Arizona Arts & Culture News: Arizona PBS, Heard Museum event; ATC season opener; Troy Kotsur’s key to the city

August 19, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

Arizona PBS and the Heard Museum host free ‘Molly of Denali’ event / Frontdoors 

Arizona PBS and the Heard Museum are collaborating to bring Molly Mabray, the title character from the popular PBS Kids series, “Molly of Denali,” to the museum for a free event Aug. 27. “Molly of Denail” is the first nationally distributed children’s show to feature a Native American lead character and was created by a group of Indigenous actors, screenwriters, producers, production teams, and advisers.

Arizona Theatre Company’s London hit show comes to Arizona / Daily Independent

Arizona Theatre Company will open its 55th season in September with “The Lion,” a one-man folk musical telling a true story of survival.

Academy Award-winning actor Troy Kotsur receives key to city of Mesa / KTAR

Academy Award-winning actor and Mesa native Troy Kotsur was given a key to the city of Mesa after becoming the first deaf man to win an Oscar, earning the coveted prize for best supporting actor in March for his role in “CODA.”

Arizona arts commission gave grants to 30 artists. Here’s how they’re using them / Cronkite News

Dozens of Arizona artists are expanding their creative horizons, thanks to $5,000 research and development grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. The 30 grants helped artists experiment with techniques, create new works, and more.

Flying Colors: Birds fly into the Ironwood Gallery as part of a traveling exhibition / Tucson Weekly

The 46th Annual Juried Exhibition by Woodson Art Museum is at the Ironwood Gallery in the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Art Institute, closing on Aug. 21.

‘IN FLUX’ of public artwork lights up Scottsdale / Scottsdale Progress

For over a decade, Scottsdale Public Art has joined hands with cities across the Valley to give artists a chance to create sculptures, murals and other works that will remain on display for at least a year as part of IN FLUX Cycle 9.

Beloved Tucson artist Bailey Doogan dies / Tucson Weekly

Margaret Mary Bailey Doogan died on July 4 at age 80. As a hometown favorite and art professor at the University of Arizona, she was known on campus as a wonderful teacher and generations of her students will remember her.

Royse Contemporary celebrates 5th year in Scottsdale with ‘Summer Spectacular’ exhibition / KJZZ

Royse Contemporary is marking its fifth year in Scottsdale with its third Summer Spectacular right now. Nicole Royse had been a curator at monOrchid on Roosevelt Row until leaving in 2016 to open her own gallery.

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