Education

Helping Artists Grow

The mission of the Friends of Western Art is to expand appreciation and knowledge of Western Art through education. It is a natural fit for the Friends of Western Art to grant funding for youth art programs. FWA Board grants yearly support for supply money connected with western art projects to the following youth art programs:

The Altar Valley School District is located near the small community of Robles Junction. There are only two Altar schools in the heart of this farming and ranching. FWA supports the Altar Valley Middle School and the Robles Elementary School art programs.

In addition, the Friends also fund the Elfrida Art Center youth program. The classes that are funded culminate with a spring graduation celebration and youth art show. 

Another children’s art group receiving funding is the Santa Cruz County 4-H Fine Arts Project. This program begins in March and meets through September. The student art projects are displayed at the Santa Cruz County Fair held in September. 

Learn more about our educational efforts

We’ve been asked, “What are the subjects that you consider to be Western or Southwestern art?”  The following is a list of subject matter along with resources that may be helpful:

Architecture
Missions, ranch houses, mountain cabins, old buildings, farms, barns, adobe buildings, saloons, ghost towns, old Tucson Tile roofs, old gates and doors, rail fences, old walls, patios, corrals, bridges, old mine frames, windmills, arches, mail boxes, wells

Gardens
Fountains, arbors, gates, pathways, walkways, garden walls, fences, umbrellas, wagons, carts
Flowers, flower pots, bougainvillea, holly hocks, cacti

Landscape
Desert flowers, cactus flowers, saguaro, ocotillo, agave, yucca, cottonwoods, aspen, pines, palo verde, mesquite forests, chaparral Mountains, streams, rock formations, Petrified Forest, Painted Desert, Grand Canyon, Colorado River, Monument Valley, desert roads, sunsets, clouds, trains, railroad tracks, Sedona’s red cliffs

Birds
Roadrunner, quail, wild turkey, buzzard, hawk, woodpecker, dove, cactus wren

Animals
Buffalo, gila monster, mule, burro, antelope, cougar, deer, elk, jack rabbit, coyote, bob cat, badger, rattlesnake, cow, horse, desert fox, javelina, rooster

Figures
Cowboy, cowgirl, Indian, Indian dancer, children in western dress

Events
Rodeo, rodeo parade, round-up, branding, calf roping, mercado, fiesta, Indian event

Conveyances
Wagons, stage coaches, horse-drawn carriages

Resources/Inspirations
Sonora Desert Museum, Sabino Canyon, Tumacacori Mission, San Xavier Mission, Tucson barrio, Sonoita, Patagonia, Picacho Peak, Tohono Chul Park, Tombstone, Catalina State Park, Railroad Museum, Arizona Historical Museum, old photos, Indian ruins, Mt. Lemmon

Programs

FWA Contributions

FWA continues to support the Elfrida Art Center, over the last eight years FWA has averaged $4789 per year in awards and the results of this assistance have been excellent. The Art Center is helping young people in the tiny Southern Arizona community expand and excel in their artistic endeavors.

Scholarships

Educational Assistance For Southern Arizonans (South of Gila River)

  • Mentoring and guidance by local artists and teachers for growing artists.
  • Individual scholarships for academic institutions, art workshops, etc.
  • Financial assistance for individuals or groups.

*Please be advised there are three types of scholarships awarded by the FWA. Those for college or university students, those for an individual’s attendance at specific workshops/events and those for organizations.

CLICK HERE to fill out the Scholarship Application Form

Harley Brown Workshop

Honoring Tucson artist Harley Brown, the Friends of Western Art will present scholarships in his name to students from Southern Arizona to attend the workshops or classes.

CLICK HERE to fill out the Event or Workshop Application Form

CLICK HERE to fill out the Financial Assistance for a Business or Organization Application Form

Could you use more art supplies for your students?

Friends of Western Art offers up to $400 of art supply funds for programs that teach western art. Today’s western art embraces a variety of subject matter. Successful applicants will receive a supply account at Sarnoff Artist Supplies in Tucson (can be purchased on-line and shipped to outlying areas). Supplies are for Western art projects only. Applying is simple:

Click HERE to fill out the Art Supply Grant Application

Tucson Festival of Books

The two-day Tucson Festival of Books attracts more than 130,000 book-lovers to the UA Mall and nearby venues for exhibits, presentations and panel discussions.

http://tucsonfestivalofbooks.org

Promoting the Awareness of Art of the American West

Do have an affinity and love for western art?
Why not partner with the Friends of Western Art by donating to our organization. Help us bring awareness
to this style of creativity and continue to encourage others through our grants and scholarships.

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