Arizona Arts & Culture News: Phoenix Symphony CEO; $5M to arts commission; Welcome to Brightside Studios

July 22, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

Phoenix Symphony CEO to step down / ABC 15

Phoenix Symphony President and CEO Suzanne Wilson, who joined the symphony just ahead of the pandemic in January 2020, plans to step down from her post late this fall.

The arts in Arizona just got their biggest chunk of funding ever. Why that’s a huge deal / Arizona Republic

The Arizona Commission on the Arts has received a one-time appropriation of $5 million in the 2023-2024 state budget—the largest amount of money the commission has ever received from the state.

Brightside Studios is the newest creative hub in central Phoenix / Phoenix New Times

Brad Kuenn and his wife, Vanessa, want nothing more than for Phoenix artists to connect with each other and be close to their mediums. That’s why they created Brightside Studios – rentable private studios that offer everything you need from food, coffee, art materials, music, and of course, space.

Get ready for the ‘Sky Dome,’ a massive native art experience coming to Phoenix / Arizona Republic

An exhibition three years in the making, the Heard Museum’s newest permanent installation, “Substance of Stars,” will premiere in November. The multisensory experience will tell the creation stories of the tribes Haudenosaunee, Yup’ik, Diné and Akimel O’otham.

Scottsdale just got a cool new piece of public art / Phoenix New Times

Scottsdale Public Art’s latest commissioned piece, Pinball Wizard, which can be found at the Scottsdale Waterfront, is composed of about 30 domes and spheres of various sizes covered in colorful mosaic glass.

United Colours of Arizona Theatre brings a summer of love to Scottsdale / Broadway World

United Colours of Arizona Theatre (UCAT), which began as a Facebook group in 2016 to create space for Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) within the fine arts, theater, and film communities in Arizona, will present a summer series at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Coconino Voices: Knowing what you don’t know: Docent training at MNA / Arizona Daily Sun

Edward M. White, a longtime resident of Flagstaff, shares his experience as a docent at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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