Congratulations to our 2018 Grant Recipients

    Arizona Musicfest

    Ballet Arizona

    Center Dance Ensemble


    Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

    Detour Company Theatre

    East Valley Children’s Theatre

    Foothills Community Foundation

    Fountain Hills Community Theatre

    Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

    Free Arts for Abused Children of Arizona

    Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival

    Heard Museum

    Phoenix Children’s Chorus

    Phoenix Film Foundation

    Phoenix Performing Arts Center, Inc.

    Phoenix Theatre, Inc.

    ProMusica Arizona Chorale & Orchestra

    Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children

    Scottsdale Philharmonic, Inc

    Southwest Shakespeare Company

    Valley Youth Theatre

    WHAM Art Center

    Young Arts Arizona Ltd.

    2018 Grants Press Release

    Arts grants support 25 groups, thousands of Valley residents

    Scottsdale League for the Arts 2018 grants serve at-risk youth, hospitalized children, teen composers and aspiring playwrights

     Scottsdale, Ariz., Nov. 6, 2018 – Scottsdale League for the Arts, the non-profit group that presents the Scottsdale Culinary Festival each April to raise funds for Arizona arts programs and development, announces its 2018 grantees.

    This year, 25 organizations will receive funds from the League, which comprises volunteers who work year-round hosting Arizona’s tastiest fundraisers. Since 2000, the League has donated $4.5 million to local arts programs.

    Grantees are all 501(c)(3) organizations that impact the arts or arts education programs in Maricopa County. They focus on the League’s core art sectors: visual arts, performing arts, culinary arts and art education. In addition, the Scottsdale League for the Arts awarded culinary scholarships to two high school winners of the Teen Cook-Off Challenge, held during the spring, to help fund their cooking school tuition.

    “Serving our community through funding of the arts and art education is at the foundation of our organization,” said League President Dr. Glenn Azzari. “By involving the community in our philanthropic culinary events like the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Burger Battle and Cooks + Corks, we are able to support the arts, which benefits local culture and helps individuals achieve their dreams.”

    The 2018 grant recipients include:

    Arizona Music Fest

    Scottsdale League for the Arts (SLA) grant will support Arizona Music Fest’s programs to engage, educate, and inspire youth through music education and youth performance programs. The grant will help increase the number of teaching artist ensemble presentations that are free to schools. In addition, the grant supports new education program development, more youth performance awards, and scholarships. The programs serve schools and children in Scottsdale, Carefree, Cave Creek and Paradise Valley.


    Ballet Arizona

    SLA grant will support the Student Matinee program, which annually introduces more than 8,000 K – 12 students and their teachers to the art, beauty, and discipline of dance through a 60-minute performance excerpt and dancer Q&A session. Scottsdale League for the Arts will assist Ballet Arizona in its efforts to provide a cultural-enriching arts program through extremely-reduced discounted tickets of $1 and $5 to Title 1 students across Maricopa County.


    Center Dance Ensemble

    SLA grant will help Center Dance Ensemble expand its reach to introduce nearly 1,800 students in underserved districts in six additional schools to dance, music, and song through demonstrations and lectures that help those schools meet the Arizona Arts Standards.



    SLA grant will support an in-school performance program that brings high-quality arts education programs directly into schools for more than 100,000 children each year.


    Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

    SLA grant helps to defray artist fees and teaching artist salaries, allowing the organization to offer the 2018 to 2019 season

    of Arts for Kids, Theatre Ninja technical theatre after school club, and Camp Imagination educational programs for free or at reduced tuition costs to K – 12 participants.


    Desert Foothills Community Theater

    SLA grant will back costs for three productions with youth performers, two of which will also be offered to area schools at reduced costs as matinees for K – 8 students.


    Detour Company Theater, Inc.

    Detour Company Theater provides an environment for adult actors with disabilities to express their passions for the arts. SLA grant will be used to support the “Show Coach” Program. Show coaches focus one-on-one with actors, providing unique adaptations and support to make the performance experience a success for the actors and audiences of all ages.


    East Valley Children’s Theater

    SLA grant helps offset expenses for a performance of “Camelot and Camelittle” from a playwriting contest in February 2019, benefiting more than 3,000 people.

    Fountain Hills Theater

    SLA grant supports Fountain Hills Youth Theater’s 2018 to 2019 season, which includes the production of five different shows, youth workshops and camps, and will be used for costumes, set construction, scripts, properties, and professional music directors and choreographers for the musical productions.


    Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

    As the newest Scottsdale League for the Arts’ grantee, SLA grant to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will provide reduced-rate registration fees for 142 children to the Foundation’s 2019 Summer Art and Architecture Camps at Taliesin West. The art and architecture camps enrich 2nd – 12th grade youth living in Maricopa County. Free “camperships” will be given to up to 32 additional children from nearby, low-income Title 1 schools.


    Free Arts for Abused Children

    SLA grant will support programs for children through Free Arts programs, including the Weekly Mentor Program, Professional Artist Series, Free Arts Days, and Free Arts Camp Series, as well as defray costs of art supplies, printing costs, and professional artist fees.


    Grand Canyon Chamber Music Festival

    SLA grant will support Salt River High School and the Salt River Pima reservation tutoring programs that culminate in composing works for a string ensemble to be recorded and performed at venues in Maricopa County.


    Heard Museum

    SLA grant makes it possible for K – 12 schools to tour the museum’s exhibitions free of charge, including the hands-on studio, “It’s Your Turn,” offering vital education on American Indian art, history, and culture.


    Phoenix Children’s Chorus

    SLA grant will provide 80 low socioeconomic (SES) youth access to participate in a high-quality, after-school choral music education program, enriching the lives of these talented, at-risk children.


    Phoenix Film Foundation

    SLA grant will provide quality film and digital storytelling education programs to Arizona students through middle school and high school film seminars, a series of summer programs for youth, and Kids’ Day at the Phoenix Film Festival.


    Phoenix Performing Arts Center

    Wolf Trap is a performance residency and arts field trip program for preschool and Head Start children to help them learn critical skills, including creativity, collaboration, math, language arts and imagination. SLA grant will support a program that places artists in each classroom to help children to develop the pre-reading, language, and social skills needed for scholastic and life success. The grant also supports an arts field trip to the Herberger Theater that includes a movement class, ballet, and participatory music session for children.


    Phoenix Theater

    SLA grant will support Phoenix Theatre’s Summer Theatre Camp, serving nearly 1,000 children each summer with fun, inclusive, and engaging performing arts education.


    ProMusica Arizona Chorale and Orchestra

    SLA grant will provide free tickets to children and students up to age 22, allowing access to high-quality, family-friendly



    Rosie’s House: Music Academy for Children

    Rosie’s House Core Choir Program offers free after-school music training to 176 underserved students. SLA grant will provide 30 weeks of rigorous and inspiring programs, including choral training, music theory, vocal lab class, mentorship, service learning opportunities and college-readiness programs.


    Scottsdale Arts

    SLA grant will be used for general program support. Scottsdale Arts is SLA’s primary event support partner for the Scottsdale Culinary Festival held every April. Scottsdale Arts presents art as an integral part of the Scottsdale experience by offering opportunities for residents and visitors to experience the highest quality performing and visual arts.

    Scottsdale Philharmonic

    SLA grant will be used to help underwrite costs for music rental, rehearsal hall rental, performance hall rental, advertising, program printing, insurance, soloists, conductor and stage manager fees, and administrative costs for the five concerts in the 2018 – 19 concert season.


    Southwest Shakespeare Company

    SLA grant will support the Educational Tour Program to bring theater into schools for both neurotypical and neurodivergent students. The funds will support implementation of Sensory Friendly Programming (SFP) in the established school touring program, which brings theater to socially and cognitively-disabled students in the Phoenix area.


    Valley Youth Theatre

    SLA grant for Valley Youth Theatre’s Literacy and the Arts (LTA) Program will provide reading and studying materials that can help reading, comprehension, and literacy skill development to 200 disadvantaged K – 8 underserved and at-risk youth attending Title 1 schools in the Phoenix and Roosevelt Elementary School Districts.


    WHAM Art Center

    SLA grant will support Teen Art Club:  a year-round program for teens from low-income families who come to WHAM once a week and take an art class from professional artists, producing artwork that is exhibited in a special WHAM art show.


    Young Arts Arizona Ltd.     

    SLA grant helps funs Young Arts Arizona Ltd. (YA) teaching artists who will conduct weekly three-hour art classes with hospitalized children at Cardon Children’s Medical Center as part of a caregiving program that helps children heal on all levels.


