Patron Updates

UPDATE – June 19, 2020:

Greetings, Friends and Supporters,

We hope that you are well, staying safe and healthy. The teams at Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center remain dedicated to providing opportunities for the community to stay creative and connected to one another.

Our facilities will remain closed to the public through the months of July and August, as we attempt to do our part to aid in community health and wellness. We encourage you to stay connected and engaged with us online by participating in one (or more) of our 50+ live, interactive virtual art classes.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

UPDATE – May 7, 2020:

Greetings, Phoenix Center for the Arts & Thunderbird Arts Center Patrons and Supporters!

Thank you for your continued support over the past several weeks. We definitely miss seeing all of our favorite people in person, but have been fortunate to stay connected with many of our instructors and residents online.

We launched our first new live interactive online art class this week, a 4-week sewing workshop that teaches medical mask-making techniques. Masks made in this class are being donated to local hospitals with whom we have partnered. We also have three youth/teen online theatre classes launching next week!

By mid-May we will have dozens more online class offerings available from all of your favorite teachers, including new and unique course offerings that we’ve never been able to offer before. Keep checking your email for those announcements!

Our live online programs provide an opportunity to connect with classmates and teaching artists face to face, giving students that special, one-on-one experience you’ve come to expect from Phoenix Center for the Arts, and the chance to connect and collaborate with friends.

By enrolling in our online classes with Phoenix Center for the Arts & Thunderbird Arts Center, you can support your favorite local teaching artists, while making an investment in the future of Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center.

As a matter of public safety, Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center facility closures will officially extend through the month of May.

The primary focus of our organization is the health and safety of our patrons, and we continue to evaluate the situation on a weekly basis. Please continue to check our Patron Updates page for the most up-to-date information.

Please stay tuned for information about new and modified Summer Classes, coming next week.

Thank you for your support!

UPDATE – April 30, 2020:

Phoenix Center for the Arts & Thunderbird Arts Center facilities remain closed to the public. If you have registered for a Summer Class scheduled to begin the week of May 11th, you will be contacted the week of May 4th with more information about your class. Thank you!

UPDATE – March 30, 2020:

Greetings, Students!

I hope that you are all doing well and staying creative and connected while we are apart. We miss you! If you haven’t participated in #phxartbreak on Facebook or Instagram yet, we encourage you to check it out.

Phoenix Center for the Arts & Thunderbird Arts Center staff continues to work remotely, to create artistic content that is both engaging and inspirational, while also planning for the Summer and Fall Semesters ahead.

Closure update:

Due to continued safety measures put in place by the City, Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center closures will extend through the month of April. As a result, Spring Classes that had not yet begun and Spring Classes that were already in progress, are officially canceled. We truly apologize for the interruption in your class experience and will continue to look for ways to bring artistic opportunities to you virtually in the coming month.

This extended closure deeply impacts teaching artists and all those who work in the gig-based economy. As a small nonprofit organization, we are also heavily impacted across the board, but are trying to do our part to keep the creative community thriving until we can reopen in full force by continuing to compensate our teaching artists throughout the closure as long as we are able.

We are asking our students and supporters for vital support at this time. Ways to support the Center include:

  1. Make a one-time or recurring tax-deductible gift to Phoenix Center for the Arts.
  2. Purchase a gift card for yourself or a loved one.
  3. Register early for a Summer Class at
  4. Engage with us online. Help share our posts and extend our network as we look for creative ways to keep things going. 

What does this mean for the Spring Classes you were enrolled in?

If you are a student enrolled in a Spring Class already in progress or that had yet to officially begin, we suggest the following options:

  1. Donation:
    “Please consider the remaining value of my class tuition to be a tax-deductible donation to the Center, to assist the Center in continuing to pay my instructor.” We have itemized the value of each class currently running and would be happy to provide a tax receipt for your generous gift.
  2. Account Credit:
    “Please credit my MindBody account for the value of missed classes.”

Please use the Google Form below to select which option works best for you.
Again, we encourage you to support local artists through these unprecedented times, and are grateful for your flexibility. If we do not hear back from you within 14 days (by April 12th), we will consider your remaining class value to be a donation to the Center. Thank you so much for your support during this crucial time.


The Summer Semester is still scheduled to begin May 11. Registration is now open.

Summer Camp will begin the first week of June. Registration for Thunderbird Camp is open now. Downtown Camp registration coming soon.

You are an important part of the Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center family, and we look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you for your support!

UPDATE – March 17, 2020:

Greetings, Patrons!

