Arizona Arts & Culture News: Ballet Arizona’s new leader; Emerging artifacts at Lake Powell; Honoring Latino vets

June 3, 2022

By Matt Ellsworth

Photo of bathtub ring at Lake Powell - photo by Flickr user gods-art

Ballet Arizona names new executive director / Phoenix Business Journal

Jami Kozemczak, the new leader of one of Arizona’s highest-profile performing-arts groups, joined the organization in 2014. She succeeds Samantha Turner.

Drought is revealing archeological sites that were submerged when Lake Powell filled / NPR All Things Considered

When the dam to create Lake Powell was built, Native American cliff dwellings and artifacts were submerged. Now Museum of Northern Arizona archaeologists are taking inventory as they emerge.

Phoenix mural honors Latino veterans in American Legion post / 12 News

The Grant Park neighborhood is giving back to American Legion Post 41. A mural dedicated to Arizona’s first Hispanic post took five weeks to complete.

Indigenous queens will take the stage at Heard Museum for a First Friday drag show / Phoenix New Times

For its June 3 First Friday event, to celebrate Pride Month, the Heard Museum is putting on Pride Night at the Heard, including hosting a drag show featuring only Native queens.

Camp Taliesin angles kids on ‘Wright’ path / Scottsdale Progress

Camp Taliesin West will host five camps this summer on topics like city design, interior design, architecture, and photography, offering programs in-person at Taliesin West and virtually.

Ballet Arizona, Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras showcase ‘Sleeping Beauty’ / Daily Independent

The School of Ballet Arizona and the Phoenix Youth Symphony Orchestras will extend their partnership with “The Sleeping Beauty,” June 3-5 at the Madison Center for the Arts.

Actress learns of cancer diagnosis with show in production / ABC 15

If you saw her in Phoenix Theatre Company’s production of “The Color Purple,” you’d never know that Savannah Alfred was about to face a challenge bigger than entertaining a full house on opening night.

Local artist’s works on display at Maricopa library / InMaricopa

Gary Zaimont is a self-taught artist uniquely fascinated by animals. His large-format works on display at Maricopa Library and Culture Center were inspired by visits to the Phoenix Zoo.

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