Keep the Spotlight on the Arts

Keep the Spotlight on the Arts

The arts in the Valley play a major role in making our community a vibrant place to live and call home.

Your public radio station is committed to ensuring that our arts community remains strong during this season of crisis.

Keep the Spotlight on the Arts focuses on what is happening in the weeks ahead. 


Arizona Commemorative Air Force Museum logoArizona Commemorative Air Force Museum

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.

Visit AZCAF Museum’s Website


Arizona Historical Society

Arizona Historical Society logo

Smithsonian Museum Day
Saturday, September 18 | 10am - 2pm
Arizona Heritage Center at Papago Park

Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine and museums and cultural institutions across the country. Join the Arizona Historical Society’s museums in Tempe and Tucson for a day of Arizona history exploration and discovery.

Enjoy free admission when you sign up for tickets online.


Arizona Opera logo

Arizona Opera

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.

Discover the 2020/21 Season at azopera.org


ASU Art Museum

ASU Art Museum

Follow ASU Art Museum on social media—Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube—to experience the ASU Art Museum digitally, stay engaged, and get a behind-the-scenes look at their collection.

Visit ASU Art Museum’s Website


Ballet Arizona

Ballet Arizona Ib Andersen Artistic Director

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.

Get Tickets Here


The Black Theatre Troupe

The Black Theatre Troupe logoThe 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.

Visit The Black Theatre Troupe’s Website


Chandler Center for the Arts

Chandler Center for the Arts

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.

More Information Here


Children’s Museum of Phoenix

Children's Museum of Phoenix

The Children’s Museum of Phoenix celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month September 15th through October 15th. Museum programs and events will bring a taste of Hispanic and Latino culture to the Museum for visitors to enjoy, including an art exhibition by international and local artist, Gennaro Garcia, live performances by Fiesta Mexicana Dance Company and Mariachi Pasion during First Friday Night, Oct 1st, and hands-on activities in the Museum’s Art Studio.

More Information Here


Childsplay Theatre Academy

Childsplay Theatre Academy

NEW Fall classes at Childsplay Theatre Academy!

Don’t let the fun end with summer! Join Childsplay with Saturday and after-school classes starting August 21st. Space is limited.

Learn more about Childsplay’s in-person and online classes


Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Advancing the way we build and live

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen West

At Taliesin West, they invite you to experience Frank Lloyd Wright’s beloved desert home as never before with their new happy hour event series, Sunset & Sips. Tickets come with a complimentary drink and the opportunity to linger at select spaces on the property—not to mention the chance to see one of the best sunset views in the Valley.

Book Your Tickets


Great Arizona Puppet Theater

Great Arizona Puppet Theater logo

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.

Visit GAPT’s Website


Heard Museum logo

Heard Museum

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.

Visit the Heard Museum’s Website


Japanese Friendship Garden

Japanese Friendship Garden of Phoenix Arizona Ro Ho EnThe 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.

Visit The Japanese Friendship Garden’s Website


Madison Center for the Arts

Madison Center for the Arts

The Madison Center for the Arts hosts Jimmy Buffett’s Escape to Margaritaville, the musical comedy featuring both original songs and your most-loved Jimmy Buffett classics, including “Fins,” “Volcano,” “Cheeseburger in Paradise,” and many more. USA Today calls it “A little slice of paradise!” and Entertainment Weekly raves, “It will knock your flip-flops off!” So don’t let the party start without you. Enjoy this smash Broadway hit in its first-ever Arizona performance!

Get Tickets Here


Mesa Arts Center

Mesa Arts Center logo

Mark your calendar for Mesa Arts Center’s Season Kickoff Festival: Wonderland on Friday, September 13! This free all-ages will feature, live music, art demonstrations, food offerings from local vendors, unique public art installations and projection art, a campus-wide scavenger hunt, new art exhibitions, education animals friends from the Phoenix Zoo and Liberty Wildlife, free yoga and more! Admission to the event is FREE.

More Details Here


Musical Instrument Museum

Musical Instrument MuseumWe’re bringing MIMkids to you through online Mini Music Makers classes for children ages 0 to 5!

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.

