The Arizona Pastel Artists Association (APAA) was founded by a group of Arizona artists on May 2, 1994, in Phoenix, Arizona and incorporated in 1997. It operates as a charitable 501C (4) Social Organization. APAA is currently a member of the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS).
The Arizona Pastel Artists Association endeavors to promote artistic creativity, art appreciation, and to offer instructional aid and outreach to interested artists through meetings, seminars, workshops and art exhibits. APAA exists specifically to promote the medium of pastel through its operations, stewardship and community activity.
APAA operates as a non-profit entity. Funding sources include, but are not limited to member dues, show proceeds, workshops and donations. APAA uses these funds to provide Arizona-based show opportunities, workshops and programs. APAA promotes the pastel medium primarily in Arizona, but also as part of the affiliated international pastel community through its association with the International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS). Membership is open to anyone with an interest in sharing the vision of APAA and its members.