Arizona Gives Day

Celebrate Arizona Gives Day with us! 
Arizona Gives Day Pre-Game: April 1st from 6-9pm in the Ceramics Courtyard. Come hang out, grab some food and drinks, and make your AZGD donation!
Donuts and Donations: April 2nd from 9-11am in the VAB Lobby. Stop by on your way into class, have a donut and some coffee, and make your AZGD donation!
Cookies and Contributions: April 2nd from noon-9pm in the VAB Lobby. Grab a cookie and a drink on your way into class and make your AZGD donation!

WonderLab: A Visual Poetics

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 ListonElliot 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.


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

Register today! 
Thunderbird Arts Center
Mon. 3/18 – Friday 3/22
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
Spring Break Camp at Thunderbird Arts Center starts next week!  We still have spots left, and wanted to let you know.  Looking forward to seeing you and your camper next week for a whole week of artsy fun!

Art Detour at Phoenix Center for the Arts
Two Gallery Shows – March 15 & 16

“Creative Resistance:
Confronting Indigenous Struggles Through Street Art”
Gallery Exhibition by Remy
March 15, 6:00-9:00pm
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!

Visit our Gallery page for more information

Join us tonight for Third Friday!

We are thrilled to have partnered with Roosevelt Row Academy to help bring FREE workshops facilitated by three different artists/disciplines. During Third Friday, over three months during Spring 2019, three (3) one-hour workshops will be facilitated by three different artists/disciplines per month. This outdoor arts and culture workshop series will take place at Shadow Play, the “triangle” on 3rd Street and Roosevelt. Classes are accessible for all levels, of all ages, and are free for the public to attend.

Student Art Series: Spring Show
Stop by during Art Detour tonight!
Out and about for Art Detour? We have so much amazing artwork on display at Phoenix Center for the Arts this month.
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!

Artists include:
Archana Padmavati, Brianna Spadafora, Ellen Roach, Hana Shafer, Jon Whitcomb, Kathleen Yardley, Lee Brown, Lizbeth Patterson, Mary Egbert, Rosalie Kirkman, Susan Parkin, and Thomas Santilli

The IMPACTful Nonprofit Award celebrates an organization that exhibits community impact, innovation, and has proven to overcome adversity. Phoenix Center for the Arts is honored to be a finalist for the award. YOU have to opportunity to help us receive this distinguished award. Voting closes on April 19th.

Arizona Gives Day is an annual giving movement uniting nonprofits, big and small, new and established, to celebrate and increase philanthropy in Arizona through online giving. Please consider donating to Phoenix Center for the Arts on April 2nd. Your contribution, no matter how big or small, creates an impact.