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Episode 20:

Kate Marquez and

Episode 20:

Kate Marquez and

Episode 20: Executive Director Kate Marquez of

The Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) is a Tucson, Arizona based nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. They promote a variety of cultural, culinary, arts and music events throughout the year encouraging artist and community collaborations.

Kate Marquez has been the Executive Director for over 14 years. A Tucson native, Kate attended the University of Arizona with a study focus on Political Science and Religious Studies. Her leadership has brought innovative programs and collaborations, such as Arts and Business, Healthcare, Education, and Creative Placemaking projects throughout the State. Kate is the 2017 winner of the Inside Tucson Business Nonprofit CEO of the year, and 2 time nominee for the Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards, and currently serves on the Americans for the Arts Private Sector Advisory Council.  

Through her vision and leadership, SAACA evolved and has become a model for other cities to emulate. For the past seven years, Kate’s vision of creating a multifaceted hub for artists and creator to showcase their talents is about to come true. CATALYST, located in a Tucson shopping mall is 14,000 square feet of workspace, learning centers and multi media open space made possible by support and collaboration with local businesses and artists. CATALYST is scheduled to open in late August. As we talk about this project and all that SAACA does, you can hear the excitement in Kate’s voice. We hope other communities listen in and learn from Kate’s story.

Episode 20

by Kate Marquez & | With Your Host Ricardo

Time Line:

The beginnings in Oro Valley, AZ.

Reaching out to other communities (Casa Grande)

Investing in the Arts, Festivals and People

“Undercover Arts” magazine

The Community Share Program

The Arts and Health Care Program

The CATALYST Project

How about the future

Future Collaborations & Partnerships