Arizona Arts & Culture News: Da Vinci Digital exhibit; New Museum of West CEO; Hopi Kachina art; ‘Kids in Focus’

July 7, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Vintage effect photograph. Antique clarinet leaning on piano keyboard.

Phoenix approves $20 million public art plan / KJZZ

The Phoenix City Council has approved a public art plan totaling nearly $20 million. It covers 42 projects over the next five years. The plan includes adding 12 new and refurbishing and repairing 30 existing projects.

New Museum of West CEO excited about role / Scottsdale Progress

Todd Bankofier remembers when Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West opened its doors in January 2015. Now, Bankofier has made the leap to CEO and executive director of the organization.

Tempe lifts curtain this fall on Arizona Theatre Company 5-year partnership / Daily Independent

The City of Tempe and the Arizona Theatre Company (ATC) will begin a five-year partnership this October with Neil Simon’s play “Barefoot in the Park.” ATC and the city inked a deal in May on a five-year partnership during which the theater group will perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

What’s next in art? Da Vinci digital exhibit in Scottsdale example of growing trend / Cronkite News

“Leonardo: The Universal Man” exhibit, an immersive, 360-degree experience, is on display in Scottsdale, and it’s just one example of an increasingly popular art style. One art history professor at Arizona State University said this digital form is the art world’s next big trend.

Business Beat: Cory Ahownewa recognized for his Hopi kachina dolls at MNA Heritage Festival / Navajo-Hopi Observer

Cory Ahownewa is no stranger to hardships, however, he has learned to use those hardships to inspire others through his stories and artwork. Ahownewa is from the Village of Hotevilla, the Badger and Butterfly Clan. He makes Hopi traditional kachina dolls with natural pigment.

Rosie’s House seeking musical instruments for students / Queen Creek Sun Times

Enrollment is growing at Rosie’s House, a nonprofit organization that provides free music lessons to students. The organization’s “Play it Forward” campaign asks the community to donate trumpets, violins, cellos and more for programs.

‘Kids in Focus’ exhibit to spotlight the perspective of Arizona youth / Scottsdale Independent

Scottsdale Public Art’s newest exhibition, “Kids in Focus,” running July 11 to Sept. 24 at Scottsdale Civic Center Library, features images produced by participants in the Kids in Focus after-school program.

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