Arts and Culture Grantees

The Flinn Foundation’s Initiative for Financial and Creative Health involves 18 arts-and-culture organizations in the Phoenix area, Tucson, and Flagstaff with annual revenues of at least $2.5 million. The Initiative, launched in 2013, aims to help the groups strengthen their products, services, connections, experiments, and approaches by providing grants, technical assistance, and data to help design strategies leading to financial and creative health.

Separately, the Flinn Foundation currently provides support to rural Arizona arts-and-culture organizations on an invitational basis through a partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts.

Below are the Arizona organizations in the Initiative for Financial and Creative Health cohort:

Arizona Opera produces fully-staged operas, concerts, and collaborative programs in Phoenix and Tucson. In addition to producing grand operas each year, Arizona Opera offers in-school touring productions and youth outreach.


The Arizona Science Center in downtown Phoenix inspires, educates, and engages curious minds through science, presenting special events, initiatives, traveling exhibitions, outreach programs for teens and youth, and professional development for teachers.

The nearly 100-acre Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson is a zoo, botanical garden, art gallery, natural-history museum and aquarium featuring 230 animal species, 1,200 types of plants, and walking paths through desert habitats.

Arizona Theatre Company productions, including classic and contemporary play and musicals, and new works, are presented in Tucson and Phoenix. ATC runs outreach and educational programs, including schools and summer programs, and community events.

Ballet Arizona is a professional ballet company that creates, performs, and teaches both classical and contemporary ballet and reaches more than 35,000 children each year through its education and community-outreach programs.

Childsplay is a Tempe-based professional theatre company whose chosen audience is families and children. Childsplay features touring productions in hundreds of Arizona schools, in-house productions for family audiences, and an on-site academy of theatre classes.

The 48,000-square-foot Children’s Museum of Phoenix, designed for children through age 10, offers more than 300 play experiences in a historic school building as well as an art studio, music, yoga, and math and science classes.

The Desert Botanical Garden showcases more than 50,000 desert plants, including cactus, succulents and wildflowers, along five thematic outdoor trails among the Papago Buttes in Phoenix, while also hosting art exhibitions, events, and classes.

The Heard Museum in Phoenix is dedicated to the advancement of Indian art through its collections, exhibitions, educational programming and festivals, providing visitors with a distinctive perspective about the art of Native people, especially from the Southwest.

The Mesa Arts Center is home to four theaters presenting live entertainment and performances, from Broadway to comedy, five art galleries showcasing visual-art exhibitions, and 14 art studios for education, set in downtown Mesa.

The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff aims to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.

The Phoenix Art Museum showcases a permanent collection of more than 19,000 works, an annual calendar of exhibitions, as well as public programs such as tours, lectures, films, and special events.

The Phoenix Symphony offers orchestral music through classics and pops concerts plus other special performances and events, in addition to an education and community-engagement program that partners with Native American communities and STEM educators.

The Phoenix Theatre Company offers performances on multiple stages each year, from musicals and comedies to alternative and experimental theatre, along with education and outreach programs for all ages and a volunteer apprenticeship program.

The Phoenix Zoo is home to more than 3,000 animals, including 30 endangered or threatened species, participates in both local and global conservation, offers hands-on educational camps and programs for all ages, and hosts public events.

The Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Scottsdale Public Art offer performing and visual arts and educational programs for all ages, including hands-on activities, lectures, and workshops.

The Tucson Museum of Art and Historic Block in downtown Tucson features original and traveling exhibitions of Latin America, American West, modern and contemporary, and Asian art and tours, education programs, and studio-art classes.

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra performs community and children’s concerts at venues across Tucson and Southern Arizona, including at top restaurants, and makes more than 375 education and community-partnerships presentations each year.