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Phoenix Arts: Art Scene in Phoenix

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Arizona’s capital and largest city is notable for its rugged scenic beauty. The mountainous landscapes of Phoenix have served as an inspiration to artists of all disciplines for generations. This economic and cultural center of Arizona also features an active music and performing arts scene. For example, Ballet Arizona, headquartered in Phoenix, is one of Southwest’s most accomplished professional ballet companies.

Phoenix Arts Information

Art Museums

Heard Museum

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is one of the nation’s foremost institutions dedicated solely to Native American history, with a particular emphasis on the cultures of America’s Southwest. The Museum strives to present a sympathetic and accurate portrayal of America’s native cultures, with a notable interest in collaboration with the local Native American community.  It was established in 1929 by settlers Dwight and Maie Heard, and has …more…

Cactus Art

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum (PAM) is Arizona’s largest and most diverse museum, containing over 18,000 works of American, European, Asian, Latin American and contemporary art, and more.  Opened in 1959, PAM has undergone several additions to the original building, all by renowned architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien and Associates; the current facility occupies over 203,000 square feet.  The Museum contains several …more…

Theater

Actors Theatre of Phoenix

Actors Theatre of Phoenix

The Actors Theatre’s motto “Off-Broadway – Just Downtown” is dead-on, as the Phoenix-based company regularly produces thought-provoking plays that have recently been seen Off-Broadway in New York at its home in the Herberger Theater Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The theater, which is particularly interested in socially conscious work ...more...

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company

A non-sectarian, not-for-profit, professional company, AJTC is a member of the Association for Jewish Theatre, Phoenix Community Alliance, Alliance for Audience, Local First AZ, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts. ...more...

Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Theatre Company

Billed as the “State Theatre of Arizona”, ATC offers an exciting season of area premieres and important classics that play venues in both Tucson and Phoenix. Pulling an impressive roster of local and Broadway talent, ATC prides itself on outstanding production values and extensive education and outreach programs, offering patrons and students a vast array of master classes and talk back sessions. With over 40 seasons of professional productions under …more…

Childsplay

Childsplay

The only professional theatre in Arizona catering exclusively to kids and young adults, Childsplay operates a full season of whimsical works at its home at the Tempe Center for the Arts, as well as offering a touring production that plays over 40 cities in 17 states each year. Committed to creating the full theatrical experience for children and their parents, Childsplay’s innovative ‘360 Theatre’ …more…

Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre

Arizona’s home for local productions of flashy plays and big budget musicals, Phoenix Theatre is also one of the oldest professional theatre companies in the country. For over 89 years, Phoenix Theatre’s commitment to excellence has been a vital part of the Southwest arts scene. Major productions are divided between the company’s mainstage season and its Cookie Company (Theatre for you Young Audiences), but …more…

Southwest Shakespeare Company

Southwest Shakespeare Company

Co-founded in 1994 by educators, actors and Shakespeare aficionados Kevin Dressler and Randy Messersmith, Southwest Shakespeare emphasizes education and making Shakespeare understandable to the masses. In 2000, Jared Sakren — a member of the first graduating class of the Julliard Drama Division and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company — came aboard as SSC’s artistic director.

For its …more…

Classical Music

Arizona Bach Festival

Arizona Bach Festival (formerly American Bach Festival)

(January) For seven years the American Bach Festival brought a series of sublime Bach cantatas to the greater Phoenix area. Now, as the Arizona Bach Festival, the week-long event continues to bring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, some of the finest music ever written, to the Valley of the Sun.

The Bach Festival Orchestra, held in January, when the average daily high for Phoenix is a balmy 67 degrees, draws …more…

Phoenix Boys Choir

Phoenix Boys Choir

With almost 250 members, the Phoenix Boys Choir is one of the largest and most active boy choirs in the United States. Begun in 1947, the choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and at international festivals. In 2000, they won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for a recording of Penderecki’s “Credo” with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus. The …more…

Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix Chorale began in 1958 as the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix, meeting in the living room of one if its members. Over its history, the choir has become one of the most respected choral ensembles in the United States, performing all over North America and making its New York debut at Lincoln Center in 2009 with its sister organization, the Kansas City Chorale. ...more...

Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Symphony

Arizona’s only full-time professional orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony has been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1947 and today, reaches over 300,000 people per year through its concerts and educational outreach programs (which reach over 80,000 students annually). Under the inventive baton of Music Director Michael Christie, the Symphony has carved out an impressive niche for itself in the landscape of classical music, …more…

Opera

Arizona Opera

Arizona Opera

Founded in 1971 as the Tucson Opera, the company began performing in Phoenix within a few years and changed its name to Arizona Opera to reflect its scope as one of the nation’s few companies serving multiple cities.

