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.


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