Arizona Arts & Culture News: Arizona’s creative economy; ASU exhibit at Arizona Science Center; Valley Metro spotlights artists

May 12, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

My View: To maximize economic growth, we must invest in Arizona’s creative economy / Phoenix Business Journal (Op-ed)

In this guest column, Chris Camacho of Greater Phoenix Economic Council and Patrick McWhortor of Arizona Citizens for the Arts examine how Arizona is lagging behind other states in public and private funding for the arts, putting the state at an economic disadvantage.

Valley Youth Theatre announces Mark Stoddard as new associate artistic director / Broadway World

Mark Stoddard has been named associate artistic director of Valley Youth Theatre, bringing more than 20 years in theatre education experience, most recently as the theatre director and instructor at Xavier College Preparatory.

This Arizona hospital was worried about burnout, so it built a compassion center for its employees / KJZZ

Banner University Medical Center recently opened what officials there believe is a first-of-its-kind concept: a compassion center. Dr. Cheryl O’Malley, associate dean for graduate medical education at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, says the idea is to provide a space for everyone who provides care in the hospital and surrounding clinics.

How Phoenix rapper Mega Ran made his dream music festival a reality in Yuma / Phoenix New Times

Four years ago, Raheem Jarbo, better known by his rap alias Mega Ran, was the first artist to perform at Yuma’s Red Moon Ale House. Now he’s curating his own music festival in Yuma, Dream Master Mixtape, from May 12-14.

ASU exhibit at Arizona Science Center sees state through future generations’ eyes / ASU News

Stories are the core of “Mission Future: Arizona 2045,” a new exhibition at the Arizona Science Center. The interactive experience, developed by Arizona State University, combines space and earth science, storytelling, and hands-on elements.  

Valley Metro artists create functional public art in new downtown hub / Downtown Phoenix, Inc.

When the South Central Extension of Valley Metro light rail opens next year, stations will spotlight the work of 18 artists, represented as a mixture of canopies and individual public artwork and displays.

Ballet Arizona’s successful Juan Gabriel production returns to Phoenix / Arizona Republic

The ballet production that celebrates the music and memory of the late Mexican musical icon Juan Gabriel will return to the stage at Ballet Arizona in October.

‘Freedom in the color orange’: Incarcerated women in Arizona find voice through performing arts / Arizona Republic

A performing arts program at the Arizona women’s prison in Goodyear is helping women deal with their challenges and addictions.

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