Mesa Arts Center Foundation



MAKE A DONATION and support the arts!


Youth Classes Festivals Engagement Exhibitions


Your donation ensures these, and other programs, stay affordable and accessible to ALL!


To see a list of our generous In-Kind Donors, please click on “Other Ways to Give."


The mission of the Mesa Arts Center Foundation (MACF) is to engage with Mesa Arts Center (MAC) to support the arts through community advocacy, philanthropy and service. In support of the Mesa Arts Center, the Board (a) advocates for the MAC and the arts through personal contacts, public speaking, letters and calls to newspapers and public officials and agencies and other means, (b) ensures that the City of Mesa provides adequate financial support for maintaining the MAC as a robust venue for the performing arts, (c) raises funds for the MAC’s children and adult education programs and (d) provides any special assistance as deemed necessary.


The mission of Mesa Arts Center is to inspire people through engaging arts experiences that are diverse, accessible, and relevant, and that enhance the quality of life and vitality of the greater region. The non-profit MACF organization is the fundraising arm for Mesa Arts Center.


In partnership with Mesa Arts Center, the MACF (1) presents an annual fundraising event, (2) develops an Annual Giving Campaign and Membership Drive, (3) helps identify sponsors and grant opportunities and (4) hosts various Members Circle and Donor events.


The Mesa Arts Center Foundation's Board members are elected and serve voluntarily in various positions. Board members are engaged in fundraising, support and advocacy efforts on behalf of Mesa Arts Center. If you are interested in joining the Board, please contact Paula Beavin at or (480) 390-3329.


Neil Baier, Board Chair
Cassidy Campana, Vice-Chair

Stacy Holmstedt, Secretary

Justin Martz, Treasurer


Standing Committee Chairs
Hal Bass
Robin Caffrey

Cassidy Campana

Joanie Flatt

T.J. Kelsey

Kathleen Perales

George Rambow, III

JW Rayhons



Tyler Kemmer

Jo Wilson


Additional Board Members

Craig Ahlstrom, Jr.

Mark Asplund

Kim DeVoss

Kjersten Dockery

Debby Elliott

Annie Hsu

Mike Hutchinson

Laurie Ikeda Kagiyama

Dr. Ruth Tan Lim

Michael Martinez

Vern Mathern

William Passey

Jake Pinholster

Daniel "Ash" Rhodes

Ryan Smith

Patrick Walsh

Zachary Wilson

Wayne Wisdom

Christi Worsley


Councilmember Liaison

The Honorable Dave Luna, City of Mesa Councilmember

Mesa Arts Center Foundation sponsors the annual Arts and Cultural Education Sponsorship (ACES) Program, a grant awarding program.


ACES allows up to five non-profit educational organizations to present one theater, dance, or other type of performance on one of Mesa Arts Center's stages. Selected organizations receive (a) theater rental fee waiver and (b) up to $1,000 in financial support to cover some of the MAC fees and costs related to that performance. 


Theater seating can accommodate from 1,500 to 100 attendees.


Applications are accepted beginning July 1 for performances scheduled between August 1 through June 30. There is no specific deadline; however, when all five grants have been awarded, no other applications will be considered for that grant period.


Application for the ACES program can be downloaded here.
2016-2017 Recipients
Dobson Montessori School
Arete Preparatory Academy
Arizona School for the Arts
Mesa Arts Academy
Harmony Project
2015-2016 Recipients
Arizona School for the Arts
Dobson Montessori
Mesa Arts Academy
Symphony of the Southwest
Tanner Community Development



Saturday, February 25, 2017

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Tickets: $150 each


Proceeds benefit Mesa Arts Center's Engagement programs.


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Mesa Arts Center appreciates and accepts in-kind gifts to help support class activities, include in fundraising events, or show appreciation to volunteers and valley-wide educators. Donations have included art supplies, equipment, gift cards, gift certificates, art pieces, and reference material.


Thank you to the companies, organizations, and local artists who have donated since July 1, 2016:


Local Artists and/or Individuals


Jesse Armstrong      Polly O'dette             Jeff Wolf         
Adriene Buffington Laurie Nessel  
Lynn Gustafson Agustin Vargas  




Arizona Diamondbacks Commemorative Air Force Museum             Mesa Recycles
Arizona Museum of Natural History           Desert Botanical Gardens     

National Comedy Theater         

Arizona Renaissance Festival Downtown Mesa Association  Phoenix Art Museum         
Arizona Science Center East Valley Children's Theatre   Phoenix Suns
Arizona Theatre Company Herberger Theatre                  Phoenix Zoo
Ballet Arizona i.d.e.a. Museum Treasures 4 Teachers
Barleen's Arizona Opry Dinner Theatre Mesa Encore Theater  
Chandler Center for the Arts Mesa Historical Museum  




AMC Theaters                                       Let It Roll Bown and Entertainment Sweet Tomatoes
Arizona Art Supply Lucky Strike The Hilton Mesa
Blue Adobe Grill Nunthaporn's Thai Cuisine Twisted Sister Designs              
Changing Hands Bookstore Organ Stop Pizza Vitality Medspa
Costco Wholesale Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse    
Food City Republica Empanada  
Fuschia Day Spa Rula Bula  
il Vinaio San Tan Brewing Company  
JC's Steakhouse Skateland Mesa  





Mesa Arts Center has a variety of volunteer opportunities available throughout the year. You will receive quality training to prepare you to serve as an usher during performances, assistant in Art Studios classes, a docent in the MCA Museum, campus tour guide, or volunteer during festivals and events. If interested, please contact the Volunteer office



Any way you give is very much appreciated!