The Tucson Museum of Art is committed to enriching the lives of the entire community and is committed to extending its programs beyond its walls. It is proud to participate in many community arts festivals as well as partner with community groups and organizations. The Museum strongly believes collaborative partnerships with local organizations help to highlight how the arts can play a vital role in everyone’s life.

By providing active and hands on learning experiences through visual art based-programs TMA aims to create and broaden communities within the Museum and the local population.

While several of our community partnerships are specific to different organizations below are just a few examples to introduce you to some of the possibilities! If you are interested in partnering with the Tucson Museum of Art contact the Education Department at 520-624-2333 ext. 120 or ext. 121.

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Museum as Sanctuary

In the fall of 2010, the Tucson Museum of Art and The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project started the Museum as Sanctuary program – a unique community partnership focusing on the benefits of creative expression through art-making and in-gallery activities. Museum as Sanctuary has highlighted TMA as an open environment fostering creative expression, cultural sharing, and individual empowerment. Activities teach art concepts, nurture confidence, strengthen life skills, and stimulate personal growth and interpersonal communication. Museum as Sanctuary has expanded TMA’s audience, while connecting members of The Hopi Foundation’s Owl & Panther Project to a cultural institution they might not have encountered otherwise. Through this program participants have become more expressive as they become more comfortable in gallery spaces. Increased confidence in the galleries carries beyond the TMA’s walls, resulting in more comprehensive and nuanced discussion that would not have happened otherwise.

In 2012, the Museum presented the exhibition Museum as Sanctuary: Giving Voice to Tucson’s Refugees.

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Mapping Q

Mapping Q is back and bigger than ever! This year TMA will partner the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), the Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation (SAAF), and the University of Arizona School of Art. Together these four organizations are working to create an inter-organizational community wide dialogue working with LGBTQ+ youth.

Mapping Q is an innovative community arts education program that invites LGTBQ+ youth to explore representations of self within art, museums, and the wider community.

This year’s program runs February 3 – April 20, 2016. The program culminates in an exhibition May 19 – July 31, 2016 at the UAMA.

Food will be provided at every session! Email or or visit

Mapping Q

Session Schedule – All Sessions are 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Feb 3: TMA
Feb 10: TMA
Feb 17: TMA
Feb 24: TMA
Mar 2: SOA
Mar 9: TMA
Mar 16: MOCA
Mar 23: TMA
Mar 30: MOCA
Apr 6: TMA
Apr 13: TMA
Apr 20: TMA

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Veterans Affairs Hospital Partnership

TMA’s partnership with the VA Hospital provides guided verbal descriptive tours and tactile gallery experiences for veterans from all over the U.S. who are in Tucson  for training at The Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center.

TMA began collaborating with the local Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital in 2015 on various programs, including gallery experiences for The Southwestern Blind Rehabilitation Center and a workshop for the Veteran Creative Writing Class from the Southern Arizona VA Health Care system. These collaborations have resulted in unique experiences at the Museum, where veterans have interacted with local artist, Hank Tusinski, in his ~:Banda Calaca:~ exhibition and have created alternative labels for the current exhibit Western Heroes of Pulp Fiction: Dime Novel to Pop Culture.

Memories in the Making PLUS

Alzheimer’s Association Desert Southwest Chapter teams up with the Museum to offer individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or Dementia the opportunity to express themselves through discussing works of art on view in the galleries and art making projects in various media. For 16 sessions individuals visit the Museum and experience permanent collections, temporary exhibitions, and new ways of expression through a variety of art making techniques. By harnessing the process of viewing and creating visual art individuals will be able to draw new connections, relationships, and new ways to share their own stories.

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