Arizona Arts & Culture News: African American history museum; Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase; Super Bowl brings opportunity

March 10, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

African American history museum aims to preserve Black history and fight for social change / Cronkite News

The African American Museum of Southern Arizona officially opened on Jan. 14 in Tucson. The museum’s intention is to “enable the community to join together and respect the past, honor the present, and pay reverence to the future while engaging and sustaining social action.”

Bisbee artist, youngsters paint border wall, brighten up steel barrier / Herald/Review

Bisbee artist Gretchen Baer and her band of young painters are at the United States-Mexico border wall nearly every weekend, splashing color all over the 30-foot steel structure that looms just beyond the Port of Entry. 

Phoenix filmmaker Preston Zeller tackles love, loss, and painting in The Art of Grieving / Phoenix New Times

Following the death of his brother in 2017, filmmaker Preston Zeller began his own extended mourning process by painting to help cope with his grief. This would eventually transform into “The Art of Grieving,” a 70-minute documentary.

Art Detour returns with month-long arts celebration / Town of Paradise Valley Independent

Artlink, the nonprofit credited with establishing downtown Phoenix’s popular First Fridays and sparking an arts renaissance, has announced a month-long celebration of Art Detour including the Art d’Core Gala at Park Central on March 11.

Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase opens contest / Broadway World

The Northern Arizona Playwriting Showcase launched its 14th annual 10-minute play contest. The contest is open for submissions through June 1.

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art adds new exhibit / Arizona PBS
The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is launching a new exhibition, “Language in Times of Miscommunication,” which presents artwork from 18 artists who use various forms of language to critically examine the complexities of social reality during times of rampant miscommunication.

Super Bowl brings more opportunity for Phoenix artists / Cronkite News

The Super Bowl has come and gone, but its impact on the local arts community remains in eye-catching bold hues on Phoenix buildings and in a larger national profile for several Arizona artists.

Local artists featured in unique floral show / Fountain Hills Times

Fountain Hills residents Linnéa Storm and Wanda Collins are both passionate about Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese flower arranging that expresses emotion with branches, blossoms, and leaves while emphasizing line, mass, and space. Both artists will exhibit and demonstrate at the Floral Inspiration show March 11 and 12 in Paradise Valley.

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