Arizona Arts & Culture News: Stolen painting returned to UArizona; Men’s Arts Council gives $1M; Apply for Phoenix Bioscience Core cohort

September 23, 2022

By Jessica Vaile


Stolen de Kooning painting makes its way back to Arizona under cloak of darkness / Arizona Republic

A painting by the famous artist Willem de Kooning that was stolen in a brazen heist from the University of Arizona Museum of Art 36 years ago has been returned.

Phoenix Art Museum receives $1 million grant from Men’s Arts Council / Arizona’s Family

The Phoenix Art Museum has received a generous donation from a local nonprofit, the Men’s Arts Council, which will help to provide access, education, engagement, and technology infrastructure for art throughout the Valley.

Arizona artistic director to lead new play projects at Florida Studio Theatre / Sarasota Herald Tribune

Sean Daniels, the artistic director of Arizona Theatre Company since 2019, will join Sarasota’s Florida Studio Theatre as associate director next spring.

How I became the first Black docent at Phoenix Art Museum / Java Magazine

Aaron Eagles reflects on his return to Arizona and experience as the first Black docent at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Arizona Opera names new head of music / Operawire

Arizona Opera has named Katherine Kozak its new head of music, chorus master, and principal coach of the Pullin Opera Studio, replacing former director Christopher Cano.

2023 Artist & Research Cohort applications are open / Phoenix Bioscience Core

The application for the Phoenix Bioscience Core 2023 Artist & Research Cohort is open through Sept. 30. The first exhibition featured nine artists and researcher teams, which included faculty from all three of Arizona’s public research universities.

Young musicians embrace heritage through Mexico’s Independence Day / Arizona Public Media

The Tucson Symphony Orchestra marked Mexican Independence Day with an evening of traditional dancing, vocal soloists, and music from Mariachi Aztlán de Pueblo High School.

Phoenix Symphony adds more venues in time for the start of its 2022-2023 season / Arizona’s Family 

The Phoenix Symphony is adding more venues across the Valley in celebration of its 76th concert season that begins next month, including the Mesa Arts Center, Orpheum Theatre, Camelback Bible Church, and Madison Center for the Arts.

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