Kate Marquez

Executive Director
Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance
Tucson, Arizona

A Tucson, Arizona native, Kate has served as the Director of the Southern Arizona Arts & Cultural Alliance (SAACA) since 2006. Kate has worked to transform the organization from a defunded rural arts council, into a regional multi-disciplinary arts and cultural alliance known for innovation in the arts, grounded in a sustainable model of growth. Since taking the leadership role over 13 years ago, SAACA has since grown to become one of the largest multi-disciplinary presenting arts organizations in the region, dedicated to the creation, preservation and advancement of the Arts. Each year SAACA provides hundreds of opportunities for artists in the community to present and exhibit their artwork in the community.  Through collaborative Arts and Business partnerships in Healthcare, Economic Development & Tourism, Public Art, Marketing, Education, Banking, and non-arts sector collaborative programming, SAACA's programming serves one of the most diverse sectors of arts and creative sectors in the community, including community arts and music festivals, performing arts, cultural education, programs for Veterans and Seniors, as well as culinary arts, design and more recently, the maker movement.  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.