Mission Statement

The mission of the Peoria Arts Commission is to enhance the quality of life in the community by fostering and supporting cultural opportunities for both local artists and the general public.

About the Peoria Arts Commission

The Peoria Arts Commission is a seven member commission. It is one of about 20 advisory boards and commissions appointed by the City Council. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at 5:00 p.m. Meetings will move to the fourth Tuesday of every month starting with the August 2018 meeting. View Arts Commission Meeting Agendas and Minutes.

Latest Arts Commission News

"Barrel Cactus" Public Art Installation
Gordon Huether Studios installed their commissioned sculpture, Barrel Cactus, at Deer Village Park, near 91st Ave and Lake Pleasant Parkway.

Paloma Park Sculpture Installation Updates
Artist Beth Nybeck installed her commissioned sculpture, VIDA, in February 2020 at Paloma Community Park.

David Boyer will complete the installation of his sculpture Song Birds at Paloma Park at a future date, TBD.

IN FLUX Artist John Randall Nelson installed Birdsong for Willie (pronounced Wiley) at the Main Library in Peoria.

IN FLUX Artist Joan Waters will install her sculpture, Totem: The Plant Princess, at the Sunrise Mountain Library at a future date, TBD. 

Jan 30, 2019 - 'Blooming Spire' Installation Completed
A dedication ceremony for the 50 foot tall sculpture by artist Jeff Zischke was held in January of 2019. The completed sculpture is installed near the Lake Pleasant Crossing Shopping Center, at the corner of Lake Pleasant Parkway and Happy Valley Road (located behind CHAR).
Watch a video of Blooming Spire installation
Watch a video of Blooming Spire dedication

Peoria Arts Grant Program

The Peoria Arts Commission is pleased to announce the 2020-21 Arts Grant Program for non-profit Arts Organizations. The purpose of the grant program is to inspire, enhance and support the arts in the City of Peoria.

The Peoria Arts Commission is able to issue individual grants of up to $5000 for each awarded application.

Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements and submit a grant proposal application to be considered. The opening for the applications is January 30, 2020 and the deadline for submitting for the new cycle of FY21 Art Grants applications is Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 12:00 am. Applicants must use our online system at through our website at: Sign up and create your own login to apply.

Final Grant Reporting from our previous Award Recipients from our 2019-2020 Art Grants has been extended through June 15, 2020.

Applicants will be notified of funding with awards to follow.

If you have any questions about the application or the granting procedures, contact Susan Hardiman, Arts Coordinator 623-773-5254 If you have technical issues while using the Submittable application platform, please contact:

We look forward to your submissions!

FY 2021 Arts Grant Timeline
Online Announcement January 30, 2020
Grant Online Application Sunday, May 31, 2020 at 12:00am
Panel Review TBD 2020
Arts Commission Review TBD 2020
Council Meeting TBD 2020
Awards Announcement June 19, 2020
View list of 2020 Arts Grant Recipients
Final Reports Due April 1, 2021


Volunteer in the Arts

Apply online to be an Arts Volunteer

Helpful Art Links

Americans for the Arts
The Western States Arts Federation
Arizona Commission on the Arts
Arizona Citizens for the Arts
West Valley Arts Council
West Valley Art Museum
Theater Works
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Peoria Fine Arts Association (PFAA)


Susan Hardiman, Arts Coordinator
623-773-5254  |

Marylou Stephens, Arts & Theater Manager
623-773-7968  |

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