and culture community

The Flinn Foundation’s “Arizona Arts & Culture News,” created for the state’s arts and culture community, will highlight media stories about the state’s artists and organizations.

Subscribers to the newsletter will receive media story summaries in their inbox twice per month. Sign up on this website to stay updated on the latest arts news. [Sign up]

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Flinn awards nearly $900K to assist Arizona arts groups 

Eleven Arizona arts-and-culture organizations have been awarded a combined $870,000 from the Flinn Foundation to assist in their continuing recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants approved by the Flinn Foundation Board of Directors range between $60,000 and $125,000.

The organizations include the Arizona Opera, Arizona Science Center, Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Ballet Arizona, Children’s Museum of Phoenix, Childsplay, Desert Botanical Garden, Heard Museum, Museum of Northern Arizona, Phoenix Art Museum, and Phoenix Zoo. [Read more]

News and Updates

Arts and Culture

Arizona Arts & Culture News: Tempe awards $300K; Arizona Biennial 2023; Opera seeks local veterans

Tempe awards over $300K in grant funding to artists and nonprofits / KTAR The city of Tempe recently announced $300,000 in grant funding for 38 artists and nonprofits that provided inclusive arts and culture programming in Tempe. Innovative works by Tucson artists sought for state showcase / Arizona Daily Star The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic […]

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Arizona Arts & Culture News: Phoenix Symphony CEO; $5M to arts commission; Welcome to Brightside Studios

Phoenix Symphony CEO to step down / ABC 15 Phoenix Symphony President and CEO Suzanne Wilson, who joined the symphony just ahead of the pandemic in January 2020, plans to step down from her post late this fall. The arts in Arizona just got their biggest chunk of funding ever. Why that’s a huge deal / Arizona […]


Arizona Arts & Culture News: Laloland in Mesa; Sky Harbor immersive exhibit; Tiny desert concerts

Why a visit to Laloland in Mesa is the artsy outing you need / Phoenix New Times  Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum is honoring artist Lalo Cota with Laloland, a retrospective of his work depicting Chicano low rider culture and Día de los Muertos imagery from the last 20 years.  Arizona fires sweep land rich with […]

Collage of headshots of the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows

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Arizona Center for Civic Leadership chooses statewide leaders for Flinn-Brown Fellowship

The Arizona Center for Civic Leadership at the Flinn Foundation has selected the 2022 Flinn-Brown Fellows, 27 leaders who will participate in Arizona’s most prestigious leadership program on state policy and politics. Members of the 14th cohort of Flinn-Brown Fellows, bringing together diverse political perspectives, experience, and policy interests, currently serve in the private and […]