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 firm Architekton and Barton Myers Associates of Los Angeles) makes for a beacon of modernity in the arcane Arizona desert. Its venues include a 600-seat proscenium theatre, 200-seat studio theatre, and a 3,500 square foot gallery space.
TCA serves as the performing home to Tempe’s Homegrown Cultural and Arts Groups, including Childsplay Theatre, Tempe Little Theatre, A. Ludwig Dance Theatre, CONDER/dance, Desert Dance Theatre, Tempe Symphony Orchestra and Tempe Community Chorus. In addition to a busy calendar of performances, TCA hosts family and children’s events, community gatherings and programs, and classes and workshops in the arts. Its Public Art program actively commissions new works for display on TCA’s grounds and throughout the city of Tempe, engaging the community and reexamining the role of the arts in public life.
Tempe Center for the Arts Information
- Public Transportation: Fair (bus 48 has a stop at Tempe Center for the Arts)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Approximately 150 events per season
- Ticket Prices: Vary ($5-50) depending on event and seating choice.