Arizona Arts & Culture News: New art commissioners; Tribal nations monument; Phoenix fashion industry

August 18, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Gov. Hobbs appoints new art commissioners, including two from Flagstaff / Arizona Daily Sun

The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced four new appointments to their 15-member governing board of commissioners, including two from Flagstaff and one each from Globe and Bisbee.

Tribal nations celebrate new monument near the Grand Canyon / High Country News

The designation of the Baaj Nwaavjo I’tah Kukveni-Ancestral Footprints of the Grand Canyon National Monument protects nearly 1 million acres of culturally significant and ecologically diverse landscapes adjacent to Grand Canyon National Park.

Phoenix hopes to secure $1M for ¡Sombra! Project / Daily Independent

Phoenix is in the running to receive up to $1 million in a public art challenge sponsored by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The city has been named one of 17 finalists for a grant that supports public art “that address essential local civic issues in cities nationwide.”

ASU Art Museum to present first solo museum exhibition of Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist / ASU News

Beginning Aug. 19, the ASU Art Museum will be presenting the first solo museum exhibition of Puerto Rican multidisciplinary artist Luis Rivera Jimenez. “Luis Rivera Jimenez: A Brief Proposal on Race and Cultural Cosplay” showcases the partnership between ASU and CALA Alliance, a Latino arts organization based in Phoenix.

When he became a dad, this rapper realized kids’ music kinda stinks. So he changed that / Arizona Republic

Raheem Jarbo, the Phoenix schoolteacher turned rapper who records and tours as Mega Ran, created a children’s music album after his own transition into fatherhood found him wanting children’s music with more substance.

Phoenix Art Museum announces retirement of Asian art curator, plans for national search / ArtDaily

Phoenix Art Museum has named Janet Baker Curator Emerita of Asian Art in honor of her more than two decades of distinguished service as the museum’s curator of Asian art where she guided the expansion of Chinese, Japanese, Sri Lankan, Indian, and contemporary Asian art.

The business of fashion: Here’s how big it is in Phoenix / AZ Big Media

Clothing has become art, self-expression and a multi-trillion-dollar industry. And fashion has become big business in Phoenix, blossoming right under our noses in Arizona.

Even tough desert plants feel the heat / KGUN

It’s not just people at risk from the heat. Even tough desert plants can have trouble when heat’s this extreme and this prolonged. Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum botanist Erik Rakestraw shares his concerns on how this sustained blast of hot weather will hurt future generations of saguaros.

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