Arizona Arts & Culture News: Free museum entrance; Nogales La Linea Art Studio; Buckhorn Baths

December 15, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

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Museum of Northern Arizona offers free entrance for low-income patrons / Navajo-Hopi Observer

The Museum of Northern Arizona has joined Museums for All, allowing anyone who receives food assistance benefits to visit the museum at no cost. Joining Museums for All is part of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s broad commitment to seek, include, and welcome all audiences.

FOX TV show choreographer, and Phoenix native, returns to Valley for Christmas musical / Daily Independent

“So You Think You Can Dance” choreographer Spencer Liff, a Phoenix native, is returning home to choreograph Arizona Theatre Company’s “Scrooge! The Musical” which runs through Dec. 30 at the Tempe Center for the Arts.

Renowned artist Joan Waters unveils ‘Totems’ series at Park Central / Arizona Digital Free Press

Accomplished artist Joan Waters installed her latest series, “Totems,” at the entrance of Park Central in midtown Phoenix. “Totems,” a now permanent installation, is inspired by the intense desert light of Arizona.

Exploring colors in music: Orchestra Northern Arizona’s holiday performance features duo’s piece on discovery of Pluto / Arizona Daily Sun

Orchestra Northern Arizona will host a performance on Saturday, Dec. 16 featuring artist Cindy Lan, who will perform an original viola concerto called “Dots on Plates,” which memorializes the work of Clyde Tombaugh. His painstaking study of the heavens using glass plates at Lowell Observatory led to his discovery of Pluto. 

La Linea gets city support for continued efforts to revitalize Morley Ave. / Nogales International

In an effort to support the revitalization of downtown Nogales, local funding was approved for La Linea Art Studio, a nonprofit that aims to attract people to Morley Avenue through art exhibits and community events.

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West receives gift of artwork / Scottsdale Independent

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West received a donation of paintings, drawings, prints, and archival materials of Arizona artist Mac Schweitzer, a collection which forms the largest body of work by a Western woman artist represented in the museum’s permanent collections.

Remembering the famous Buckhorn Baths Motel at Mesa Historical Museum / Phoenix New Times

For years, the Buckhorn Baths have been a fixture on Main Street in east Mesa. The motel and its mineral hot springs were a hot midcentury tourist destination. Now through July 2024, visitors can learn about the “Desert Spa of International Fame” known as the Buckhorn Baths at the Mesa Historical Museum.

Desert Botanical Garden team finds ancient agave in modern Southwest / KJZZ

A team from the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix has rediscovered a half-dozen agave species that have remained unchanged since before Europeans arrived in the Southwest—and perhaps far longer.

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