Arizona Arts & Culture News: New Arizona Commission on the Arts director; Borderlands Theater wins award; Phoenix Theatre expands

January 13, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Arizona Commission on the Arts hires Jacky Alling as interim executive director / Arizona Commission on the Arts

The Arizona Commission on the Arts announced the hiring of Jacky Alling as interim executive director, who comes to the agency from Arizona State University’s Lodestar Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Innovation and, prior to that, the Arizona Community Foundation.

Phoenix Symphony hires new president and CEO from East Coast orchestra / Phoenix Business Journal

The Phoenix Symphony has selected orchestra veteran Peter Kjome to serve as the organization’s new President and CEO. Most recently, Kjome served in the same role with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and was a professional oboist earlier in his career.

MIM announces Andrew Walesch as new artistic director / Musical Instrument Museum

Andrew Walesch has been named the new artistic director of the MIM Music Theater, bringing extensive experience in the live music industry including the past eight years as the music director of Crooners Supper Club in Minneapolis.

Rich stories of Tucson barrios get national acclaim / Arizona Daily Star

When Marc David Pinate and Milta Ortiz became the directors of Borderlands Theater, they weren’t looking for national or international recognition, but have been awarded the 2022 Outstanding Theater Award by the National Theatre Conference.  

Phoenix Theatre Company to expand central Phoenix campus / Arizona’s Family

The Phoenix Theatre Company is expanding its campus this year including a new 500-seat theatre that will be fully ADA accessible, allowing everyone to enjoy the performances, workshops, and programs. 

Cochise County art programs get a boost / Arizona Public Media

The Arizona Commission on the Arts has awarded more than $77,000 to seven Cochise County art organizations, providing a crucial lifeline and enabling the groups to expand their programming.

Bearsun gives his soles to the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff / Arizona Daily Sun

Bearsun, the giant-headed mascot-like bear character created by Jesse Larios, returned to Flagstaff recently to present a deed of gift that would grant the Museum of Northern Arizona ownership of Bearsun’s battered leather moccasins. The moccasins had been gifted to Bearsun when he entered the Navajo Nation during his 2021 walk across America.

Donor gives $50K to Kingman theater / Today’s News-Herald

Kingman Center for the Arts and the Beale Street Theater Renovation Project announced a $50,000 donation from Scott Preston of Preston Investments. The donation will allow the theater to complete demolition and interior framing, install windows and doors, and complete interior concrete ramps.

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