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.
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:
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
Fountains, arbors, gates, pathways, walkways, garden walls, fences, umbrellas, wagons, carts
Flowers, flower pots, bougainvillea, holly hocks, cacti
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
Roadrunner, quail, wild turkey, buzzard, hawk, woodpecker, dove, cactus wren
Buffalo, gila monster, mule, burro, antelope, cougar, deer, elk, jack rabbit, coyote, bob cat, badger, rattlesnake, cow, horse, desert fox, javelina, rooster
Cowboy, cowgirl, Indian, Indian dancer, children in western dress
Rodeo, rodeo parade, round-up, branding, calf roping, mercado, fiesta, Indian event
Wagons, stage coaches, horse-drawn carriages
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
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.
*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.
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.
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:
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.