Civic Engagement and the Arts—2008-2009

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This 2009 report is the product of SIAP’s collaboration with the Tucson Pima Arts Council (TPAC) on a plan to document TPAC’s impact on civic engagement in Tucson and Pima County, Arizona. The goal of the project was to develop a plan to enable TPAC to phase in systematic collection and analysis of data on various forms of engagement. The report begins with a review of the policy context in which the project was undertaken, including the findings of the Pima Cultural Plan. The report then discusses a strategy and recommendations for documenting civic engagement and outlines a staged implementation plan. Specifically, Stern and Seifert propose five strategies: improving organizational data gathering, telling stories, documenting artists and the informal cultural sector, identifying institutional networks, and using geographic information systems to integrate data for analysis.


The project grew out of the Arts & Civic Engagement Impact Initiative of Animating Democracy (a program of Americans for the Arts) in which both TPAC and SIAP participated. The SIAP-TPAC collaboration involved a series of conference calls (Nov 2008 – April 2009) with Roberto Bedoya, TPAC executive director, and Leia Maahs, TPAC Community Arts Development Coordinator, and a trip to Tucson by Mark Stern for a three-day site visit (May 2009).

Note: In 2016 the Tucson Pima Arts Council board of directors changed its name to The Arts Foundation for Tucson and Southern Arizona. Source:



Date Posted: 08 May 2017