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Arizona Tax Credit ($200 for a single individual, $400 for a married couple filing jointly). To receive this tax credit, make out a check to the school of your choice. There is a list of Opening Minds through the Arts schools here and a list of all TUSD schools here. If you want your donation to apply to the OMA program, please mail the check to TUSD OMA Program, 2025 E. Winsett, Tucson, AZ 85719. For tax credit donations for band, orchestra, and other programs, mail the check to your chosen school. In the memo section of the check, you should indicate the program you would like to have your money assist. If you make a donation to the school's Fine and Performing Arts program, you should further indicate your area of interest by listing Opening Minds through the Arts (OMA), music, band, orchestra, drama, dance, or visual arts. Click here for more info.

What You Can Do to Increase the Quality of Arts Education?

  • Find out who is teaching the arts and what curriculum and activities are used.
  • Let everyone know that, in your school, you want education in all four arts for all K-8 students and in at least one art form for students in grades 9-12.
  • Make your school and community aware of the need for qualified arts teachers.
  • Create an awareness and understanding of the importance of arts education with parents and students, faculty and administrators, school board and community members.

YoungArts: a program of the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts.
The mission of the NFAA is to identify emerging artists and assist them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development, and to raise the appreciation for, and support of, the arts in American Society.

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