Mesa Arts Center Foundation

Mesa Arts Center Foundation

The mission of Mesa Arts Center is to invite all people to create and discover entertaining, challenging, and diverse art and arts experiences within joyous, dynamic, and welcoming environments. The non-profit Mesa Arts Center Foundation is a community-driven, volunteer-run fundraising organization for Mesa Arts Center.


Mesa Arts Center Foundation’s mission is to engage with Mesa Arts Center to support the arts through community advocacy, philanthropy and service.


In support of the Mesa Arts Center, Foundation board members 

  • Advocate for Mesa Arts Center and the arts through personal contacts, public speaking, letters and calls to newspapers and public officials and agencies and other means
  • Ensure that the City of Mesa provides adequate financial support for maintaining Mesa Arts Center as a robust venue and community space for performing and visual arts
  • Raise funds for Mesa Arts Center’s youth and adult community engagement and access programs


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 Jason Davids Scott at




Effective July 1, 2024


Chair Paula Gibson
Vice Chair  Rose Hanne
Secretary  Dr. Nicolle Karrantinos 
Treasurer  Kathleen Bonzani



Standing Committee Chairs


Effective July 1, 2024


Governance and Development Dawnyce Schutz
Arts at the Center Dr. Jason Davids Scott
MAC Store Jan Newton & Michael Elliot
Legacy Committee Mike Hutchinson
Membership Jo Wilson
Special Projects Bill Schmidt & Rose Hanne
Business & Corporate Development Rose Hanne


NOTE: All Officers & Standing Committee Chairs are members of the Executive Committee.



Board Members


Effective July 1, 2024


Sheenam Arora

Kathleen Bonzani

Michael Elliott*

Joanie Flatt

Paula Gibson

Rose Hanne*

Mike Hutchinson*

Dr. Nicolle Karantinos

John Lewis

Jan Newton*

Larry Pobuda

Michele Ray-Brethower

Trish Robinson

Bill Schmidt*

Dawnyce Schutz*

Dr. Jason Davids Scott*

Larry Thompson

Patrick Walsh

Jo Wilson*

Marilyn Wilson


                        * denotes Standing Committee Chair





City of Mesa Councilmember Jenn Duff


Are you interested in having your educational or arts organization perform on one of the beautiful world-class stages at Mesa Arts Center? Would you enjoy a day or night in the spotlight? If so, then consider applying for a Mesa Arts Center Foundation (MACF) grant awarded via the popular Arts at the Center Program.


Up to six Arts at the Center grant recipients are chosen each year to present a performance or activity on one of MAC’s stages or in one of its other spaces (studios, outdoor spaces). Theater seating can accommodate from 100 to 1,500 attendees, depending upon the selected space and the type and size of presentation. 


An Arts at the Center grant allows presenters to

(1) have the facilities rental fee waived and

(2) receive up to $1,000 in financial support to offset Mesa Arts Center labor costs.

Arts at the Center grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis. 
There are openings available and application for performance opportunities is strongly encouraged. 


Be advised, we have made changes to the application process. We have made it even easier! Complete the Application for Arts at the Center HERE.



  • Applications are now being accepted for performances between JANUARY-JUNE 2025: Applications are due SEPTEMBER 27, 2024
  • Conditional award notifications: On or before OCTOBER 18, 2024
  • Final award confirmation: On or before NOVEMBER 8 2024


If you have any questions, please email Natalie Booth at


2023-24 Grant Recipients

Arizona Opera Company

The Informant Foundation

Metropolitan Youth Symphony

The Phoenix Boys Choir

Arizona Cantilena Chorale

Mesa Arts Academy


2022-23 Grant Recipients

Grey Box Collective

Owlsong Productions

Central Arizona Flute Ensemble

Phoenix Boys Choir

Skeleton Key


2021-2022 Grant Recipients

Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli

Bharathakshetra School of Dance

Grey Box Collective

Phoenix Boys Choir

Places Production

Sounds Academy


2019-2020 Grant Recipients

Alice Cooper’s The Rock Teen Center-Proof is in the Pudding

Dobson Montessori

Mesa Arts Academy-Willy Wonka


2017-2018 Grant Recipients

Arete Preparatory Academy

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Harmony Project

Mesa Arts Academy

Montessori International School


2016-2017 Grant Recipients

Arete Preparatory Academy

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Harmony Project

Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School

Mesa Arts Academy


2015-2016 Grant Recipients

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Mesa Arts Academy

Symphony of the Southwest

Tanner Community Development

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