Arizona Arts & Culture News: Christina You-sun Park; Art for axolotls; DESERT PULSE; Arizona Opera spreads awareness

June 28, 2024

By Jessica Vaile

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Arizona Commission on the Arts hires Christina You-sun Park as executive director / Arizona Commission on the Arts
Christina You-sun Park, a seasoned leader with a diverse background in arts administration, equitable creative placemaking, grantmaking, and cultural research, has been named executive director of the Arizona Commission on the Arts, a 57-year-old state agency. 

After state’s arts and culture cuts, groups push for local funding / KGUN 9
Arizona’s new state budget drastically reduces funding for arts programs. The Southern Arizona Arts and Cultural Alliance, or SAACA, is planning to push for local funding to support Southern Arizona’s arts, food, and culture. 

This Arizona artist is selling NFTs to help save endangered axolotls in Mexico / KJZZ
Matt Martinez, an Arizona artist that goes by the name “Scum”, is using his artwork to raise money and awareness about the plight of axolotls in Mexico City. 

Meet the highly specialized photographers helping create Desert Botanical Garden’s next exhibit / Desert Botanical Garden
Meet the three 3D scanning artists contracted by the Desert Botanical Garden for its next major exhibition DESERT PULSE—arriving in the fall of 2025—that will showcase the Sonoran Desert in a dimension impossible to see with the naked eye or through the lens of a traditional camera. 

Poetry Center helps bring a splash of color to one of Tucson’s busiest streets / University of Arizona News

Thanks to a collaborative effort between University of Arizona Poetry Center and Alley Cat Murals, some of the American Southwest’s most iconic imagery can now be found in murals with eye-catching color on six walls along both sides of the Speedway Boulevard near the university. 

Phoenix Art Museum receives major gift to expand dedicated fashion galleries /
Phoenix Art Museum announced a major gift from longtime supporters and former Board Trustees Kelly and Steve Ellman that enables the museum to expand fivefold the footprint of its fashion galleries which are dedicated to exhibitions that showcase the history and art of fashion. 
Read more: Phoenix Art Museum announces 2024 Arizona Artist Awards winners

Arizona Opera goes beyond the theater to bring shows to neighborhoods / ABC 15
The Arizona Opera is offering shows in a selection of downtown Valley neighborhoods to increase community awareness and appreciation of opera.

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