The arrival of Glynn Ross as general director in 1983 was crucial. Ross, who introduced the Ring Cycle to the United States as a week-long festival (Richard Wagner’s own preference for his mammoth …more…

Dance

Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona

The virtuosic Ballet Arizona was born out of a 1986 merger between three struggling ballet companies in Phoenix and Tucson: Phoenix Ballet, Arizona Dance Theatre, and Ballet West Arizona. Proving fruitful, this company has grown to be considered an Arizona state treasure, receiving numerous accolades and awards including Arts Organization of the Year in 2006.

Since around 2000, artistic director Ib Andersen has transformed the company from a strong regional troupe …more…

CONDER/dance

CONDER/dance

Founded in 2003 by Carley Conder, CONDER/dance quickly earned a reputation for producing some of the finest contemporary dance in the greater Phoenix area. The company draws from the strong local dance community, including ASU’s highly regarded undergraduate and graduate dance programs, to assemble a youthful, polished and widely appealing group of performers. Their rigorously physical style is often complemented by collaborations with musical …more…

Multi-Arts Festivals

Sedona Jazz On The Rocks Festival

Sedona Jazz On The Rocks Festival (Sedona, AZ)

(October) Since its inception in 1981, Sedona Jazz Festival has presented outstanding live jazz, becoming one of the longest running and most respected jazz festivals in the Southwest. Nestled in a stunning natural landscape is a long history of featuring up-and-coming young performers and jazz legends alike in this late summer/early fall festival. The three-day event hosts more than 5,000 attendees each year who flock to the resort town to …more…

Venues

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage

Arizona State University’s Gammage is both a historic building and a vital part of the cultural life of ASU and the city of Tempe.

It is one of the largest university-affiliated performing arts presenters in the world, and is home to the Progressive Broadway Across America – Arizona series and the ASU Gammage Beyond series. Gammage also manages all operations at ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, and features select events …more…

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts (TCA) is Tempe’s premiere venue for the performing arts, and one of the finest in the state of Arizona.  It rests in a 17-acre arts park located at the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake, a man-made reservoir occupying the dry bed of Salt River.  The unique geometric design of the TCA facility (designed by local …more…

Art Museums

Heard Museum

Heard Museum

The Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art is one of the nation’s foremost institutions dedicated solely to Native American history, with a particular emphasis on the cultures of America’s Southwest. The Museum strives to present a sympathetic and accurate portrayal of America’s native cultures, with a notable interest in collaboration with the local Native American community.  It was established in 1929 by settlers Dwight and Maie Heard, and has …more…

Cactus Art

Phoenix Art Museum

The Phoenix Art Museum (PAM) is Arizona’s largest and most diverse museum, containing over 18,000 works of American, European, Asian, Latin American and contemporary art, and more.  Opened in 1959, PAM has undergone several additions to the original building, all by renowned architects Tod Williams/Billie Tsien and Associates; the current facility occupies over 203,000 square feet.  The Museum contains several …more…

Theater

Actors Theatre of Phoenix

Actors Theatre of Phoenix

The Actors Theatre’s motto “Off-Broadway – Just Downtown” is dead-on, as the Phoenix-based company regularly produces thought-provoking plays that have recently been seen Off-Broadway in New York at its home in the Herberger Theater Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The theater, which is particularly interested in socially conscious work ...more...

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company

Arizona Jewish Theatre Company

A non-sectarian, not-for-profit, professional company, AJTC is a member of the Association for Jewish Theatre, Phoenix Community Alliance, Alliance for Audience, Local First AZ, and Arizona Citizens for the Arts. ...more...

Arizona Theatre Company

Arizona Theatre Company

Billed as the “State Theatre of Arizona”, ATC offers an exciting season of area premieres and important classics that play venues in both Tucson and Phoenix. Pulling an impressive roster of local and Broadway talent, ATC prides itself on outstanding production values and extensive education and outreach programs, offering patrons and students a vast array of master classes and talk back sessions. With over 40 seasons of professional productions under …more…

Childsplay

Childsplay

The only professional theatre in Arizona catering exclusively to kids and young adults, Childsplay operates a full season of whimsical works at its home at the Tempe Center for the Arts, as well as offering a touring production that plays over 40 cities in 17 states each year. Committed to creating the full theatrical experience for children and their parents, Childsplay’s innovative ‘360 Theatre’ …more…

Phoenix Theatre

Phoenix Theatre

Arizona’s home for local productions of flashy plays and big budget musicals, Phoenix Theatre is also one of the oldest professional theatre companies in the country. For over 89 years, Phoenix Theatre’s commitment to excellence has been a vital part of the Southwest arts scene. Major productions are divided between the company’s mainstage season and its Cookie Company (Theatre for you Young Audiences), but …more…

Southwest Shakespeare Company

Southwest Shakespeare Company

Co-founded in 1994 by educators, actors and Shakespeare aficionados Kevin Dressler and Randy Messersmith, Southwest Shakespeare emphasizes education and making Shakespeare understandable to the masses. In 2000, Jared Sakren — a member of the first graduating class of the Julliard Drama Division and a founding member of John Houseman’s The Acting Company — came aboard as SSC’s artistic director.

For its …more…

Classical Music

Arizona Bach Festival

Arizona Bach Festival (formerly American Bach Festival)

(January) For seven years the American Bach Festival brought a series of sublime Bach cantatas to the greater Phoenix area. Now, as the Arizona Bach Festival, the week-long event continues to bring the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, some of the finest music ever written, to the Valley of the Sun.

The Bach Festival Orchestra, held in January, when the average daily high for Phoenix is a balmy 67 degrees, draws …more…

Phoenix Boys Choir

Phoenix Boys Choir

With almost 250 members, the Phoenix Boys Choir is one of the largest and most active boy choirs in the United States. Begun in 1947, the choir has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and at international festivals. In 2000, they won the Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance for a recording of Penderecki’s “Credo” with the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus. The …more…

Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix Chorale began in 1958 as the Bach & Madrigal Society of Phoenix, meeting in the living room of one if its members. Over its history, the choir has become one of the most respected choral ensembles in the United States, performing all over North America and making its New York debut at Lincoln Center in 2009 with its sister organization, the Kansas City Chorale. ...more...

Phoenix Symphony

Phoenix Symphony

Arizona’s only full-time professional orchestra, The Phoenix Symphony has been serving the greater Phoenix area since 1947 and today, reaches over 300,000 people per year through its concerts and educational outreach programs (which reach over 80,000 students annually). Under the inventive baton of Music Director Michael Christie, the Symphony has carved out an impressive niche for itself in the landscape of classical music, …more…

Opera

Arizona Opera

Arizona Opera

Founded in 1971 as the Tucson Opera, the company began performing in Phoenix within a few years and changed its name to Arizona Opera to reflect its scope as one of the nation’s few companies serving multiple cities.

The arrival of Glynn Ross as general director in 1983 was crucial. Ross, who introduced the Ring Cycle to the United States as a week-long festival (Richard Wagner’s own preference for his mammoth …more…

Dance

Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona

The virtuosic Ballet Arizona was born out of a 1986 merger between three struggling ballet companies in Phoenix and Tucson: Phoenix Ballet, Arizona Dance Theatre, and Ballet West Arizona. Proving fruitful, this company has grown to be considered an Arizona state treasure, receiving numerous accolades and awards including Arts Organization of the Year in 2006.

Since around 2000, artistic director Ib Andersen has transformed the company from a strong regional troupe …more…

CONDER/dance

CONDER/dance

Founded in 2003 by Carley Conder, CONDER/dance quickly earned a reputation for producing some of the finest contemporary dance in the greater Phoenix area. The company draws from the strong local dance community, including ASU’s highly regarded undergraduate and graduate dance programs, to assemble a youthful, polished and widely appealing group of performers. Their rigorously physical style is often complemented by collaborations with musical …more…

Multi-Arts Festivals

Sedona Jazz On The Rocks Festival

Sedona Jazz On The Rocks Festival (Sedona, AZ)

(October) Since its inception in 1981, Sedona Jazz Festival has presented outstanding live jazz, becoming one of the longest running and most respected jazz festivals in the Southwest. Nestled in a stunning natural landscape is a long history of featuring up-and-coming young performers and jazz legends alike in this late summer/early fall festival. The three-day event hosts more than 5,000 attendees each year who flock to the resort town to …more…

Venues

ASU Gammage

ASU Gammage

Arizona State University’s Gammage is both a historic building and a vital part of the cultural life of ASU and the city of Tempe.

It is one of the largest university-affiliated performing arts presenters in the world, and is home to the Progressive Broadway Across America – Arizona series and the ASU Gammage Beyond series. Gammage also manages all operations at ASU’s Kerr Cultural Center in Scottsdale, and features select events …more…

Tempe Center for the Arts

Tempe Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts (TCA) is Tempe’s premiere venue for the performing arts, and one of the finest in the state of Arizona.  It rests in a 17-acre arts park located at the southwest end of Tempe Town Lake, a man-made reservoir occupying the dry bed of Salt River.  The unique geometric design of the TCA facility (designed by local …more…