As mentioned last week, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend classes, programs, and events scheduled at Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center, as well as offsite, beginning Saturday, March 14. We do plan to reopen on April 1, but will continue to monitor and assess the situation daily.

At this time, both Centers still intend to provide makeup classes, to be added on to the end of the spring semester.

We have been working diligently throughout the weekend with our board of directors, teaching artists, and resident organizations to thoughtfully plan for the future. We appreciate your patience through this temporary closure and look forward to seeing you again soon.

UPDATE – March 13, 2020:

After careful consideration and upon recommendation from the City of Phoenix Parks & Recreation Department, we have made the decision to temporarily suspend classes, programs, and events scheduled at Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center, as well as offsite, beginning Saturday, March 14. We will plan to reopen on April 1, but will continue to monitor and assess the situation daily.

We are looking into the possibility of hosting some of our programs online/virtually, like Creative Writing and Painting. Please consider participating in the poll (link below) to let us know if you are interested in this option.


We will make every effort to reschedule missed classes. Please stay tuned for more information.

Above all, we value our Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center community, and will continue to look for ways to keep the creativity thriving.

Thank you for your support!

UPDATE – March 10, 2020:

The following is a quick update about additional protocols we are putting into place to ensure continued safety in our art centers, specifically related to those who have recently traveled on a cruise or traveled internationally:

1. Anyone returning from a cruise will be required to work remotely for 14 additional calendar days before returning to work at Phoenix Center for the Arts or Thunderbird Arts Center. Similarly, students returning from a cruise are asked not to return to the Center for 14 days after returning. Please reach out to Center staff to coordinate makeup classes if you have recently traveled on a cruise.

2. This same protocol is in effect for anyone traveling to and returning home from any of the countries on the CDC’s Level 2 List (Japan) and Level 3 List (China, Iran, Italy and South Korea). Please let staff know and refrain from returning to the Center for 14 days upon your return.

Additional recommendations from the CDC regarding travel:

• The CDC recommends travelers, particularly those with underlying health issues, defer all cruise ship travel at this time. Cruise ship passengers are at increased risk of person-to-person spread of infectious diseases, including COVID-19.
• Older adults and travelers with underlying health issues should avoid situations that put them at increased risk for more severe disease. This entails avoiding crowded places, avoiding non-essential travel such as long plane trips, and especially avoiding embarking on cruise ships.
• Please check out the following link for more information on CDC TRAVEL ADVICE.

Thank you.

Dear Phoenix Center for the Arts & Thunderbird Arts Center Students & Patrons,

Providing you with a brief, but important update regarding considerations we’ve taken on both of our campuses, in response to recent coronavirus, COVID-19, updates.

Our primary focus is to stay current of all updates from the CDC, while maintaining clean and safe spaces for creativity and community collaboration.

Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center are currently following the recommendations from the CDC and the Arizona Department of Health Services.

Implementation steps:

  1. Students, patrons, volunteers, staff, and instructors who are ill or experiencing acute respiratory illness symptoms such as fever, cough, and shortness of breath need to stay home, and should not return to the Center until they are symptom-free, without medication, for at least 24 hours. We will do our best to accommodate make-up classes as needed.
  2. Our custodial crew is maintaining their routine cleaning and disinfecting, and we are stationing disinfectant wipes in all classrooms. Please continue to wipe down surfaces before each use.
  3. Personal cleaning products (hand sanitizer, soap, and paper towels) are stocked in restrooms and throughout our facilities.
  4. We are posting signage throughout our facilities with CDC-recommended hand washing instructions, and reminders to stay home if you are sick.
  5. We are asking that you notify the Center if you become a person under investigation. (Please click here for details about evaluating and reporting persons under investigation for COVID-19.)

Additional tips for students, patrons, volunteers, staff, and instructors:

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash or sanitize your hands. If no tissue is available, use elbows to cover coughs and sneezes (do not use hands).
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask:
    – CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19.
    – Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and care takers.
  • Wash your hands often and vigorously with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • If you travel often, CDC has specific guidance for travelers here.
  • It is currently flu season, so get your flu vaccine if you haven’t already.

In the event of a community spread of COVID-19, Phoenix Center for the Arts and Thunderbird Arts Center will communicate those updates to patrons via email, we will also be posting these updates on the new Patron Updates page found on the top menu bar of our website. We highly recommend visiting the website for the latest updates before you come to either of our facilities.

We will continue to monitor the situation and heed the advice of public health officials.

Thank you. We appreciate your help keeping our facilities clean and safe.