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The Sedona Arts Center is a nonprofit educational institution dedicated to nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development.

Inspired by the natural beauty of Sedona, Egyptian sculptor, Nassan Gobran and a group of local visionaries recognized the need for a place where artists could work, teach, and learn together. In 1958, they established Sedona’s first art center, “Canyon Kiva.” They purchased the old Jordan Apple Packing Barn, now known as the Art Barn, which quickly became the community’s creative and social hub.

During the early 60s Sedona was rich with artists, city refugees, and entrepreneurs who foresaw the area’s potential and participated in its development. Through all the dramatic growth and demographic changes, the Arts Center remained one of the cultural constants, even though it experienced its own series of changes.

In 1961, the name was changed to the Sedona Arts Center and officially re-opened with a celebration attended by 300 guests. 1994 was the year of expansion with the addition of a new building to house an art gallery, classroom space, and the community theatre, which was founded in 1970. In 2001 the mission was redefined to focus primarily on education through the School of the Arts and gallery exhibitions of the visual arts. The School of the Arts has become a catalyst for creative development for students of all ages, from the very young through the golden years of life.

Today the Sedona Arts Center is a rich legacy of the founders’ vision. As one of Northern Arizona’s oldest 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations it continues to be a gathering place where artists and those who love art can explore, teach and exhibit. The Arts Center has grown into an educational institution dedicated to nurturing creative discovery, learning and sharing through arts education and artistic development with an international presence.

Administrative Staff

Board of Directors



J. W. Kieckhefer Foundation
The Kling Family Foundation
Margaret T. Morrison Foundation

Visionary Circle ($10,000 or more)

Jay and Sheri Young

Founder’s Circle ($5,000-$9,999)

David and Isabel Simmer

President’s Circle ($2,500-$4,999)

Mary D. Fisher
John and Pam Frazier

Director’s Circle ($1,000-$2,499)

Rod Abbott
Jim and Lorie Garver
Bill and Kath Gilliam
John and Gail Heyer
Janet and Terry Klebe
Dennis and Pat Ott
Dick and Jan Sitts
Larry and Marcia Swearingen
Ed and Melanie Voboril
Charles and Joanie Wolter

Lodging Partners

Amara Resort
310 North Highway 89A,
Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-4828 amararesort.com

Best Western Arroyo Roble Hotel
(Adjacent to Arts Center)
400 North State Rt 89A, Sedona AZ 86336
800-773-3662, bestwesternsedona.com

Poco Diablo Resort
1752 Arizona 179, Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-7333 pocodiablo.com

Sedona Real Inn & Suites
95 Arroyo Pinion Dr, Sedona, AZ 86336
928-282-1414 sedonareal.com

Sky Ranch Lodge
Airport Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336
888-708-6400 skyranchlodge.com

Gold Circle ($500-$999)

Joan Bankert
Richard and Renata Barnwell
Janet Collins
John and Liz Danbury
Lynn and Deborah Heil
Inge Hilberg
Barbara Lago
Jim & Betty Peterson
Neil and Mary Pope
Wayne and Joan Roberts

Silver Circle ($250-499)

David and Jennette Bill
R. A. and Mary Flaisig
Jeffery and Debra Fleeger
Craig and Cornelia Hartley
Robert Hartmann
Beth Jaynes
Bill and Nancy Lundy
Byron and Deanne McKeown
Stephen and Susan Moody
Tom and Linda Pallas
Patsy B. Reed
Steven Heilbrun, MD
and Adriana Selvaggio, MD
Jack and Carole Wooldrik

Business Members

Melissa Andrea and Judy Ellickson
George Averbeck and Holly Stahl, Fire
on the Mountain Gallery
Roger and Jodi Bredemeier, La Vista Motel
Paul and Florence Chevalier
Bob Coates, Bob Coates Photography, Inc.
Janiece Fazio
Rob Holeman, Sedona Real Inn & Suites
Vaughn and Joyce Knapp
Deborah Leatherwood, Rene at
Rob MacDowell
Margaret Mitchell
Tom and Diana Oliphant
Ken and Monica Rowe, Rowe Gallery