SAACA is currently seeking class proposals from artists who would be interested in teaching in our new makerspace, CATALYST.
With funds generated through community support from individual donors, special event revenues, grants, and collaborative business partnerships, SAACA provides diverse engagement opportunities for artists, organizations, businesses, and individuals in the community. SAACA is committed to the economic and cultural development of Southern Arizona. Each year the Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance provides more than 200,000 unique arts and cultural engagement opportunities for the community.
About the Makerspace
The new space will be located at the Tucson Mall (4500 North Oracle Road, Tucson, AZ, 85705) in a 14,000 square foot storefront that is currently under construction and renovated to suit the needs of the organization, and for use of the community. The space will be a first of its kind development, housing over 20 arts and cultural disciplines and creative functions under one roof. This center will serve as an active partner in the educational, economic and cultural life in Southern Arizona; inviting discovery, creativity, entrepreneurship and learning through collaboration. Through its programs, the Arts and Cultural Center will be a vital part of the fabric of our region.
About the call for proposals
SAACA is anticipating a September opening for CATALYST, with programming in the classes running a minimum of two classes per day four days a week. We are currently gathering as much information as possible on how artists and the community would like to use the makerspaces; what classes the public would like to participate in and what classes our community of artists would like to teach. As part of this effort we are setting up a database of interested teaching artists. The below form will get you entered into that database from which programming decisions will be made. We will make invitations to artists registered in this database as teaching opportunities that fit their expertise and long term goals arise. Teaching artists should be able to provide SAACA with 2-3 professional references from either employers or past students if contacted for a teaching opportunity.
TEACH A CLASS OR WORKSHOP IN CATALYST
CATALYST provides four distinct spaces equipped for artists and makers to design and host creative workshops and collaborative programming for the community.
The CATALYST Art & Maker Space offers classroom space for professional artists, design professionals, engineers, musicians and chefs and culinary makers to conduct workshops, lectures, or classes. Artists must apply and be accepted to the approved schedule prior to scheduling any classes or soliciting students.
In this self-directed program, Creative Educators will determine their own class schedule, syllabus, and workshop content. SAACA will provide the space, tables, chairs, and access to shared studio equipment for students, depending on space used.
SAACA will include Creative Educators’ classes and workshops on our Website, including description, date and time, fee, and sign-up directions. SAACA provides monthly, email advertising to 25,000+ list, social media, local print advertising promoting the facility, memberships, and classes. Specific class marketing is the responsibility of the artist. All supplies and materials are provided by the teacher.
Art Educators have two choices for using space and offering classes/workshops:
1. Rental Space with hourly fee to CATALYST, without use of SAACA class registration system and promotions
2. Rental Space with hourly fee to CATALYST; SAACA facilitates class registration and payment portal, with marketing supplemental listed above. 10% fee on all class registrations kept by SAACA to cover marketing and registration processing fees. Teacher is paid within 7-10 business days following the class.
AVAILABLE TEACHING SPACES
Available Teaching & Maker Spaces
Culinary Teaching Kitchen
Chefs, educators and culinary technicians can use this space to teach classes based in developing traditional and contemporary culinary knowledge and skills. The room is equipped with tables, stools, prep counters, refrigerator, freezer, a convection oven, a commercial dishwasher, plates, cutlery, pots and pans. Maximum capacity: 15-20, depending on activity.
Music and Digital Arts Lab
Musicians, photographers, multimedia and digital artists, and educators can use this space to teach lessons and classes in sound mixing, podcasting, video, photography, and more. The room is equipped with tables, chairs, mixing station, and sound booths; requires supervised use of equipment. Maximum capacity: 15-30, depending on activity.
Robotics & Engineering Lab
Builders, creators, innovators, designers, computer scientists, and tinkerers can use this space to teach technical skills alongside the maker mentality to the general public through fix-it clinics, 3D design and fabrication, and project-based workshops. The room is equipped with tables and stools; requires supervised use of equipment. Maximum capacity: 15-30, depending on activity.
Arts & Crafts Studio
Painters, potters, jewelers, weavers, glass artists, and general DIYers can teach classes in any medium, mixed-media, and interdisciplinary arts and crafts. The room is equipped with tables, chairs, easels, paper for covering tables, basic supplies and materials. Maximum capacity: 15-30, depending on activity.
These spaces can be used by artists, makers, creatives, professionals, and community members to both teach workshops, and take workshops. Each year SAACA provides more than 200,000 unique arts and cultural engagement opportunities for the community; we would like to invite teaching artists and makers to lead workshops, programs and activities at Catalyst. To begin the workshop planning process, please submit an inquiry to rent out a teaching space for consideration.
TEACHING & WORKSHOP RENTAL RATES
Interested teachers can host a class in CATALYST by renting out a select maker space by the hour. Classes can take place Tuesday - Saturday, between 10am-6pm (Regular CATALYST Hours) and 6pm-9pm (After Hours)