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.

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Helping organizations strengthen capitalization and creative programs
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Snapshots of the nearly 20 participants in the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health
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A Foundation partner and resource for grantees, collecting and sharing data to strengthen decisionmaking
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A Foundation partner enabling Arizonans to participate in and experience the arts
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Updates on Arizona's dynamic arts-and-culture sector

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

Flinn Foundation awards rural arts grants

Six Arizona arts-and-culture groups, from Globe to the international border, have received a combined $60,000 in grants as part of a Flinn Foundation-supported program designed to spur engagement between the small-town organizations and their communities.

The Creative Communities Program supports arts-and-culture organizations in small and rural communities that have participated in the AZ Creative Communities Institute, a program of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design, and Southwest Folklife Alliance, a University of Arizona affiliate. [Read more]


Arts and Culture

Flinn Scholar’s first full-length play hits the stage

Paul Michael Thomson, a 2011 Flinn Scholar, remembers as a 12-year-old acting in “Lost in Yonkers” on stage at the Arizona Jewish Theatre. He auditioned, was paid, and afterward read positive reviews about his performance.

At that moment, acting became more than just a childhood hobby. [Read more]


News and Updates

Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation awards $60,000 to rural arts groups

Six Arizona arts-and-culture groups, from Globe to the international border, have received a combined $60,000 in grants as part of a Flinn Foundation-supported program designed to spur engagement between the small-town organizations and their communities. The Creative Communities Program provides funding to arts and culture organizations within small and rural communities that have participated in […]

Arts and Culture

Actor, writer, Flinn Scholar Paul Michael Thomson’s first full-length play hits the stage

By Brian Powell Flinn Foundation Paul Michael Thomson remembers as a 12-year-old acting in “Lost in Yonkers” on stage at the Arizona Jewish Theatre. He auditioned, was paid, and afterward read positive reviews about his performance. At that moment, acting became more than just a childhood hobby. Thomson, a Class of 2011 Flinn Scholar, continued […]

Arts and Culture

Flinn Foundation convenes Arizona arts-and-culture leaders to learn, share successes

By Brian Powell Flinn Foundation What happens when a museum curator asks patrons what they want in an exhibit? How does a performing company’s repertoire evolve with careful study of a changing subscriber base? Since 2013, the Flinn Foundation has worked with nearly 20 of Arizona’s major performing-arts organizations, museums, and cultural pillars through a […]

Advancing Arizona - 2018 Foundation Report

Arts and Culture

Out of Many, One

President & CEO’s Message | Foundation Report 2018 By Tammy McLeod President & CEO Almost as long as I have lived in Arizona—now nearly half my life—I have admired the Flinn Foundation’s mission and leadership in our state. When I began to consider moving my career from a corporate to philanthropic environment a few years […]