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Northwest Tucson

CATALYST seeks to establish an inspiring, innovative place where people from all walks of life connect through the shared experience of arts and culture.

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Programs & Services

About Us:

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. SAACA strengthens the bonds between people, place, and purpose through collaborative, arts-driven experiences. Southern Arizona has long served as a hub for art and culture. But despite the profusion of talent, our creative individuals found difficulties in making a living from their work and sharing it with the community. We created SAACA (formerly the Greater Oro Valley Arts Council) to address these needs by cultivating programming that spotlights our local creatives and celebrates our unique culture while providing direct opportunities for artists to make and sell their work. 

SAACA offers a range of educational and events programming that focus on strengthening the bonds between people, place and purpose, through collaborative, arts-driven experiences.  Signature offerings include: 

CATALYST ARTS & MAKER SPACE: Combining over 14,000 square feet of flexible learning, performance, gathering, and maker spaces highlighting over 30 disciplines.

EVENTS & FESTIVALS: Creation and production of diverse arts-centric community art, culinary, performing arts, and visual arts-based festivals and events.

BUSINESS & ARTS PARTNERSHIPS: Developing partnerships between the arts and business sector that promote innovation in business practices, creative sector impact, and branding through artist partnership programs which include community galleries, live music, film series, chalk art festivals, and culinary events.

ARTS EDUCATION: Connecting hundreds of artists to the classroom with our collaborative Community Share partnership.

PLACEMAKING: Leveraging the power of arts, culture, and community to drive a broader agenda for change and transformation in our public spaces through permanent and temporary public art and mural installations.

ARTS & CULTURAL RESOURCE: Publishing the Undercover Arts Magazine, which provides over 1,300 local artists, arts organizations, creative industries & performing artists with a much-needed opportunity to promote and connect their work to the community.

CREATIVE AGING: partnering with hospitals, assisted living, and memory care facilities to provide no-cost Arts-based programs and cultural engagement experiences.

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Getting Connected

Register as an artist in our free listing directory, become a supporting member, volunteer at an event or our arts center, and attend one of our signature events.

Primary Contact

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Kate Marquez

Additional Information

To date, SAACA has created over 300,000 arts-driven experiences, from innovative community festivals and cultural celebrations to creative sector development and accessible arts enrichment programs.

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