Arizona Arts & Culture News: New Piper Trust CEO; UArizona remembers Helen S. Schaefer; Ballet Under the Stars returns

September 9, 2022

By Jessica Vaile

Meet the new CEO of Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust, one of AZ’s largest charity groups / Arizona Republic 

The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has named local charity veteran Steve Zabilski, who has led the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul for 25 years, as its new president and CEO. 

His ‘lasting impact’ changed Phoenix Art Museum. As this leader departs, here’s what’s next / Arizona Republic 

The Phoenix Art Museum’s top curator, Gilbert Vicario, has announced his departure. Vicario, who will assume the role of chief curator at Perez Art Museum Miami, was responsible for the museum’s curatorial division as well as modern and contemporary art exhibitions and acquisitions. 

UArizona remembers prolific university supporter Helen S. Schaefer / KOLD

Helen S. Schaefer, a champion of arts and cultural organizations and endeavors at the University of Arizona and across southern Arizona, and the namesake of the Poetry Center’s Helen S. Schaefer Building, died on September 1. She was 89.

Arizona projects get $2M in federal humanities grants / KTAR 

Ten Arizona projects collectively received $2 million in funding to support research, education, and public programs in the humanities. 

Ballet Under the Stars returns to Valley with 4 free performances this month / KTAR 

Ballet Arizona is putting on free outdoor performances with a stage, lighting, and costumes through Sept. 11 in Fountain Hills, Glendale, Phoenix, and Goodyear.  

Hopi teens see need for skateboarding park, make it happen / AZ Central 

A group of Hopi teenagers saw the need for a skateboarding park and made it happen, seeing out a project they initially thought would take months and displaying the Hopi cultural value of sumi’nangwa—coming together for the greater good. 

Federal funds for Desert Museum will help get rid of invasive buffelgrass / KGUN 

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum announced the ‘Save Our Saguaros’ invasive buffelgrass removal effort will receive $50,000 in federal funding for Collaborative Restoration and Wildfire Mitigation. 

The numbers are in: Roughly 1,000 damaged cacti found in Saguaro Census / ABC 15 

The results of the Saguaro Census conducted by the Desert Botanical Garden are now in. In total, 1,000 saguaros observed had some form of damage ranging from sun scorch to rotting. 

Willcox Performing Arts Series features range of musical offerings / San Pedro Valley News Sun 

The fields are alive with the sound of music this fall with the start on Sept. 16 of the Willcox Theater and Arts 2022 Fall Performing Arts Series. 

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