Arizona Arts & Culture News: Black Theatre Troupe honored; Botanical garden competition; New UA Poetry Center mural

February 24, 2023

By brianpowell

ASU professor hopes to be mirror of pride for Arizonans as poet laureate / The State Press

The unofficial purpose of Arizona’s poet laureate—according to Alberto Ríos, the state’s first poet laureate—is to hold a mirror up to the state, to reflect the best parts of Arizona and to share what makes Arizonans proud of their home.

Tucson Botanical Gardens in the running to be named best in the nation / Arizona Daily Star

USA TODAY’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice category for Best Botanical Garden features Tucson Botanical Gardens and 19 other nominees from 14 states, including a second Arizona nominee—Phoenix’s Desert Botanical Garden.

Award will recognize Black Theatre Troupe in Phoenix / Daily Independent

Phoenix’s Black Theatre Troupe was honored by the August Wilson House and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette for its accomplishment of producing all 10 of August Wilson’s epic American Century Cycle, becoming one of the few theaters in the country to accomplish such a feat.

Learn about the rich culture of Guadalupe at Tempe History Museum / Phoenix New Times

An exhibit at the Tempe History Museum running through July 29 gives an in-depth look at a tiny but fascinating area of the Valley that most people know little about: the town of Guadalupe.

The UA Poetry Center is home to a new mural and zine-making area / Arizona Daily Star

The mural by artist Ana Santos Acinas of Alley Cat Murals is one of the final touches to the UA Poetry Center’s new zine library and zine-making area housed in the children’s and teen section which already includes a zine-crafting station and a relaxing play box for young visitors.

Scottsdale Public Art pairs professional artists with university students for new public artwork / Broadway World

A new public artwork, “Cholla Reflections,” is a collaboration between Keep Scottsdale Beautiful and Scottsdale Public Art, which paired public artists Kelly O’Brien and Patrick Renner with Arizona State University students.

How one Scottsdale gallery Is paying tribute to a local art legend / Phoenix New Times

Phoenix-based mixed-media artist Fred Tieken died at the age of 86 last April. Tieken left behind a sizeable artistic legacy, some of which can be seen, and purchased, at “Retrospective of Fred Tieken,” at Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale through Feb. 27.

Super Bowl artwork to be displayed at ASU Art Museum through March 2024 / KTAR

A sculpture that was on display at the Super Bowl in Glendale has begun a lengthier stay at ASU. Conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas’ 10-foot-tall steel piece, “Opportunity (reflection)” made the move from State Farm Stadium to the ASU Art Museum.

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