Add Your Voice
This month, Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center added their voice in support of inclusivity and protection to two letters, drafted for our Arizona government officials, by the Asian Corporate & Entrepreneur Leaders (ACEL) and ONE Community (ONE).
In each letter, along with over 100 Arizona businesses, we stand in solidarity with our local Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and LGBTQ+ communities, in these requests for equal protections and opportunities under Arizona law. Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center encourage the community to join together to stop hate, and put an end to inequality.
Read the letter from the ACEL, requesting “to make the prevention and prosecution of hate crimes against AAPI a top priority in your governmental agenda.”
Read the letter from ONE, writing “in support of non-discrimination ordinances that protect all people, including LGBTQ people, from discrimination in employment, housing and public accommodations.”
For resources on how you can add your voice in support of equal rights and protections under the law:
· ACEL recommends visiting stopaapihate.org for resources on how you can contribute to the movement to stop anti-Asian hate.
· ONE invites you to take the Unity Pledge at openaz.co to show your commitment to improving the future of Arizona.
Indigenous Peoples Day
Phoenix Center for the Arts acknowledges that it resides on the land of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People. Land that was cultivated for centuries, and is stewarded today by the Akimel O’odham (Pima), Tohono O’odham, as well as the Pee Posh (Maricopa), who are the indigenous peoples of this land. We share our gratitude for the complex canal systems they engineered over 1000 years ago that enable us to live here in the Sonoran Desert today. We acknowledge the sovereignty of all Native Nations within the state of Arizona, and recognize our responsibility to honor Indigenous People, their culture, and their legacy as thriving contemporary communities by advocating for decolonized, inclusive, and diverse practices for all arts and culture institutions.
Indigenous Peoples Day recognizes that Native people are the first inhabitants of the Americas, honors their history, and celebrates their culture. Visit the Indigenous Peoples Day Arizona website for more information about #IndigenousPeoplesDay and how to celebrate in Arizona.
Photograph of Daniel Ramirez, artist at the 2017 Phoenix Festival of the Arts. Daniel is a descendant of the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan, and his work has been shown in museums and arts shows throughout the country. Visit his website https://sites.google.com/site/danielramirezart/ to learn more about Daniel and his artwork.
Call to Action
Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center stand against racism and social injustice. Now is a time to act in support of one another, sharing love, kindness, and compassion. We encourage our friends and neighbors to find ways to speak up and work to change the systems of power that perpetuate inequity, violence, and injustice.
There are so many ways you can help. Our colleagues at Local First Arizona recently shared this list of ways that we can mobilize to support the black community, both with our dollars and our voices.
Speak up. Now is not the time to remain silent. There are so many steps that need to be taken to begin moving in the right direction if we are ever to achieve equity in the country, in the state, and in our local communities. Let’s be a part of the solution, together.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
– Martin Luther King Jr.
Liliana Gomez at Jacob’s Pillow
Jacob’s Pillow, in partnership with the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) and The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), invited early career dance presenters to apply for an immersive professional development experience to:
- Strengthen curatorial practice in dance
- Discuss critical issues facing the dance field
- Learn about and share audience engagement strategies
- Explore collaborative strategies to support choreographic development
- Strengthen professional networks
We are super excited that our very own Dance Department Head, Liliana Gomez will be attending on behalf of Phoenix Center for the Arts!
Photo by Eduardo Robles
Women Veteran Art Program
For more information the on the free Women Veteran Art Program at Phoenix Center for the Arts, CLICK HERE.
Phoenix Center for the Arts Announces Lauren Henschen as its new Chief Executive Officer
Phoenix Center for the Arts Announces Departure of Director, Joseph Benesh
April 5 & 19, 2019
at the Larry Wilson Gallery,
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present WonderLab: A Visual Poetics, an exhibition created by MFA students at Arizona State University. Students include: Maritza Estrada, Jabari Jawan Allen, Maria Woodson, Erin Noehre, Joel Salcido, Chelsea Liston, Elliot Winter, and Steven Abell, curated by Rashaad Thomas. The show will be open to the public on Friday, April 5 & 19, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm, in the Larry Wilson Gallery, located within the Performing Arts Building at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
[The] WonderLab: A Visual Poetics, is the product of poets wondering about the possibilities and deficiencies of “text”. Through rigor and critical inquiry, this group of eight poets of varying identities and aesthetics are reconsidering what a text can be, how a poem can be “read”, how the emotional and intellectual landscapes of poetry can be rendered beyond the traditional “page”, how the imagistic, aural and textural resonances of poetics can be made visual. This exhibition is about questions.
A SERIES OF QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS ABOUT ART AND POETICS
These words have been crafted without you in mind. They are being read over you. Over your body. To prepare you. What is there to read here? Posture? The long movements of ritual? Tiny adjustments that cannot be concealed? Have you ever tried to touch a gathering, a play, a funeral? Which are its most untouchable parts? Is a funeral a kind art? Are we never supposed to touch art? Does touching art change it? Does touching it alter how we gather? Who’s allowed to sob loudly in a museum? The viewer? Certainly not. The artist? But isn’t the artist’s art the manifestation of a prior grief? Wouldn’t this person’s unrestrained outpourings of emotion be a spontaneous demonstration and need to be contained and given a thoughtful name and provided adequate time to promote? Surely it should not be permitted in the same venue? Isn’t there a massive conflict of interests? How many monuments have been born into us? When should we stop asking questions about gathering? If we’re reading this, our gaze is passing over the surface of a text. Our hearts are beating continually. The moment is gorgeous. It is so many things that we cannot touch. Or. Maybe it’s not even a thing at all.
Spring Break Camp at Thunderbird Arts Center
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Art Detour at Phoenix Center for the Arts
Two Gallery Shows – March 15 & 16
March 16, 9:00am-4:00pm
Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present CREATIVE RESISTANCE – Confronting Indigenous Struggles Through Street Art, an exhibition by artist Remy, curated by Rashaad Thomas.
The show will be open to the public on Friday, March 15, 2019 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am to 4:00pm, in the Larry Wilson Gallery, located within the Performing Arts Building at Phoenix Center for the Arts, 1202 N Third Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004.
Remy is a multidisciplinary Indigenous activist and artist of many different media from the Black Mesa region on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona. By utilizing art, activism and technology, his creations are rooted in his heritage and culture addressing social, environmental and political issues. Remy’s work and installations can be seen in the streets, traveling in various exhibits around the world and secured in many of the country’s finest evidence lockers, but not before making its statement to the public pushing the important role art plays within movements.
Please bring warm clothing donations for our unsheltered Indigenous relatives up north in colder weather. Thank you!
Join us tonight for Third Friday!
Phoenix Center for the Arts is proud to present the Student Art Series, Spring Show, featuring the work of our very own visual arts students.
This show is presented in the Visual Arts Building, open for viewing during business hours,and is free to the public. Stop by this Friday from 6:00-9:00pm!