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The Commemorative Air Force–Airbase Arizona Museum, located at Falcon Field in East Mesa, is home to almost 50 aircraft from before WWI to the Vietnam War, including six WWII airplanes that have been restored to flying status. Learn the history of the planes, but more importantly, the history of the brave men and women who flew and worked with these aircraft on a daily basis. The museum is currently open and flights are available for ticket purchase.
Open Wednesdays through Saturdays.
Cobre Sagrado: Studying the Sacred Copper on the Borderlands of New Spain (Virtual Event)
Thursday, May 27 | 6-7 pm (AZ/PT)
Spanish colonial era terrestrial and shipwreck sites have been studied by archaeologists and historians for a century. Join Dr. Russell K. Skowronek and Richard E. Johnson from the COTBONS Project for a special presentation about the “Sacred copper” found in baptismal fonts, baptismal shells, and aspersorium across the Southwest.
Join us for Arizona Opera’s 2020/21 Season and a truly magical journey, featuring visits to truly unforgettable destinations filled with glorious music, passionate drama, colorful characters, gorgeous scenery, and everything you love about the unparalleled art form that is opera.
Ballet Arizona presents The Four Seasons at Desert Botanical Garden May 18 – June 5
A dramatic score from Antonio Vivaldi, never before seen choreography from Ib Andersen, innovative new costumes and multimedia sets — all come together under the setting sun and embrace the breathtaking desert landscape for an unforgettable evening of visual delight. Ballet Arizona’s immersive performances at Desert Botanical Garden draw sellout crowds and The Four Seasons promises the same. Experience Andersen’s vision for dance in the desert and explore with our dancers a journey in movement through winter, spring, summer and fall.
The Black Theatre Troupe’s 2020-2021 season, Telling Our Stories, will mark the 50th year the company has been a leader in the Valley’s arts community, while performing works which celebrating the Black experien
As the civil unrest of late ’60s and early ’70s was in force, Helen K. Mason founded the Black Theatre Troupe to give a critically needed platform to voices in the community. Productions for this milestone 50th anniversary season will be virtual, then going live when guidelines allow.
The Gallery at the CCA (250 N. Arizona Avenue, Downtown Chandler)
CUSD 2021 (April 14 – May 6, 2021)
Chandler Unified School District’s most gifted artists put their work on display for the community to experience in this annual showcase. The burgeoning artists from Basha, Hamilton, Perry, Erie, Casteel and Chandler high schools display their talents and viewpoints through paintings, drawings, sculptures, jewelry, and photographs. With over 100 works on display, there is always something for everyone in this exhibition.
Inside play is back! The Children’s Museum of Phoenix’s interior spaces are now open. Also, Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit is on display at the Museum through Labor Day. Co-organized by Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, Very Eric Carle is the first North American traveling exhibit for children inspired by the art of beloved children’s book author and illustrator Eric Carle. At this play-and-learn exhibit, visitors step into the pages of Eric Carle’s colorful picture books.
In-Person & Online Summer Classes
Kick off your summer with Childsplay! From Hogwarts Summer School to Matilda, and Avenger’s League to Pete the Cat, Childsplay has over 40 classes for summer! Choose from half-day in-person or online classes for ages 4-17. Space is limited. Learn more and register today!
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is passionate about advancing the way we build and live. By joining as a member, you’ll support their mission to inspire people to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the arts, and each other.
Special access and engagement opportunities are offered to members to show the significant impact you have in preserving the life, legacy, and work of Frank Lloyd Wright.
GAPT is Arizona’s only theater offering year-round puppet shows and has been operating since 1983. They provide entertaining and educational shows for students and have been named “Best Entertainment for Kids” and “Best Children’s Theater” by the Phoenix New Times. They had to close their doors due to COVID-19 and instead have pivoted into offering live, drive-in puppet shows in their parking lot.
They are establishing a regular schedule of puppet shows on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.
Heard Museum Announces Reopening with Exhibition Extensions
Popular Heard Museum original exhibitions David Hockney’s Yosemite and Masters of California Basketry, Grand Procession, and Maria Hupfield: Nine Years Toward the Sun are extended.
The Heard Museum is pleased to announce its reopening with new policies and procedures in place based on current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Arizona State Department of Health.
The Japanese garden is truly a form of art in the way the plants are trimmed, the layout of the paths, the placement of the rocks, and the relationship with water and koi fish. The Garden is open and is a very safe outdoor art activity. They also offer classes such as inspirational ikebana (flower arranging) and wabi sabi pottery.
The Madison is a brand new, state-of-the-art venue featuring a 908-seat auditorium, extensive veranda and spacious lobby with a soaring 40-foot ceiling. Stay tuned for an incredible Broadway Season with shows such as: Animaniacs in Concert, Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville, Potted Potter The Unauthorized Harry Experience, American Ballet Theatre Studio, and Mummenschanz you & me!
Classical Music Inside Out 2021-22 Subscription Series
Classical Music Inside Out (CMIO) returns live and in-person for the 2021-2022 season! The season begins with the “effervescent, feisty, and superbly talented” (Final Note Magazine) Shelly Watson and culminates with an all-star performance featuring Zuill Bailey, Natasha Paremski, and Chee-Yun Kim. Subscription package pricing starts at $110.
