Arizona Arts & Culture News: Heritage Festival; Biennnial Exhibition; Scottsdale arts culture, Hopi artists

June 23, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Mesa’s arts and culture executive Cindy Ornstein stepping down after 13 years / Phoenix Business Journal

The city of Mesa has launched a search for a new director of arts and culture following the recent announcement that Cindy Ornstein will retire from the post at the end of this month.

Museum of Northern Arizona celebrates Indigenous art and culture at annual Heritage Festival / Arizona Daily Sun

The Museum of Northern Arizona’s annual Heritage Festival June 24 and 25 allows visitors to experience Indigenous culture, music, dances and art and engage in conversations and workshops held by members of the Indigenous communities of the Colorado Plateau.

Graff: Positioning Scottsdale as an arts, culture destination to all visitors /Scottsdale Independent

Stuart Graff, president and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares his commentary on Scottsdale’s arts and culture scene as a haven for travelers from around the world.

Actor finds home at the Arizona Theatre Co. / Arizona Daily Star

Actor Kevin Kantor has found a home at the Arizona Theatre Company, where they starred in “Things I Know to be True” in 2019 and “The Legend of Georgia McBride” now on stage at the Temple of Music and Art in Tucson and soon coming to Phoenix.

This Valley photographer approaches family portraits like a documentary /KJZZ Fronteras

Family pictures have changed a lot over the years, but one local photographer thinks about capturing those family moments a little differently. Jill McNamara began as a photojournalist, but, when she had kids, she began doing family photography, or what she calls, documentary family photography.

New play about Arizona’s infamous ‘trunk murderess’ will premiere in Phoenix / 12 News

The Phoenix Theatre Company announced it will premiere a new play about Winnie Ruth Judd, the Phoenix woman who was accused of killing two women in 1931, in February 2024.

Tucson Museum showcases the state’s best artists / Tucson Weekly

For Julie Sasse, chief curator at the Tucson Museum of Art, summer is the time to highlight some of the best artists in Arizona, as the museum will showcase emerging Arizona artists through Oct. 1 as part of its renowned Biennial Exhibition.

Flinn Foundation grant to support Hopi artists / Navajo-Hopi Observer 

The Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation was recently awarded a $10,000 Flinn Foundation grant to support Hopi artists. The grant will go toward the artwork, painting, and murals in the new hotel, Taawaki Inn, that will be opening in 2024.

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