Arizona Arts & Culture News: New ASU museum curator; Native veterans honored; Scottsdale’s Historian Emeritus

November 20, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Selective Focus Photography of Brown Wooden Book Shelf

Arizona State University has a new curator at large for its museum / KJZZ

Arizona State University has appointed a new curator at large for its museum. Erin Joyce, who worked at the Heard Museum for several years and was raised in northern Arizona, would like to include more artwork from Indigenous communities.

Shooting for the stars: Stargazer Collaborative Theatre joins northern Arizona’s growing theater scene / Flag Live!

When it comes to the new theater company Stargazer Collaborative Theatre—founded by friends DeLano Hays, Dani Commanda, and Caitlin Burd—the trio behind it wants Flagstaff to know that they are not interested in competing but instead are far more interested in collaboration.

This artist’s Phoenix-themed paintings reveal his love of the desert / Phoenix New Times

The Gallery at The Madison, located in uptown Phoenix, is currently showing an exhibition titled, “Art of Life, Art of Love.” The desert-inspired artwork was created by Edgar Alejandro Gamez Sosa, who is an accomplished street artist and abstract painter.

Native veterans honored at Phoenix Heard Museum’s national memorial / KJZZ

The 11th annual American Indian Veteran Sunset Tribute at the Heard Museum was a night brimming with uniquely Native sounds. The Cha’Bii’Tu Apache Crown Dance Group blessed veterans in attendance through a performance of their honor dance while weaving through the crowd.

Hidden in the Hills Artist Studio Tour set for last two weekends of November / Arizona Digital Free Press

The Sonoran Arts League announces the Hidden in the Hills studio tour is taking place during the last two weekends of November, featuring 164 artists at 41 studios throughout the scenic communities of Cave Creek, Carefree and North Scottsdale.

Desert Botanical Garden progresses on $20M worth of new facilities / Phoenix Business Journal

A new plant science campus is expected to expand the Desert Botanical Garden’s research and conservation capabilities as well as increase the garden’s visitor experiences.

Couple celebrates 16 years running non-profit ballet studio in South Tucson / KGUN 9

Joey Rodgers and Soleste Lupu, co-founders of Dancing in the Streets Arizona, were high school sweethearts who shared a common love for the art of ballet and brought this art form to South Tucson.

Scottsdale now has a ‘Historian emeritus’ / Scottsdale Progress

During Paul Messinger’s 80 years in Scottsdale, he has been a farmer, ambulance driver, mortuary owner and historian of the city he loves. Mayor David Ortega has dubbed the longtime Scottsdale resident, “Scottsdale’s Historian Emeritus.”

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