Join Katie Palmer, MIM’s curator of education, for a 30-minute class exploring music through song, dance, and play with your little ones. Music making aids in young children’s development and helps foster a sense of well-being—all while having fun! Classes run Wednesdays through November.
The Nash continues its outdoor live concerts for its series, Nash Under the Stars at Venue 122, the outdoor garden located at 122 E. Culver St. in downtown Phoenix (Arizona Jewish Historical Society).
Concerts in May include songs from the Great American Songbook performed by Ralna English and the reunion of The Charles Lewis Quintet Plus One, who last performed together over 40 years ago in 1974.
There is socially distanced seating at the venue as well as live-stream simulcast tickets for those who wish to enjoy concerts from home.
Follow us on Facebook to see what our animals are up to, including almost daily LIVE broadcasts from inside the Aquarium where you can meet our all-star animals and ask our animal care team questions. We’re also posting fun and cute videos and photos on Instagram and YouTube every day.
Plus, on our website we are sharing all kinds of educational content and activities for kids (and adults!) who are at home learning, keeping you updated on what our animals are doing, and sharing many ways that you can help support the 7,000 animals that call OdySea home.
We Rise Again, the theme for Orpheus’ spring virtual concert, in collaboration with SOUNDS Academy, is now available online. You can also find it on Orpheus’ YouTube channel. Please be sure to like, subscribe, and share their video. The concert includes several video performances from the Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix. One selection is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that includes strings accompaniment from several SOUNDS Academy students. Another is “We Rise Again,” recorded during their recent creative and safe rehearsals at the Biltmore Fashion Park parking garage.
While their concert is free, it is also an opportunity for their audience to donate to both SOUNDS Academy and Orpheus.
MAKE IT! WITH PHXART AND PACHANGA PRESS
TICKETS: $8 for the public | $5 for Museum Members
Join PhxArt and Pachanga Press, a risograph printmaking studio based in downtown Phoenix, at this virtual program for art lovers of all ages and make a fashion collage inspired by the principles behind designer Rudi Gernreich’s bold patterns and commitment to body positivity and genderless clothing. Each participant will receive an edition of 10 risograph prints of the artwork they create during the workshop. This workshop will be presented bilingually in English and Spanish. It is made possible in part with the support of the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs.
This summer, Rising Youth Theater (RYT) in partnership with Phoenix Center for the Arts (PCA), is thrilled to offer Pay-What-You-Can Scholarships for the 2021 Virtual Summer Arts Camp.
Youth ages 7 to 14 can participate in two 2-week virtual camp sessions this summer, designed to activate their creativity in the safety of their own homes. Within the theme of Fandoms, campers will use art, music, dance, and theatre to explore different pop culture, fantasy, and comic book universes.
The singers of Phoenix Chorale have been connecting with the community during the quarantine by creating videos as part of the their annual spring fundraising campaign. Singers have created videos featuring a parody of Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time,” Scottish bagpipes made from a Costco trash bag, and “Climb Every Mountain” filmed on hiking locations around Arizona.
The Phoenix Symphony’s Mind Over Music™ program is one of the only initiatives in the nation that directly integrates music into STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) classroom lesson plans. In this video, learn how cellist Laurie Stearns Selby, instructs teachers on how to incorporate music into their curriculum. "The best part of playing in a professional symphony orchestra is not only enjoying the privilege of performing great music, but touching lives in a manner that only music can."
The Phoenix Zoo is Bringing the Zoo To You! Go on digital safaris, field trips and much more!
Camp Zoo To You allows “campers” the opportunity to experience animal encounters, behind-the-scenes tours, guided visits to Zoo exhibits, craft and learning activities, and scientific investigations from the comfort of home. Camp Zoo to You is pre-recorded virtual content designed for grades 3–6. Three topics will be offered each weekly session: Mammals, Reptiles & Amphibians, and Birds! Sessions are $15 each, or $40 for all three.
Pueblo Grande is a traditional cultural place and ancient village site sacred to the O’Odham and other affiliated tribes. Although their site is currently closed, they have a new virtual programming webpage. They offer free and fee-based programs that can be accessed online, as well as hands-on craft kits you can purchase and pick up. On Pueblo Grande Museum’s YouTube Channel, you can access their free programming videos!
Tickets for the 2020–21 season at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts are now on sale!
Preview the season and get your tickets at ScottsdalePerformingArts.org
Art in the Garden
Saturday, April 10, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
This fun, mid-morning and afternoon event will feature a colorful display of garden-themed artist tents, showcasing the latest in florals, botanicals, ceramics, wood and wearable art, as well as live music and a garden art raffle!
This innovative free program is a remarkable opportunity to experience theatre with “Dream Teams” of award-winning Shakespearean actors such as Brian Vaughn, Debra Ann Byrd, Mugavero, and Mattfeld.
Virtual Performing Arts Camps For Ages 4+
Want to take the MAGIC that is Valley Youth Theatre right into your home? This summer, VYT has adapted their traditional summer camp model to a virtual platform, in an effort to keep their students safe and healthy...while still offering their signature VYT fun! Students ages 9+ will have the opportunity to take daily virtual dance, acting, and music classes with their professional teaching artists to hone and explore their crafts. An online social lunch each day will follow the morning classes, as a time for students to connect and communicate.