Casa Libre (Tucson, AZ)


  • Name:TC Tolbert
  • Title:Assistant Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Casa Libre
  • Address:228 N 4th Ave
    Tucson, AZ 85705
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:4234432421

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  • Mission:
  • The mission of Casa Libre en la Solana is to cultivate and enrich a vibrant community of writers and artists through the invention, presentation, and appreciation of creative work. Since our inception in 2003, we have been successful in fulfilling this mission in 3 distinct ways. 1. We provide a venue for classes, residencies, readings and workshops. 2. We provide opportunities to artists by offering the resources and support they need to make their artistic dreams a reality. 3. We offer space for other community events related to arts and letters.

  • History:
  • Casa Libre en la Solana, since its inception, has supported and enhanced the creativity of professional and novice writers by providing a community venue for classes, readings, and other professional development opportunities. As a community venue, Casa Libre houses six regular literary series: Lamplight (Tucson’s oldest open mic); WIP (UA’s MFA program’s monthly Works-In-Progress readings); EDGE (a reading series for younger and emerging writers); Trickhouse Live! (a cross genre series in collaboration with the online journal; Curiosity Symposiums (a conversation series centered on a monthly theme); and Stjukshon (an indigenous reading series). We also hold one-off events such as book releases and lectures, along with a variety of workshops and classes throughout the year. In addition to our regular programming, we also hold singular events such as The Dictionary Project Presents, Great Poems Spoken, a film screening in collaboration with the Loft for the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, a reading of Ethnic Studies high-school students work, and Troubling Tucson – the first ever transgender poetry symposium. Finally, Casa Libre is the home to Made for Flight, a Transgender youth and ally empowerment workshop series that incorporates transgender history, ally development, creative writing, and kite building to commemorate the lives of the Transgender individuals who have been murdered in the last year.

    We offer the use of our facilities and technological equipment at discounted or waived rates to a variety of Tucson-based groups, including the local chapter of the National Writers' Union, Kore Press, Queer People of Color, the University of Arizona MFA program, Pan Left Productions, Read Between the Bars, and Tucson Youth Poetry Slam (TYPS). The ability to offer these services has been a hallmark of Casa Libre’s existence and has led to many collaborations and a larger sense of literary community.

    Year-round residency opportunities were once the core of Casa Libre's programming; however, due to economic constraints, these residencies have become semi-annual, hybrid residencies where visiting authors are hosted in off-site, local venues. Among the previous residents and guests who have stayed at Casa Libre we count Camille Dungy, Jena Osman, Ellen Baxt, Robin Blaser, Juliana Spahr, Rick Moody, Jessica Berger Gross, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Lihn Dihn, Joshua Marie Wilkinson, Brian Turner, Srikanth Reddy, and Olga Broumas. We are happy to boast that these residencies were successful collaborations.

    Casa Libre serves a diverse audience, presenting readers from all over the country, while keeping in mind that Tucson is both our physical home and community base. The founders and board members of Casa Libre are deeply invested in fostering creativity. We are devoted to honoring and making space for thinking, writing, conversation, art-making and performance in a world dearly in need of artistic vision, creative solutions, and celebration of the human mind.

  • Year established:2003
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Unknown
  • IRS Section:
  • Tax ID:56-2371298

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:562371298
  • Organization Name:CASA LIBRE EN LA SOLANA
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% SALLY RODGERS
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 43582
  • Organization City:TUCSON
  • Organization State:AZ
  • Organization Zip:85733-3582
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2006
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2017
  • Filing Requirement Category:02 (990 - Required to file Form 990-N - Income less than $25,000 per year)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A20
  • Asset Amount:$0
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  • Income Amount:$0
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  • 990 Revenue Amount:$0
  • Last Updated:2/17/2018 5:27:38 pm

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