Arizona Arts & Culture News: $320K to Coconino County; Artist tribute to indigenous women; ‘Black Nativity’ is back

December 16, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

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Phoenix City Council approves $500 million bond program. Here’s where the money will go / Arizona Republic

If approved by Phoenix voters in 2023, more than $50 million would be set aside for arts and culture projects, including the construction of a new permanent home for Valley Youth Theatre, an expansion of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix, the creation of a new Latino Cultural Center, accessibility upgrades to the Phoenix Theatre Company, and the creation of a Holocaust Education Center at Cutler Plotkin Jewish Heritage Center.

Coconino County arts organizations receive $320,000 in state funds / KNAU

The Arizona Commission on the Arts has allocated more than $320,000 to programs in Coconino County, which includes more than 20 Flagstaff-based arts organizations. Additionally, $18,000 will go to the Grand Canyon Music Festival.

Ballet Tucson, TSO collaborate on ‘The Nutcracker’ / Tucson Weekly

This year’s performance of “The Nutcracker” is a match made in Tucson arts heaven, with an artistic collaboration between Ballet Tucson and Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Artist turns butterflies into portraits of murdered or abused Indigenous women / Fronteras

The current exhibition by Puebloan artist Ben Timpson at Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix pays homage to Indigenous women who have been abused or murdered in an unusual way—with thousands of butterfly wings, meticulously cut and placed to create faces.

Black Theatre Troupe brings ‘Black Nativity’ to Phoenix / AZ Family

The Black Theatre Troupe is bringing the “Black Nativity” back to Phoenix. The group, which has been performing the show since 1975, is a retelling of the Biblical Nativity story, written as a song-play by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes.

Bold, lyrical large-scale sculptures of Rotraut grace the trails of the Desert Botanical Garden / AZ Family

Based in Arizona and known around the world, Rotraut’s artwork explores the energy of the seasons and the relationship of nature with the sky, sun, and universe.

Discover rare, iconic instruments with Musical Instrument Museum exhibit / City Sun Times

The Musical Instrument Museum has reopened their special exhibition, “Rediscover Treasures: Legendary Musical Instruments” to feature 28 new acquisitions and loans of historical significance, from ancient flutes to priceless instruments owned and played by musical icons like Prince and Eric Clapton.

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