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

April 1, 2022

By brianpowell

Mesa’s Troy Kotsur just became the first deaf man to win an acting Oscar / Phoenix New Times

Troy Kotsur became the first deaf man to be nominated for and win an Oscar, and he’s from right here in Mesa.

Youth-led binational play at the border wall shares stories of love and separation / Arizona Republic

The March 12 event, a one-time performance and a multidisciplinary play reflecting on the past, present and future of the border, was the result of a three-year creative process involving about 30 artists, most young women coming from Douglas and Agua Prieta, Sonora.

Fox Tucson lands $20K NEA grant to spotlight women in mariachi / Arizona Daily Star

Fox Tucson Theatre snagged a $20,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its Women of Mariachi initiative that shines a spotlight on all-female mariachi groups.

Coconino High School senior wins Arizona Poetry Out Loud competition / Arizona Daily Sun

Coconino High School senior Oscar Landa Samano won the Arizona Poetry Out Loud state title in mid-March for his recitation of three poems and is now preparing for the national semifinals in May.

She’s dancing for more than a trophy at the world hoop dance championship in Phoenix / Arizona Republic

Hoop dancing has taken ShanDien Sonwai LaRance around the world. Most recently, she competed at the Heard Museum world championship in Phoenix.

Arts businesses rebound as patrons worry less about the pandemic / KJZZ

Deep into the first quarter of 2022, businesses connected to the arts have seen a financial boost from patrons who feel the worst of the pandemic is behind us.

Chandler Center for the Arts looks back at difficulties of last two years / Community Impact Newspaper

The Chandler Center for the Arts—the city’s only music venue and a staple since 1990—was in the middle of its biggest season ever when the COVID-19 pandemic caused the performing arts industry to shutter for months. Eventually—about a year and a half later—sold-out shows returned.

Mesa’s Día de los Muertos celebration just won a national award / Phoenix New Times

The National League of Cities has selected Mesa as the 2022 Cultural Diversity Awards winner for its two-day Día de los Muertos event.

Phoenix Symphony celebrates contemporary music with ‘REVERB’ / Daily Independent

The Phoenix Symphony will launch the inaugural presentation of REVERB: A Contemporary Music Festival, which celebrates newly composed music through the eyes (and ears) of 12 of contemporary classical music’s most respected living composers and performers on April 6 and 8.

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