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 Paula Beavin at or (480) 390-3329.




Effective July 1, 2019


                        Board Chair                                                  Justin Martz


                        Vice-Chair                                                     Jo Wilson


                        Secretary                                                      Mike Hutchinson


                        Treasurer                                                      Lisa Knowles





            Effective July 1, 2019


                        Strategic Fundraising Coordinator               Mike Hutchinson



Board Members


Effective July 1, 2019


                        Mark Asplund*                                              Carmen Heredia


                        Grant Baecker                                              Berdetta Hodge


                        Hal Bass                                                       Mike Hutchinson*


                        Deborah Bateman                                        Dennis Kavanaugh


                        Traci Ahlstrom Beagley                                Heidi Kimball*


                        Dori Blessing                                                Lisa Knowles*                                   


                        Robert Caldwell                                            Justin Martz


                        Cassidy Campana                                        Jake Pinholster


                        Juan Carrillo                                                 George Rambow


                        Barbara Cushing*                                         Ryan Smith


                        Spencer Dickson                                          Suzanne Walden-Wells*


                        Mark El-Tawil                                                Patrick Walsh


                        Debby Elliott*                                                Jo Wilson*


                        Joanie Flatt                                                   Wayne Wisdom


                        Charlie Gregory                                            




                        * denotes Standing Committee Chair also





City of Mesa Councilman Jeremy Whittaker


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 some of the related production costs.

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


We’ve made it easy! A simple Letter of Interest form is your first step.



  • LOI’s are DUE MAY 7.
  • Selected applicants will be NOTIFIED BY MAY 21 and sent a short application, which must be returned by June 14.


To download the letter of interest form, click here. 


Renee Lopata, Mesa Arts Center Foundation, c/o Mesa Arts Center, PO Box 1466, Mesa, AZ 85211-1466




While we are optimistic that MAC Theaters will be able to open in September as planned, please remember that there is still some uncertainty about the trajectory of the pandemic, leaving the possibility that higher levels of COVID infection or lower than anticipated numbers of people vaccinated could result in cancellations or protocol changes at the outset of the season. Ultimately, we must follow the direction of the City Council and Governor.


In the event that we do need to add distancing requirements, we ask all applicants to consider alternate plans that would reduce capacities to enable distancing, should that be needed. These needn’t be submitted, just included in your internal planning and financial projections.


Due to particular considerations for managing, transporting and seating school groups, school organizations that are considering applying for venue usage to Arts @ the Center may want to consider delaying their programs until winter/spring.


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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