About the City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture was established in 1985 to champion and sustain the City's arts and culture community to make Phoenix a great place to live, work, and visit.  

 Our Committment

The City of Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture believes in fair treatment, access, and opportunity fo​r all individuals. Our equity strategy aims to identify and eliminate barriers that have prevented marginalized groups' full participation from the agency's programs and to strengthen equity, diversity, and inclusion in the arts and culture sector for all Phoenix residents.​

The City of Phoenix fully endorses and supports the concept of equal business and employment opportunities for all persons, regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, genetic information, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.

Download the City of Phoenix's Statement of Commitment for City Customers

 Land Acknowledgement

The Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture acknowledges that modern-day Phoenix is on the traditional lands of the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and the Tohono O’odham and before that their ancestors (Hohokam) as well as the Pee-Posh (Maricopa). We honor the elders of both past and present, as well as future generations that enable us to live here today. Further, we acknowledge the sovereignty of the 22 Tribal Nations​ who continue to steward the lands that make up the state of Arizona.​

 Today the Office

  • manages an award-winning public art program that works in neighborhoods with local, national, and international artists to create a more beautiful and vibrant city;

  • invests nearly $1 million annually in grants to nonprofit arts organizations to ensure cultural services and opportunities are accessible to Phoenix residents of all ages;

  • oversees eight cultural facilities, including the Gallery @ City Hall that is dedicated to displaying rotating exhibitions from the City's municipal art collection;

  • promotes professional development opportunities​ for individual artists and administrators to help sustain a healthy cultural workforce;

  • supports arts and cultural learning programs and events for students and young artists to help develop their personal, social, and intellectual skills that are critical to success in life, school, and work; and

  • participates in national studies​ and administers field research to make a strong case for the arts to demonstrate their economic, social, practical, and educational benefits. ​

​The Office of Arts and Culture is generously supported by the City of Phoenix General Fund, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



The Office of Arts and Culture is a proud member of Americans for the Arts, Grantmakers in the Arts, the Phoenix Community Alliance, and the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits.