About

Phoenix Center for the Arts provides opportunities to participate in the visual and performing arts through quality classes, programming, and events. Classes are available for youth and adults throughout the year.

For location information and hours of operation, please visit our Contact page.

CORE VALUES
Arts and cultural education for all ages and stages of life.
Cultural diversity.
Respect for the individual, community, and environment.
Fiscal responsibility.

ACCESSIBILITY
Phoenix Center for the Arts is committed to making programs accessible for all participants. Please contact us two weeks prior to the start of the class with any accessibility requests or concerns.

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Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to be a facility of and supported by the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department. Phoenix Center for the Arts is supported in part by an award from the Arizona Commission on the Arts, an agency of the State of Arizona. Partial funding provided by the Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture through appropriations from the Phoenix City Council.

City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation


History

Phoenix Center for the Arts was established in 1975 and operated by the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department until 2011. The Center was slated to close, due to City budget cuts, but the community spoke out.

Committees were formed, citizens organized, and the operation was turned over to the existing nonprofit, the Phoenix Center Arts Association, now known as Phoenix Center for the Arts, Inc. Since its inception, the Center has been a foundation for the arts in Phoenix. However, since the change in model to a nonprofit, it has already grown into a dynamic community center for the visual and performing arts, quickly filling the needs of citizens, schools, and artists alike, all of whom agree that together we can make something.

Adult Classes include study in metals, photography, painting, drawing, ceramics, glass, the performing arts, and special-interest classes.

Youth Classes include instruction in visual arts, theatre, music, and dance in a nurturing environment to develop a child’s creativity.

Outreach The Center is proud to provide art classes and experiences off-site for after school programs, special events, and senior centers.

Performances Our 210-seat theater is the perfect venue for one-day engagements and full size productions in theatre, music, and dance.

City Jazz City Jazz consists of a ‘big band’ of musicians who are between 10 and 18 years old. They are given the opportunity to learn, improvise and perform jazz.

Facilities Perfect for organizations in need of rehearsal and class space, as well as groups and individuals looking for unique spaces for events and parties.