Arizona Arts & Culture News: A summary of the leading media stories about the state’s arts and culture community

March 18, 2022

By brianpowell

Arizona Commission on the Arts and Arizona Community Foundation announce partnership, additional investments in Arizona artists / Gila Herald

The Arizona Community Foundation and the Arizona Commission on the Arts announced a renewed joint effort to support Arizona artists, including additional funding from the Newton and Betty Rosenzweig Fund for the Arts, an endowment held at ACF.

How Hopi Quechan artist Jonah Hill found a silver lining / Arizona Daily Sun

A life-altering injury has kept silversmith Jonah Hill at home since September. But this March, he was able to take part in one of the most prestigious Native American art markets in the world.

At 15, Mesa violinist gaining national recognition / East Valley Tribune

A Mesa teen will be performing solos with at least two major U.S. orchestras and on a national classical radio broadcast after winning $10,000 in a contest.

Steve Hackman marries the popular and the traditional with “Brahms V. Radiohead” / Phoenix New Times

Steve Hackman created “Brahms V. Radiohead,” a “fusion” of Radiohead’s songs, mostly from the seminal OK Computer, and “Symphony No. 1” from famed German composer Johannes Brahms, which he performed earlier this month with the Phoenix Symphony.

Swap meet concept inspires SMoCA exhibit / Scottsdale Progress

Tucson-born artist Brad Kahlhamer’s fondest childhood memories are sifting through lumber yards and rummaging through piles to find interesting items—and going to swap meets. His exhibit at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art echoes those pastimes.

Scottsdale Fashion Square unveils art installation of 15 saguaro sculptures called Cactus Collective/ Arizona’s Family

Fifteen saguaro sculptures called the Cactus Collective have been placed around the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall, reflecting Arizona’s 5 C’s: cotton, climate, cattle, copper, and citrus. Read more: Scottsdale’s Cycle the Arts Event Has Returned for 2022

New anthology from Childsplay Theatre Company looks at kids’ pandemic experiences / KJZZ

A play called “Whoosh” is part of a new anthology compiled by Tempe-based Childsplay Theatre Company. The anthology is made up of 31 stories from kids across the country, describing their experiences during the pandemic.

Local artist’s homage to American women to debut / Ahwatukee Foothills News

Ahwatukee artist-muralist Suzanne Whitaker and a colleague have completed a years-long project, “Noteworthy American Women,” that celebrates and informs people about several American women.

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