Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting the arts at the TCA. 


To enrich, educate and entertain the community by providing support for dynamic cultural events, thoughtful exhibitions and innovative educational programs, and to promote the Tempe Center for the Arts as a nationally recognized cultural resource.

You can help support the arts at the TCA by attending TCA events and joining the Friends of TCA.

About TCA

The Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) is one of the finest venues in Arizona – a jewel in the crown of a city known for its support of the arts. The TCA is located on the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake and resides in a beautifully appointed 17-acre lakeside art park developed by Design Workshop, a Tempe landscape architecture firm.

The strikingly magnificent TCA, designed by Tempe-based ARCHITEKTON and award-winning Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles, houses a state-of-the-art, 600-seat proscenium theater, a 200-seat studio theater and a 3,500 square-foot gallery. The finely appointed Lakeside room overlooks Town Lake, with views of the Papago and Camelback mountains, and is available for meetings, banquets and special events.

For more information, including location and hours, events, ticketing, exhibitions, and facility rental, please visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website.


Friends of TCArt Shop is located just inside the main entrance of the Tempe Center for the Arts. The shop sells fine art, ceramics, fine craft jewelry, scarves, other wearable art, purses, CD’s, note cards and more all designed by local and regional artists. Proceeds support artists, exhibitions, education and Friends’ programs at the TCA.

The TCArt Shop is open from 1-4 p.m. Thursday/Friday/Saturday and during most scheduled public events at the TCA. The TCArt Shop is also an exciting place to volunteer and welcomes interested adults. Call the shop 480-350-5660 to find out more or email


Board of Directors

Frank Williams – President
Brian Farling (Jones Studio Architects) – Vice President
Jeff Davis (Tempe Digital) – Treasurer
Jean Cook (Roosevelt School District) – Secretary

Board Members

Don Dotts (ASU, retired); Gail Fisher (Community Arts Activist); Rex Gulbranson (retired arts administrator); Catherine Hayden (Hayden’s Ferry Chamber Music Series); Lisa Hobson (Tempe Elementary School District, retired); Susan Johnson (RBC Wealth Management); John Kane (Architekton); Mel Kessler (Community Arts Activist); Anndee Rickey (Firebrand Group); Teresa Robinette (Community Arts Activist); Freda Rothermel (Community Arts Activist); Manjula Vaz (Gammage & Burnham); and Ex Officio members Neil Giuliano (Greater Phoenix Leadership); and Robin Trick (House of Tricks Restaurant)

Contact Us

Suzann May
Board Administrator, Friends of Tempe Center for the Arts

700 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Tempe, AZ 85281