Arizona Arts & Culture News: Phoenix Theatre Company Expands; Saguaro Cacti; Apache Junction’s “Playful Pups”

August 4, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Phoenix Theatre Company buys apartment building in central city, readies for big expansion /Arizona Republic 

The Phoenix Theatre Company bought a 36-unit apartment complex in central Phoenix to house visiting artists and generate funds as the company prepares to break ground on one of the largest expansions of a regional theatre company in the country. 

Saguaro cacti collapsing in Arizona extreme heat, scientist says / Reuters 

Arizona’s saguaro cacti, a symbol of the U.S. West, are leaning, losing arms and in some cases falling over during the state’s record streak of extreme heat, according to Tania Hernandez, a research scientist at the Desert Botanical Garden. 

Animals at Phoenix Zoo stay cool with frozen treats, baths, misters and air conditioning / Cronkite News 

As summer temperatures soar, Phoenix Zoo officials try to keep the animals cool by providing frozen treats–from Gatorade to blood and fish popsicles–to cool baths, misters, and fans. 

The Phoenix Symphony announces new concertmaster / The Strad 

The Phoenix Symphony has announced the appointment of Boson Mo as its new concertmaster, beginning with the 2023-2024 season. Mo will hold the Herberger Foundation Concertmaster Chair and will begin his tenure in September when the season opens with “Carmina Burana.” 

Artist Bill Dambrova’s latest exhibition mesmerizes viewers in Mesa / Phoenix New Times 

Bill Dambrova’s current exhibition, “Poke a Hole in the World,” opened in March and runs through Aug. 6 at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. In the show, the artist has woven together personal explorations of mental and physical landscapes and brought them to life in 10 large-scale artworks. 

Apache Junction dedicates first public art projects under commission / Apache Junction/Gold Canyon Independent 

The city of Apache Junction dedicated its first public art works, “Playful Pups,” which features three dog sculptures at Dutchman Dog Park by artist Trevor O’Tool, which were selected by the art panel last year. 

New Scottsdale art exhibit explores how we communicate with each other / KJZZ 

An exhibit at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art delves into how we communicate with each other. “Language in Times of Miscommunication” features 18 American artists who made their work between 2016 and this year.  


Flinn Scholar Collaborates with Diamondbacks

Andrea Ramirez Cordero, a Class of 2019 Flinn Scholar, collaborated with the Arizona Diamondbacks to design the exclusive anime player tee for Asian Heritage Night that went to the first 15,000 fans in attendance. Ramirez Cordero’s design featured players Merrill Kelly, Corbin Carroll, and Jake McCarthy.

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