Arizona Arts & Culture News: Emerging Artist Awards; “More than a Meal”; Historical instrument restoration; White rhinoceros born

December 1, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Film on famed Scottsdale designer to debut / Scottsdale Progress

A documentary film on a world-renown Indigenous fashion designer with deep roots in Scottsdale will debut in December. “ART is Culture, Culture is ART,” directed by the Indigenous filmmaker Nathaniel Fuentes, examines the life and impact of Lloyd Kiva New, who founded the iconic “Kiva” brand of Kiva bags, leather accessories, and silk-screened fashions.

Phoenix Art Museum announces call for submissions by Arizona-based artists for 2024 / City Sun Times

Phoenix Art Museum’s annual call for submissions for the institution’s Sally and Richard Lehmann Emerging Artist Awards for local artists is open through Dec. 17.

Tucson Botanical Gardens begins landscape classes that encourage water conservation / KOLD

Tucson Botanical Gardens is encouraging residents to trade grass for desert plants during a class that covers everything from garden aesthetics to water harvesting, showing that anyone can landscape.

More than a meal: Chefs, foodies discuss appropriation of Indigenous crops and foods at Museum of Northern Arizona / Navajo-Hopi Observer

“More than a Meal,” part of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s Appropriation in the Arts series, hosted a panel discussion featuring chefs Jaren Bates, Diné, and Brett Vibber who run fine-dining restaurant The Table at Junipine near Sedona, and Andi Murphy, Diné, who runs the award-winning Native American food podcast, “Toasted Sister.”

The Musical Instrument Museum’s efforts to conserve their displays / KJZZ

Behind a massive window looking into a room that looks like a cross between a science lab and a music store, the Musical Instrument Museum houses its conservation lab. It’s where museum conservator Rodrigo Correa-Salas spends his days restoring historic instruments and, sometimes, rebuilding them.

Real life guitar hero: Military vet has donated 500 instruments to help others heal / 12 News

Veteran Stephen Bradford was inducted into the Arizona Veterans Hall of Fame for his volunteer work as a guitar teacher and his nonprofit Instruments 4 Success, which has facilitated 500 donations of instruments to veterans and their kids.

AZ Nonprofits: Six Questions with Laurie Lemley of Phoenix Theatre Company / Phoenix Magazine

Laurie Lemley, director of special projects for The Phoenix Theatre Company, sheds light on the nonprofit organization’s mission and upcoming projects.

White rhinoceros born in Arizona for the 1st time in decades / KTAR

A white rhinoceros was born in Arizona for the first time in decades, according to officials from the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium, and Safari Park. The female white rhino calf, named Masiki (or Siki for short), was born on Nov. 7 to her parents Zuri and Maoto and is in “excellent health.”

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