It began as a dream, a desire for a permanent “home” where we could always have a meeting place, workshop rooms, storage space, a library, gallery, and a boutique to entice others into sharing our love of textile and visual arts.
Currently, these are the Tucson fiber arts groups that are part of VTAT:
Where We Are Now!
We have a logo:
We have a Mission Statement:
Seen above with the logo. If used without the logo, the statement reads: “VTAT, creating a home for the visual and textile arts to thrive in Tucson”.
We have a Statement of Mission and Purpose:
The Visual and Textile Arts of Tucson (VTAT) is a collective of artists, educators, and arts organizations that have come together to create a collective space where groups and individuals can learn about, practice and share their interest in textile and visual arts.
Open to the public, VTAT will be the hub of exhibition, instruction, convening, collaboration, and commerce activities. The center will allow for facilitation of workshops, trade shows, and the presentation of works by local, national, and international artists and educators; attracting enthusiasts and individuals from around the globe to experience the inspiration of the Sonoran Desert.
The aesthetic quality and expertise of VTAT will prove to be an important component to the quality of life of the City of Tucson and Pima County; thereby enhancing our regions vibrant creative sector, and elevating the understanding of the arts as part of what makes life meaningful in Southern Arizona.
We are Incorporated:
We are incorporated as Visual and Textile Arts of Tucson (VTAT), a non-profit organization. We have a 501 (c) 3. The guilds will keep their identity and have access to dedicated and private space for meeting, storage, workshops. VTAT will manage the overall duties of managing a building and scheduling. The current officers of the VTAT are:
- Jill Holbrook – President
- Reilly Zoda – Vice President
- Joyce Jaden – Treasurer
- Julie Gibson – Secretary
- Pat Merrick – Substitute Secretary
We are continuing to admit interested people to our Board of Directors. Participating Guilds may appoint one of their members to be on the Board. We also invite textile and visual art enthusiasts from the community to be members on our Board.
We are planning to rent space that will have sufficient parking and large meeting rooms for our largest guild. We will begin fundraising in October thanks to SAACA (Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance).