Arizona Arts & Culture News: Boyce Thompson Arboretum turns 100; Scottsdale Arts gift; UArizona recognizes O’odham

September 22, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Scottsdale Arts receives largest gift in its history / Scottsdale Independent

Scottsdale Arts recently received notification from the Michael and Ellen Ziegler Trust that the Ziegler estate has awarded more than $11.5 million to the organization, most of which will be pledged toward a future capital infrastructure project.

Tucson’s Borderlands Theater gets $100K grant to highlight arts-health connection / Arizona Daily Star

Borderlands Theater of Tucson has won a $100,000 grant from One Nation One Project—an initiative that aims to underscore the impact of the arts on the community’s well-being—to be part of an 18-city cohort making immersive, community-based theater.

Phoenix muralist Isaac Caruso’s work is on display in his new children’s book / Phoenix New Times

Local professional muralist Isaac Caruso has published a children’s book showcasing 56 murals he painted in 24 communities throughout Arizona over four years—the first children’s book ever to be illustrated with photos of murals.

Pueblo High’s Mariachi Aztlan kicks off Hispanic Heritage Month / KGUN

The Tucson community kicked off a month-long Hispanic Heritage Month celebration with the Mes de la Cultura event at Pueblo High School, featuring Mariachi Aztlan and Grupo Folklórico Los Guerreros. Students in attendance got more than a performance, as they also received a blessing.

A century of stewardship: Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates 100 years / Gila Herald

Boyce Thompson Arboretum celebrates its 100th year as Arizona’s oldest and largest botanical garden. Located near Superior, the arboretum will host a year of events, highlighting its mission to inspire appreciation and stewardship of desert plants, wildlife, and ecosystems through education, research, and conservation.

Arts Alliance of the White Mountains has new director / Payson Roundup

Marilyn Dyer is the new Director of the Arts Alliance of the White Mountains. She grew up in Mesa and has always had an interest in art, including earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Arizona State University.

Gallery: UArizona honors O’odham tribes at football home opener / University of Arizona News

The University of Arizona recognized Arizona’s four O’odham tribes during the season opener football game against Northern Arizona University earlier this month. Delegations from the Ak-Chin Indian Community, the Gila River Indian Community, the Salt River Indian Community and the Tohono O’odham Nation attended the game and took part in short pre-game and mid-game ceremonies with university leadership.

Arizona photographer gets photo of a lifetime during spy plane flight from miles up in the sky / 12 News

An Arizona photographer is one of a handful of people to ever fly in a U-2 spy plane. In April, Blair Bunting was 13 miles away from Earth straight up into the sky. It was a project that Bunting spent years thinking about and eight months training for.

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