Get Online MIMkids Mini Music Makers Tickets


The Nash

The Nash Jazz Happens Here

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.

Get Nash Under The Stars Tickets


OdySea Aquarium

OdySea Aquarium Arizona BoardwalkCome with us on an Oceanic Adventure…At Home. Experience the wonders of aquatic life right in your living room!

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.

Start Your Oceanic Adventure


Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix

Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix

Orpheus Mini Concert on AZTV (Channel 7)

Orpheus Male Chorus of Phoenix will appear on AZTV (Channel 7) Sunday, July 18, at 6:00 p.m. “The Orpheus Update and Mini Virtual Concert” will be hosted by Orpheus singers Kolby Kelly and Sean McComb and will include updates about Orpheus for their upcoming 93rd season and songs from their virtual concert that premiered May 9. Concert selections will include Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” with strings accompaniment from students at SOUNDS Academy, plus “Hard Times Come Again No More,” written by Stephen Foster, known as the “father of American music” during the 1800s.

If you miss the program, you will also be able to view it on www.orpheus.org and AZTV’s website www.aztv.com.


Phoenix Art Museum

Phoenix Art Museum

Great Art on Screen: Frida – Viva La Vida
TICKETS: $18 for the public | $15 for Museum Members

Narrated by Asia Argento, Frida - Viva La Vida is a cinematic documentary film that highlights the two sides of Frida Kahlo, at once a revolutionary pioneering artist of contemporary feminism and a human being tormented by physical agony and love. Experience interviews, access to historical documents, and Kahlo’s own outstanding paintings. Presented by By Experience and made possible in part by the generosity of the Angela and Leonard Singer Endowment for Performing Arts. Face masks are strongly encouraged.

Get Tickets Here


Phoenix Center for the Arts

Phoenix Center for the Arts

Fall semester classes have just begun

In-studio, Outdoor, and Online fall art classes are available at both the Downtown and North Phoenix Thunderbird locations. Ceramics, metals and jewelry, painting, mosaic, photography, youth art and more. Afternoon and evening classes are available for both beginner and advanced students.

Visit Phoenix Center for the Arts’ Website


Phoenix Chorale

Phoenix ChoralePhoenix Chorale Singer Series shares creative videos for their fundraising campaign

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.

Watch Singer Series Videos


The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony Tito Muñoz Virginia G. Piper Music Director

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."

Watch Mind Over Music Video


Phoenix Zoo

Phoenix Zoo Arizona Center for Nature Conservation

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.

Sign Up For Camp Zoo


ProMusica Arizona

ProMusica Arizona The Community Chorale and Orchestra of North Phoenix“Let Music Live!” — ProMusica Arizona’s Opening Concert Celebrates the Joy of Music in Our Lives
October 16 and 17, 2021

ProMusica Arizona’s singers and instrumentalists are excited to be back and performing their first concert which is a celebration of all the joys that music brings to our lives. After a long hiatus due to the pandemic, musicians and audiences alike recognize how much they’ve missed live music presentations!

More Information And Tickets Here


Pueblo Grande Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum Archaeological ParkPueblo 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!

Pueblo Grande Museum Virtual Programming


Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Scottsdale Arts

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 

Visit Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts’ Website


Shemer Art CenterShemer Art Center

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!

Reserve Your Free Timed Entry


Southwest Shakespeare Company

Southwest Shakespeare CompanySouthwest Shakespeare Company’s series Virtual Classics: LIVE! is presenting several of Shakespeare’s finest on Zoom.

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.

Watch Shakespeare Virtual Classics: LIVE!


Valley Youth Theatre

Valley Youth Theatre

The magic of Valley Youth Theatre extends beyond the stage—it begins the moment a child walks through their doors. They believe engaging young people in the performing arts is a powerful way to develop meaningful life skills, grow as critical thinkers, build self-esteem, and foster creativity.

Whether your child has been doing theatre for years or just wants to try something new, VYT has a wide variety of performing arts classes for kids and teens of all experience levels. VYT’s education programs are fun, engaging and will foster a passion for acting, voice, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, and more.

If you know a child who is a little magic in the making, their Fall Classes start September 25. Sign up now here. Class size is limited and classes are selling out quickly!

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