Arizona Arts & Culture News: Navajo activist & artist dies; Flagstaff art project; Old Tucson stories in new way

January 12, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

Klee Benally, Navajo activist and artist, Dies at 48 / The New York Times

Klee Benally, a dynamic Navajo activist, artist and punk-rock musician who championed Native American and environmental causes, died last month in Phoenix. He was 48.

‘We are survivors:’ National, Arizona projects aim to uncover, preserve histories of Native American boarding schools / Cronkite News

A national oral history project to take place over two years aims to document the experiences of Indigenous children who attended federal boarding schools, including in Arizona.

Filling the void: Chelsea Arndt fosters a sense of place through empty space / Arizona Daily Sun

For Chelsea Arndt, the awareness or fear of empty space—horror vacui—is the concept at the center of her first professional art installation in Flagstaff: an experimental examination and representation of how nature fills the vacuums that time creates.

Borderlands: Old stories told in a new, augmented way / Tucson Weekly

Here in the Old Pueblo, the University of Arizona and Arizona State Museum are putting a new spin on telling Tucson’s stories. The experience is part of “Discovering Community in the Borderlands” project at seven sites around Tucson.

Legacy of Dr. Amy Barmeier Dru lives on at Ballet Arizona / Arizona Digital Free Press

The Valley’s only professional ballet company, Ballet Arizona, has received a gift of $2 million from the Estate of Amy Barmeier Dru, which will have an immediate impact on the organization by supporting the world premiere production of Moving Movies next month.

Rosie’s House music academy helps low-income Phoenix-area kids grow and succeed / Arizona Republic

Since 1996, the downtown Phoenix nonprofit Rosie’s House: A Music Academy for Children has aimed to remove money as a barrier to the talent development of musically inclined young people.

The Phoenix Theatre Company to present ‘The Lehman Trilogy’ this month / Broadway World

“The Lehman Trilogy,” an epic tale spanning 163 years of history and three generations of the Lehman family, will make its Arizona premiere at Phoenix Theatre on Jan. 24 following stints on London’s West End and Broadway.  

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