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    About Scottsdale League for the Arts

    The Scottsdale League for the Arts is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, volunteer organization of dedicated members that donates funds to artists, art programs and arts education through culinary fundraising events. The League donates net proceeds to qualified arts organizations through its annual grants program and culinary arts scholarships. Formed in 1978, the organization presents the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, the longest-running festival of its type in the nation. The League has donated more than $4.5 million to the arts since 2000.


    About The Knight Agency

    The Knight Agency is a Scottsdale-based boutique public relations, marketing, and event agency specializing in the hospitality, culinary, entertainment, nightlife, and wellness industries. Based on a “chivalry is not dead” culture that inspires enthusiasm, authenticity, creativity, and dedication to driving success, The Knight Agency was co-founded by Cody and Erica Knight. The Knight Agency team provides a hands-on approach, which has resulted in strong relationships with partners and top-tier media locally, regionally and nationally. To learn more about The Knight Agency, please visit





    How to Apply for a Grant

    We accept applications for grants in the summer. We will update this section with application links in summer, 2019. Please check back then.

    It is our mission to give back to local arts programs, such as those featured below through our year-round fundraising culinary events. Our upcoming events include:

    • Burger Battle on April, 22, 2019, at the Scottsdale Waterfront features the Valley’s top burger chefs to compete for  the title of the Valley’s “Best Burger.” Judge’s Choice Winner qualifies for the annual World Food Championships, and guests can particiapate in People’s Choice award. All inclusive food, beer, wine, burger tasting, desserts and live music.
    • The Cocktail Society, on April 12, 2019 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This swank 21+ event features cocktails with style. This year’s theme, Shaken Not Stirred, will feature fun fit for a spy. Come as your favorite undercover operative. See you at 007 p.m.!
    • The Scottsdale Culinary Festival on April 13-14, 2019 at the Scottsdale Civic Plaza features 40 of the Valley’s finest restaurants, live music on 3 stages and beverages, family activities and VIP available at this festival to raise money for the arts. The longest-running food festival in the country, we have been supporting local arts programs since 1978. Join us for this great cause and enjoy a day in the park.


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    Check back often to learn more about these great organizations supporting Valley arts.

    East Valley Children’s Theater

    Posted December 3, 2019

    Our grant funding will help offset expenses for children to attend a performance of East Valley Children’s Theater’s original play “Camelot and Camelittle” on February 19, 2019, benefiting more than 3,000 people.

    “Camelot and Camelittle,” by EVCT’s play writing contest winner Stacey Lane, is a fun reimagined version of Camelot featuring a determined young girl who has one dream: to become a Knight of the Round Table. But King Arthur, Queen Guinevere, Sir Lancelot and her other heroes laugh at her when she demonstrates her skills by pretend-fighting a lizard dressed up like a dragon. Rejected, she gathers up a ragtag group of unappreciated misfits and leaves Camelot to start her own perfect queendom.

    This organization stages several performances throughout the year. During this holiday season, East Valley Children’s Theater is staging “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” Performances of this musical (book and lyrics by Jahanna Beecham, music and lyrics by Malcolm Hillgartner) are at 9:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. on December 4.

    Based on the best-selling book, this American classic comedy is one of the best holiday stories ever written. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Mayhem and fun collide when the Herdmans meet the Christmas story head-on.

    Reservations: (480) 756-3828 or

    Ballet Arizona

    Posted December 3, 2018

    The Scottsdale League for the Arts provided a grant to Ballet Arizona to support the Student Matinee program.

    “Ballet Arizona is so grateful to the Scottsdale League for the Arts for the grant award to support our Student Matinee program which serves as wonderful point-of-entry into classical ballet.  Each year approximately 8,000 students, including approximately 5,000 Title I students, attend a Ballet Arizona Student Matinee performance complete with elaborate costumes, sets, and lighting that bring wonderful stories to life,” said Samantha Turner, Executive Director at Ballet Arizona.

    In addition to the 60-minute performance excerpt students will participate in a dancer Q&A session. The grant offsets ticket prices, reducing costs to $1 and $5 for Title 1 students across Maricopa County.

    Ballet Arizona is known for its world-class productions of popular and innovative performances. The holiday classic, “The Nutcracker Suite” runs from December 13-24, at Symphony Hall. This magical holiday performance features 30 world-class professional ballet dancers, 150 children performing as angels and soldiers, and the Phoenix Symphony orchestra.

    Tickets and season schedule:

    YouTube video for The Nutcracker: