Arizona Arts & Culture News: $1 billion impact; New Guinness World Record; Colors of Copper art show

November 3, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Women Performing as Part of an Orchestra

The Arizona arts and culture sector generates over $1 billion in economic activity / KJZZ

Newly released data by Americans for the Arts as part of the Arts and Economic Prosperity 6 study shows Arizona’s nonprofit arts and culture sector generated more than $1 billion in economic activity in 2022.  

Phoenix earns $1M grant for heat-related public art challenge / Daily Independent

Phoenix is one of eight cities to have earned up to $1 million each for temporary public art projects that address an urgent civic issue. In Phoenix, the art will create shading and cooling installations in response to extreme urban heat.

Arizona Science Center breaks a Guinness World Record / 12 News

Arizona Science Center set out to break the record for the largest inertia egg drop.

Out of the past: A famous discovery on Navajo land / Navajo-Hopi Observer

Nancy Mikeson, the counselor at Chinle High School, stumbled upon an ancient dinosaur bone while walking near her home in Many Farms. On one of her walks, Mikeson came across a formation she thought seemed “quite odd.” What looked to be a cattle horn turned out to be a Desmatosuchus shoulder blade from the late Triassic Period, around 228 million years ago.

Colors of Copper art show among the highlights of Clifton’s sesquicentennial weekend / Eastern Arizona Courier

Clifton’s celebration of its 150th anniversary will coincide with an art contest and exhibition showcasing the metal responsible for its birth in 1873. The 10th annual Colors of Copper Art Competition and Wine Tasting will be held at the Art Depot at the Greenlee Train Station on Nov. 4.

Why Arizona Theatre Company made Tempe its new home / Phoenix New Times

Arizona’s state theater, Arizona Theatre Company, has switched venues to Tempe Center for the Arts, marking a shift in location and steps toward rebranding.  

The Great Arizona Puppet Theater celebrates 40 years of magic and joy in downtown Phoenix / Broadway World

With the hard work and dedication of founders, staff, and supporters, the Great Arizona Puppet Theater went from an abandoned former church to the second-largest puppet theater in the United States.


Flinn Scholar science writer publishes third book

Melissa Sevigny is a Class of 2005 Flinn Scholar and science reporter at KNAU in Flagstaff, the local NPR station. In addition to poems and essays, Sevigny has written three books, including this year’s Brave the Wild River about two pioneering women botanists and their trip through the Grand Canyon. The book appears on the longlist for the 2024 Andrew Carnegie Medals for Excellence in Fiction and Nonfiction. You can catch Sevigny promoting her work at the Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas on Nov. 11, and with a lunchtime lecture Nov. 13 at Riordan Mansion State Park in Flagstaff. 

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