Arizona Arts & Culture News: A dementia love story; Heard partners with luxury hotel; Tucson Symphony’s principal percussionist

April 14, 2023

By Jessica Vaile

Flinn Scholar alum and percussionist Trevor Barroero lands dream job in Arizona / Flinn Foundation

Class of 2012 Flinn Scholar Trevor Barroero participated in an audition to return to the city and state he loves with the position he has desired for more than half his life. Barroero aced the audition and was named principal percussionist for the Tucson Symphony Orchestra.

Pru Payne: a play about two people with dementia debuts at the Arizona Theater Company / KJZZ

“Pru Payne,” a production that spotlights a love story between two characters with dementia, is running through April 16 at Arizona Theater Company. The play was developed in collaboration with Banner’s Alzheimer’s Institute.

Navajo Tech University first among tribal universities to offer PhD / Navajo-Hopi Observer

A university on the Navajo Nation launched its accredited doctoral program, becoming the first among more than 30 accredited tribal colleges and universities across the country to offer such a high-level degree. The program at Navajo Technical University will be dedicated to sustaining Diné culture and language.

Mesa Arts Center’s ‘MABEL’ receives $10K grant / Daily Independent

Mesa Arts Center has received a $10,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities supporting MABEL—the Mobile Art-Based Engagement Lab—which provides access to arts in underserved communities.

Re-examining the role of museums in the digital age: MIM director weighs in / Forbes

Brian Dredla, director of education and public programs at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM), shares how museums today are attracting and engaging visitors, as well as what sustainability looks like in a world of art conservation.

Heard Museum partners with Amangiri on first-ever art exhibition / AZ Foothills

The Heard Museum has partnered with luxury hotel Amangiri to collaborate on the resort’s first-ever pop-up exhibition, “Substance of Stars: Meditations and Explorations,” that will celebrate the work of acclaimed Navajo artist and filmmaker, Steven J. Yazzie.

Commemorative postmark chosen for Nogales Post Office anniversary / Nogales International

A student at Coronado Elementary School in Nogales submitted the winning design for a postmark to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Post Office building in Nogales.

American Ballet Theatre animates Sedona arts scene / Red Rock News

American Ballet Theatre’s Studio Company made its Sedona debut at the Sedona Performing Arts Center last month to a loud and enthusiastic reception by a packed house. The performance also marked Sedona Ballet’s first performance since its 2019 presentation of “The Nutcracker.”

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