Arizona Arts

Our Stories Community Gallery

Since 2014, the Museum’s Our Stories Community Gallery has exhibited community-based exhibitions. At different times of the year the gallery also serves as a place for visitors to respond using a variety of art materials.


The UAMA's Our Stories Community Gallery is a space to highlight community voices through the visual arts. Each exhibition is developed in collaboration with campus and community partners. Past exhibitions include Operation Military Kids, Mapping Q: Still Here/Still Queer, High School Artists, Acts of Love and Community: Sharing Experience with Food and Art, and Tucson Food Stories: Food, Health, Community, Justice

The museum is grateful for our ongoing partners that allow us to create meaningful exhibitions that highlight lesser known artists who live and work in our community. Previous and ongoing partnerships include:

  • ArtWorks, a creative and expressive arts program that is part of the UArizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. The program serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and is a studio space where members are provided a safe space for expression and connection.
  • Southern Arizona AIDS Foundation, a non-profit that serves the southern Arizona community with a mission to promote health, well-being, and social justice for those living with HIV, LGBTQ+ individuals, and communities marginalized by society.
  • St Luke's Home, an assisted-living community for people aged 55+.
  • Art educators teaching in the Pima County area. 
  • The Arizona State Prison Complex- Tucson

Occasionally the Our Stories Community Gallery transforms into a temporary art studio activated by the contributions of visitors. For example, the Making Care pop-up invites visitors of all ages to play, explore and create using a rotating offering of art materials and museum educator-designed prompts.

If you would like to learn more about this gallery, associated programs, or propose a community-based collaboration, please contact Chelsea Farrar, Curator of Community Engagement.