Arizona Arts & Culture News: Art of Memory Tour; Smokey Bear; “Memoria Entre Las Flores,”; Violin of HopeVio

May 24, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

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The Art of Memory Tour: Providing dementia patients and caregivers a safe space / KGUN

Support for families who have been diagnosed with dementia comes in many forms. One way the Alzheimer’s Association does that is through the Art of Memory Tour at the Tucson Museum of Art. Learn more: Painters and sculptors explore the Southwest aesthetic at the Tucson Museum of Art

Tucson artist facilitates healing through art / Jewish News

Tucson artist Beth Surdut facilitates healing through her art, including wildlife illustrations and essays, stained glass, healing journey scarves, and Hebrew prayer shawls. Her works have been displayed in the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., and one of her works is currently featured in the Uncommon Knowledge installation at the Flinn Foundation until July.

Smokey Bear: The Rudy Wendelin Collection / Prescott eNews

In collaboration with the Prescott National Forest, the Sharlot Hall Museum in Prescott will host the exhibit, Smokey Bear: The Rudy Wendelin Collection, through May 31 featuring 19 reproductions of original Smokey Bear paintings.

Composer: ‘If you know every word to a Tupac or Biggie song, I can get you into Mahler’ / KJZZ

Steve Hackman is a composer, conductor, and producer and the creator of The Resurrection Mixtape performed at Phoenix Symphony Hall on May 18-19. Hackman has created around 15 symphony fusion productions over the last decade or so.

New mural honors culture at Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery in Avondale / West Valley View

Catitude Arts—in collaboration with Ballet Folklorico Esperanza and the city of Avondale—unveiled a tribute mural, “Memoria Entre Las Flores,” at the city of Avondale’s Goodyear Farms Historic Cemetery.

Rosie’s House names Jack Schwimmer as new director of development / Broadway World

Rosie’s House, the free afterschool music program, has named Jack Schwimmer as development director. Schwimmer, a Flinn-Brown Fellow, joins Rosie’s House after spending five years at the Heard Museum, where he served as associate director of development.

Desert Museum, Bisbee library awarded highest national honor for service in the community / KGUN

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum of Tucson and Bisbee’s Copper Queen Library made the cut of 10 finalists to receive the 2024 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest recognition from the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences.

Violin that survived the Holocaust sings ‘Hallelujah’ / Sedona Red Rock News

The Red Rocks Music Festival offered Sedona a special concert performance, “From Bach to Broadway,” in April at the Sedona Conscious Living Center, performed by festival founder and violinist Moshe Bukshpan and pianist Lali Breen. Bukshpan performed three of the afternoon’s selections on a Violin of Hope, one of the string instruments belonging to Jewish musicians who survived the Holocaust.

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