Mesa Arts Center Foundation

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.


Board Chair        Cassidy Campana    

Vice-Chair           Justin Martz

Secretary            Mike Hutchinson

Treasurer            Craig Ahlstrom, Jr.


Standing Committee Chairs
Craig Ahlstrom, Jr.
Mark Asplund
Barbara Cushing
Debby Elliott
Dennis Kavanaugh

George Rambow, III

Suzanne Walden-Wells

Jo Wilson


Additional Board Members

Hal Bass

Dori Blessing

Robert Caldwell

Juan Carrillo
Spencer Dickson

Kjersten Dockery
Joanie Flatt

Charlie Gregory
Carmen Heredia

Berdetta Hodge

T.J. Kelsey
Heidi Kimball
Lisa Knowles

Dr. Ruth Tan Lim

Bill Passey

Jake Pinholster
JW Rayhons

Kiana Sears

Ryan Smith

Patrick Walsh

Wayne Wisdom
Jim Zaharis


Councilmember Liaison

The Honorable Jeremy Whittaker, City of Mesa Councilmember

Are you interested in having your educational or arts organization perform on one of the beautiful world-class stages at the 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 their popular ACES Program.


Up to six ACES grant winners are chosen each year to present a theater, dance, music or other types of creative performance on one of the MAC’s stages. Theater seating can accommodate from 100 to 1,500 attendees, depending upon your needs. 


And the best part?  An ACES 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.

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


For more information and to download an application, click here. 


2017-2018 ACES Grants Recipients

Arete Preparatory Academy

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Harmony Project

Mesa Arts Academy

Montessori International School


2016-2017 ACES Grants Recipients

Arete Preparatory Academy

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Harmony Project

Kyrene del Pueblo Middle School

Mesa Arts Academy


2015-2016 ACES Grants Recipients

Arizona School for the Arts

Dobson Montessori School

Mesa Arts Academy

Symphony of the Southwest

Tanner Community Development



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!