Arizona Arts & Culture News: Hall of Fame for Sen. Mark Kelly; A Scottsdale vision; Equine art for children

April 28, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

The creator of Ballet Arizona’s iconic ‘Nutcracker’ is leaving. Here’s what we know / Arizona Republic

Ballet Arizona’s board of directors announced longtime artistic director Ib Andersen will depart the organization this June and be named artistic director emeritus.

Sen. Mark Kelly to reach new heights with US Astronaut Hall of Fame induction / KTAR

Sen. Mark Kelly of Arizona will be inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame next month, joining John Glenn as the only senators to receive the honor. Ahead of his induction, Kelly is scheduled to appear at the Arizona Science Center to highlight STEM careers and perform science experiments with local students.

Museums look locally for growth and, sometimes, survival / New York Times

A combination of the Covid pandemic and changing demographics has museums looking to expand their visions and horizons. Jeremy Mikolajczak of the Phoenix Art Museum and Miki Garcia of the ASU Art Museum share their strategies in engaging local communities.

Arts chief lays out bold vision for Scottsdale / Scottsdale Progress

When Gerd Wuestemann became Scottsdale Arts’ president and CEO, he had a grand vision for the Scottsdale Civic Center as a spectacular venue for outdoor events. With the renovated Civic Center nearing its completion, Wuestemann recently announced new projects that extend his vision.

Arizona Edition: An inside look at the new Children’s Museum of Yuma County / KAWC

After years of planning, the Children’s Museum of Yuma County is now open. Arizona Edition host, Lou Gum, takes a tour with executive director, Melissa Rushin Irr, to talk about what it took to get the museum off the ground.

Historic J. Knox Corbett House damaged in fire / KOLD

The J. Knox Corbett House, a historic home built in 1907 and part of the Tucson Museum of Art, received significant damage from a recent fire. The house had been temporarily closed to the public and the museum was working to open it next year.

Street art class taught at Camelback High School / 12 News

Camelback High School students had the opportunity to learn from a professional muralist and will have their work on display at the Phoenix Art Museum.

Introducing MOAZA: Digital museum for Arizona artists launches / Phoenix Independent

The Museum of Arizona Artists announced the launch of a digital museum dedicated to celebrating Arizona’s rich arts history and showcasing the depth and diversity of the Arizona artist community.

Equine Art: Kingman Healing Hooves offers free art classes for area children / The Miner

Kingman Healing Hooves recently launched a new class for children to learn fundamental art skills, watercolor and acrylic painting, photography and sculpting with horses as their live subjects.  

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