As part of a larger initiative to further activate Downtown Mesa, to increase the growing number and variety of offerings at Mesa Arts Center (MAC), and to continue to build an environment of creativity and discovery in the downtown district, the CREATIVE ECONOMY FUND in-kind grant program is being continued for a 13th year. The intent of this program is: 1) to reduce cost pressures for professional and semi-professional organizations who use or wish to use MAC venues; 2) to help bring new cultural offerings to the Mesa and East Valley communities; and 3) to encourage new organizations to present or produce an event at MAC in order to form new partnerships and relationships among and across cultural organizations in the region.

The City of Mesa Department of Arts and Culture CREATIVE ECONOMY FUND will support reduced rental fees at Mesa Arts Center for non-profit organizations presenting an arts project, event, activity, workshop, or a series of any of the above. Organizations may submit only one application for the 2023-2024 fiscal year.

Applicants may submit proposals requesting reduction of rental fees for the use of Mesa Arts Center theaters, Studios, Shadow Walk, or Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum lecture hall or courtyard for the purpose of presenting quality arts programs for the Mesa community and region. The proposed projects must take place between July 1, 2023, and June 30, 2024.

Projects may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• A concert or series of concerts
• A theater, dance, or spoken word production
• A collaborative or interactive community art project
• A festival
• A workshop or class(es) in the visual or performing arts
• A multidisciplinary project

Applicants must be a non-profit, Arizona-based 501(c)(3) organization. While arts and culture organizations are strongly encouraged to apply, other non-profit organizations that are offering arts programming to the public are also welcome to apply.

Please note: If you apply to both the Creative Economy Fund program and the Arts at the Center program (a MAC Foundation program) and are awarded both, you will need to choose to receive one or the other but cannot accept both. You will not be eligible to receive support through both programs. For more information on the Arts at the Center program, go to

The funded project must take place at Mesa Arts Center before June 30, 2024.


Organization/Company: Mesa Arts Center
Location: Mesa, AZ
Deadline: April 28, 2023
How to Apply: Full application details can be found at starting Friday March 24.
Applications may be submitted via email to [email protected] or online at