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.

icon
A Flinn program helping large arts organizations increase capitalization and strengthen creative programs.
icon
View snapshots of the 18 participants taking part in the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health.
icon
A Flinn partner and resource for grantees that collects and shares data to strengthen decision-making.
icon
A state agency and Flinn partner helping Arizonans participate in and experience the arts.
icon
Read about the latest developments in Arizona's dynamic arts-and-culture sector, including the Arizona Arts & Culture newsletter.

Connect with Flinn Arts: Stay up to date.


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 some of Arizona’s largest arts-and-culture organizations identify and design strategies to impact programmatic innovations and 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 a partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts to support organizations, primarily in rural areas of Arizona.


Arts and Culture

Flinn partners with SAACA to exhibit art highlighting early disease diagnosis

The Flinn Foundation’s longtime support of Arizona artists and the biosciences is currently represented with an art installation on display in its Phoenix building’s lobby and renovated conference center—the first since the art series was launched in 2022,

The exhibition, Uncommon Knowledge, is a partnership between the Tucson-based Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Roche Tissue Diagnostics that highlights the value of regular disease screenings and patient self-advocacy. The artwork tells the stories of 21 Roche employees as interpreted by 14 literary and visual artists. Uncommon Knowledge was on display in fall 2023 at the Ventana Gallery on the Roche campus in Oro Valley. The Foundation is displaying selected works from the exhibition in spring 2024. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation adds two Phoenix business leaders, arts supporters to board

Arizona business leaders Chris Camacho and Adam Goodman—the heads of Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Goodmans, respectively—have been elected to the Flinn Foundation board of directors, which is responsible for allocating funding for the foundation’s grants and programs while setting its strategic direction.

Camacho, an advocate for the biosciences, other innovation industries, and the arts has served as president and CEO of the economic development organization for nearly a decade. He is honorary chair of the Art d’Core Gala at the Phoenix Art Museum in March, benefiting the nonprofit Artlink. Goodman represents the third generation to lead the Goodmans family business, a furniture and office design company. Goodman, an ardent supporter of the arts, journalism, and health care, is also an Arizona Center for Civic Leadership 2023 Flinn-Brown Fellow. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Dr. Jeff Weiss: A love of art and medicine

During his time as a pediatrician, amid countless medical conferences and meetings, Dr. Jeff Weiss began creating detailed artistic designs to pass the time in-between lectures.

Soon enough, Weiss was giving away his doodles to interested friends and colleagues.

The retired physician, who worked at Phoenix Children’s Hospital for most of his three decades in the Phoenix area, now spends his time creating art, including experimenting with new styles and submitting his work to shows. He was a featured artist in the latest Flinn Foundation art exhibition for his piece, “Kernicterus,” which was on display at the foundation’s central Phoenix building earlier this year. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn Scholar alum and percussionist Trevor Barroero lands dream job in Arizona

Flinn Scholar Trevor Barroero was auditioning in October for the principal percussionist position with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. As an eighth-grade spectator at Tucson Music Hall, Barroero would imagine himself one day playing on that same stage.

The Ironwood Ridge High School of Oro Valley and University of Arizona graduate aced the audition and landed his dream job. 

Barroero, who was offered the merit-based Flinn Scholarship in 2012, had his first concert in November and has been performing at schools from Tucson to Nogales with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and teaching percussion to youth and adults. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation newsletter serves Arizona arts and culture community

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

Subscribers to the newsletter will receive media story summaries in their inbox twice per month. It’s a quick and easy way to stay updated on the latest arts and culture news and learn about new exhibits, programs, and artists. Sign up is available on the website. [Sign up]


News and Updates

Cedar Top Violin

Arts and Culture

Arizona Arts & Culture News: Art of Memory Tour; Smokey Bear; “Memoria Entre Las Flores,”; Violin of HopeVio

The Art of Memory Tour: Providing dementia patients and caregivers a safe space / KGUN |
Support for families who have been diagnosed with dementia comes in many forms. One way the Alzheimer’s Association does that is through the Art of Memory Tour at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Arts and Culture

Flinn partners with SAACA to exhibit art highlighting early disease diagnosis

The Flinn Foundation’s longtime support of Arizona artists and the biosciences is currently represented with an art installation on display in its Phoenix building’s lobby and conference center.  The exhibition, Uncommon Knowledge, is a partnership between the Tucson-based Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance and Roche Tissue Diagnostics that highlights the value of regular disease […]

Multicolored Abstract Painting

Arts and Culture

Arizona Arts & Culture News: New Ballet Arizona Director; Duane Eddy; ‘Breakaway’ public art; Southern Arizona Museum of Science and Technology

Ballet Arizona names first female artistic director / Phoenix Business Journal | Ballet Arizona has selected its new artistic director, naming internationally acclaimed dancer, choreographer, director, and arts leader Daniela Cardim to the position—the first woman and fourth artistic director for the organization.

Sonoran Desertscape

Arts and Culture

Arizona Arts & Culture News: Los Tigres de Tolleson mariachi; Zeri Reasons; Save Our Saguaros

Groundbreaking for Fountain Hills Dark Sky Center set for same day as eclipse / ABC 15 |

The groundbreaking ceremony for The International Dark Sky Discovery Center in Fountain Hills took place the same day as the total solar eclipse. The planned international attraction will include an observatory, planetarium, and theater and is slated to open its doors in 2025.